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This could be the reason why Apple should be scared of Samsung’s next smartwatch

After launching a number of smartwatches in quick succession, Samsung has finally started taking it slow, having confirmed that it is now working on the “perfect” smartwatch. As we have exclusively revealed in the past couple of months, this watch is the Orbis, Samsung’s first round smartwatch and the one that will directly compete with the Apple Watch.

For the Apple Watch, Apple is going for both general users and those on the lookout for something extremely premium, with variants of the Apple Watch costing as much as $10,000. You might argue that at that price tag, Apple will have a tough time selling the most high-end version of its watch, but given Apple’s popularity in the high-end segment of the market, there will be quite a few folks that will shell out that kind of money for a smartwatch that is slated to last only 18 hours on a single charge.

While Samsung will probably not charge as much as Apple for its next smartwatch, information from our insiders suggests that the Korean manufacturer could be working with premium watch makers for, well, more premium variant of the Orbis. According to one of our sources, Samsung is only testing the Orbis in the UK, South Korea and in France. Apart from South Korea and the UK, Samsung usually tests its latest devices in Poland and Germany as well, and the lack of the Orbis in Samsung’s development centers in these countries at this point suggest the company is working with at least one of the popular premium watch makers in France (like Dior, Chanel or Cartier).

Of course, it’s all a bit far-fetched, but with Apple now in the smartwatch market, Samsung would certainly benefit from having a premium version of its next smartwatch so it can better compete with its arch-rival. Even traditional watch makers like Tag Heuer are said to be jumping on the smartwatch bandwagon, and it might be one of the reasons why Samsung is taking its sweet time with the Orbis. Again, we might be reaching here, but we will certainly keep an ear out and let you know about any further tidbit that we come across regarding Samsung’s upcoming round smartwatch.

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anozawa
anozawa

Chanel? Dior? Montblanc? lol

These companies have no tradition.

Cartier, yes. Total different league.

stanry77
stanry77

Let me share of how I was excited to smart watch since 2013. When Pebble having the first SW, I felt non color is the minus but having very good battery life. Then came Samsung, read the review battery life sucks and UI is very kiddy. Then Samsung 2nd, 3rd and 4th gen the Gear S. The UI getting better but still a miss of something. Battery life still terrible. It getting better but not good enough. Worst part, only support Samsung phone though I’m using Samsung since Galaxy S till Note 4. I love Moto 360 the most, the… Read more »

stanry77
stanry77

As for Android Wear UI it may not be well suited for Luxury Watch. With AW having so much restriction , Tizen software would be better to customised UI for Luxury watch. The current Tizen software just cannot make the cut yet but can work hard to beautify the UI to make people feel good and support both iPhone and Android to capture the most market possible.

Pls do not be stubborn to only support Android and Samsung phone only.

superg05
superg05

i think your better off writing Samsung on twitter but i could be wrong

josh8490
josh8490

“Samsung has finally started taking it slow” really? Samsung has released if i remember correctly 6 smartwatches in 2 years. and the last one was released about 3 or 4 months ago, now its another smartwatch.. seriously samsung SLOW DOWN. release more products and then lose support for the smart watch customers have purchased last year. ridiculous

stanry77
stanry77

Wow..wow…Samsung is launching a better SW this time. I have already shared the idea to Samsung early last year to partner with brand watch maker like Tissot for affordable watch or more branded name such as MB, Cartier and so on. Samsung strength is they are very strong in manufacturing the internal parts that is ONE big plus to Samsung over Apple. Apple could only produce the exterior beauty of the phone only for themselves (Close concept). That is Apple greatest weakness. Samsung could have a brand behind the watch that says Powered by Samsung, exterior could be Cartier or… Read more »

RiTCHiE007
RiTCHiE007

Samsung just need time to clone the iwatch like they do with all apple products. But if the watch is gonna be on the same line as the galaxy s5 or s6 it will suck big time.

TodesUrteil82
TodesUrteil82

If you are such wonderful designer why don’t you go to samsung and offer them your services and expertise. While you’re at it why don’t you show us some of your designs?

vbx
vbx

Dafuq u smoking? iWatch is a clone of the Samsung smart watch as it was released several years earlier.

Also, the iPhone 4 is a clone of the LG Prada. A phone that was introduced in 2006 and has won several design awards. LG was close to suing Apple also. But LG didn’t because Apple is a huge customer. It buys it’s “Retina” displays from both LG and Samsung.

The iPhone 6 plus is a copy of the original Note. lol Look at the design.

avenging
avenging

I watch was released in 2012? Oh wait…..

kronicle
kronicle

It’s rumored to be MontBlanc. Who Samsung has already worked with on cases and S pen stylus. But here’s an even better clue as why Samsung would be working with MontBlanc, “Montblanc Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarum” Gold Limited Edition watch. The name is already there as a Mont Blanc Trademark! 😀 No way could Apple compete with a smartwatch with MontBlanc helping to design and brand it! ;-P ……….they could easily have a variety of custom designed watches too. How about Orbis Starport (name works perfect for control ring face. Then maybe later closer to “Star Wars; The Force Awakens”… Read more »

sissy2
sissy2

Iphone lovers just can not admit they copy samsung too.
You guys are so stupid to think they don’t coy others.

aeensing
aeensing

Why is there still no picture leak of the orbis? I’m really curious how its gonna look!