Exclusive: Samsung teaming up with artists, fashion brands for its round smartwatch

Samsung’s next-generation Gear smartwatch is going to have a circular display, that much the company itself has confirmed. We have exclusively revealed many details about this watch – codenamed Orbis. Orbis obviously won’t be the moniker that this smartwatch will come to market with, as we have already reported it will be called the Gear A. It will be available in two variants, one with 3G and calling support and the other with just Bluetooth support (though both variants should have Wi-Fi connectivity.)

The Gear A will also have a rotating bezel ring which could presumably be used for scrolling through lists, zooming in and out, selecting time when setting an alarm and much more. Samsung has said that it’s next smartwatch will be as close to perfect as possible, and now there’s yet another reason to believe that Samsung is really serious about its first round smartwatch. The company is going to team up with various artists and fashion brands to create custom watch bands for this Orbis, according to our sources.

Miami based pop-up artist Romero Britto is believed to be involved as well. He has previously worked with Samsung to create custom cases for the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 edge. Samsung may also work with the likes of Z Zegna, Swarovski, Tech21, Anymode and Incipio to create custom watch bands for the Orbis. The company has worked with some of these brands in the past; for example Swarovski has created accessories for many Samsung devices. Some have only made cases in the past so it’s unclear at this point in time precisely what they’ll create for the Orbis.

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987654321sam
2 years 2 months ago
987654321sam
Don’t forget Montblanc or some of the other luxury watch and jewelry accessory makers, Samsung has partnered with. Montblanc has been a great Luxury Brand Partner and there are others, who I know are bringing Milan, Italy….. Fashion Cat Walking Skills to the next Gear Brand. It’s also being built for modularity. So it can be many things worn in many different ways, from wrist, to pocket, belt, pendant, armband, brooch, Star Trek Communicator, etc. I’m also not so sure about the name or if it will even be Samsung Branded. Japan is part of an experiment to let other… Read more »
mikedemoda
2 years 2 months ago
mikedemoda

will it have apps?
cuz it’s been over a year since Tizen debuted on watches and still have no apps

Solun
2 years 2 months ago
Solun

There are plenty of apps for Samsung´s smart watches.

ManOfSteele
2 years 2 months ago
ManOfSteele

What apps does the Gear/Gear S not have that you want? Its a watch….

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