Samsung had confirmed earlier this year that it was taking its time with the next Gear smartwatch in order to make sure it’s as perfect as possible. Called the Gear A, this watch will be the first round smartwatch from Samsung and will bring a new method of user interaction thanks to its use of a rotating bezel ring. Samsung has never actually offered a time frame for when the Gear A will be officially announced, but according to our insiders, the company has delayed the launch till the second half of this year.
Our sources tell us that the Gear A – codenamed Orbis – will be launched alongside the Galaxy Note 5 at IFA later this year, and that there is a lot discussion going on at Samsung in order to decide the time frame. Apparently, the delay is to ensure Samsung can follow a proper time table with its product launches, and possibly to give the market time to settle down with the Apple Watch, which is grabbing quite the spotlight these days.
We should point out that this information should be treated as a rumor and isn’t confirmed, though given Samsung has always launched its smartwatches with flagship smartphones, it would make sense for the Orbis to debut alongside the Galaxy Note 5. It would also give the company time to work on the smartwatch and make it as good as possible, something that is probably necessary if the Gear A has to compete with the Apple Watch.