Exclusive: Samsung Gear A (Orbis) specifications

With all the Galaxy Note 5 news flooding the internet of late, Samsung’s upcoming smartwatch hasn’t been in the limelight for some time now. The Orbis – or the Gear A as it will be officially called – is still coming though (its announcement is set to take place alongside the Note 5), and Samsung was kind enough to reveal a few specs of the watch through its official developer SDK. We have published quite a lot about the Orbis in the past, and we now have a few key specs of the watch to share.

The Orbis will feature an Exynos 3472 dual-core processor clocked at 1.2 GHz and the Mali-400 MP4 GPU clocked at 450 MHz, 768 MB of RAM, 4GB of on-board storage, and a 250 mAh battery. It will have Bluetooth 4.1 to connect with smartphones and tablets, and as we had revealed earlier, there will be a variant with Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n) support as well (Wi-Fi Direct will be supported, too.) The watch will also have inbuilt GPS, accelerometer, gyro, barometer and heart rate sensors, and will run Tizen with a new UX designed specifically for the circular screen.

The watch will have a Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 360×360 pixels – the resolution was confirmed by the SDK before, but we’re not yet sure what the size of the display will be. The bezel ring on top will no doubt affect Samsung’s decision on how big the touchscreen part of the display can be, and it is rather hard to make a guess in this regard as the Orbis will be the first round smartwatch from the Korean manufacturer.

As previous leaks have revealed, the Orbis will also feature a digital crown in addition to the bezel ring to help with navigation in the user interface, and Samsung will be partnering with various artists and case makers for the watch’s bands. An official announcement is expected at the Unpacked event for the Galaxy Note 5, and as a Samsung official put it, the Orbis could be the most perfect smartwatch yet from the company.

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Sebastian Shaw
1 year 9 months ago

the screen might between 1.5 – 1.7 inch segment but i am worried about that battery size
it will feature wireless charging there is no doubt but will it feature charging cradle like gear s with built in battery as well that is the question
personally i am worn off gearing my watch whole day and sometimes when i am at lunch i get it off like one hour if gear a will come with built in battery cradle then i can charge it during lunch

the second big question is the application variety and standalone phone features

1 year 9 months ago

With a 250mAh battery, don’t expect this terminal to come with a 1.5 inch, I think it’ll be sightly smaller.

1 year 9 months ago

Why didn’t you guys post a source for this information? If the PPI is 305 and the resolution is 360×360 like in an article posted before, then the screen size will be exactly 1.18 inches.

1 year 9 months ago

Looks like Sony’s gonna file a lawsuit!

1 year 9 months ago

Specs are pretty powerful for a smartwatch but Digital Crown seems to be disappointingly inspired by Apple watch. I love Sammy but hate Apple.

1 year 9 months ago

And watches didn’t have a crown before Apple?

1 year 9 months ago

it not just a crown the outer bezel rotates kinda like a stargate

1 year 9 months ago

“As previous leaks have revealed, the Orbis will also feature a digital crown IN ADDITION to the bezel ring” Which Means there will be a digitial crown in addition to that rotating ring bezel. I’m kinda fine with ring bezel but digital crown?

1 year 9 months ago

Tizen? Nope Nope Nope

1 year 9 months ago

Why not?
Tizen is a way better than android wear
Low consumption, more fluid…

1 year 9 months ago

Stop hating. Samsung will deploy Tizen on all of its smartwatches because Android wear is a battery hog. Tizen is kinda power efficient compared to Android Wear

1 year 9 months ago

I hope those dual core are 2 x A53. And SOC is 14nm (or at least 20nm). Samsung goes all way for their phones (note and S series), best they can do, But when it comes to tablet and other gadgets they don’t. I was hoping for quad A53 with T8XX, with 1 gb RAM.

Also by looking at battery size the device may be small compared to other circular watches like moto 360 or lg g watch r/urbane.