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[Poll Results!] What if Samsung removes the bezel ring from its smartwatches?

Samsung may soon be removing one of its most innovative contributions to the smartwatch segment. Rotating bezel rings have long been part of regular watches, and when Samsung started making round smartwatches, it introduced a bezel ring for navigating the user interface. It was a neat alternative to the digital crown on the Apple Watch, and fans of Samsung’s smartwatches fell in love with the bezel ring. But it looks like the bezel ring may be getting an axe this year, if leaked renders of the upcoming Gear Sport successor are anything to go by.

Now, such renders shouldn’t be taken as a 100 percent approximation of the real thing, but the Galaxy Watch Active renders we have seen so far are a cause for concern. The renders show a pretty smooth bezel on the watch, and it just doesn’t look like the bezel can be rotated. Again, it’s not a good idea to come to conclusions based on leaked renders, but we may have to prepare ourselves for the possibility that Samsung will be removing the rotating bezel ring from its smartwatches this year.

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Perhaps the company will only do it for the fitness-focused Gear Sport lineup to differentiate its from its mainstream Galaxy Watch lineup, although that wouldn’t make a lot of sense as far as consistency across products is concerned. What do you think? Could Samsung be moving to touch-only interaction for its smartwatches? If yes, would you be okay with that change or, coupled with the lack of apps on Samsung’s Tizen platform, would it finally drive you towards an Android Wear smartwatch?

Sound off in the comments and also vote in the poll below to let us know your opinion!

Results: As expected, a majority of voters (65 percent) believe no bezel ring would be a stupid decision. 25 percent voters say they’d be okay without a bezel ring on the watch, while 8 percent of voters simply don’t want to believe Samsung will remove the bezel ring. Sadly, that’s actually happening, although no one can say if Samsung will also remove the bezel ring from its main smartwatch lineup, of which the Galaxy Watch is the latest iteration.

What if Samsung removes the bezel ring from its smartwatches?

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martylk2
martylk2

It wouldn’t matter to me because I have no interest in any future Samsung watches without MST. My Gear S3 will be the last Samsung watch I buy.

nfox25
nfox25

It would be stupid, bezel is very usefull, very easy to fast scroll. Removing bezel they need to redesign ui because im tried to use watch without bezel and that was difficult for me. But who knows maybe they remove phisical bezel and figure out how to make touch bezel it would be something unusual and without gaps in watch body because always under bezel gets so much dust, especialy dust from cloth like shirt, sweater, or blanket when you sleep with watch on arm.

krym73
krym73

I dont like it but I dont think its a stupid idea, clearly there’s a market for something more minimalist. Its not like this is replacing the Galaxy Watch or rotating bezel desgin. This is what Samsung does. Gives us options, if you dont like this. Perfect go with the Galaxy Watch

eigaras
eigaras

Removing it seems like a downgrade to me. The screen is left exposed and using the bezel to browse just feels so damn good and convenient and i dont smudge my screen while doing it.

Biransahin
Biransahin

Of course they won’t remove it.

Jasi2169
Jasi2169

bezel ring is what make samsung unique ,if they does samsung watch will be may last watch

Mario387
Mario387

Since the bezel ring also protects the screen from accidentals hits of all kind, i think it would be stupid to make it all screen.

Nice for the companies then making protective cases for your watch, which defeats it.

Next to to good classic watch look that the S3/S4 etc have.

locarno
locarno

There is no Gear S4.

Requa
Requa

“I think I’d be OK” based on my assumption/hope that they would be replacing the physical rotating bezel with a virtual one. It should not be too far fetched to be able to rotate a virtual bezel by touching what appears to be a curved edge, and maybe it would work more reliably (my S2 Classic sometimes doesn’t respond at first and sometime reverses direction on me).

parshakov
parshakov

The huge size of the bezel basically confirms your guess that the rotating bezel is going to be capacitive, not mechanical. If they removed the rotating bezel, it would break a lot of apps.

Samarasx
Samarasx

A circular swipe motion sounds unintuitive to me. Removing the bezel would be a stupid decision regardless.

martindale
martindale

Maybe they have drunk the same Kool-aid that the smartphone designers are addicted to?