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Gear up for three marginally different Samsung Gear A configurations

The first ever circular Tizen smartwatch may join the Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge+ smartphones at the Unpacked event tomorrow, or stay on the sidelines until next month’s IFA trade show in Berlin.

Samsung Gear A

We already know so much about the Samsung Gear A, aka Orbis sequel to the spectacular but somewhat underrated Gear S. The user interface is hardly a mystery, with dozens of apps customized for a round screen and minimal reliance on Google’s proprietary services.

Samsung Pay support is likely on deck, the Super AMOLED touchscreen sports 360 x 360 pixels resolution, a 250 mAh battery is in charge of keeping the lights on, and an awkward but generous 768 MB RAM should ensure smooth multitasking.

Then you have this neat rotating dial for easy app and menu navigation, standard Wi-Fi b/g/n connectivity, Bluetooth 4.1, NFC, optional cellular capabilities, 4 GB internal storage space and heart rate monitoring functions. Last but not least, full compatibility to a number of Android-running Samsung smartphones.

Tizen circular

All that said, what’s left to find out regarding the elegant timepiece? A precise release date would be welcome, alongside pricing info and maybe something about variants.

If 3G or even 4G LTE speeds are offered, it seems safe to presume there will be at least two options in stores for Christmas. According to Sam Mobile, a third is also incoming, although the publication’s sources lack further intel.

It’s possible Samsung plans to go for a strategy similar to Apple’s, distinguishing between a “Sport” version and more premium config with build materials, different bands and other methods of customizing the Gear A.

Or perhaps more than one display is in the pipeline, with more than one resolution and ppi. Either way, this is yet another reason to look forward to the glitzy, round-shaped smartwatch.

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