The company’s first ever circular smartwatch sounds fairly intriguing, albeit not exactly a powerhouse.
The next chapter in the Samsung Unpacked event saga is said to go down on August 12, and have the highly anticipated Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge+ handhelds as headliners. But a third flagship device of a different breed may also gun for some time in the spotlight, though it’s been a good few months since we last heard of it.
Don’t worry, the Gear A, aka Orbis, is still coming, and it’s unlikely the Tizen wearable will be saved for a solo flight to IFA Berlin in September. It’s simply not standout material, despite the presumed premium build and stylish round layout.
For starters, the Android Wear-opposing software needs polishing work, and even if the Korean devs reportedly built a new user interface from scratch, this can’t possibly tick all the right functionality and productivity boxes. Plus, the pretty factor.
On the bright side, Tizen eats up less power than Google’s wearable-designed OS, and by the sound of it, the Gear A requires all the energy efficiency enhancements it can get, with a tiny 250 mAh battery in tow. That’s smaller than the 300 mAh cell of the previous Tizen timepiece hero, the Gear S.
Oddly enough, Gear A’s circular display will fall behind the Gear S rectangle too in terms of resolution. Namely, 360 x 360 pixels vs. 480 x 360. Then again, the size of the new guy is a big question mark at the moment, so perhaps ultimately the ppi can hit the spot.
Meanwhile, the RAM count is purportedly set to marginally grow, from 512 to 768 MB (why not a full gig?), and your hoarding addiction needs to be contained on a modest 4 GB ROM. Running the hardware show, you’ll be getting an upgraded dual-core 1.2 GHz Exynos 3472 CPU, backed by a 450 MHz GPU.
Last but not least, as far as connectivity goes, the guarantees are Bluetooth 4.1, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct and GPS. Sooo, no 3G or 4G LTE? That’s not what we heard before.
Source: Sam Mobile