Updated 06:05 AM EDT, Fri, Oct 23, 2020

Did Samsung Confirm Circular 'Orbis' Smartwatch? Official Gear Announcement Drops Hint! [Photo]

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Samsung is going toe-to-toe with Apple when it comes to releasing smartwatches. Reports about the South Korean tech giant's upcoming wearable gadget codenamed "Orbis" are saying that the device is having a circular display.

This news appeared to be confirmed by Samsung in a photo containing a bunch of round watch images, which also showcases fresh designs. Check out the image here.

Samsung Mobile Press wrote that members of the global developer community can get an early access to the Software Development Kit (SDK) of the company's 7th generation Gear smartwatch. This marks the corporation's debut in releasing a wearable SDK to third-party developers before the official product announcement.

"Samsung has actively adapted its approach to wearable device development as the leader of the rapidly developing category," said JK Shin, CEO and Head of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics, Samsung Mobile Press reported. "Through meaningful and progressive innovation, Samsung welcomes to developers and industry leaders to join this open collaboration effort to enrich and create unique user experiences for a new smart mobile life."

As shown in the image provided by Samsung Mobile Press, the tech giant seems to have partnered with CNN, Yelp, Baidu, FidMe, and Apposter already, with intentions to seek for more collaborators.

In a report from SamMobile two months ago, Samsung's EVP Young-hun Lee said that the company is making sure that the next smartwatch, which is also named Samsung Gear A, will have an excellent performance, adding that Samsung now "wants a more perfect product."

Samsung didn't launch a smartwatch in the most recent Mobile World Congress or MWC despite the buzz surrounding their brand-new Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge handsets. As for the reason behind this, Lee said, "We've been introducing more devices than anybody else. It's time for us to pause," SamMobile noted.

A more recent report from SamMobile revealed that Samsung's upcoming smartwatch will be named as Gear A and will be launched in two versions: a standard one which connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth just like in other wearable devices, and one with 3G connectivity and voice calling support. The latter will allow users to accept and make calls through the smartwatch even without a smartphone connected to the wearable gadget.

SamMobile wrote that the upcoming smartwatch will be equipped with Wi-Fi support, a rotating bezel ring, a crown shaped power button, and wireless charging. There's a huge chance that Samsung will tie up with other major carriers around the world to incorporate the Gear A in their networks.

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