Samsung Gear A smartwatch rumored to be unveiled on Aug 13

Samsung logoAccording to a new report from the Wall Street Journal, the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 Edge+ will share the stage at the August 13 special event with a new smartwatch that will facilitate a limited rollout of Samsung Pay, the company's mobile payment platform.

Yesterday Samsung confirmed that it is holding a special event on Aug 13, one where the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 edge+ are expected to be unveiled. Although the media has largely focused on Samsung's two upcoming handsets in the past couple of months, a new report from the Wall Street Journal claims that the company might also unveil a new Samsung Pay-enabled smartwatch at the same event. The report doesn't call out the Samsung Gear A by name, but this is our best guess given how much was rumored and leaked about the upcoming Samsung smartwatch.

Samsung Gear A smartwatch rumored to be unveiled on Aug 13

Earlier this year, rumors emerged that Samsung is working on launching its first curved smartwatch, a device that was said to be referred to as Orbis internally. Back in May, Samsung launched a new Gear SDK (Software Development Kit) that showed how Tizen would work on a rounded smartwatch, all but confirming the existence of the Galaxy Gear A.

According to previous rumors, the Samsung Gear A will come with a 1.65-inch curved Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 360 by 360 pixels, a heart rate monitor, GPS, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. Other rumors also suggested that the Gear A will also come with cellular connectivity. Judging on the leaks and rumors, the Samsung Gear A's most interesting feature will be a rotative dial, one that can be used to navigate through the operating system.

If the sources by the WSJ turn out to be accurate, then the Gear A will launch with Samsung Pay on board, although the report talks of a limited form. At the moment, it's unclear just how much of a limitation we're looking at, and it's also unclear for how long the Gear A will be the only device that can use Samsung Pay.

Source: phoneArena

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