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Samsung may have finally nailed the smartwatch

Samsung Gear S
Samsung Gear S

It's been over 12 months since Samsung brought us a new Android Wear watch – the Gear Live – so we've been expecting the rumoured Orbis for quite some time.

But the surprise is that rumours now suggest it won't be running Android Wear.

The news comes from a report by SamMobile which suggests Samsung has opted for Tizen to run on the new smartwatch, which will boost its new UX design for circular screens.

When it hits shelves it's going to be called the Samsung Galaxy A and it'll come with an Exynos 3472 dual-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz, 786MB of RAM and 4GB of on-board storage.

Up a gear

It'll have also have a 250mAh battery, Bluetooth 4.1 technology and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n support. The display is a Super AMOLED with a 360 x 360 pixel resolution but the report doesn't share a size for the display yet.

In the tiny watch you'll reportedly find GPS, an accelerometer and heart rate sensors. With this being the first Samsung watch since the release of the Apple Watch it'll be interesting to see what's in store - we're expecting big things.

James Peckham

James is Phones Editor for TechRadar, and he has covered smartphones for the best part of a decade bringing you news on all the big announcements from top manufacturers making mobile phones. James is often testing out and reviewing the latest and greatest mobile phones, smartwatches, tablets, virtual reality headsets, fitness trackers and more. He has also worked on other leading tech brands, such as T3 and Gizmodo UK, as well as appearing as an expert on TV and radio for the BBC and other publications. Be sure to follow him on Twitter for all the latest smartphone news.