Samsung's Apple Watch Killer ‘Orbis’ Smartwatch Features Rotating Bezel, 1.18-Inch 360x360 Display

You didn't think Samsung would let Apple hog the wearable spotlight with its Apple Watch, did you? Rather than concede defeat, Samsung this week released its next-generation Gear smartwatch SDK to developers, along with documentation, sample applications, images, and an explanation about the forthcoming wearable.

In looking over the bundled extras, we know the next Gear will feature a 1.18-inch round display with a 360x360 resolution. That will give it a pixel density of 305 pixels per inch, the most of any Samsung-brand smartwatch to date. You can also expect a healthy assortment of sensors -- ambient light, magnetic, pressure, UV, heartbeat, gyro, and acceleration.

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Samsung's next Gear will feature Wi-Fi, 2G, 3G, and GPS connectivity. It will also be able to tap into Bluetooth devices like headsets. But perhaps the neatest thing is the rotating bezel. You'll use the rotating bezel to interact with various software, like scrolling, zooming in and out of images, adjusting the volume, and so on.
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There's no release date for the next Gear, which is currently codenamed Project Orbis. However, there's speculation that Samsung will unveil the device at IFA in Berlin, which runs from September 4 to 9. Alternatively, Samsung could end up hosting a dedicated media event just ahead of IFA, as it's done in the past with its Galaxy Note.