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Samsung’s “Next Gear” will have a 1.65-inch circular display, a metal frame that will help with OS navigation

Samsung today released its next-gen Gear smartwatch SDK to developers, and along with it came some new details on the “Next Gear.”

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While we’ve known for some time that the company’s next watch will feature a round face, the documentation that comes with the SDK hints at several other details. According to the documents, Samsung’s internal name for the device is Project Orbis. It currently features a 1.65-inch 360 x 360 resolution (305 ppi) resolution touchscreen display.

Additionally, it also seems that Samsung will release Orbis with both WiFi and cellular connectivity, as well as a GPS chip, an accelerometer, a heart rate monitor and an assortment of pressure and magnetic sensors.

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Apart from the round watch face, Samsung’s next smartwatch could possibly have a metal frame and crown. One noticeable key feature seems to be the fact that the watch perimeter will act as a navigation tool with the ability to turn left or right, which is different from how, say, the Apple Watch operates with its Digital Crown.

See the chart below for a comprehensive breakdown of how the next Gear differs from its predecessors.

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It’s also interesting to note that the Next Gear won’t have an ambient light sensor, which improves battery life by dynamically adjusting screen brightness in well-lit environments. A cellular version of the Next Gear also seems to be in the works, and it looks like all versions will have GPS and a heartbeat sensor.

[source]SamMobile[/source]

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