Samsung will reportedly introduce a new design for its next smartwatch. While the form-factor would remain circular, Samsung might ditch the rotating bezel. Reports suggest that Samsung will launch its Galaxy Watch Active smartwatch at its Galaxy S10 launch event in San Francisco on February 20.
Ahead of the launch, specifications of the Galaxy Watch Active has been leaked. Like always, the smartwatch will be powered by Tizen 4.0 operating system with model number SM-R500. The watch will reportedly feature a 1.3-inch display with a resolution of 360X360 pixels and could be powered by Exynos 9110 processor.
The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active is expected to feature Samsung Pay, however, there may not be support for magnetic secure transmission or MST. Having said that Samsung could reportedly come with dual e-SIM support and as far as fitness tracking features are concerned, the watch could offer a heart rate sensor.
Earlier, leaked images (by @OnLeaks) of the Galaxy Sport smartwatch revealed a smooth round display without the traditional rotating bezel. Also, the buttons could be placed on both sides of the watch. Samsung has traditionally opted for a circular form factor for all the smartwatches it has ever launched in its Gear and the latest Galaxy Watch series. Along with the circular design, another USP of Samsung's Tizen OS-powered smartwatches has been the rotating bezel design.
The rotating bezel in the Gear and Galaxy Watch models come handy when users are wearing gloves or have wet fingers. While a typical touchscreen of a smartwatch doesn't respond to swipes with gloves or wet fingers, the physical rotating bezel can be used to navigate easily. However, this design philosophy has been a part of Samsung smartwatches for quite some time now and the company seems to finally moving ahead.