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Tizen-based Samsung cameras and round smartwatch leaked

Jan 20, 2015 — by Eric Brown — 893 views

Recent leaks show three new Samsung Tizen devices: a pair of cameras, and a round-faced “Orbis” watch with a digital crown, bezel, and wireless charging.

Samsung Z1

Earlier in the month, Samsung announced that Tizen would fuel all its 2015 smart TVs, and last week when Samsung finally launched its first Tizen phone — the India-targeted Z1 — the consumer electronics giant made its most ambitious claims about Tizen to date. By the end of the decade, many if not most Samsung products that can capably run Tizen will indeed run Tizen, said the company. The exception appears to be high-end smartphones and tablets, which will likely stay with Android for now.

Now, several new Tizen-based Samsung gizmos have popped up on SamMobile via leaks: an Orbis smartwatch and both an NX500 camera and NX3300 camera. Neither are new-category breakthroughs, as the Orbis would represent Samsung’s third generation of Tizen smartwatches, following up on the most recent Galaxy S model, and the NX500 would update the NX300M, which was announced over a year ago. Still, it’s a sign that Samsung is fully behind the mobile Linux operating system after appearing to waver in 2014.

Samsung NX500 and NX3300

Despite the lack of a formal announcement, the NX500 is already available for pre-order in the U.S. at B&H for $800, according to a SamMobile report posted on Jan. 17. However, no link was provided, and we aren’t seeing it, so perhaps the listing was removed.

Samsung NX500 mirrorless camera
(click image to enlarge; source: SamMobile)

Another SamMobile report posted late last week, which detailed some specs on the mirrorless camera, was based on a TizenExperts report. This in turn was said to be taken from an unnamed European retailer site. The Tizen-based camera is priced at €999 ($1,100) for a two-lens kit and €749 with one lens, with shipments expected next month, according to TizenExperts.

According to TizenExperts, the NX500 specs are as follows:

  • 28M BSI CMOS sensor
  • Hybrid auto focus system (phase detection + contrast AF) AF 205 points
  • 9 frames per second shooting continuous
  • New Smart options: GEO tagging, 4x faster WiFi connection, Bluetooth etc.
  • 2.5K (Quad HD) movie
  • UHD timelapse video
  • Tilt flip-up Super AMOLED touchscreen
  • Double control wheel

TizenExperts and SamMobile both reported on a Foto Semeins product page for a lower-end, mirrorless NX3300 camera, which will apparently go on sale Jan. 30 for €499 ($576). There were few details, however, except for the fact that it’s a 16-50mm camera and runs on Tizen.

Orbis smartwatch

SamMobile tipped the Orbis smartwatch news earlier this month, and then followed up last week with more details. Yesterday, the publication reported that the watch will support wireless charging. All the reports are linked to unnamed sources, and no images were released.

Round watch diagram from a Samsung patent application
(click image to enlarge; source: PatentScope)

The Orbis will probably be called something else when it’s reportedly set to launch at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on March 2-5. The watch, which was previously rumored to run Android Wear, will instead run Tizen, and will be Samsung’s first round-faced watch, says SamMobile. The Orbis will feature both a crown-shaped power button and a rotating bezel ring on top, says the publication.

Moto 360

Unlike the Apple Watch, there’s no mention of any specific features to be enabled by the digital crown. The bezel ring on the top of the watch, however, will enable interactivity, says the story. According to SamMobile’s sources, Samsung will provide extensions to the Tizen SDK for Wearable to let developers make use of the ring.

The final report notes the availability of a charging pad, somewhat similar to one available with the Android Wear based Motorola Moto 360. This will be a welcome improvement over the charging cradle available with the Gear S, says the story.

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