Samsung fans – prepare to be thrilled. The latest Galaxy Watch 6 Pro rumors suggest that Samsung is set to bring back the rotating bezel.
The rotating bezel control system that was part of the Galaxy Watch series has achieved something of a cult status among fans of Samsung smartwatches. It was certainly innovative, allowing users to rotate the bezel for tactile control of on-screen menus.
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It didn’t just look good, it was a good way to avoid poking around the tiny AMOLED screen and woo users with a pleasant mechanical click. Look at us getting misty-eyed – no wonder it was such a hit.
But the bezel was unceremoniously dumped for 2022’s Galaxy Watch 5, the second Samsung smartwatch to run Wear OS 3. Samsung never revealed the details, but it’s likely that the controls were aimed at the older Tizen OS, and its usefulness was diminished after the company moved to Wear OS.
But now a South Korean tech leaker named Super Roader has revealed that it might be making a comeback on the Galaxy Watch 6 Pro. He has a decent track record of reporting Samsung leaks and pretends to be a former Samsung employee.
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The Galaxy Watch 5 offered only minimal improvements on the Galaxy Watch 4 – aside from the addition of the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro.
But the design left us a little cold, and you could criticize the Watch 5 Pro for a lack of visual differentiation from the competition.
Samsung could solve it with the return of the frame – its iconic feature.
The lead-up to the Galaxy Watch launch is always pretty full of leaks – leaving few surprises when it launches, which is usually around August.
We’ve already heard that there will only be a modest change in battery size, but there could be a new curved glass display. Add to that the bezel and we could have a dramatically different looking Galaxy Watch this time around.
By James Stables
James is the co-founder of Keepand he has been a technology journalist for 15 years.
He started his career at Future Publishing, James became a features editor for T3 Magazine and T3.com and was a regular contributor to TechRadar – before leaving Future Publishing to found Stored in 2014.
James has been at the helm of Wareable since 2014 and has become one of the leading experts in wearable technologies globally. He has reviewed, tested and covered virtually every wearable on the market and is passionate about the evolving industry and wearables that help people achieve healthier and happier lives.