While smartwatches and wearable tech have reached new heights recently, their downside is that they cannot operate without being attached to a smartphone via Bluetooth, but that is about to change. A report released today May 23 shows that South Korean tech giant, Samsung are planning to release a stand-alone smartphone watch this summer.
The report from the Wall Street Journal states that the new smartwatch phone will be a stand-alone unit that will be capable of making and receiving phone calls, and text messages thanks to a built-in SIM card. Details about the device are very slim right now, but one would imagine that the new smartwatch will take on a similar shape to the recently released Samsung Gear 2. The new line of Gear watches use Samsung's in-house operating system, Tizen rather than Google's Android.
Just what else Samsung has in store for this device remains a mystery, but seeing as this smartwatch is trying to be a smartphone replacement, one would imagine that it would incorporate features such as a camera, IR blaster, and a significant amount of internal storage. Following on from the rest of the Gear line you should also expect features like a heart rate monitor, and the ip67 ratings for dust and water resistance, but perhaps the one thing that could potentially let this smartwatch phone down will be the fact that it will be running Tizen, a young operating system that has very few apps available for it.
The world of wearable technology is heating up, and in just a few weeks Google are expected to announce their venture into the smartwatch race with their Android Wear line. Motorola are also gearing up to launch their new smartwatch along with the likes of LG and possibly Apple. Analysts are predicting that more than 3 million smartwatches will be shipped and sold this year, compared to the 1 million units that were shipped in 2013, so there is no doubt that the smartwatch segment is one to watch.
Source: Wall Street Journal