Samsung working on SIM-based smartwatch

I know, it sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie. But the SIM-based smartwatch isn't science fiction, it's very much science fact.

To be fair, it's a concept that has been tried before by both Samsung and LG, but Samsung obviously thinks there is still merit in the idea and is pushing on with it for the next generation Gear 2 smartwatch.

The Korea Herald has the low-down on it, claiming a standalone variation of the Gear 2 smartwatch is being produced initially for Korea, in conjunction with the SK Telecom network there. It means you will be able to make calls without the need for a phone, presumably with some hands-free functionality rather than having to hold your wrist to your face.

The updated smartwatch will will use a SIM from SK Telecom, although it is unclear whether this will be a separate SIM from your phone or one related to your phone SIM. Either way, it will work without a phone. But it will need some serious battery power to work for any length of time and as such, the power source will be key to the success of this particular variation.

With that in mind, we're not too worried about this being an initial launch in Korea. Samsung is apparently considering rolling out to other markets, ideally after any teething problems have been sorted.

No comment officially from Samsung, but we wouldn't be surprised to see this launching in some form this year.

Source: Korea Herald

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