Samsung is planning to announce a smartwatch next month with its own SIM card, meaning owners will no longer need a connected smartphone to make calls and send text messages.
Called the Gear Solo, the smartwatch will apparently be unveiled alongside the Galaxy Note 4 at Samsung’s Unpacked 2 media event in Berlin on 3 September, a day before the IFA technology trade show kicks off in the same city.
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Although rumours of the Gear Solo and it’s SIM card slot have circled for a while now, Korean publication The Chosun Ilbo is the first to suggest it will arrive at IFA.
We don’t know yet if the Gear Solo will run Samsung’s own Tizen software - like the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo - or Google’s Android Wear, as is found on the Samsung Gear Live and LG G Watch.
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All previous smartwatches have required the wearer to pair it over Bluetooth with a smartphone, the watch then uses the phone’s network connection to make and receive calls and send text messages - by giving the watch a SIM of its own, Gear Solo owners would no longer need a smartphone to stay connected.
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Source: Chosun Ilbo