Samsung will announce a Gear smartwatch with it’s own SIM card slot alongside the Galaxy Note 4 smartphone on 3 September, and these will be followed later by a round-faced Gear watch.
At its Unpacked media event in Berlin on 3 September, Samsung will announce the new Note 4 and a Gear smartwatch which, unlike all previous models, will have a SIM card slot, meaning it can make and receive calls without the need to be connected to a phone over Bluetooth - a first for the current crop of intelligent wearables.
Severing the need to communicate with (and be within 10 meters of) a smartphone should give the smartwatch the freedom it needs to become a more flexible and appealing gadget. The watch could be paired with a Bluetooth headset to make phone calls more subtle - although we imagine talking to the watch, Star Trek style, will also be possible.
Meanwhile, sources speaking to SamMobile claim Samsung is working on a new Gear with a round face to rival the Motorola Moto 360 and an upcoming LG watch, both of which opt for round over square screens.
The source also claims Samsung will show off a virtual reality headset alongside the Note 4; similar to the Oculus Rift, the headset will attach to the Note 4 and provide an immersive and interactive 3D environment for gaming.
Samsung’s event takes place in Berlin a day before the annual IFA technology trade show opens its doors in the same city - and is where we expect to see the Moto 360, plus a round-faced smartwatch from LG and a plethora of other high-tech wearables.
It isn’t yet known if the round-faced Samsung Gear will run Google’s Android Wear, or the company’s own Tizen operating system.