Samsung's next smartwatch will be SIM-enabled, to be called Gear Solo
These days, smartwatches are the rage, but those devices launched so far have not been really successful. With the Android Wear SDK, Google has also entered the smartwatch market segment. Smartwatches face problems related to connectivity and they are useful only when paired with a smartphone. But, it seems like Samsung is planning to change the entire concept.
As per reports, the South Korean tech firm is planning to launch a new Gear smartwatch with a SIM card slot. The device is believed to be dubbed as Samsung Gear Solo and arrive with feature full calling functionality probably with mobile data. This way, users can make calls directly from the watch without the necessity of a smartphone.
To make this possible, the Gear Solo will feature a Universal Subscriber Identity Module (USIM), claims the report. Though there are rumors that the Gear Solo will be exclusive only to South Korea’s telecom service SK Telecom, SamMobile claims that it will be launched in other countries as well. Moreover, the Korean Intellectual Property Office has already revealed that Samsung has filed a patent for the name Gear Solo for a wearable device.
Going by the previous rumors, the USIM-enabled Gear Solo will come equipped with built-in radios for making and receiving calls. However, there could be an issue with the battery life, as the device could face power drain due to voice calls. But, Samsung might definitely consider some technology to address this issue.