May 23 AT 12:51 PM Sean Riley 5 Comments

Samsung may bring a full smartphone to your wrist this summer

Samsung Galaxy Gear

According to Wall Street Journal sources, Samsung is planning to reveal yet another smartwatch this year, and this time it won’t be reliant on a smartphone.

The trio of smartwatches that Samsung released earlier this year (Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo, Gear Fit) and the original Galaxy Gear offer varied functionality, but one thing they all have in common is that they require a smartphone to feed you data or to make and receive phone calls. Samsung is apparently ready to cut out the middle man and offer you a smartwatch that can truly serve as your single communication device.

Having its own cellular radio means that this device would require a SIM card and possibly some kind of contract through whichever carriers offer it. It’s hard to imagine that tons of people will completely drop their smartphones for a watch, so hopefully Samsung can secure a specific add-on contract for the watch, making it more like a tablet or hotspot despite its voice and data capabilities.

With that said, there have been similar offerings like the Omate TrueSmart, and though those products may not be flying off the shelves, they do have their die-hard fans. As last year’s memorable ad for the Samsung Galaxy Gear rightly demonstrated, the standalone smartwatch is an idea we have seen in popular media for decades, so a desire for this futuristic gadget is deeply ingrained for many of us.

The Journal indicates that we should look for a June or July unveil of this smartwatch and that, like the rest of Samsung’s lineup, it will be running Tizen.

Would you replace your smartphone with a standalone smartwatch?

Source: Wall Street Journal

Sean has been with Android and Me for over 8 years and covering mobile for the last 9. He occasionally muses about gadgets and tech outside of the Android universe at Techgasms.

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  • Nigel

    I do a new device emerge which is similar to MyFi of a screen-less communication hub large enough to hold a decent battery capacity, with the phone feature being able to be on your wrist as with a phone you are holding your wrist near your ear and mouth anyway, and a tablet being your big display. Hence 3 devicies in total, one is battery+hub, watch with small display is what talk to, and tablet to see and control.

    The limiting factor of this is bluetooth, even 4.0 delivers in real-world tethering about 1Mbit-1.5mbit which is now slower than most cell owners even on 3G getting 1Mbit-6Mbit and 4G above that. You could possibly Wifi tether hub to tablet but not ideal for either, and could bluetooth tether watch to hub as that’s just voice, but the personal area network needs better comms.

  • david chandler

    I have a Gear 2 Neo and a Note 3, I think it’s a great idea. I use my Note 3 as my 1 device, it’s my pc, tablet and phone. My Neo would be great as a stand alone phone. Once you live with one you see its potential but it would need extensive work on its app range to satisfy the demands people expect from a phone these days, even if it’s a watch :-)

  • Tony Giorgianni

    I’m currently using the Samsung Note 3 with the Gear 2. It would be difficult to not have the power of the Note 3 even with a stand alone wrist phone. Once you get used to the larger display it’s difficult to imagine a screen the size of the Gear for anything other than the most basic functions.
    I believe it will work for some people however the thought of having a public conversation is not one that I find desirable. I think we’ve all heard stories of people using their Nextel push to talk feature and getting in to some extreme embarrassing situations.

  • GE918

    No way. I have the Note 3 and the Galaxy Gear. The gear comes in handy when I’m driving or when my Note is in my purse or pocket. I love my Note 3.

  • Richard Yarrell

    I was hoping to purchase the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Gear 3 in October but if not I will buy this stand alone watch to go along with my Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note 3.