Jul 08 AT 2:35 PM Dima Aryeh 3 Comments

Samsung Gear Live torn down, found hiding a WiFi chip

Samsung Gear Live

Android Wear smartwatches, like most other smartwatches, connect to your smartphone to get any data. This tethering allows the wearable to use your data connection. However, when during a teardown of the SamsungĀ Gear Live, something strange was found: a WiFi chip.

Left unused, this WiFi chip sits alongside the Snapdragon 400 processor and may hint to another product Samsung has yet to release. It’s been rumored that Samsung has a cellular-enabled watch planned that won’t need a smartphone for a data connection, but there is no official news yet. Maybe it’ll use the same hardware as the Gear Live whenever it’s released.

For now, the Gear Live’s WiFi chip remains dormant. Maybe some developers might think of a good use for it in a custom ROM; we’ll just have to wait and see. But it’s interesting that Samsung managed to fit a WiFi chip into a device where space is at a premium. What do you think it could be used for? Leave a comment!

Via: SamMobile

Source: iFixit

Dima Aryeh is obsessed with all things car and tech. His time is split between gaming and fixing his racecar. He also does photography in his spare time.

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  • Michael

    Bluetooth 3.0 required WiFi for data transfer. Don’t know of that’s still true for 4.0.

  • thel0nerang3r

    Is it a discrete chip or is part of SD400 SoC? Similar to how the Nexus 4 had LTE, but not the antennas?

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