Samsung Rumored To Have Stand-Alone Smartwatch Ready For Summer Release

The term "smartwatch" is an interesting one. Yes, these watches are "smart," but there's a limit to the intelligence. Most of them require, at the very least, a partner device to do the thinking. Smartwatches aren't so smart without a smartphone hanging around and giving orders via Bluetooth. But evidently, that's about to change.

A new report suggests that Samsung is looking to introduce a stand-alone smartwatch, which will be able to make calls without having to lean on a smartphone. It's aiming to produce the holy grail of wearables, which is a device that's self-sufficient and can handle all facets of communication without being a slave to a master device. To date, Samsung has produced the Galaxy Gear and Galaxy Gear 2, both of which require a phone nearby to be of any real use. The Gear Fit is more of a fitness-minded wearable that hits at a lower price point.

The future, however, would see a Samsung-built wrist-worn device that'll take photos, handle email, navigate via GPS, monitor your heart rate, and yes, make calls. It's the kind of watch that a spy would likely don in a high-budget motion picture, and if rumors are true, it could be on sale to the public as early as this summer.

Perhaps the biggest question revolves around design: how bulky will it have to be to house a SIM card and a battery large enough to keep it ticking for more than a single day? And beyond that, how significant will the cost be? 
Super Dave 6 months ago

Make it inexpensive and well-built and I'll ditch my phone in an instant.

sevags 6 months ago

Best SmartWatch so far is the Kairos Hybrid!

Super Dave 6 months ago

That's a nice watch, sevags - going to read the reviews when it becomes available!

NathanMeters 6 months ago

That's good and everything but if the galaxy gear fit is as bad as the reviews say ( aka heart rate not being accurate or able to be used while working out and the sleep tracker being useless )that they should figure out that stuff first ?...

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