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Samsung Standalone Call-capable Smartwatch may Debut as Early as June

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If you have ever dreamed of communicating with someone by talking into a smartwatch (which is not connected wirelessly to a smartphone), your wish may be on the cusp of coming true. According to a report out of The Wall Street Journal, Samsung is exploring a standalone smartwatch that it may announce as early as June or July.

Unlike Samsung’s Gear 2 or Gear 2 Neo, which require a smartphone for most of their functionality, the new device will operate independently of any companion device. Complete with a SIM slot for cellular connectivity, it will make and receive phone calls, coming packed with an array of sensors like GPS, Bluetooth, a heart monitor, and a camera. WSJ reports that the watch will run Tizen, much like its Gear brethren.

The report implies Samsung is aiming for a global launch. The company is in talks with carriers in the U.S., South Korea, and Europe about the smartwatch.

As it turns out, this is not the first time Samsung has tried to take the market by storm with a watch phone. The SPH-WP10 debuted in 1999, but was discontinued because of poor sales. Perhaps the South Korea-based giant will be more successful this time around.

Anyone here interested in a fully functional watch-phone?

Via: WSJ
  • jvader2012

    Check amazon theres a whole bunch for cheap and that work very well.

  • Bootleg Zani

    Honestly who is still interested in Samsung smart watches?

    • wizardx

      they have 71% of the smartwatch market, go figure

  • Suman Gandham

    I’ll entertain their experimentation… the only problem I forsee is fitting a battery large enough to deliver all day usability.

  • flybass

    honestly – the more samsung releases i’ve observed – i think i’m going to make the note 3 my last android device.

    • Cesar

      Don’t blame the OS for the crap the OEMs are doing.

      • flybass

        the problem is that on verizon you need to buy one of the OEM devices. All I see are blatant iPhone copy attempts with little to no thought in execution. I thought the note 3 was Samsung’s only attempt at an original idea. The execution stinks.

  • Mark Aaron Collado
    • Kevin

      S Pam

    • michael arazan

      Looks like a every grocery store in Hawaii

      • ROB

        No garlic though

  • zachos

    Maybe the SPH-WP10 didn’t do so well because it was CDMA-based…. or, maybe it’s because it looked like a StarTAC strapped to a wristband… I have a feeling Samsung will find a way to underwhelm us again.

  • Cael

    Gear Solo

  • DJyoSNOW

    So between glasses and now this… WTF, FTW no no no NO NOooooooO

  • Droid Ronin
  • Shane Redman

    If Samsung comes out with one more piece of tech in an effort to over saturate the market, I just might d……. X_X

  • jimbob

    I am awaiting the Get Smart-style SmartShoe.

  • epps720

    Samsung just keeps throwing s hit against the wall waiting to see what sticks.

  • gambit07

    Are people really buying these? What is with this proliferation in smart watches? The fitness bands I get, and the Moto 360 does look great, but it feels like such a niche market.

  • EC8CH

    meh…. I’ll wait for the standalone call capable badge:

    • Guest

      Standalone? I’d buy a Bluetooth version!

      • TalonDesigns

        I’m really surprised that one doesn’t exist.. Or maybe one does… Going to have to go look now.

    • coolsilver

      Hello Computer…..

  • Tony Byatt

    Oh dear God…

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Smartphones are multimedia devices first. I can’t see why this would replace my 5+ inch screen. Though…… This is obviously where wearable tech is going and it may be a future of more minimalistic devices. You have your “watch phone” that only takes up place on your wrist. Toss a blutooth headset on (Those will have to make a comeback) and BOOM! You’re ready to roll…..

    • BillySuede

      may make it less necessary for you to carry your smartphone for those times when you don’t need/want to worry about securing it.

  • Guest

    What is with this heart mointer stuff Samsung? Why not add something truly useful like a breathalyzer? /s

    • Ray

      Yeah they think we’re all 50yrs olds and care about our heart rate every few minutes.

  • Blue Sun

    More Touchwiz lag! Please!

    • Ray

      Is it still Touchwiz if it’s running Tizen?

      • BillySuede

        no but why ruin the use of an overused joke?

        • Ray

          It was a serious inquiry

          • BillySuede

            sorry. that wasn’t meant towards you. just in general towards every samsung having to mention touchwiz lag which has nothing to do with your question.

      • Blue Sun

        Would you say that Tizen uses the Touchwiz theme?

        • The Narrator

          iOS*

      • Blue Sun

        Good question. I have not experienced Tizen yet.

        • Ray

          Me either

          • Bloo

            For the record, Touchwiz was a big deal on phones running BREW. I still remember it; ‘was actually pretty nice. It had an app tray like the Note 3 multiwindow tray (on the side) and you could pull an app out and it would put a widget on the home screen.

            I’m sure Samsung will end up calling it ‘Touchwiz’, because 1) they’ve done it in the past with Android, BREW, Windows Mobile, and proprietary OSes, and 2) If ‘Galaxy’ has more brand power than ‘Android’, calling it something completely new with the completely new OS would undue any progress made tied to the Galaxy brand. That’s my opinion/expectation.

          • Dave

            Neither have I.

  • Mike

    It’s about time. Make it waterproof and look nice.

    • jimbob

      Of course its about time, its a watch!

  • Rashad

    Come in Zordon!

    • Jonathan Williams

      “IT’S MORPHIN’ TIME!!!!”

  • akellar

    Don’t worry, Samsung will figure out a way to screw up this device too.

    • Ray

      It’s doomed before it’s even available

    • EC8CH

      The concept of this device is screwed up from the beginning.

  • morgan boyle

    “Can you hear me now?” will echo in our nightmares.