Samsung may soon offer a stand-alone smartwatch

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By Adam Zeis on 23 May 2014 03:28 pm
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Hot off the release of the new Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit, rumors are once again flying that Samsung may also be gearing up to release a stand-alone smartwatch that would work without the need to be connected to a phone. Much like the Neptune Pine or Omate TrueSmart watches, Samsung's offering would take its own SIM card and essentially be a wrist-size phone with full cellular connectivity.

The Tizen-powered device would offer not only many of the features currently found in the Gear devices like a camera, music player, and heart-rate monitor, but also things like email, GPS and phone calls. Samsung is currently talking to carriers in the U.S., South Korea and Europe about the new watch, which we could see announced as early as next month.

Still nothing official from Samsung, but this isn't the first time we've heard about a watch of this nature and it certainly won't be the last.

Would you buy a Samsung phonewatch? Let us know in the comments!

Source: WSJ

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Samsung may soon offer a stand-alone smartwatch

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wow, kind of awesome and nutso. while i wouldn't want a full fledged cell phone (complete with data plan) on my wrist, the idea of being able to function as a stand alone device is intriguing. maybe wifi and gps is all it would need to function on its own.

What they should do is come up with a smart watch that can be used with phones other than Samsung.
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Agreed. I suspect, though, that unless the Gear watches are doing REALLY well, I'm guessing that Samsung will look at expanding compatibility.

A solution that I would consider if the watch would sync all information with the cloud and is only a terminal to view an receive information.

No. It seems like they are trying way too hard to saturate the market. A phone watch? Even if that were to transpire, that thing would be so huge and ugly. Doesn't sound like it would be a good product...

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Saturating the market worked in there favour with smartphones why not with Smartwatches, now all they need is to do is give some of them some style as they are I wouldn't be seen dead waring one.

OK but here's the problem. If you stick a cellular radio in the watch, your going to need a bigger battery. You put a bigger battery in there and you defeat the purpose of the smart watch. It's going to increase the size of it too much. If they choose not to, then its not going to last long off the plug. There are other problems as well. Your phone is a multimedia device. You forfeit your multimedia experience because of a small screen, like watching Netflix, playing games, listening to music...etc. The smart watch wasn't made to replace your phone, but rather be an extension.

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Tizen? No, thank you. I'm not going to trust a brand new OS just because Samsung wants to own their entire ecosystem.

I am not interested in a standalone smart watch. The value of my Pebble is the interaction with my phone. I can only imagine how clunky a standalone device would look, feel, and function. Also, the battery life would be awful.

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No, not me. I don't at all mind using my phone (Z30) when I want to use any of its functions. I think using a watch would be so minimalist as to seem primitive.

Standalone isn't really groundbreaking. There needs to be a lot more utility for it than listed. Plus, another OS would oversaturate the market. It'll be hard enough to break into it from scratch. Also. Price is a limiting factor..

This is the deal: Samsung has proven lately that they don't care to put out in the market cheap and almost beta products just to be first... In my modest opinion, this is something that is not feasable

ifa smartwatch becomes some kind of wrist phone, that's cool by me. But I'm just wondering how you'd have to dial a number or how you can send text messages with such a stand-alone device..

I don't think they'll be much of a market for it. The potential market for people who would buy any type of smart watch already have smartphones. Having a standalone smart watch would mean you'd then have a smart phone in your pocket, and a smart watch on your wrist. Two phone numbers. And they don't interact at all together. Don't see the point. At least having a watch connected to your phone expands the capability of your phone. A standalone smart watch would be nothing more than a smartphone with very limited capabilities on your wrist

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Personally I don't see a need for a phone watch. The watch is too small to comfortably read email browse the web, posting.it makes more sense to have a watch for notifications

I like the idea. I don't know if I'd be willing to shell the cash out for a wrist phone but I do know if it was a gift I'd love it! Wonder how good the battery would be?

This is big news. Always liked their watches, don't have a Samsung phone. This opens up a much bigger market. And I'm interested!

It seems that companies are making wearables because they can, not because there was a great demand for them.

As such, we have a confused market, with devices looking for a use case, rather than consumers looking for a tool that provides a solution.

I think we'll continue to see different types of devices and capabilities, as manufacturers try to bring a combination that will hit a sweet spot that in some ways doesn't really exist yet. They'll find a market, but it may take awhile to shake out for general users.

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My pebble functions properly as a watch when not connected to my phone and works wonderfully as a peripheral to my Note 3. I can't see a purpose to a standalone device on my wrist

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It would be interested since there still be no smartwatch compatible with Window Phone released.
I love my Windows Phone and don't want a new android to work with a smartwatch.