Samsung reportedly launching SIM-enabled Gear Solo at IFA

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By Harish Jonnalagadda on 8 Aug 2014 09:13 am
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In addition to the Galaxy Note 4, Samsung is reportedly getting ready to launch the Gear Solo at this year's IFA. While not much is known about the Gear Solo, reports from earlier this year indicated that the Gear Solo will feature a SIM card slot, allowing it to be used without the need to pair with a smartphone.

While a standalone smartwatch which comes with the ability to make voice calls would make the device more accessible to a wider audience, the presence of cellular radios that constantly search for a signal is sure to present a challenge when it comes to conversing battery life.

Furthermore, there is no indication as to whether the upcoming smartwatch would run Android Wear or Tizen, although it is likely Samsung would look to the Tizen ecosystem for the Gear Solo given the restrictions Google has put in place when it comes to customising Android Wear.

What do you guys think about a standalone smartwatch? Would you be okay with sacrificing battery life to gain the ability to make voice calls from your watch? Let us know in the comments.

Source: Yonhap News; Via: SamMobile

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Samsung reportedly launching SIM-enabled Gear Solo at IFA

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The convenience (and "cool" factor!) of being able to call someone from a watch is a pretty cool idea, but the battery question is a good one!  I guess my first question would be how much of a sacrifice?  In the end, I probably would be ok with the trade off. 

Well, I don't think it has to be about making phone calls. Our smartphones are not about making phone calls they're about being connected.

I really don't think it will have success. I'm sure you will have anyway the smartphone laways with you and this product means you have to pay another service fee in addition.

I wouldn't want this trade off. Battery life is essential, without it your device, no matter how good, is useless. Furthermore, more people is bound to have a phone than a smartwatch. The ability to pair with your phone with less battery drain on the watch seems like the better option. Unless you do not want to bring your phone along, then I don't see the point of a SIM card enabled smartwatch.