Samsung rumored to launch a standalone cellular Gear Solo smartwatch in Korea
When it comes to smartwatches, the Samsung Gear 2 without question holds the lead in mindshare, but it's still reliant on the owner having a compatible Samsung smartphone in their pocket. That could soon change, though, with the latest rumor out of Korea: the Samsung Gear Solo.
As reported by The Korea Herald, the Gear Solo is expected to launch in South Korea as a partnership with carrier SK Telecom, and will include an embedded USIM for placing and receiving calls. Other changes to the device weren't revealed, though we'd hope that Samsung puts a bigger battery into it to help counterbalance the increased power draw of such an embedded radio. Adding fuel to the flame, Samsung has filed a patent in Korea with the Gear Solo name.
Is a Samsung Gear Solo a solution looking for a problem, or is it a legitimate step forward for smartwatches?
Source: The Korea Herald