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Samsung Gear Solo expected to be announced at IFA 2014 to accompany the Galaxy Note 4

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Samsung Gear 2 (available since April)

Samsung Gear 2 (available since April)

It looks like the Galaxy Note 4 isn’t the only new device that Samsung is getting ready to announce at IFA 2014 next month. According to Korean publication Yonhap News, Samsung will also introduce a new smartwatch, namely the Gear Solo that we first heard about earlier this year.

Unlike Samsung’s previous smartwatches (Gear Live, Gear 2, or Galaxy Gear), the Gear Solo will support SIM cards, thus being able to make calls by itself - so users won’t need to pair it with a smartphone. With that in mind, we assume that this smartwatch will be a bit more expensive than the current models. Reportedly, the Gear Solo will be showcased on September 4, despite the fact that the Galaxy Note 4 is expected to be announced one day earlier, on September 3.

It’s not clear if the Gear Solo runs Tizen OS (like the Gear 2), or Android Wear (like the Gear Live). We also don’t know what to expect when it comes to design, but it’s hard to believe that the Gear Solo won’t resemble Samsung’s other smartwatches. Anyway, it’s said that the new wearable device will have 3G connectivity, but no LTE support. We'll bring more on this as soon as new info is available.

source: Yonhap News

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posted on 07 Aug 2014, 22:51 1

1. camera531 (Posts: 346; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)

Why would someone want a "solo" watch with a second phone number? Does it also need a second service plan? Seems to defeat the purpose of a smartwatch. Too smart for its own good.

posted on 07 Aug 2014, 23:09

3. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)

I don't know about the second phone number, but a smartwatch to me only makes sense if it continues to work well while I don't have my smartphone with me. And that means a data connection (for many uses anyway).

posted on 07 Aug 2014, 23:32

5. camera531 (Posts: 346; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)

The only way that could work is to have a separate sim (and therefor a separate number), unless you have to constantly remove the sim from your phone and put it in your watch. Either way, it doesn't seem practical at all.

posted on 08 Aug 2014, 00:13

6. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)

There are definitely issues to sort through. And a true standalone watch would need a SIM of some sort.

Maybe a watch, being quite small and space being at a super premium, is something where a virtual SIM/"eSIM" makes sense. I can't see physical SIM cards getting much smaller than the "nanoSIM" and this would be difficult to fit in many smartwatches.

posted on 08 Aug 2014, 01:28

8. DONUT (Posts: 431; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)

dont yall have multi SIM plans?

posted on 08 Aug 2014, 17:20

13. KillgoreTroutTime (Posts: 433; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)

As someone who has and enjoys the Gear Live, I don't think the Solo makes a lot of sense. Mostly for the reasons you said, 2 sim cards or constantly switching one? Both options suck. Also, I use my Live a lot, but more importantly, I use my phone a lot too. I thought I liked the idea of a "watch phone", but it turns out that I still want that 5 inch screen with me 99% of the time. I think tethering is superior to stand alone when it comes to wrist devices. I also don't see how ANYONE could be happy with owning a phone watch and not owning a smartphone.

posted on 07 Aug 2014, 22:59

2. Zhephyr (Posts: 25; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)

I think it will be a nice alternative for people who want a basic like phone experience just for call and simple task.
I hope it would include a wireless headphone like connection so it can also function as a mp3 player.

posted on 07 Aug 2014, 23:15

4. theguy2345 (Posts: 1216; Member since: 24 Jun 2014)

Does anyone know if these watches work with WP? I have 8.1 GDR1 dev preview

posted on 08 Aug 2014, 00:15

7. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)

Microsoft recently put up some PowerPoint slides recently of their smartwatch concepts.

I would expect something from Microsoft in 2018 or so, if they follow their usual plan of delay from when Apple/Android does something until they follow.

posted on 08 Aug 2014, 03:57

9. salaal (Posts: 109; Member since: 08 Dec 2013)

I think it will come with 2 os choices Tizen and Android Wear.

posted on 08 Aug 2014, 05:09

10. SandyArkon (Posts: 1; Member since: 08 Aug 2014)

SandyArkon- I think the name gives a clue, 'SOLO'- give your old smartphone to little sister, download virtual assistant like Dragon, then you're Hot to Go! Suki, send sms to Bob, content- See ya fri nite, Det-5. send. And like that. Goog Now is toooo helpful, i want to control what my assistant does, keep data bill lower, heh. BluTooth earbud with mike be cool.I want one. Now.
Happy sailing.

posted on 08 Aug 2014, 08:12

11. Mreveryphone (Posts: 1263; Member since: 22 Apr 2014)

I also agree with the comments about the sim... I've said that it would be a pain to take the sim out of your phone and put it into your watch and vice versa... Seems like a hassle... If they could find some way to sync watch and phone and transfer apn and other software necessities to operate as a stand alone device or include some type of chip with the watch that is specific to it and sync necessary files to operate as a stand alone device.

posted on 08 Aug 2014, 09:24

12. mturby (unregistered)

the girl is hot

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