WSJ confirms a standalone Samsung smartwatch coming this summer

WSJ confirms a standalone Samsung smartwatch coming this summer
It was in early April when we first heard rumors about a possible Samsung smartwatch that would not require being paired to a smartphone for connectivity. The so-called Samsung Gear Solo (or Gear 2 Solo) sounded like a reasonable enough thing for Samsung to release, and now the device seems to have been confirmed by a new report from The Wall Street Journal.

The Journal doesn't even mention the name "Solo", but the report does say that Samsung is preparing a standalone smartwatch running Tizen that will be able to place and receive calls, and send email, all without the need to be tethered to a smartphone. It may not be named the "Solo", but it is certainly part of the Tizen-powered Samsung Gear lineup, rather than the Android-powered Galaxy Gear brand. The device will have other functionality that we've seen in the Gear line including GPS, Bluetooth, a camera, and a heart rate monitor. 

Supposedly, Samsung is already in talks with wireless carriers in the US, South Korea, and Europe to help bring the device to market; and, Samsung is planning to announce the device in either June or July with a release possible for sometime over the summer. No word yet on pricing or specs. 

source: WSJ



1. Zeeya

Posts: 331; Member since: Mar 17, 2013

Han-dy Solo ok.. i know its not funny...

10. sgodsell

Posts: 7585; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

If you can't use your voice to dial and send text messages. Then it won't be worth it, because the display is only 1.6". To small to type on. The current Gear watches being tethered would be better then the solo.

2. wargreymon

Posts: 764; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

Just took 5 years. LG GD910 and Samsung S9110 phone watches came in 2009.

18. KillgoreTroutTime

Posts: 433; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

And everyone knows that those were perfect devices and sold more units than all Iphones combined.

3. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

I wonder how many variants of this "solo" will be released

4. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

There will be the "Han Solo", celebrating the ancient Han dynasty, of course :)

8. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Did u see that guy, comment no.6 saying about us. What we have done.

5. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Wait and watch, still many more galaxy watches to come.....a millions of

22. Peeyushmalik96

Posts: 75; Member since: Jun 08, 2013

No doubt the universe is expanding day by day...

6. Topcat488

Posts: 1419; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

Haters, hating already? O.o Hey Samsung, i'll take one, WHAT time is it?... Tizen time!

7. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Smart Band + Citizen EcoDrive for me

11. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

I agree. Why is eco-drive type alternatives being used.

13. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Frak, not being used.

9. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Sigh yet again.......... This company need to fire it's entire research and development team if they have one. Sammy, people will have a smartphone with or without a smart watch. With that being said, you will never really need to make a call on a watch or have to data/plan to do so. What are you thinking. This is absolutely pointless. What Sammy has is a problem and they are desperately looking a solution.

12. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

You should first consider getting a job before advising the world's largest conglomerate on what they should do. You are grossly mistaken if you think that they need your "expert" opinion. They are making billions of dollars every month simply for the reason that they don't have idiots running the company. Once you make billion a month, come back here to lecture others. Till then, mind your own business.

14. Blazers

Posts: 766; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Wow Son, a wee bit sensative there aren't you? If Samsung isn't paying you a little of those billions they make, they should be. If Samsung wants to waste money developing and marketing a stand alone, it's up to them. But most people that would wear this watch will already have a smartphone, so I don't really see it being successful.

16. hurrycanger

Posts: 1773; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Are you talking about Son Goku?

17. willard12 unregistered

So basically, according to some, their current line-up is useless because it has to be tethered to a smartphone. Now, this one is useless because it doesn't need a smartphone. I guess that's the benefit of creating products with variety and letting consumers decide rather than people who play "analyst" on PA.

19. KillgoreTroutTime

Posts: 433; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

Agreed. Also, I use a straight talk sim card in my phone, so if I can just take it out and put it in the watch and go.....then sign me up, im buying one. There are plenty of times when I don't want to carry my phone, like when running.

21. Blazers

Posts: 766; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Variety doesn't equal success.

20. iushnt

Posts: 3154; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

@nctx77 They can backup their target markets with proper marketing research for this ptrpduct. What research have u done to say its pointless? If u and Samsung sit it in a room to discuss about gear solo then they can easily show u how they identified needs and targeted markets. What can u show them except your hatred for them? They have many products which the only make to fulfill needs of few customers and not worldwide.

24. TheGenius

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

No. Now people dont need to carry phones when going out.! Watches are luxurious and if they can do the same thing as our smartphones. . It'll be a pretty succesful idea. Now I can use a smartwatch when I am outside and have a tablet (which have same specs as the flagship phones but at cheper prices!) At home ! Its perfect.!

15. jpd514

Posts: 57; Member since: Nov 08, 2013

The point is that You will not need an annoying smartphone anymore.

23. GoBears

Posts: 456; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

Would be great for boarding, sucks carrying a phone on the slopes. Actually would be a lot better than carrying a phone for a lot of outdoor activities.

25. steedsofwar unregistered

I think this is a superb idea. It needs so many efficiently executed components, from battery life, superb speaker and mic capability, intuitive software and hardware to incorporate gesture operations, have the best voice activation possible, maybe a rotating circle rim like the chrono watches which can be used to operate basic functions like select, navigate back or forward etc. All of this has to fit in an attractive premium body. But this entire process must start at some point, and grow from strength to strength. I give credit to Sammy, despite hating their phones, for pioneering development in this area. Other big manufacturers may produce products n this segment years later only when Sammy has gone through the hoops and iterations of evolving this product and segment for when components and software is optimal for other manufacturers to throw their weight behind it. TLDR, remember the very first cell phones? They were large, heavy, expensive and software was almost non existent. But now the market is primed for superb, efficient powerful and intuitive products. But someone had to get the ball rolling back then. Motorola? Ericsson? Can't remember.

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