23
May
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It looks like Samsung is at it again. The company that unveiled a successor to the Galaxy Gear after only a few short months is already planning on releasing yet another smartwatch. This time the wrist-bound device should function as a standalone phone and not require something to pair to. According to the Wall Street Journal, we can expect it to drop sometime this summer.

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This product, which follows behind the Galaxy Gear, Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo, and Gear Fit, will differientiate itself by shipping with a SIM card and the ability to place calls. It will also come with the ability to take photos and send email, the latter of which places it further above the capabilities of its predecessors. The gadget is expected to come equipped with Bluetooth, GPS, and a heart monitor. It will be powered by Tizen, and Samsung is working on it alongside Intel.

This isn't the first time Samsung has tried its hand at the whole wrist-phone idea. The tech giant released a model way back in 1999, the SPH-WP10. It didn't meet with great commercial success, but hey, this one probably won't either. If the report turns out to be true, look for the device to land sometime between June and July.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • george bakos

    they just dont get it. Shrinking a smartphone to fit our wrists is definitely NOT the right way to create a smartwatch.. I am waiting for android wear...

    • Kai O

      You just don't get it. Samsung makes everything. You don't need a wrist phone? The Gears and other smartwatches are already there for that. I won't be surprised if Samsung comes out with its android wear device, too.

    • invinciblegod

      Well, I would guess some small niche who hates carrying phones around would love this product. All 5 of them.

      • Cat Astrophy

        As an athlete this would be godlike.

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  • Joe Menard

    This is going to be a whopping failure. I'll wait for motos watch to be released at least theirs looks classy.

  • SVem26

    And to think they spend billions on R&D.. if only they take some time to take proper feedback..

    • dogulas

      The release of all these products IS their R&D. And the sales are their feedback.

  • Matthew Fry

    My wife would be excited about dumping her cell phone until she saw how little she could do with this.

    • Cat Astrophy

      Stopped after the first 7 words

  • gk1984

    Chinese smartphones at $50-$75 on Amazon can do this already. They look like crap and make me wonder if they'd fall apart when the wind blew, but it's not new. But you know... it'll probably only work with Samsung SIM cards...

  • dogulas
    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/pamela-hill/ Pamela Hill

      Damn, is that ugly. Wow...it's just...wow.

      • dogulas

        Well, it was 16 years ago.

    • Jaime

      It's actually kind of cool. If you think about the time this was released (1998) I would have been all over it.

  • http://youtube.com/jedijens Jens Törnblad

    What is the thing with this Wall Street Journal? They seem to be reporting alot of things all the time and it's rarely correct. I've read countless reports about upcoming technology, with Wall Street Journal as a source, that never happen.

  • Qbancelli

    R.I.P Moto360

    • DMR

      True. And next year, Android Wear will release smartwatches with the same capability. It'll be innovation next year... While they hate on Samsung this year.

      To the writer of this article, what is all the hate against Samsung? I can't wait for Samsung to release this watch. The Gear's design is far more appealing IMO than the Pebble or Omate Truesmart. When you consider that Samsung users already own a Gear smartphone, and that Samsung knows the smartphone market far better than either Pebble or Omate (who don't make smartphones BTW), the Gear Solo will sell.

      Oh, and another thing: the Galaxy Gear wasn't a fail. Actually, Samsung has grabbed 71% market share aand Pebble and Omate are the ones playing catch-up. Turns out that all the Pebble advertising at tech blogs didn't help the company best Samsung. In your face, Samsung haters!

  • Matthew Fry

    Just saw this and thought it was pertinent:http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/smartwatches.png

  • Sky

    Bi-Polar UI .. y u no make up mind google?

  • avlon

    If implemented correctly, this is not such a bad idea for light data users. For example, if someone always carries their tablet for basic web surfing, and the watch serves as both a phone and tethers, then it could theoretically replace a cell phone for many users.
    The biggest hurdle would be battery life.