Samsung May Have a Standalone Smartwatch and VR Headset Coming
Samsung (SSNLF.PK) is all over the board these days with new devices and new rumors as new types of tech are popping up. It didn’t take long for Samsung to get on the bandwagon when smartphones were introduced, nor for tablets or smartwatches. If you look around, you’ll find there’s a Samsung-branded product for most major consumer gadgets from TVs to stereos. So as more companies are branching out into virtual reality, augmented reality, and enhanced smartwatches, it’s not surprise that Samsung may also be on board.
A standalone smartwatch
So, there are no surprises to be had at the concept of Samsung making a smartwatch. It already has several with the Galaxy Gear, Gear 2, and more. The one thing Samsung doesn’t have — nor do its major competitors — is a smartwatch that stands alone. In other words, a smartwatch that doesn’t require tethering to a smartphone or tablet to have full functionality. The current Gear branded smartwatches don’t have the ability to place calls or receive data on their own, but do so with a connection to smartphones.
However, The Wall Street Journal recently reported that Samsung will be making a smartwatch capable of standing alone, as told to the news source by people familiar with the Korean company’s plans. The device will have GPS, Bluetooth, and a heart monitor, plus it will run on the Tizen operating system, which Samsung has developer with Intel (NASDAQ:INTC). But the key ingredient that would make this device special would be carrier support through a SIM card or CDMA connection. According to The Street, Samsung has approach mobile carriers in it’s home country of South Korea, as well as in Europe and the U.S.
With IDC predicting smartwatch sales to multiply three times this year to over 19 million units sold, it seems like a good time for Samsung to come out with what could arguably be the best smartwatch the market has seen yet. The report suggests a release in June or July.