Samsung is preparing to announce a smartwatch with its own SIM card that can make calls without being tethered to a smartphone, according to Korean media reports.
Currently, Samsung’s smartwatches and wearables – such as the Galaxy Gear, the Gear 2, the Gear 2 Neo, and the Gear Fit – require being tethered to a smartphone through Bluetooth in order to display notifications or make calls.
According to Business Korea the new smartphone, dubbed the Gear Solo, will be a full 3G phone in its own right, and will be able to make and receive calls even if the user leaves their smartphone at home.
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Meanwhile, Chosun Ilbo reports the new device is an attempt to fend off low-cost smartphone makers from China (such as ZTE, Lenovo, Huawei and Xiaomi). It is also a response to complaints from athletes about large-screen smartphones being impractical during physical activities.
The new device is set to be unveiled at the IFA trade show in Berlin, which will run from September 5 to 10. Samsung is also rumoured to be planning to unveil the Galaxy Note 4 phablet and an Oculus Rift-style virtual reality headset.
Samsung’s rumoured product announcements are partly a response to rumours Apple is planning to unveil the iPhone 6 during September. Meanwhile, rival LG is also rumoured to be planning to release a phablet with a stylus and an oval-faced smartwatch at IFA.