Samsung was quick to follow up the original Galaxy Gear with three new wearable devices announced last month, and according to a new report from The Korea Herald the company is seriously considering the possibility of releasing a SIM-packing Gear 2 variant in the near future. The device would be capable of making calls and sending messages without connecting to a smartphone and would apparently launch on Korea’s SK Telecom network, an anonymous insider told the paper.
Samsung’s line of Gear smartwatches can already make calls, but only while tethered to a nearby Galaxy smartphone. A SIM-enabled model would open up a few new possibilities, but would probably cost more upfront and also require a separate carrier contract. It’s unclear why anyone would want a separate SIM card for their smartwatch in the first place, unless you planned to ditch your handset entirely for the smaller and less handy device, which we definitely don’t recommend doing.
The South Korean tech titan made an early push into the smartwatch market with the original Galaxy Gear, but Samsung is likely feeling pressure from Google following yesterday’s Android Wear announcement. The search giant already has two smartwatches in development with LG and Motorola, and they look pretty great. Samsung definitely needs to do something to compete with Google, but we’re not sure jamming a SIM card into the Gear 2 is a real solution.