Samsung’s been quick to iterate on the Galaxy Gear after the original device failed to catch on with consumers and critics. The South Korean company followed up its first smartwatch with the Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit earlier this year, and a new rumor suggests Samsung will release a Gear Solo device that works without syncing with your smartphone.
According to The Korea Herald, Samsung’s SIM-enabled smartwatch is already in development. The company has reportedly partnered with SK Telecom and plans to release the device in South Korea before committing to a global launch. The Gear Solo name was reportedly confirmed by the Korean Intellectual Property Office where Samsung registered a patent for the device.
A SIM-enabled smartwatch would be able to make and receive calls and text messages on its own without syncing to a smartphone, potentially even replacing your handset in some cases. Based on what we’ve seen from Samsung’s Gear software, however, we’re not so sure anyone will jump at the opportunity to ditch their smartphone for the Gear Solo. The best part of a smartwatch is still the ability to check notifications with a quick glance rather than making calls from your wrist, and we doubt Samsung will be able to convince us otherwise anytime soon.