Samsung rumoured to be working on a Tizen smartwatch that doesn’t need a smartphone

Douglas Soltys

May 23, 2014 3:12 pm

A month after the release of Samsung’s Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo, a Wall Street Journal report claims the company is working on a new Tizen-powered smartwatch. The report states that the unnamed device features similar functionality to the Gear 2 – email, GPS, Bluetooth, heart monitor – with the notable exception that it will not require smartphone pairing to send and receive texts and calls.

The report goes also indicates that the new smartwatch could be unveiled as early as June or July, and will ship with a SIM card. Undoubtedly the increased functionality will also increase the cost of the device beyond the Gear 2’s $329 retail price. Let us know if you’d prefer a standalone smartwatch at an increased cost to a ‘companion device’ that needs to pair with a smartphone.

SourceWSJ
  • Lukeiphone

    I hope all these radio transmitting devices on me don’t cause me cancer..:

    • kyca

      Trust me radio waves, blue tooth. .. They aren’t good. I had my Galaxy gear on me for a short period of time and my fingers were paining me.

    • hunkyleepickle

      Well thats entirely anecdotal…but ok.

  • MXH070

    Ah samesung just drop the watch thing and move on as other companies are making useful smart watches.

    • Joseph

      I don’t know I own a Gear 2 neo and I must say I really do love it but I would never buy a smartwatch to replace my phone…..

  • Samuel Gomez Recuero

    it will basically be a smartphone (with limited capabilities compared to a real one) sitting on your wrist.

  • Eric Parisien

    Now I will have to read my emails on my watch, then on my phone, then on my tablet and then on my PC. Or I will have to switch all my emails to Gmail.

  • 5Gs

    I don’t know whats going on these days. To me watch should be watch. The only fancy thing about them should be water proofing, analog, timer etc etc To have a smart watch meanings i am too lazy to answer my phone in my pocket so let me try using my watch. Then we wonder why are we too busy in life. We are busy because we just want to get lazy and invent something to find a remote when you are unable to find it.

  • Dimitri

    I bought the Gear 2 neo when i got my S5. Used it maybe twice & then put it back in the box. Its a nice little thing but honestly its not really worth it for me.