Samsung reportedly launching SIM-enabled Gear Solo at IFA

In addition to the Galaxy Note 4, Samsung is reportedly getting ready to launch the Gear Solo at this year's IFA. While not much is known about the Gear Solo, reports from earlier this year indicated that the Gear Solo will feature a SIM card slot, allowing it to be used without the need to pair with a smartphone.

While a standalone smartwatch which comes with the ability to make voice calls would make the device more accessible to a wider audience, the presence of cellular radios that constantly search for a signal is sure to present a challenge when it comes to conversing battery life.

Furthermore, there is no indication as to whether the upcoming smartwatch would run Android Wear or Tizen, although it is likely Samsung would look to the Tizen ecosystem for the Gear Solo given the restrictions Google has put in place when it comes to customising Android Wear.

What do you guys think about a standalone smartwatch? Would you be okay with sacrificing battery life to gain the ability to make voice calls from your watch? Let us know in the comments.

Source: Yonhap News; Via: SamMobile

Harish Jonnalagadda
Senior Editor - Asia

Harish Jonnalagadda is Android Central's Senior Editor of Asia. In his current role, he oversees the site's coverage of Chinese phone brands, networking products, and AV gear. He has been testing phones for over a decade, and has extensive experience in mobile hardware and the global semiconductor industry. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.