Samsung Gear 2 With Standalone Calling Facility Could Be a Reality Soon [Report]

By Anuj

    Samsung Gear 2, which was announced at this year's MWC tech show, doesn't support standalone calling facility. Even if the new model has significant improvements over its predecessor, even then its dependency on a smartphone cannot be ruled out.

    But wouldn't it be great if you came to know that Samsung might bring a third Gear 2 model with an USIM (Universal Subscriber Identity). Well, it seems that the South Korean giant certainly have plans to launch the Gear 2 with standalone calling facility.

     

    According to  sources close to The Korean Herald, Samsung and SK Telecom have begun discussing plans to release the second-generation Gear 2 smartwatch with USIM (Universal Subscriber Identity).

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    Samsung Gear 2 With Standalone Calling Facility Could Be a Reality

    If the new model of Gear 2 comes with an added Universal Subscriber Identity module (USIM), then maybe you could get to make calls without connecting the device to a smartphone.

    The upcoming model of Gear 2, which will be released on SK Telecom, Korea's biggest network provider, could be exclusive to the South Korean market. However, there is chance to see the device being launched outside Samsung's native market.

    Meanwhile, several industry experts have begun arguing that if a smart watch comes with an USIM facility, it would consume more power.

    "A smart watch equipped with a USIM card is not implausible," says one such expert

    The Samsung Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and the Gear Fit are expected to be made available globally in April.

    On Wednesday, Software giant Google launched Android Wear, a version of the operating system designed specifically for wearable computing devices. In addition, Motorola, LG, Samsung, HTC and Asus are all coming with their own respective smartwatches this year.

    Stay tuned to GizBot for more updates!

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