Prolific South Korean manufacturer Samsung is often ahead of the proverbial game, to the point where it occasionally turns up at the game long before the game has even started.
Here’s a fine example: the newly rumoured Samsung standalone smartwatch (that's the Galaxy Gear on the left, incidentally), capable of – among other things – making calls without the need for a companion smartwatch. Fine on paper, but does anyone actually want these things?
The standalone Samsung smartwatch appears in words over on The Wall Street Journal, which credits – you guessed it – “people familiar with the company's plans”.
There’s no mention of a name just yet, but since it’ll supposedly run Tizen (as opposed to Android; that’s “Galaxy” out the window), and since it’s capable of making calls, I’m sticking £100 on Samsung Gear Talk.
In terms of “wearables”, Samsung already has the Galaxy Gear, Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit on the market, but none of those boasts the independence of the SIM-toting Samsung Gear Talk. Or, y’know, whatever it’s actually called.
Interestingly, IBK Securities analyst Lee Seung-woo concurs with my vague cynicism, saying: "There's still the question of why people really need to buy smartwatches today. Samsung is estimated to be the dominant vendor of wearables, but it will take quite a bit of time for sales to contribute to the company's earnings.”
All going well, the Samsung Gear Talk (has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?) will be unveiled “between June and July”.