Samsung Standalone Smartwatch: New Wearable Device That Requires No Phone Reportedly In Development Coming?

By Matthew Buzzi , Updated May 23, 2014 04:21 PM EDT

Samsung is ahead of its competitors in terms of releasing smartwatch products, even if the sales haven't be wildly successful. Another wearable wrist device is reportedly set for a reveal this summer, one that would stand alone from any smartphone and come with a SIM card.

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The report comes from The Wall Street Journal, which claims that Samsung could be ready to reveal the smartwatch within the next few months. The watch would function as a phone by itself, rather than require a paired smartphone like those before it. The previous devices have been especially exclusive given that they mainly worked only with Samsung's phones.

According to their sources, the new smartwatch will also come with Bluetooth, GPS, a heart monitor, and will be able to send emails and take photos. The reveal will supposedly take place between June and July, and Samsung is currently in discussions with telecom carriers in major regions over plans to support the device.

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Wearable devices are expected to increase in number rapidly, even though there hasn't been a huge demand for them. Samsung has been the foremost pusher of the new technology, already having four smartwatches on the market.

The Gear Fit is among the most recent, made for users on the go. Reviews were mixed based on its functionality however, despite fixing the horizontal screen display that had most users scratching their heads before launch. Perhaps a new device that doesn't require a phone (and doubly helpful, not a specific phone) will see more success.

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