Could Microsoft’s smartwatch have its own LTE radio?


We’ve seen plenty of smartwatches from independent companies like Pebble. Even a few smartphone manufacturers have taken a stab at connected watches, like Motorola and Sony. But what we’re still waiting for – what continues to be rumored month-in and month-out – is a smartwatch from one of the entities behind an entire mobile platform. Apple, Google, and Microsoft alike have been attached to such rumors, and as we wait for some hard evidence to finally arrive, we’re getting a dew more details about what one of them’s been up to.

Supposedly, the Microsoft smartwatch could have 6GB internal storage, offer wristbands in a variety of colors, and might itself have a body made from a translucent ceramic – attention-getting to be sure, if it’s true. The really interesting rumor concerns the smartwatch’s connectivity, claiming that it could have an LTE modem and not rely on a tethered phone to get online.

We’ve seen cell-enabled watches before, but they’re just so much bulkier and battery-hungry than watches happy to stick to Bluetooth that they’ve yet to catch on with consumers.

Really, that makes this rumor a little hard to believe – either Microsoft found a way to make things markedly more efficient than we’ve seen to date, or there’s a piece to this story that we’re not yet getting.

Source: Among Tech
Via: GigaOM

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Stephen Schenck
Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bits Read more about Stephen Schenck!