The wearables we have today generally fit into three camps. We have the activity trackers, which may or may not have displays of their own, but generally require a connection to a phone or computer to analyze the data they capture. Then there are the smartwatches like the Galaxy Gear or Pebble that offer a lot of interactivity and can run their own apps, but still rely on a smartphone for data and other needs. Finally we have models like the Neptune Pine that are self contained systems, able to operate independently out in the world thanks to their cellular radios. A new rumor suggests that Samsung may be looking to stretch from beyond those first two categories into the third, with claims that a cellular-enabled version of the Gear 2 may come to South Korea.
Supposedly, Samsung has been talking to carrier SK Telecom about its interest in having a cellular-connected Gear 2 running on its network. While it would debut in South Korea, the source behind this rumor left the door open for the chance that Samsung might make the watch available in markets abroad at some point.
Unfortunately, the rumor is quite light on details, like how such a move might affect the Gear 2’s already-high price tag, not to mention the disastrous toll a cellular connection might take on battery life.
If there’s a way to do this well, then by all means: Samsung, show us how it’s done. But if it means a chunky, expensive piece of hardware that’s constantly needing to be charged – well, maybe we’d be fine without it.