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Published : 2014-04-07 20:50
Updated : 2014-04-07 20:50

Samsung Gear 2
A new standalone variant of the Samsung Gear 2, equipped with a universal subscriber identity module, or USIM, will likely be christened the Samsung Gear Solo, a source told The Korea Herald.

As reported earlier by The Korea Herald, Samsung Electronics and SK Telecom are jointly preparing to release the new smart watch. According to the Korean Intellectual Property Office, the state patent office, the electronics giant has filed a patent with the Gear Solo name.

As the name indicates, the wearable device will enable users to make and receive calls without syncing it with smartphones.

An SK Telecom source previously said the new model would at first be available only in Korea, but did not rule out the possibility of a release in overseas markets.

The name of the device, meanwhile, could change following an internal discussion, according to those close to Samsung Electronics.

A Samsung offcial declined to comment on the USIM-embeded smart watch, saying he was not authorized to talk about products that have yet to be officially released.

By Kim Young-won (wone0102@heraldcorp.com)

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