Wearables Samsung’s new smartwatch with eSIM introduces technology that can be used independent of smartphones By Saptadipa Mukherjee Posted on September 1, 2016 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Reddit Share on Pinterest Share on Linkedin Share on Tumblr With technology getting more and more advanced with every passing day, who knows what the future holds. But it looks like the days of using smartwatches simply as an extension of smartphones are numbered. According to reports, a new smartwatch by Samsung called the Gear S2 Classic 3G, which houses an embedded SIM card (also known as the eSIM technology), has been made available for buying in some European countries. It was heard around last year that tech biggies like Samsung and Apple along with some notable cellular service providers were planning to incorporate the eSIM technology into their next generation of wearables, which would allow users to switch carriers without swapping the physical card in their device. With its commercial availability, the Samsung Gear S2 Classic 3G may be the first device with the technology to be launched in the market. The futuristic technology is a standout one, for it eliminates the necessity to carry a smartphone in order to make or receive calls, texts, read and send emails, as the smartwatch is equipped to perform all such functions directly. Other than that, the smartwatch will also be able to keep track of the wearer’s physical activities and fitness details. Coming to the specifications of the fetching new Samsung Gear S2 Classic 3G, the watch weighs around 55 g and measures 13.4mm in thickness. The new device runs on the Tizen operating platform and is equipped with a 1.0 GHz Dual-core Cortex-A7 processor. It also sports a 1.2 inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with a pixel resolution of 360 x 360. The display will have Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. It will come with 512 MB RAM and 4 GB of internal storage. The device will be backed by a Non-removable Li-Ion 300 mAh battery. The Samsung Gear S2 Classic 3G has been jointly developed by Samsung, TIM and Gemalto. It has been priced at €399, or approximately INR 30,000. The eSIM technology has been backed by several giants in the world of hardware technology, like LG, Microsoft, and Huawei besides Samsung, as well as the most noted mobile service providers like AT&T, Verizon and Vodafone; so we can expect to see a lot more devices akin to the Gear S2 Classic 3G emerge in the following months.