Samsung has been rumored for a while to launch its own smartwatch device and new reports now reveal that such a product (model number SM-V700) has been spotted in inventory systems.
Samsung-Updates has spotted the product on Zauba, a logistics company from India that we have seen in another Samsung-related report the other day – according to Zauba shipment tracking, Samsung may be testing three different Galaxy Note 3 versions (with screen sizes from 5.5-inch to 6.0-inch).
Now the same Zauba lists a SM-VL700WATCH device that, like the Galaxy Note 3 units, is to be used for “R&D purposes.” There’s only one listing on the website for the device, which says that three units have been shipped on July 24.
A commercial product name has not been mentioned for the device, although previous reports did say it could be called Samsung Gear. Images of the Samsung smartwatch are not available at this time either, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see more leaks coming out way assuming the product is real.
Sam Mobile reports that its sources can confirm that Samsung Germany “has received a Samsung SmartWatch Prototype and has also begun testing firmwares for the device.” The publication says that no other Samsung division in Europe has the smartwatches, suggesting that the fact that Samsung Germany got it may indicate an IFA 2013 launch.
Sony has recently announced its second smartwatch model – the SmartWatch 2 – that will launch in September and other companies including Google, Apple and Microsoft are rumored to release similar smart devices in the future.