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Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch leaked Sunday was just a prototype, not the finished design

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Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch leaked Sunday was just a prototype, not the finished design
On Sunday, we showed you a leaked picture of the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch. The first leaked photo of Samsung's smartwatch did not bring forth positive adjectives to describe the device. The watch was called boxy, unattractive and ugly. But fear not Samsung fans! A published report on Monday says that the watch pictured on Sunday was not the market-ready product and that we will see a "different, more finished product" on Wednesday when Samsung unveils its new smartwatch during simultaneous events in New York and Berlin.

According to someone in the loop, the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch does not offer a built-in browser but is powered by Android 4.3 with the keyboard features disabled. With Bluetooth LE (Low Energy) connectivity, the watch can be used to run health related apps like heart monitors and blood pressure readers. Phone calls also can be made or taken. One area where consumers are going to want to see improvement is with the battery life on the watch which is said to last 24 hours with average use and 10 hours with more active use. The notifications take up the ee finished designntire screen of the watch with icons on top and a two line text on the bottom. Currently, Twitter tweets and Facebook messages aren't working on the prototypes.

Leaked picture of Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch was not showing the finished product. Image courtesy of Venture Beat

Leaked picture of Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch was not showing the finished product. Image courtesy of Venture Beat

Sources say that the watch will sport a 2.5 inch diagonal display (3 inches including the case) which will be a high quality OLED screen. Expect a dual-core 1.5GHz Samsung Exynos 4412 processor with a Mali-400 MP4 GPU running the show. A camera, microphone and speakers are integrated into the watchband. The only way to connect to the internet is to tether with the browser on a paired phone and the device needs to connect to a Samsung device with a watch based app store in order to install apps on the timepiece.

Those who were dismayed at the design of the watch in the picture leaked Sunday afternoon, will be happy to know that those thick bezels were hiding the real display of the watch. And yes, the Samsung Galaxy Gear does offer an accelerometer to make sure that the image on the display is always oriented correctly.

source: GigaOm via SammyHub

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posted on 02 Sep 2013, 02:37 3

1. Commentator (Posts: 2402; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Why should only Samsung fans "fear not"? I'm no Samsung fan, but I was genuinely afraid of that design!

posted on 02 Sep 2013, 03:09 8

8. PunyPoop (Posts: 715; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)


thishttp://www.xperiablog.net/2013/06/25/is-it-a-watch-is-it-a-phone/

posted on 02 Sep 2013, 09:05 1

34. CellularNinja (Posts: 302; Member since: 27 Sep 2011)


Now there's a smart watch.

posted on 02 Sep 2013, 09:56

39. PunyPoop (Posts: 715; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)


Wearing it will make a person a lot smarter. Unlike this prototype, you'll look like ULTRAMAN!

posted on 02 Sep 2013, 07:25 3

30. ardent1 (Posts: 1997; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


The problem with the Samsung smartwatch is that it has to solve a problem, e.g. it has to do something better than a smartphone, MP3 player like the iPod Touch, or a small tablet. For example, what is stopping people from wearing their smartphones or iPod Touches on the insides of their wrists, which is doable since the smartphones are thinner and lighter than before.

Check out the following video where Steve Jobs explains why the iPad was created -- to allow for a better web browsing experience, email, ebook, etc. See 1:50 into the videohttp://m.youtube.com/watch?v=qxWEpp206lg

Being smaller isn't enough, running android OS isn't enough, replacing bluetooth ear devices isn't enough, having a curved glass isn't enough -- in fact web browsing, email, etc. are going to worse than a smartphone.

Maybe the watch can be rotated in landscape and portrait mode, maybe the screen can be elongated or stretched or has two screens. That smartphone has got to something that the smartphone can't do well.

I'm going to wait and see how Samung explains what problem(s) only their smartwatch could solve that other devices can't solve.

posted on 02 Sep 2013, 09:06

35. CellularNinja (Posts: 302; Member since: 27 Sep 2011)


tl;dr

posted on 02 Sep 2013, 09:52

38. Whateverman (Posts: 3196; Member since: 17 May 2009)


I've never agreed with you about anything... But I'm with you here. Maybe I have to get hands-on with it or something, but right I don't see the use for this product. Okay, if you're working or, and don't want to pull out your cellphone to take a quick call... May e this would be useful, but no more useful than having a Bluetooth. I guess only time will tell.

posted on 03 Sep 2013, 09:42

43. McLTE (Posts: 695; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


What can smart watches do better?

For one, they can more easily and discretely alert the owner to new messages/calls. By the watch vibrating, you will miss fewer notifications. Personally, I miss them all the time because I can't feel my phone vibrating in my pocket, and often when it's sitting on my desk. This is the biggest feature I'm looking for. Sounds silly, but it would make my life a bit easier!

Then there are the athletic/active crowd. The smart watch will be great for people like runners and bikers who feel the need to bring a phone along as a safety measure, but don't want the bulk (assuming of course the watch has a sim card).

Beyond that, it would allow you to tether your watch to your phone and just stuff the phone in a pack or something - then get all your exercise data on your watch, whether it's distance/speed data, or GPS directions as well.

A smart watch will be THE quickest and least conspicuous way to receive notifications. Less digging the phone out to check notifications - a quick glance at the watch.

posted on 02 Sep 2013, 02:45

2. TechBizJP08 (Posts: 495; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)


"Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch leaked Sunday was just a prototype, not the finished design" Damn right..

posted on 02 Sep 2013, 03:50

20. htc_evo_3d (Posts: 84; Member since: 11 Mar 2013)


yeah. I too guessed it. just look at the 4 bolts at the corners.

posted on 02 Sep 2013, 03:59 1

21. Commentator (Posts: 2402; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Judging by those same bolts, what are the chances this is the "Active" version of the Galaxy Gear? Suppose Samsung releases a rugged, waterproof version alongside the standard consumer version.

posted on 02 Sep 2013, 10:22

40. Sauce (unregistered)


A lot of leaked prototypes in the past have showed us that they have carried out their leaked design. Don't get too excited.

posted on 02 Sep 2013, 02:47 6

3. SonyPS4 (Posts: 251; Member since: 21 May 2013)


"24 hours with average use and 10 hours with more active use"

Sound like 24 hours if we use it just like normal watch but 10 hours if we use "smart" features

posted on 02 Sep 2013, 02:47

4. mayur007 (Posts: 410; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


sigh of relief

finally!!
samsung dont disappoint

posted on 02 Sep 2013, 02:49 11

5. daddysbeenabadgirl (Posts: 157; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)


This proves how sour of a reporter Michael is. He is a biased irresponsible fanboy quick to post his usual propaganda before having all the facts.

posted on 02 Sep 2013, 04:41 4

24. kaira (Posts: 26; Member since: 12 May 2013)


+1 to you! You spot on!

posted on 02 Sep 2013, 02:51 3

6. SonyFindOneDroidple (Posts: 441; Member since: 11 May 2013)


But i also dont like the band, looks too thick..
Whatever, just make sure that the Note3 will make me very happy.. Dont make it too boxy with very sharp edges like Sony's for me to be comfortable holding it..

posted on 02 Sep 2013, 03:08 2

7. toondewachter (Posts: 52; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)


"The notifications take up the ee finished designntire screen of the watch with icons on top and a two line text on the bottom."

Nice sentence structure...

posted on 02 Sep 2013, 03:15

11. Commentator (Posts: 2402; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Looks like Alan may have started his Labor Day festivities already...

posted on 02 Sep 2013, 03:10 10

9. enzotarece (Posts: 22; Member since: 14 Aug 2013)


PA had to defend Samsung an I sure the final design won't be so different from this prototype. Sony smart watch all the way, now all we need is a new James Bond movie :)

posted on 02 Sep 2013, 03:15 6

12. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 781; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


It may be an early prototype
final design may be alot better than this.
you can't simply assure it'll be bad because it is not yet announced. Just wait couple of days....

posted on 02 Sep 2013, 03:11 8

10. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 781; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


Now shut up all those who shout bad about unannounced Samsung galaxy gear smartwatch including myself... Ha ha ha
We people are pathetic. We point out bad things/news first without even confirming whether it is true or false. And bad news spread faster than good news.

Now lets wait it's just couple of days left.

posted on 02 Sep 2013, 03:17

13. Commentator (Posts: 2402; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Well, to be fair, the prototype does look pretty bad. Talking bad about it isn't a problem, assuming you're speaking hypothetically.

posted on 02 Sep 2013, 03:45 1

18. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 781; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


"Well, to be fair, the prototype does look pretty bad." that completely true.
but what i meant is that, we people shouted without confirming its a prototype or the real product (maybe mislead by article).

posted on 02 Sep 2013, 03:48

19. Commentator (Posts: 2402; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Yeah, that article sounded pretty sure that this design was the real deal.

posted on 02 Sep 2013, 08:00 1

32. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


Well you can blame the person who wrote the article as if the design was final even though original sources everywhere were stating it was a prototype.

posted on 02 Sep 2013, 03:19 6

14. TheM16 (Posts: 80; Member since: 14 Aug 2013)


Sony Smartwatch wana be?

posted on 02 Sep 2013, 03:21 6

15. AshishRomea (Posts: 145; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


Sony SmartWatch is the original SmartWatch & i feel only Apple iWatch can outclass it. Wearable technology its Sony or Apple !

posted on 02 Sep 2013, 03:24 4

16. Commentator (Posts: 2402; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


You're entitled to your opinion I guess, but let's wait until we see what Samsung has to offer. All we've seen so far are smartphones that have been shrunk down to fit on our wrist. Whoop-dee-doo...

posted on 02 Sep 2013, 03:30

17. promise7 (Posts: 409; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


i think most ppl knew that was just a disguise or prototype. samsung did it with the gs4, the current note 3, and no reason to think they wouldn't do it for the gear. these days leaks r inevitable and near impossible to hide so they have to go to much greater lengths to hide their products.

posted on 02 Sep 2013, 04:14 3

22. ARITRA (Posts: 43; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


"Expect a dual-core 1.5GHz Samsung Exynos 4412 processor with a Mali-400 MP4 GPU"-this will only increase the price..we are not gonna play games on this thing then why?

posted on 02 Sep 2013, 04:17

23. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2624; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Samsung will not throw anything like this garbage, this's for sure.

posted on 02 Sep 2013, 05:38

25. Trex95 (Posts: 543; Member since: 03 Mar 2013)


Ugliest watch iv'e ever seen.

posted on 02 Sep 2013, 06:17

26. ddeath (Posts: 161; Member since: 14 Apr 2012)


All I can say is, phew.

posted on 02 Sep 2013, 06:48 1

27. gazmatic (Posts: 606; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)


they say that because everybody was disappointed and not amazed

they were testing the waters so now its back to the drawing board

if only they were buddy buddy with the nsa or gchq and had a camera inside sony or apple headquarters

copysung cannot design shiiit

all their devices are fugly versions of each other with different screen sizes and specs

posted on 02 Sep 2013, 08:15 2

33. HouTexan (Posts: 311; Member since: 08 Jan 2012)


Back to the drawing board just days before it's announced? Stop your foolishness, blind fanboy.

posted on 02 Sep 2013, 06:54

28. joaolx (Posts: 353; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


"Sources say that the watch will sport a 2.5 inch diagonal display (3 inches including the case)" so the design shape might be the same as the picture, right?

posted on 02 Sep 2013, 07:07

29. papss (unregistered)


They need to change that ugly band too.. Looks like the old calculator watch band which loos super cheap.

posted on 02 Sep 2013, 07:57

31. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


You don't say, the original leak said it was a protatype but no one thought to have considered the fact that it was a prototype could mean it's not final design but everyone was violating air the design as if it was..I mean why not just wait till Wednesday and then complain.

posted on 02 Sep 2013, 09:11

36. Ant34 (Posts: 193; Member since: 10 Aug 2013)


I don't have much hope for the final product considering the prototype is so fugly.

posted on 02 Sep 2013, 09:24

37. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


Sort of agree... maybe they will surprise us lol but if its anything like the prototype then fail... Personally I don't see what's all the hype with smart watches all of a sudden...

posted on 02 Sep 2013, 11:32

41. enzotarece (Posts: 22; Member since: 14 Aug 2013)


Becuz of the comment I made at number 9 phonearena has sent me a warning to my email for wat now, wen I see other users bashing other manufacturers cuz am defending Sony they vex as if I care

posted on 02 Sep 2013, 12:26

42. k1ng617 (Posts: 246; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)


Wait it can make and take telephone calls by itself? So it will have a cell antenna?

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