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

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.

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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43 Comments

1. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

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

8. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

34. CellularNinja

Posts: 306; Member since: Sep 27, 2011

Now there's a smart watch.

39. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

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

30. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 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.

35. CellularNinja

Posts: 306; Member since: Sep 27, 2011

tl;dr

38. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 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.

43. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 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.

2. TechBizJP08

Posts: 495; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

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

20. htc_evo_3d

Posts: 84; Member since: Mar 11, 2013

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

21. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 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.

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.

3. SonyPS4

Posts: 347; Member since: May 21, 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

4. mayur007

Posts: 593; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

sigh of relief finally!! samsung dont disappoint

5. daddysbeenabadgirl

Posts: 157; Member since: Jul 26, 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.

24. kaira

Posts: 26; Member since: May 12, 2013

+1 to you! You spot on!

6. SonyFindOneDroidple

Posts: 865; Member since: May 11, 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..

7. toondewachter

Posts: 54; Member since: Jan 24, 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...

11. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

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

9. enzotarece

Posts: 87; Member since: Aug 14, 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 :)

12. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 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....

10. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 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.

13. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

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

18. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 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).

19. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

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

32. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 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.

14. TheM16

Posts: 80; Member since: Aug 14, 2013

Sony Smartwatch wana be?

15. AshishRomea

Posts: 145; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

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

16. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 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...

17. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 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.

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