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This May be the Samsung Galaxy Gear, Damn is It Huge

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According to VentureBeat, that right there is the new Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch that will be unveiled next week in Berlin. As you can tell from the pictures, which VB claims to have been snapped from a promo video of the new wearable gadget, the watch is quite large, possibly weighing in with a display at around 3-inches. That large size is likely due to all of the tech that Samsung managed to pack in, all of which we’ll try to get through below. 

In terms of size, this report claims that the Galaxy Gear is every bit as big as it looks from these shots. In fact, Christina Farr mentioned that the prototype of the watch that she was able to play with didn’t come close to fitting on her wrists, saying that it “dwarfed” them. The watch she used came in black and grey, and was “clunky and masculine.”

In terms of specs, we’re looking at a watch that can last around 10 hours, features a 3-inch display, 4MP camera, WiFi, and Bluetooth. On a software front, you can expect heavy S Voice and S app integration, along with social networking connectivity, fitness apps, and potentially even the option to initiate calls from your phone through the Galaxy Gear. There is a chance that the Gear will be able to connect to any Android device, though this report doesn’t specially hammer that point home.

The drawing below gives you an idea of the button placement, including the camera.

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Below, you’ll see some additional shots of the UI, which looks quite colorful. There are icons for the camera, fitness activities like heart rate and step counting, and even a gallery icon. The watch is more than likely navigated through using swiping gestures, similar to an iPod Nano (the old square style) or even the MotoActv.

From this report, it’s pretty clear that Samsung is going to push fitness with the watch to not only compete with fellow smartwatches, but to also take on Nike and Fitbit.

No word yet on pricing, but we should know that in a couple of days.

What do you guys think?

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Via:  VentureBeat

Cheers Justin, Daniel, and Epyon!

  • J Davis

    If this is it I no longer want it…

  • Andrew Remmers

    Suddenly I’ve lost a little bit of hope in the future, come on Samsung be a little ballsy and release something that blows everyone out of the water! (Hint Flexible screens)

  • jmiranda3983

    And people say my motoactv was clunky lol.

  • yummy

    It gives me an idea. I will just
    duct tape my gnx to my wrist.

  • Aweso

    If there was ever going to be a use for that flexible screen, this would’ve been it. If the final version’s gonna have a flat screen, it’s a deal breaker.

  • mcdonsco

    Too big = pass

  • Mike Ranucci

    As a studying 3D animator, I appreciate the contrast of the hand in the rendering. A little more tone and that drawing is golden.

  • bkosh84

    I’ll stick with my Citizen watch.. I don’t look like a absolute fool wearing it…

  • Xious

    I quit using my Motorola ACTV a long time ago because it wouldn’t even get a day’s worth from the battery. I could not imagine charging my watch every night.

    • chrismulliner

      Really, because its so much harder to plug your watch in as well? Lmao.

      • Xious

        Exactly … “as well”. No thank you. I bought a Pebble because of the e-ink display and that it would last at least a week. I don’t need to be worrying about plugging in my watch every night.

        • chrismulliner

          I read what you said the first time about plugging it in every night. No need to repeat yourself. You’re doing it regardless with your phone, it would take two extra steps to do it with your watch, am I wrong?

          Not trying to argue, just pointing out how lazy your comment sounds.

          Before this turns into war, smart watches are smart; So I wouldn’t wear it to sleep, compared to a normal watch. [Due to possible mis-clicks in the night] So I would be taking it off anyway, and plugging it in.

          Now this watch.. is a joke. If this is real, I will also get a pebble. But I wouldn’t mind plugging it in everyday, just saying. I see so many old whiny people, crying about charging smart phones on a daily bases at work. Now I’m seeing it in “smart” watches.

          • Xious

            Well, I guess there is the difference. I would not want a smartwatch. I want something like the pebble that compliments my smartphone not takes it over. So I guess it comes down to personal preference. But I can guarantee you that the majority of people do not want to charge their watch every night. So I guess that makes most people “lazy”.

          • chrismulliner

            Quick learner.

          • Patrick Crumpler

            Using a solar powered Casio G-Shock that sets time itself. Will have to change the battery in about ten years. They have to get at least two days out of one charge. That is beta time. Lol. Everyone knows Apple, and later, Motorola will get a week out of theirs. This screams, “Save your money”!

          • kashtrey

            I’m sorry but 10 hours is horrible. That isn’t even enough for the plug your watch in before you sleep use case. Most people are out of the house for 10 hours plus (8 Hours work + commute). At work it’s easy enough to plug your phone in to charge but doing so with a watch is dumb and a lot more inconvenient.

            Anything less than 16 hrs battery life is a failure. *I came up with 16 because that’s how long most people are awake for.* I’m sure when watches started coming with batteries there were some people that said “oh you’re so lazy, winding your watch isn’t that difficult to do every night.” It’s not a matter of laziness. You emphasized that it’s “smart” but it’s also a “WATCH,” and people expect those to have a decent battery life and the ability to choose when to wear it/take it off rather than being forced to take it off at certain time because it’s dying.

          • kashtrey

            I’m sorry but 10 hours is horrible. That isn’t even enough for the plug your watch in before you sleep use case. Most people are out of the house for 10 hours plus (8 Hours work + commute). At work it’s easy enough to plug your phone in to charge but doing so with a watch is dumb and a lot more inconvenient.

            Anything less than 16 hrs battery life is a failure. *I came up with 16 because that’s how long most people are awake for.* I’m sure when watches started coming with batteries there were some people that said “oh you’re so lazy, winding your watch isn’t that difficult to do every night.” It’s not a matter of laziness. You emphasized that it’s “smart” but it’s also a “WATCH,” and people expect those to have a decent battery life and the ability to choose when to wear it/take it off rather than being forced to take it off at certain time because it’s dying.

          • briankariu

            Is not being lazy, its convenience. I for one sleep with my watch so that if I wake up in the middle of the night I can know when to go back to sleep or to prepare waking up since dawn is near. Also, travelling, going out. I do not need to worry about both my smartphone and my watch running out of juice before I can get to a recharge port.

          • chrismulliner

            Being a “smart” watch, you REALLY think its going to have 1000 day battery life? Come on, its a smart watch. It DOES MORE than A watch/Pebble. So EXPECT TO CHARGE them DAILY. Just don’t complain about battery life, seeing as how its not much of an inconvenience to simply… plug-it-in.

  • Derek L.

    This is stupid.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    uhm…i think i like it.

  • Jorge

    10hrs? I’m hoping that was a typo and in reality it’s closer to 10 days

  • BCcowgill

    Nerd alert! Looks like one of those calculator watches from the 80′s

  • spickle

    my G-Nex is the first Samsung i’ve ever owned and while i think their phones look good i don’t care for all the gimmick stuff the pack in. those things don’t get me to buy one phone over another. so while this thing is huge and will most likely be packed with garbage i think i’ll stick with my Pebble until Google announces theirs and i’m really hoping it’s not huge. (10 hour battery life tho? really? fail)(no way i’m charging my watch as much as i charge my phone)

  • AndySamberg

    Maaaan, This ain’t a watch… I THREW IT ON THE GROUND!

  • florious80

    Seriously, will anyone wear this in public? Why not just wear a TV, like a 42″ TV, on your wrist…..

  • TuckandRoll84

    Someone needs to just make a Pip-Boy and call it good. We know from the phone screen size race that’s where we’re going anyway.

  • Ray Gray

    i hope this isnt real or im getting the sony watch

    • Bender Bending Rodriguez

      If it’s real then Samsung needs to fire all of their designers. This thing is not sleek.

  • master94

    They put the camera in the wrong place. Should be on the face so we can google hangout.

  • Bionicman

    maybe it’ll be really thin who knows. im hoping that is a shell because why would they leave the bolts/screws in plain view? honestly it is a tad on the big side but at the right price is right, this could have potential.

  • http://fandroidspin.com/ Larinx

    Samsung should have waited for Apple so they could copy…that thing is a horrific looking mess.

  • Rammstein

    I feel bad for people that have small wrists.

  • Mvrcel Lgt

    “so we have this phone over here and a wristband over there…what to do, what to do” -> Innovation^20

  • yes

    they’ll need apple to come out with their version first, and then copy it. this is what it looks like when samsung “innovates” right out of the gate.

    • Elliot Kotis

      Yeah, Samsung from 5 years ago, you realise Apple was sueing over 5-4 year old products, right? Apple is the one who copies now.

  • RaptorOO7

    Sorry, but that looks like a pro-type and not the final product. It’s way too chunky and this is NOT Samsung’s first attempt at smartwatches.

  • Such

    That thing looks craazy. Not sure how practical a “smart watch” is but I do give Samsung credit for pushing the line when it comes to tech. If I was into watches I’d get one.

  • iNomNomAwesome

    What is the point of having a camera on these things…

    • LionStone

      Spy work of course! :-)

    • Aweso

      Taking pictures of prototypes and leak them on the internet.

    • Andrew T Roach

      I agree. Samsung fans should be happy as long as it can take screenshots of benchmark results.

    • chrismulliner

      NSA needs them mobile watch pics. =}

    • AJ McKay

      Strip club.

  • lgreg64

    They need to push fitness because that thing is huge.

  • The. Great. Cornholio!

    That actually looks like a smartphonewatch, only thing missing is the Samsung home button (it’s nearly big enough for it).

  • imnotmikal

    Looks like its in a very early pre-production shell. I expect to have much less bezel area around the screen when in production.

  • Gnex

    Can someone please remind me what the point of a smartwatch is?

    • dreadnatty08

      So people can repost this same, pointless comment every time a smartwatch is talked about.

      • Gnex

        Thanks, I really appreciate it.

  • Vermin_Cain

    Good luck selling this thing Samsung.

  • HitokiriX

    Though I’d never wear a full-fledged smartwatch, I hope that it doesn’t really look like that and it’s still in some kinda shell.

  • Michael

    10 hour battery life? i wear a watch longer than that every day.

    • Froosh Freak

      Don’t worry, you can just lay your wrist on a charging station, since you won’t be able last a full day walking around with that monstrosity on your wrist anyway…

  • Beesley

    Looks like it’s on a child’s wrist. So of course it looks big.

  • Brian Wolfman

    Sometime I wonder, do they sit in a boardroom and say, hey guys, how can we take a great idea…and then screw it up so nobody wants it. Do companies want people to buy their products??

  • Daniel Walsh

    The Sony Smartwatch 2 is way better.

    • Wil Gibson

      I wish we’d get some more information on the Smartwatch 2. I haven’t seen a single new article on in in over a month.

  • Daniel Walsh

    Samsung’s Galaxy Gear looks like @#$5.

  • kixofmyg0t

    Doesn’t have a 2.3Ghz Snapdragon 800 and 1440p screen?

    Fail.

    • Gnex

      What you did. It’s there, and I see it.

  • http://www.baldypal.com/ BaldyPal

    in all photos there is a silverish border that I expected to be part of the screen on the bootanimation pic, buts its on all of them. if that’s bezel, it’s way too much, doesn’t look it could fit 3 inches in that bezel.

    • Daniel Walsh

      That looks like bezel to me.

  • Caleb

    I think Samsung is trolling us to set expectations low.

    • Daniel Walsh

      I doubt that.

      • Caleb

        I guess I should say I hope Samsung is trolling us. =) It wouldn’t be a bad idea from a PR perspective.

  • Kanaga Deepan N

    Those top and bottom HUGE bezels make it look like GIANT… But without that the battery life will be far less from reported already low 10 hours… Well I will wait for Galaxy_Gear_III (But by that time they should NOT tie GalaxyTab2 on my wrist and call it as Gear3)…

    • Daniel Walsh

      10+ battery life is horrible. That doesn’t even last a whole day. #fail

  • Daniel Walsh

    Great job Samsung no one ever.

  • IllImaginer

    I am expecting the Samsung Galaxy Gear II to be as big as a pizza box. Anyone else?

  • Ben Landwehr

    Are those.. Visible bolts/screws in the corner… Why?! Gah, I had high hopes this would look nice and sleek. Looks like a smartwatch still won’t be in my future for a while.

    • Daniel Walsh

      I still think the smartwatch is ahead of it’s time.

  • thedonxr

    I would rather have the Pebble.

    • Akashshr

      I would rather have my calculator swatch!
      Also battery life 1 year! :O

  • StuckOnVerizonForever

    Seems a bit clunky. I guess smart watches aren’t what we need.

    • Aweso

      I’d much rather have a sleeker one that just leeches off my phone.

  • XphoneTroll

    That think is fugly! Where’s my note 3?

    • Coming Soon

      First is Galaxy Gear Mini Ring and Galaxy Gear Mega Gold Neck Chain…. Galaxy Gear Note (Man)Purse coming later

    • hfoster52

      Serioisly

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    • Froosh Freak

      Strapped to your wrist, apparently.

  • Stephen Gaskins Jr.

    It looks like a small phone on a wristband. Pretty ugly. I hope this isn’t actually the final product.

    • New_Guy

      I really think this is Sammy’s idea of a joke. I’m sure some marketing exec is having a ball right now.

      • Andrew T Roach

        Yeah its not like Samsung has released ugly looking devices with ridiculous dimensions before. This thing is the real deal.

        • michael arazan

          It can not be Samsung, Where is the Home Button??!!

    • drparty

      Haha I thougth the same, its like a little GS4 for your wrist. Kinda funny.

    • Raj Bhatt

      When you think about how the OG’s screen was only 3.7 inches, this thing is pretty huge.

    • michael arazan

      Dick Tracy Eat Your Heart Out

  • ßen Murphy

    That thing is huge! -said no girl ever. Oh wait…

    • XphoneTroll

      That’s not what she said.

      • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

        I think you both win.

        • Ben Landwehr

          Both of them, seriously. Here, take my upvotes.

          • StuckOnVerizonForever

            Here. Have my upvote for getting down votes because you upvoted.