samsung-smartwatch

It appears that Samsung is going to beat Apple to the wearable tech space this week. The company has an ‘Unpacked’ media event scheduled for Wednesday, September 4, where it’s widely presumed to unveil a new smartwatch.

Now, this category is still fairly new, so we really don’t know what to expect to see on Wednesday. But if these images from VentureBeat are legitimate, Samsung’s Galaxy watch will feature a 3-inch display and a chunky design…

VentureBeat’s Christina Farr reports:

“Samsung is set to reveal its Galaxy Gear smartwatch next Wednesday, Sept. 4, in Berlin. But this weekend, we got a first look at the watch.

Here it is.

…this weekend, a source showed us one of the prototypes sent to developers and a few select partners. Note that Samsung is highly security conscious in protecting its designs, and occasionally sends off prototypes that don’t mirror the final design. But it won’t be far off.”

The images you see above were taken from an internal promotional marketing video for the watch, which Farr says was developed by an independent team working closely with Samsung. She wasn’t able to photograph the watch itself.

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As for the device, it’s said to feature a 3-inch OLED display and both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi for connecting to other S-family gadgets and the web. It also has a 4-megapixel camera built into the strap, and tiny speakers built into the clasp.

And of course, it’ll have all kinds of software features as well: S-Voice voice commands, apps for social and health tracking, and integration with Samsung smartphones and tablets. It will also be able to initiate calls and access the web.

Time will tell if Samsung’s Galaxy Gear watch becomes a must-have. I personally think it’s way too bulky to appeal to the average consumer, and its 10 hour battery life is really disappointing. But it might appeal to fitness/gadget junkies.

samsung-galaxy-gear-smartwatch-sketchVentureBeat sketch based on Galaxy Gear prototype

That being said, it will beat Apple’s rumored smartwatch to market by what looks like several months. That’s both good and bad, as it will give the Cupertino company plenty of time to see what it’s up against, and gauge consumer reaction.

Speaking of the iWatch, it’s also believed to be a fitness-tracking device, with a touchscreen, that will be worn around the wrist. It’ll run iOS, feature a number of biometric and other sensors, and is expected to debut sometime next year.

So, assuming this is really Samsung’s smartwatch, what do you think? Will you be buying one?

  • Smart watches existed long before apple and samsung SMH.

    • Maxim∑

      Ok? Where does it say apple and Samsung are first

      • It doesnt but apple and samsung think they the only ones that are/will producing smartwatches.

      • felixtaf

        They told you privately??? What a blind accusation??

      • Not to me but to a friend of mine who works at an apple store in amsterdam.

      • felixtaf

        Apple store employee is the spokesperson for Apple and Samsung? Never heard it before. Tell something else to laugh about…

      • Your gay.

      • felixtaf

        You are gay! Learn to talk first! and NO, am not gay. So if you are interested in me, sorry… I have a girlfriend and am not interested in you either!

      • Still you reply to everything I said. Asshole

      • felixtaf

        Because everything you said was stupid and funny to read… Yet hard to decode…. LMAO…

      • Whatever stupid felix the cat.

    • Leafs99

      Yeah, but never implemented well. No smart watch to date has made a significant impact on the tech industry.

      • mehrab

        Exactly

    • ImLegend

      Smart phones also existed before iPhone. but iPhone has changed it all. probably iWatch will too.

      • Apple dick riders apple is always the same nothing changes they only get faster chips from samsung smh.

      • Tsavo Walker

        If you “SMH” one more time you are going to hurt your neck.

      • Fat change I got a neck like the Hulk but I will hurt your neck tho.

  • Cameron Chao

    Thats good, we will all know the extent of Samsungs coping when they release the next version of their smart watch after Apple releases theirs.

    • Smfh

      Copying when Samsung had a smart watch back in 2009? You are an idiot. That is all.

      • SkyFall

        Smart watches existed long before Apple and Samsung were interested in it. There is an old James Bond movie were Bonds watch transformed into a remote controller for his car, it would call people and it had a display/camera. Smart Watches idea existed long before The Cell Phone (not smartphone).

      • Danuel Carr

        Umm there’s a bit of a difference between a movie prop and an actual device, pal.

      • Henri Parmentier

        It’s the idea that counts, pal.., it means that Apple cannot patent the concept, just the technology.

      • SkyFall

        I told you the idea existed long before Apple Samsung or any other company imaged it. And i gave you an example of that movie to show you that the IDEA existed from that time and it is not Apple’s or Samsung’s or Sony’s invention.

      • Cameron Chao

        you obviously dont get my point.

    • Joseph

      …How can Samsung copy something before Apple’s came out? Are you a delusional fanboy?

      • Carlos Gomes

        He said the NEXT version, AFTER Apple releases their iWatch.
        You should improve your interpreting skills before trying to correct someone.

    • @sexyhamthing

      I think my squidward face says it all………..
      idiot.

  • Jordan Dixon

    The icon next to what seems to say ‘Argus’ in the second image looks like a paint-drawn Google Chrome icon.

  • Osama Muhammed

    what are they always dealing with oversized stuff

    • Guest

      Why aren’t you ever gonna grow up, wann remain a dwarf forever?

      • Osama Muhammed

        LOL blame disqus

  • Mr. E

    Looks like a mini sg4

  • drewstone

    i guess people with small wrists are screwed from the looks of these images.

  • cordell

    Thats ugly & too big

    • It sure is fugly, but it doesn’t seem to include their flexible screen technology, so, I doubt this is really what they’ll show off on Wednesday…

  • felixtaf

    Yes this is the model…. Mini and Mega models on the way… Brace yourself….

    • mehrab

      Mini megag ulta ultra xl water non water proof

      • Yash Gorana

        bahahahah !

  • Khan Rulzz

    It looks like someone found a toy watch in a dumpster, and polished it.

  • SPEEDNATO

    If you make it! they will buy!

  • Tobias9413

    Am I the only one who thinks these “smart-watches” are pointless and hopefully won’t go into style. It’s like google glass in my opinion. Not worth it.

    • You’re not alone on that, but watch as the market explodes…so far, they appear to be pointless, but sooner or later, they’ll begin gaining features that just work best on the wrist…so long as Apple doesn’t put an end to innovation with its patents.

    • Henri Parmentier

      I was thinking the same thing about smartphones, but boy was I wrong..

      If a smart watch could survive one week on a single battery then maybe I would buy into it

    • Chindavon

      Health care professionals and fitness junkies will eat this up.

  • n0ahcruz3

    Fugly yikes!

  • Matt

    Looks pretty good, now gotta wait for 2014 till apple unveils their watch.

  • Christian Mejía

    It sure is ugly

  • El Arqui Tecto

    Samsuns is not going to beat anybody with that design…

  • ConduciveMammal

    Samsung basically just rushed everything to beat Apple to the punch. And it shows.

    • Carlos Gomes

      Exaclty my thoughts. Still, based on the downvotes your opinion has, I wonder the percentage of Android people visiting idb

  • Liam Mulcahy

    hell no

  • ✪ aidan harris ✪

    Do they have a patent on that fugly design?

  • Nour Khaled

    It looks very stupid and ugly too

  • Nitsud

    I still have a watch that is a universal TV remote. It seemed smart to me and was used mainly to confuse my teachers in high school

  • planetcoalition

    Lackluster to say the least…

  • Abdel Brengosh

    not so smart I think…. like my old Alba solar powered watch….

  • iOops

    I won’t call it ugly until I can see it more closely, however i can tell it is far too bulky for my taste.

  • Joseph

    I really like how people complain about Samsung ‘copying’ Apple and then complain when they come up with an original design like this.

    • Leafs99

      An original design perhaps, but this design is as ugly as it gets. Look at the exposed screws and the bulkiness of the watch.

      • Joseph

        My point is that people will always find something to complain about. It’s just… ugh. #firstworldproblems

      • Leafs99

        Yeah, look at the MacRumours forum for people waiting for a rmbp. A bunch of them are complaining about the predicted lack of dgpu in the Haswell model.

  • chumawumba

    This will look like another Samesung piece of shit when the iWatch actually releases.

  • Quincy Poaches

    I’d be interested (maybe) if it looked like the prototype; the one with the curved glass display.

  • Rowan09

    That’s an ugly looking piece of hardware. If this is how it’s going to look then they won’t sell a lot of them.

  • 3aloo1

    A branded digital watch is better lol

  • James Jenrette IV

    Smart watches existed long before Apple and Samsung were interested in it. There is an old James Bond movie were Bonds watch transformed into a remote controller for his car, it would call people and it had a display/camera. Smart Watches idea existed long before The Cell Phone (not smartphone).

    • SkyFall

      WTF DUDE YOU COPIED MY COMMENT.

  • jocastro

    will never own this, ever

  • Barnez Hilton

    You sure they aren’t going to unveil the Galaxy NOTE III with Finger Print Sensor to steal Apple’s Thunder next week.
    I put money on that over a watch

  • Mathieu Reid

    It was confirmed to be a prototype.

  • FOFF

    looks like 1989 all over again

  • Chindavon

    crickets…(yes we know it’s out there)…crickets..