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It looks like some images of the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, or at least a mockup used in an internal Samsung promo video, have leaked out. And, based on those images, this is apparently what the Galaxy Gear will look like in proportion to your wrist.

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Large, one might say. Quite large, apparently - VentureBeat claims the Galaxy Gear will have a 3.0" display and seems to runs Android (or at least is capable of running some Android apps) in some sense of the word. It's alleged that the battery life will be a not-so-sensational 10 hours, though that Samsung will be focusing heavily on the activity / fitness tracking aspect of the Gear, making it very possible the watch will not be marketed as an always-on-your-wrist device.

Either way, these images are polarizing as all get out. I, for one, think it's an unabashed catastrophe if real. I'm willing to admit a comically large phone might have its uses, but a 3" LCD hanging over the edge of my wrist? I'll pass.

What about you? Is the Galaxy Gear, if it does look like this, still intriguing, even something you would buy? Vote in the poll and get your long-form answer ready for the comments.

If the leaked images are real, do you have any interest in the Galaxy Gear smartwatch?

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David Ruddock
David's phone is an HTC One. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, imparting a legal perspective on tech news, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • CA719

    Where is the "No, this thing is atrocious" option?

    • New_Guy

      I was actually looking, very vigorously, for the "oh, heeellllll no" option. But alas, my search was of no avail...

    • Davis Hernandez

      also where is the "no, this thing is ridiculous considering it should have the camera in the device itself just in case i want/need to change straps" option?

  • Giingee

    The Engadget article says these are prototypes. Will have to wait and see what gets revealed officially.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      Definitely, but it's an interesting question nonetheless. You have to wonder how many people would buy a watch with a 3" LCD.

      • Ivan Myring

        Yeah, unless it was curved, 2" is the limit for smart watches. Also, small elegant designs (Sony smart watch 2) are better.

  • Phill_S

    I have a 3.5" Android phone somewhere, turns out I could just epoxy a strap onto it and call it a smart watch.

    • Roh_Mish

      I have an old galaxy apollo which is 3.1 inch. Put it horizontally and i have a smart watch!

  • Adrian O.

    Hell no. That's just a smaller phone on your wrist, not a watch.

  • DanieleMnn

    Why would someone want a camera on a watch?!?
    Still I can't believe they're that stupid at Samsung, but I guess I will be prove wrong...

  • abqnm

    Where is the Galaxy Gear Mega 4.8? There needs to be a phone sized watch just as there is a tablet sized phone.

  • Joshua

    I think it has a 3" diagonal front face, not display. The mock up's proportions lead me to believe that this is the interpretation the leakster wanted when he said "3 inch face."

    Of course, knowing Samsung's desire to make a large version of everything (which I say from my Note 2), it could well have a 3" screen.

  • Mehmet Fatih

    "No more paying for s-bullshit" option please.

  • Fred

    This thing just looks too big and ugly. Hope it doesn't look like that.

  • Kellic

    I doubt it.

  • SleepingSeasons

    Get me a Pebble with a speakerphone and good navigation integration and that's all I'll ever need or want on my wrist.

  • no sammy don’t

    Oh boy, I'm cringing in anticipation of the release. I hope it's someone's idea of a joke. Saying something about Samsung though that we can't be sure till its released. You'd know right now it's fake if it was apple, but Samsung not so sure..

  • Aaron Nieves

    The only way a 3" screen would be acceptable on your wrist is if it were a flexible display and the display itself wrapped around

    • hot_spare

      How do you bend the battery and other components inside that?

      • MindFever

        ...wat?

        • hot_spare

          What?

          • MindFever

            What what ?

      • Mike Reid

        Very carefully.

  • Willie D

    It looks too big, too heavy, not water resistant, and certainly not shock or crush or oops I banged it into the wall, counter, door proof either. No thanks!

  • Ivan Myring

    I would rather use the note 12.2 as a watch.

    • Jay T

      Ugh, no!! A physical home button!! :P

      • Roh_Mish

        Push it and you will be teleported from anywhere in the world to your home.

  • Elislurry

    Lol hell no! My pebble does everything I need.

  • RJM7787

    --"focusing heavily on the activity / fitness tracking aspect of the Gear"

    If that's what they're going for then they failed, because it would be uncomfortable going for a run or lifting weights with that huge thing on your wrist.

  • Philip Kahn

    I <3 my Pebble.

  • secretagogue

    It is like attaching your phone to your wirst... i'll pass

  • Melbourne85

    Is everyone oblivious to the fact that even 4 years ago, China was producing Android powered smart watches. It is nothing new. Seriously old tech

    • MindFever

      Umm...well yes everybody knows that,duh

  • Cory Crew

    No because in 10 hours I couldn't tell the time

    • MindFever

      Lmao... Immagine the frustration when you set this thing to wake you up in 10 hours. Samsung is doing this as lazily as possible ,that's my bet

  • omar

    Is ugly and extremely big, I hope this ugly thing is a prototype.

  • NexusKoolaid

    My standards for any watch are durability and battery life that's measured in something other than hours (most watches have batteries good for months or years - for a smartwatch I'd settle for days). Any watch that doesn't meet these criteria - don't care what it looks like - I'm not interested.

  • oesjmr

    I won't be strapping on any smartwatch.

  • Danny365

    My Xperia is barely bigger, but it sure feels/looks ridiculous.

    • Pradeep Viswanathan R

      rofl!

    • rpitera

      @Danny365 Lol. It fits better portrait as long as you don't need to bend your wrist.

  • Juan

    The wristband cellphone needs to be that... a modern sexy looking lightweight bracelet. Flexible yet unwearable to be used as a normal phone.

  • Gnex

    No, I don't really see the point of a smartwatch to begin with.

  • http://mrmcpowned.com mrmcpowned

    "Tags:Galaxy Gear ohgodwhy.jpg weekend poll"
    My reply: Nope.avi

  • Guest

    "It's alleged that the battery life will be a not-so-sensational 10 hours"

    So in 10 hrs time I'll be running around to find 2 chargers... 1 for my phone and another for this brick... Guess thats what author meant by "Samsung will be focusing heavily on the activity / fitness tracking aspect of the Gear"...

  • AS

    I assume that was an early prototype, best guess, circa 1998

  • Roh_Mish

    I remember not so long ago in 2009/10 i had a 3.1 inch phone. So that is quite large

  • http://royblumenthal.com/portfolio royblumenthal

    Where's the, 'Hell no! What the heck is a "wrist watch" in this day and age?' option?

    I stopped wearing a wrist watch in high school several decades ago. Why would I wanna wear ANY watch, smart or not, big or small?

    Although, if my Galaxy Note 2 has a decent wrist strap, MAYBE.

  • dg

    give me landscape form-factor, e-ink, 3 day battery, speaker, mic, some buttons, cheap. I don't want: color, something tall, camera, touch screen.

  • Kingu Prima

    could be a hoax according to Gruber

    • MindFever

      Fail?

  • thefox

    the best watches are mechanical watches ... to mutch kids out there

  • LAKAME

    I'm interested in not buying it.

  • Jon E

    You got it wrong, that's the version for people being monitored by the police. You know to replace the tags that they put on their ankles.

    Seriously though anyone that would wear one of those needs to be ridiculed at every place they go. Same as any of those saps that buy apple phones.

  • Ahmad Nadeem

    I don't think this Smartwatch stuff will catch up right now,maybe a few years later this might not seem a bad idea...........but right now,it's just a novelty gadget

  • KilpiBan

    Without truly flexible displays, one should not even think of manufacturing these... hideous, useless, gimmicky things they call "smart watch." The technology simply isn't there yet.

    • j¤n Gårrëtt [5,000+]

      are you serious? look at the first few generations of smart phones and tablets!! it has to start somewhere.

  • DAEX

    I cannot wait to say no because it is a piece of cake.

  • Vardan Nazaretyan

    It better has an AMOLED display and many black UI elements to reduce the battery usage as much as possible.

  • Christopher Teague

    Im buying the Omate TrueSmart, i actually want performace and Itll take its own sim card.

    http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/omate/omate-truesmart-water-resistant-standalone-smartwa

  • Gregor

    Too big and of course that batteries that work just 10hours...is this a joke Samsung?

  • Андрей Журавель

    offisial render Galaxy Note 3 http://vk.com/meinternettechnology

  • rpitera

    There's no way this is real. Samsung may not be Apple, but they're also not novices at industrial design. I'll wait to see a finished product from ANY of the many before I think about a watch seriously. And I think we're still a ways off from that milestone.

    • rpitera

      Hate to say I told you so.... A week later and it turned out I'm right. And I still wouldn't buy it.

  • hot_spare
  • Ryan Stewart

    Ew. I'm holding out for the functionality being built into a normal watch or a Suunto

  • http://billhay.es/ Bill Hayes

    No, but all this Galaxy Gear talk is getting me quite excited for the Sony SmartWatch 2.

  • j¤n Gårrëtt [5,000+]

    74% of people voted NO because of its looks. shmm, sound like a bunch of iPhone users--looks is all that mater, never functionality.

  • mattdonders

    Absolutely not - my Pebble looks 100x better than this thing and gets about 7-9 days of battery lately, not 10 hours.

  • MindFever

    Jesus Christ NO! Samsung is milking the basic Galaxy line slab design to its extremes. Laziness lvl 99 where the lvl cap is actually on lvl 80 ! Wow,I totally geekified myself

  • flosserelli

    Needs moar bezel.

  • crackinthewall

    Small wrist problem. That's gonna look so tacky on my wrist given the shape and the size.

  • ElvisMarmaduke

    I love how people are comparing this to their 3 year old PHONES... If you're going to compare it to your 3.5 inch phones PLEASE make sure you aren't including the generally very large bezel on all the sides, especially to and bottom. And aren't factoring the large thick for factor all-around... Some people....

    Watches have been getting increasingly larger, 3 inches DOES definitely sounds large, but looks likeno bezel to make the ACTUAL size bigger, I'm sure the battery won't add tons of weight and bulk.

    I'm keeping my mind open until it's actually released in stead of on some skinny nerds arm (no offense).

  • Cody Shiranai

    Why does no one just make a watch parallel to the length of the arm? And you expect a smart watch SHOULD look different from a regular watch like a smart phone looks different from a phone. Why force it to look the same? Hell every movie and game shows some long omni-tool watch like device like Mass Effect or Power Rangers. OMG, if someone made a smartwatch like a Power Rangers Morpher, people would rock that hard.

  • iampoch

    Right now, I can't say that I'll never buy one. I was among those who dissed the Note thinking it was too big for anyone to appreciate it. But now, I'm an absolute fan of phablets and I won't settle for anything less than 5.5". The same might be true here. Regardless, though, I think I'll wait for the Nexus Smartwatch first. This doesn't seem to have expandable memory nor removable battery. I'm sure Google’s version won't either, but if if all things are equal, I'd go for a Nexus.

  • Roger

    I live in Brazil, thus If I buy a gadget like this one, I am going to be robed as soon as I step out on any street...