10 January 2019
Garmin has unveiled the Vivosmart 4 activity tracker at the IFA 2018 event. The new $129 Vivosmart 4 comes with a pulse oximeter, which till now was available only on Garmin’s most expensive wearables.
The Vivoactive 4 breathes is thinner and lighter than the Vivosmart 3 which was launched last year. It has stylish metallic accents and a less bulky design which is very attractive. The wearable is available in a number of colours however, buyers won’t be able to change out the bands on this device.
The Vivosmart has an optical heart-rate monitor and a pulse-ox sensor which measures blood-oxygen levels. The company had recently introduced this sensor to its high-end Fenix line as an optional feature. It was available on the Fenix 5X Plus, which is priced over $1,000, depending on the model. Now Garmin has made the feature available on a more accessible device.
Pulse oximeter measures the level of blood-oxygen saturation and is useful to know when you're exercising in high altitudes. This unique feature helps the Vivosmart 4 stand out from among the competition.
Vivosmart 4 also brings Garmin's "Body Battery" estimation, which tells you when it is a good time for you to work out or rest based on your data collected by the devices including sleep, continuous heart rate, stress levels, etc. The feature help users decide when to rest and when should they go for a hardcore workout.
Apart from this, the Vivosmart 4 tracks daily activity and sleep patterns, manages stress with guided breathing exercises, as well as allows users music playback, receive smartphone alerts, and reply to Android text messages. The wearable is water-resistant and can also be used while swimming.
Garmin claims up to seven days of battery life on a single charge on the new device, which helps it compete with Fitbit's Charge 3. The Garmin Vivosmart 4 will hit the shelves later this year starting at $129.
Dan Bartel, Garmin VP of global consumer sales, stated: Sleep quality plays a critical role in your overall physical health. Poor sleep quality may contribute to the development of significant chronic conditions. With its slim design, the vívosmart 4 is comfortable to wear at night and pulse ox provides customers with information they can use to improve their health.