05 September 2019
Garmin's IFA 2019 keynote is over and as you might have guessed, it was full of wearable-related announcements including both fitness trackers and smartwatches. It took the platform to announce all-new Garmin Venu and Legacy Heroes smartwatches along with refreshing Vivoactive and Vivomove series of wearables.
The Garmin Venu is a new lineup of GPS smartwatches with OLED display from the company. The first smartwatch in the series has also been named Garmin Venu which is not surprising at all. It features a 1.2-inch OLED rounded display with 360 x 360 pixels resolution. It supports Always On Mode for times when you are not using the smartwatch display actively.
Here are the key Garmin Venu features:
- Health and Wellness: Advanced sleep with pulse ox, new respiration tracking, abnormal heart rate alerts, menstrual cycle tracking, stress tracking with relax reminders, new hydration tracking, new breathwork activities and more
- Animated Workouts: Venu’s AMOLED screen brings workouts to life with 40+ on-device animated workouts for strength training, cardio, yoga, and Pilates. These easy-to-follow workouts demonstrate proper form and technique right on the user’s wrist
- Notifications: Receive smart notifications for incoming calls, text messages, social media updates, calendar reminders and more. Android users can reply to text messages from the device.
- Music: Download songs or playlists, including those from third-party music services like Spotify, Amazon Music, and Deezer, right to the wrist.
- Safety and tracking: Incident detection (during select activities) and assistance send the real-time location to emergency contacts.
- Garmin Pay with Transit: Contactless payment solution lets users leave their cash and cards at home. Garmin Pay can now be used at major transit systems around the world. Users simply tap and pay-per-ride with their watch – no transit card, phone or wallet needed.
- Personalization: Choose from a variety of gorgeous live watch faces, apps, and widgets from the Garmin Connect IQ store app. Users can even upload their own photos and turn them into watch faces.
- Compatibility: Use Venu with almost any smartphone (compatible with Android and Apple devices)
The Garmin Venu is claimed to last for up to five days on a single charge in the smartwatch mode. If you would like to use it with music and GPS enabled, then it is said to last for about 6 hours. It has been priced at $399.99 with sales to begin by the end of this month.
The Garmin Vivoactive 4 and Vivoative 4S are the newest smartwatches that are succeeding the Vivoactive 3 lineup. These are packed with numerous health and wellness features along with in-built GPS support. Some of these features are advanced sleep with pulse ox, new respiration tracking, Body Battery energy monitoring, abnormal heart rate alerts, menstrual cycle tracking, stress tracking with relax reminders, and new hydration tracking.
It also has more than 40 on-screen animated workouts just like the Venu smartwatch. In fact, the majority of the features in both lineups are exactly the same. The biggest difference is that the Vivoactive 4 lineup does not offer OLED displays as Garmin has continued with transflective display panels.
The Vivoactive 4 has been released in 45mm wrist size and the Vivoactive 4S is available in 40mm wrist size. These can last for up to 8 days and 7 days respectively on the smartwatch mode. But for GPS and music mode, the battery life is said to up to 6 hours and 5 hours respectively. These will go on sale by September-end for a price of $349.99.
The newly announced Garmin Vivomove lineup includes Vivomove 3/3S, Vivomove Style, and Vivomove Luxe smartwatches. All of these come loaded with health features, Garmin Pay support, and in-built GPS just like the Venu smartwatch. In the first look, they look like traditional watches but just when you swipe on the display, these automatically change to the smartwatch UI with all the relevant stats and various menus/options.
These can last for about five days when used as a smartwatch but if you will use them as a normal watch, they can last for one more week. These smartwatches share almost all the features but there are a few differences which are listed below.
- Vivomove 3/3S: Available in 39mm and 44mm sizes with stainless steel bezels and colorful silicone bands
- Vivomove Style: 42mm size with aluminum bezel and aluminum casing with woven nylon or silicone band
- Vivomove Lux: 42mm stainless steel bezel and stainless steel casing with Italian leather or Milanese strap
All of these will go on sale this month itself with price ranging from $249.99 to $549.99. The exact pricing of each model and variant will be revealed at the time of the release.
The Garmin Legacy Heroes is a series of limited edition smartwatches meant for adult Marvel fans. There are currently two models inspired by Captain Marvel and Captain America respectively. These feature design elements and software features like watchfaces of respective Marvel characters.
The Captain Marvel edition comes with a Danvers Blue leather band with light gold bezels. You will find The Kree insignia on the display and "Higher, further, faster" text engraved on the backside. As for the Captain America edition, you will get a leather band and Midnight Blue color theme. The display panel as the shield design in the center and on the back, it has "I can do this all day" engraved.
Both these smartwatches are essentially Vivoactive 4 and Vivoactive 4S which means you will get exactly same features and battery life. These are priced at $399.99 each with sales starting October 2019.