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Garmin Brings Style To Substance With New Venu, Vivomove, Vivoactive Wearables

Garmin, the foremost name in GPS technology across marine, aviation, sports and outdoor applications, is best known for its wide range of wearable solutions. Today, the company unveils its latest Venu, Vivomove and Vivoactive smartwatches, adding more style to substance across its lineup, while expanding functionality to cater to a wider audience.

The Vivoactive Style utilises Garmin’s latest developments to combine style, substance and utility. Pictured is the step counter function that utilises the hands as a gauge pointer to visually indicate progress. Image: Ian Ling

Garmin Venu

Featuring AMOLED display technology on a Garmin for the first time, the Venu with its 43mm display delivers superb contrast and colours while maintaining a 5-day battery life in smartwatch mode (6 hours in GPS + Music mode).

The Venu packs all the features we can expect on the latest Garmin wearables – built-in GPS with support for GLONASS and Galileo, 20+ sports apps, VO2 Max, animated workouts, constant heart rate monitoring, Pulse OX sensing, along with respiration, menstrual cycle, fitness stress and advanced sleep tracking.

The Garmin Venu is the company’s first wearable with an AMOLED display. Image: Ian Ling

It also packs modern conveniences like Garmin Pay, music storage, playback and on-wrist controls, along with smart notifications and smart text responses.

The Garmin Venu will be available at present at an RRP of SGD 589 in Granite Blue with Silver Hardware, Black with Slate Hardware, Light Sand with Rose Gold Hardware, and Black with Gold Hardware.

Garmin Vivoactive 4

With a larger 45mm MIP LCD display, the Vivoactive packs all the features of the Venu in a slightly larger form factor.

The Vivoactive 4 packs the features found on the Venu at a cheaper price point with its MIP LCD technology. Image: Ian Ling

The Vivoactive 4 will be available from present in Shadow Gray with Silver Hardware and Black with Slate Hardware, the smaller 40mm Vivoactive 4S in Rose Gold Stainless Steel Bezel with White Silicone Band and Light Gold Stainless Steel Bezel with Dust Rose Silicone Band from mid-November – both models at SGD 529.

Garmin Vivomove 3&3S, Style, Luxe

Underlying the elegant analogue design of the Vivomove devices complete with physical hands and indices are hidden displays that transforms your watch into a smartwatch with a tap on the crystal.

The Vivomove 3S only offers a single display on the bottom half on the dial. Image: Ian Ling

The Vivomove 3&3S brings smartwatch sensibilities in an affordable and attractive package with its fiber-reinforced polymer case, which is both lightwight and vivid in colour.

Available in two sizes, the 39mm Vivomove 3S and larger 44mm Vivomove 3 pack Body Battery energy monitoring, Pulse Ox sensing, menstrual cycle and hydration tracking, along with connected GPS and a total of 8+ sports apps over the 2017 Vivomove HR.

In addition, it brings over wrist-based heart rate, all-day stress tracking, VO2 Max, music player controls and smart notifications and text responses on Android.

The aluminium Vivomove Style targets the fashion-forward, with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for added durability for everyday use. A step above is the high-polished stainless steel Vivomove Luxe with domed sapphire crystal inherited from haute horology. Both options are available in 42mm case diameter size.

The aluminium Vivoactive Style combines elegant, classic analogue styling with vivid, interactive smartwatch elements. Featured here are the Blush Pink Nylon with Light Gold Hardware (L) and Black Pepper Nylon with Slate Hardware (R) variants. Image: Ian Ling

These more premium options add Garmin Pay over all the features on the Vivomove 3 & 3s, with similar battery performance at 5 days in smartwatch mode and 1 week in watch mode.

The Vivomove 3 is available in Black with Slate Hardware, the smaller Vivomove 3s in Dust Rose with Light Gold Hardware and Light Sand with Rose Gold Hardware. Both models will retail at an RRP of SGD 389.

The Vivomove Style is available at SGD 469 in White with Rose Gold Hardware and Moss Green with Silver Hardware, and at SGD 539 in Blush Pink Nylon with Light Gold Hardware and Black Pepper Nylon with Slate Hardware.

The Vivomove Luxe in Milanese with Silver Hardware (L) showcasing hydration data with its hands acting as a gauge pointer. The Milanese with 18K Rose Gold Hardware (R) in the background demonstrates its appearance with display turned off. Image: Ian Ling

The Vivomove Luxe is available at SGD 769 in Navy Leather with Silver Hardware, Light Sand Leather with 18K Rose Gold Hardware and Black Embossed Leather with 24K Gold Hardware, and at SGD 849 in Milanese with Silver Hardware, Milanese with 18K Rose Gold Hardware, and in White Leather with 24K True Gold Hardware.

Ian Ling
Ian is the resident Tech Monkey and Head of Content at VR Zone. His training in Economics and Political Science is at the basis of his love for journalism and storytelling. A photographer by passion, and an audiophile by obsession, Ian is captivated by all forms of tech that makes enthusiasts tick.

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