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Another week, new Garmin models filtered. This time it is useful to know which models the American firm will be present at IFA Berlin, the European consumer electronics trade fair to be held from 6 to 11 September, and which have nothing to do with the filtration of the Garmin Fenix 6 from last week.
Mark that date on the calendar because that's when I'll post all the details about the new Garmin models. Until then we only have pictures.
I use them to get a pretty clear idea of what's coming up, so I'll explain what each model is about. There's a bit of everything, both range renewals and diversifications of the existing range.
I'll start with the Garmin VenuIt will undoubtedly be the most expensive model Garmin will present at the IFA, marking the introduction of a new brand: Venu.
What's Venu? Well, Venu is to the Vivoactive the same as MARQ to the Forerunners. Garmin seems to have decided to open the trunk of memories to bring out the mark in the limelight, since it was Garmin Switzerland GmbH who registered the mark in 2013.
Garmin will use this brand for its premium smart watch models, leaving the Vivoactive as simpler and more economical models, at least in terms of finish. You can see from the filtered renderings that the Garmin Venu has a very eye-catching bezel, probably made of stainless steel. But perhaps what stands out most is the resolution and colours of its screen, which makes you think that this model will use an AMOLED touch screen.
In terms of sports functions will be identical to the Vivoactive 4. Garmin will take the opportunity to upgrade the components and bring it up to date with the rest of the 2019 models: Garmin Elevate v3 optical sensor, Pulse Ox for oxygen saturation estimation (which will be used to measure sleep phases more accurately), Sony GNSS chipset for longer autonomy ... ie the basic upgrade package.
Music playback and wireless payment is already considered basic and amortized, so as in the Vivoactive 4 there will not be an additional version with these functions, the basic model integrates it.
Where there is news is in the software part, although it is not yet clearly determined, everything indicates that there will be guided exercises for fitness, very similar to what both Fitbit and Polar have already presented.
Therefore it is feasible for Garmin to offer some kind of intelligent training similar to Fitspark in the Polar IgniteIt would be a novelty for the brand since until now we haven't had any kind of guided fitness training, only career training plans.
As for the rest of the functions, updating widgets and menu interface, but without other important news.
Garmin Vivoactive 4 and 4S
The update of the Vivoactive 3 comes this time in two different sizes: The Garmin Vivoactive 4 has a diameter of 44mm, while the Garmin Vivoactive 4S will be 40mm for the narrower wrists.
The bezel will be made of steel as in the Venu, but this time it is smooth. There do seem to be differences in the screen, with the Vivoactive 4 having a transflective screen as before and leaving the AMOLED screen reserved for the premium model only.
Compared to its predecessor, there are now two buttons instead of one (the same is true for the Venu), so there will be some change in the way the clock is controlled. The control will still be through the touch screen, but one of them will serve to select and the other to return to the previous menu.
During the activity the same buttons will serve to start/stop an activity, and the lower one to mark laps, all quite traditional, but with more sense than the single button of the Vivoactive 3.
The firmware is the same as that of the Venu, including also the exercise guide.
And of course, music playback and wireless payments will also be among the basic features.
What seems to be ruled out is that we have an LTE version for the time being.
Garmin Vivomove Style
The Garmin Vivomove Style is, perhaps, the one that attracts most attention for being the one that offers the most novelties in relation to what we previously knew about the Vivomove range.
Based on the Vivomove HRThe Vivomove Style replaces the monochrome OLED screen with a double colour screen and is available in various colours and with both silicone and fabric straps.
It is still an analog watch, but will display additional information regarding activity or intelligent functions on both screens that remain hidden under the dial itself. It is 42mm wide.
As with previous Vivoactive models, the screens will only be visible when you turn your wrist to activate them. The screen surface is touchable, so you can navigate through the various menus by simply sliding your finger across the screen.
The Garmin Vivomove Style adds new features, such as menstrual cycle tracking and fertility estimation, which was added to Garmin Connect quite quietly a few months ago.
In addition to Garmin Connect, it will also be present at Vivomove Style.
In addition to receiving notifications from the phone it also has Garmin Pay for wireless payments, something that was not present in the Vivomove range until now.
Of course you get the new Garmin optical pulse sensor with Pulse Ox, which will serve to improve sleep registration.
Also Body Battery, the Firstbeat metric to estimate the energy available for the rest of the day, will arrive at Vivomove Style.
Garmin Vivomove 3 Sport and 3S
Finally we have the Garmin Vivomove 3 Sport and Garmin Vivomove 3SIn this case, we continued with the design of a single monochrome OLED display, offering it as a more economical option than the Vivomove Style.
As with the Vivoactive 4 it will come in two different sizes: The Vivomove 3 Sport will probably have a diameter of 42mm, while the Vivomove 3S will be 39mm.
Again we have the new optical sensor with Pulse Ox, but we don't seem to have features like Body Battery, Garmin Pay or menstrual cycle tracking in the watch itself (it is available to everyone in Garmin Connect).
Therefore the renovation of Vivomove 3 is lighter since beyond the new sensor and aesthetics there doesn't seem to be any more novelties, as it happens with Vivomove Style.
As I said at the beginning, the presentation date will probably be between 4 and 6 September as this is what Garmin will be taking to the IFA in Berlin along with the Fenix 6I will then be able to give you the exact details of what each of the 6 new models offers, although it will not vary much from what I have already told you. What we will need is confirmation of the prices of each one.
Until then... thanks for reading, sharing and commenting!