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Filtered another 6 new Garmin models

Garmin Venu, Garmin Vivoactive 4 and 4S, Garmin Vivomove Style, Garmin Vivomove 3 Sport and 3S


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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.

Garmin Venu

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.

Garmin Venu

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.

Garmin Venu


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.

Garmin Venu

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.

Garmin Vivoactive 4 and 4S

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.

Garmin Vivoactive 4

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.

Garmin Vivomove Style

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.

Garmin 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.

Garmin Vivomove Style

Of course you get the new Garmin optical pulse sensor with Pulse Ox, which will serve to improve sleep registration.

Garmin Vivomove Style

Also Body Battery, the Firstbeat metric to estimate the energy available for the rest of the day, will arrive at Vivomove Style.

Garmin 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.

Garmin Vivomove 3

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).

Garmin Vivomove 3

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!


Eduardo Mateos

I've been surrounded by electronic devices of all kinds for more than 25 years. Using them, testing them, taking them apart and dissecting them. Long distance triathlete: I swim, run and cycle for a long time. Maybe too much.

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  1. Great as always, Eduardo. You're the only one who's done anything besides put up the leaked photos.

    I think you're quite right about the features they include.

    Let's see that Vivomove Style. Looks interesting to give away this Christmas...

  2. Wow! Now that I was about to buy the Vivoactive 3 they're bringing out the 4. And of course they won't lower the price of the 3. Anyway... I'll wait to see the prices.
    Thank you very much, Eduardo, always up to date.

  3. Uff I was thinking about getting an Ignite, especially because of the recommended exercises based on how you slept and how you trained during the week. These three things are not in Garmin at the moment. I'll have to wait and see if they incorporate it into one of the Garmins, and with the addition of the music, it would be the perfect watch.

    Do you think it's possible that Garmin includes such recommendations based on sleep and training load?

    1. It's obvious that they are all going that way, it's where they are all heading right now. It's something that would depend on Firstbeat and right now they already have something similar in terms of training (present in Suunto 3, Suunto 5 and Amazfit Stratos) but it's less than what Polar offers. But I have no doubt that they will have been working on it and maybe it can be released with the Vivoactive 4.

      Anyway, we'll know soon enough.

  4. Thanks for the information, I was also about to buy the Vivoactive 3. My question is if the new Vivomove will finally have GPS, do you know anything?

    1. No further details are available at this time. The official presentation will be in a few days, so stay tuned for when it happens!

  5. Hi, Eduardo,
    Thank you for keeping us so up to date and doing the work you do, as you not only analyze but also care about your followers.
    Anyway, I have a M600 that works perfectly but I think it has little life left, every few days the screen goes away and the screen doesn't respond.
    I have doubts whether to stay in polar and take the Vantage M or ignite, the 245 music or wait for the new vivoactive 4.
    I use it for running + swimming + some occasional outing on the mountain or trail... What do you recommend?

    Also, seeing that the Fenix 6 has been released, the price of the 5-plus might go down (aesthetically speaking, I think it's the coolest), although I imagine that it will be more in the long run.
    Thanks in advance for your help!

    1. For comfort it would be good to stay with Polar and maintain the platform, but the Vivoactive will do just as well.

  6. Eduardo, I understand that you will do a review of the Huami Stratos 3, also presented there at the IFA in Berlin. I would like of course, then know your opinion if being that it is almost half the 245 (164 vs 300€ or more with music both), is not, today an excellent choice. Thanks

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