Garmin Vivomove HR renders ahead of IFA point to imminent release

Garmin may have not one, but two devices slated for launch in the coming days. Following on from leaked images of Vivoactive 3, we now have our first glimpse of Garmin’s Vivomove HR timepiece.

All this comes from the Twitter account of Evan Blass, a mobile reporter at Venture Beat. For those who have heard of the name, he is sometimes referred to as the industry’s most prolific leaker. The images are accompanied by a comment implying the device will be launched at IFA in Berlin.

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No other information is available but the pictures do provide some clues. Its predecessor Vivomove is a smart looking hybrid device designed with simplicity in mind and the new watch looks to be no different. The renders show a stylish timepiece with a circular body, no digital crown and swappable bands. As the name implies, Vivomove HR throws heart rate tracking into the mix. So far the only hybrid timepiece to track heart rate is Nokia Steel HR.

It seems the watch will also have the ability to show smartphone messages on a tiny and discreet screen. The pics show an incoming message saying “lets get coffee”, with an x to dismiss the notification and a reply sign on the left. It is not clear though how a user would actually go about replying. We may need to wait for the actual release to find out.

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We reviewed Vivomove recently and were impressed with Garmin’s first attempt at a hybrid watch. It requires minimal interaction, its water resistant, has a great battery life and tracks activity automatically. And it does all this in a delightfully understated manner.

Mechanical watch lovers may not be so keen to join the technology craze, but there is a solution. Hybrid watches are traditional looking timepieces that combine style with behind the scenes digital smarts.

If you are one of the lucky ones attending the Berlin event, make sure you schedule a pitstop at Garmin’s display area. It looks like there will be a lot going on.

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