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Leaks point to soon-ish launch of Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music

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A number of leaks have appeared around the web on the forthcoming Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music. This implies a soonish launch.

Here is what we know so far.

This is a bumped up version of Garmin’s popular Vivoactive 3 fitness watch. Essentially a Swiss knife of activity trackers, the Vivoactive 3 comes with GPS, barometric altimeter, compass, accelerometer, thermometer and heart rate sensor.

In our review we note that Vivoactive 3 is a pretty solid fitness-focused timepiece which dishes out fairly accurate data and provides a cohesive fitness tracking experience. And all this functionality is packaged in a device that improves in both aesthetics and comfort. Something that looks and feels like a regular watch.

Well its about to get even better.

As its name implies, the Vivoactive 3 Music comes with music features of the Forerunner 645. To this end it has 4GB of internal memory which lets you store and listen to up to 500 of your tunes, phone-free through Bluetooth headphones. The integrated music player allows for smartphone music control, it will have Deezer and iHeart Radio.

One difference between this watch and the Forerunner 645 is in the controls. As the Vivoactive 3 Music only has one physical button, music will be controlled via the high-res touchscreen chroma display. This means you’ll need to use the Side Swipe interface to scroll through song lists and more.

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As before, the watch will come with connected features including smart notifications and text replies (Android only). You get 15 preloaded sports apps, wrist-based heart rate, VO2 max, fitness age estimate, all-day stress tracking and more. Finally, you’ll be able to leave your cash and cards at home thanks to the integration of Garmin Pay.

The new timepiece measures 4.3 x 4.3 x 1.3cm (H x W x D), and comes in at 38 grams. Water resistance is an excellent 5 ATM, which means its good down to depths of 50 meters.

The integration of music into the Garmin Vivoactive 3 seems like a logical step to us. It will make this watch an even better all-rounder.

In Europe, the device is expected to be sold at € 369. This is € 69 more than the regular Vivoactive 3. No leaks on the launch date, but considering the Vivoactive 3 Music has popped up (before being removed) on at least two online retail sites, the release date can’t be too far off.

Sources: The5krunner; Monte Kardio GPS and others

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