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The Garmin Venu SQ and its Music variant to launch on September 24th

Garmin is releasing a a new smartwatch this week. The Garmin Venu SQ and its Music variant will launch on September 24th. It comes on the heels of the Forerunner 745 which we reported on a few days ago.


Garmin Venu SQ

The Garmin Venu SQ has a square shape, something Garmin has stayed away from in recent years. It has a 1.3 inch (3.3cm) liquid crystal color display with 240 x 240 pixel resolution. You navigate the menus via the touch screen and 2-button interface.

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Unlike its predecessor, the company is aiming to keep the watch affordable at around 200 euros. It has therefore opted for an LCD panel rather than a full OLED one. The display is protected with Gorilla Glass 3, which should keep it scratch free. There are various colors to choose from that can be matched up with 20mm watch bands.

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In addition to the regular, there is a slightly more expensive music variant. For an extra 50 euros, this one will come with 4GB of memory which is enough to store around 500 songs. Playlists synced from compatible streaming services (Spotify, Amazon Music or Deezer) update when in range of Wi-Fi.

Both iterations havee NFC for contactless payments. This is in addition to 6 days battery life in smartwatch mode and 5 ATM water-resistance rating.

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Other than that, you get the usual Garmin goodies such as built-in GPS (GLONASS and Galileo), Bluetooth, and the typical fitness tracking sensors including SpO2 and latest generation Elevate optical heart rate monitor. The watch will keep tabs on a plethora of health stats including stress, respiration, body battery, respiration and more.

There is sports tracking (20 in total), and the ability to create tailored workout plans for various sports directly on the watch. This includes biking, running, walking, swimming (indoor only), strength training (with rep counting), yoga and Pilates.

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Launch date

Many were expecting Garmin to announce the watch alongside the 745 last week. However that did not happen.

According to Garmin Hong Kong, the device is expected to premier in 2 days time – on September 24th. The company describes Venu SQ as a “GPS smartwatch” that “combines daily style with health monitoring and fitness features that inspire you to keep moving”. You can see a screen-shot of the post below.

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3 thoughts on “The Garmin Venu SQ and its Music variant to launch on September 24th

  • September 12, 2020 at 1:22 am
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    I personally think that the Garmin Venu SQ is a nice looking watch however from the picture it looks like the band will not be a quick release. This I think will be it’s downfall. I own the Fenix 5S and the bands are so much easier to change … if you have dexterity issues changes the band on the Venu will be a task and hope you dont lose the pin….

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    • September 13, 2020 at 3:30 pm
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      The quick-release pin is visible on the 4th picture panel down.

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  • September 16, 2020 at 4:20 pm
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    OLED and ECG are right now the major demands of the users. I see apple and now Fitbit Sense with ECG already in the market. Samsung will soon follow to enable the EGC function. It already has OLED which looks awesome. I have a Garmin Vivoactive 4s which looks dullest among the competitors of the same size class. I wanted to buy a Venu but was waiting for the new release hoping it will have OLED and ECG. But then SQ dropped. What a waste of my time. Should have gone for the Galaxy Active 2 way back.

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