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.
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.
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.
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.
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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