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Garmin Venu 2 Plus with third physical button incoming

It looks like we might get a Garmin watch before the end of this year, after all. A pic posted on Twitter reveals Garmin Venu 2 Plus.

The original Garmin Venu was released back in September 2019 as a fancier version of the Garmin Vivoactive range – a competitor to the Apple Watch and the Galaxy Watch line. So the all-purpose smartwatch space. The main upgrade over the Vivoactives is a high-res AMOLED display. This was followed up by Venu 2 in April 2021. The upgrades on the second generation device came in the form of a choice of sizes, more battery life and space for music, along with the latest generation heart rate sensor.

Garmin Venu 2 was actually one of the few devices released by Garmin this year. Whether it is the coronavirus pandemic to blame, chip shortages or something else is anyone’s guess. Probably a combination of factors.

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Some activity has been spotted in the past month or so. A slew of Garmin-branded devices have passed through the FCC. Unfortunately not much can be gathered from the listings as most of the info remains confidential. Considering we are into November, most people were expecting there won’t be any new Garmin-branded watches this year. With Black Friday and end-year holiday sales around the corner, there isn’t really very much time to launch something new.

Venu 2 Plus – will we get a Garmin smartwatch before the end of this year?

Nevertheless, there is a strong possibility we might see a Garmin timepiece in the coming days, or weeks. This is according to an image posted on Twitter by Dave Zatz from Sats Not Funny. There has also been at least one leak from a retailer website.

Of course, this is all unconfirmed and Garmin has not said anything yet. So as with all leaks and rumours, take it with a pinch of salt.

If you go to the Tweet linked above, this shows a third physical button on the right-hand side of the watch. The previous edition only had two physical buttons. Dave writes that this new button is for microphone capabilities. Perhaps to support a voice assistant or to allow users to answer phone calls. The watch, reportedly, will not have LTE for taking voice calls.

But this revives hope that we might see a Garmin sports watch before the end of this year, after all. If not then, CES 2022 in Las Vegas is an ideal opportunity. It returns to an in-person gathering in Las Vegas following the virtual format last year.

The website Fitness Tracker Test speculates that Venu 2 Plus could be the watch that was listed by the FCC under the IPH-01425 moniker. Its description fits quite well. According to the paperwork the confidentiality clause on that document runs out in April 2022.

As far as price, Venu 2 typically sells for around $420. If we get a Venu 2 Plus, look for it to retail at slightly above this price.

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