A new Apple Watch rival from Garmin

High-res photos of Garmin Venu 2 Plus seem to have leaked

Some more photos of the upcoming Garmin Venu 2 Plus have emerged. Unlike the others, these are high res and show the device from multiple angles. It is widely expected the timepiece will see the light of day at CES 2022 in Las Vegas. Considering the number of leaks, don’t be surprised if the launch date falls before the end of 2021!

Now on its second generation, Venu is Garmin’s main entry in the the all-purpose smartwatch space. Its direct rivals include the Apple Watch, Samsung Galaxy Watch and to a lesser extent the fitness focused Fitbit smartwatches.

We first heard news Venu might be getting an update in early November. The original images came from a tweet posted by journalist Dave Zatz and they didn’t reveal much apart from the physical design.


Venu 2 Plus aka Pro

Venu 2 Plus (or Pro as it is sometimes referred to) looks pretty much the same as the standard variant. The main difference seems to be the addition of a physical button on the right hand side. Reportedly, the third button will be used to activate the microphone on the device. This could be to support a voice assistant and perhaps for taking smartwatch calls from the wrist.

Aside from that there’s not really much to go on from the leaks. A Taiwanese retail listing, which may or may not be correct, specifies that the device will pack a 1.4 inch display. To remind, the current iteration fits a 1.3 inch screen inside a 45mm case, while the smaller 40mm version comes with a 1.1 inch display.

Now we have the first high-res renders of Venu 2 Plus. These were published on Twitter today by well-known leaker Evan Blass. They show in great detail not only the front panel but also the profile and back.

Zoom in on the rear cover and you’ll notice the watch has a 43mm case. This makes it smallish in size, fitting right in-between the two current variants. So if the 1.4 inch display measurement info turns out to be accurate, Garmin has achieved this solely by shrinking the bezel. In all likelihood, the Plus version will come in a single size option.

The back of the timepiece on one of the renders confirms Music support, GPS/Multi GNSS, 5 ATM water-resistance and Gorill Glass protection. But this is where the details end.

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There’s lots of speculation about other Garmin watches. The company has released fewer devices this year as compared to the previous years, so there may be a backlog. The fact that a slew of watches from the company have been approved by the FCC in the past few months point to this. Garmin Fenix 7 in particular is generating lots of interest amongst the Garmin crowd. Other watches we expect to see in the near future include the Vivosmart 5 and, in Q1 or Q2 2022, the Forerunner 955. All of these are well due for an update.

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