In addition to Fenix 7 (S/X), Epix 2 and Venu 2 Plus, it seems Garmin will release soon Instinct 2. All of these are expected to get an official reveal at CES 2022 at the beginning of January, or possibly even earlier.
Yesterday, the website winfuture.de published leaked press renders of Instinct 2. The pictures you see below are hosted directly on their website and will only be displayed while they are hosted there. They appear to be the real thing, although you never know. It is all-to-easy to Photoshop things these days. The images did get widespread media coverage, though.
No technical specs were detailed but quite a few things can be deduced from the images. The device takes across everything from its predecessor and upgrades it with the following:
- ConnectIQ support. With this users will be able to display the weather app and things such as UV levels.
- The new sleep widget. This includes the recently introduced Sleep Score. It let’s you know at a glance how well you’ve slept during the night.
- The barometer hole placement is different. This could mean the company has integrated larger barometer sensors as the current edition has issues with the sensor being too small and easily filled with dirt, grime and water.
- Redesigned widgets
- New Elevate V4 heart rate sensor
There is also a possibility the resolution has been improved, as everything seems sharper on the display. Then again, it could just be better support for shades of gray.
The other novelty is that there will be 2 sizes, the regular and 2s edition. No information is available yet on their exact measurements. The predecessor is available only in a 45mm diameter option and this is also the case for its solar variant. The Power Glass solar charging lens option will also be available for the larger Instict 2 according to the images.
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The original Garmin Instinct has been around since October 2018. It is a military-grade, outdoor focused watch rather than a running watch. Having said that, there is a sports mode although the original did not dish out metrics such as Vo2Max.
As far as design, the device is rather goofy looking but this is more about durability and performance rather than stylish looks. The watch is equipped with a 0.9 inch sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP) display. It has 10ATM water-resistance, along with 2 week battery life in smartwatch mode. Sensors include a 3-axis accelerometer, altimeter, compass, heart rate monitor and infrared sensor. It sells for around $300 although we have seen significant discounts on this price in recent weeks.
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