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The top six upgrades on our radar for the Garmin Venu 3

In this article, we look forward to the Garmin Venu 3 – its potential release date, as well as some of the features we hope to see in the next generation device.

Garmin had a busy 2022, with a slew of devices released throughout the year. Now that we are into 2023, it is a good time to anticipate some of the watches that may be released in the near future. Venu 3 is one of them.


Garmin Venu 3: Potential release date

There have been three iterations in that range so far. The first Venu was released in September of 2019. It was a fancier version of the Vivoactive. Much of the functionality was the same; the main difference was in the design. The Vivo range, as opposed to the Vivoactives, features a high-resolution AMOLED display, a stainless steel bezel, and some other design enhancements.

The first version was followed by a sequel in April 2021. One of the most significant (and much needed) improvements was the battery life. Version one has enough power to last 5 to 6 days on a single charge. And that’s without the option for an always-on screen. Venu 2 more than doubles this. It also introduced next generation health sensors, more storage space for songs and multiple size options. All in all, a nice upgrade.

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Finaly we get to Venu 2 Plus. That one was released in January 2022. It has a built-in microphone and speaker, unlike its predecessors.

Garmin Venu Sq devices are also worth mentioning. However, these are typically of lower quality than the circular Venu. That is the subject of this article.

Garmin appears to be taking a 12 to 16-month break between Venu watch iterations. There is no reason to change this schedule, especially since we believe we have seen the last device in the Vivoactive line.

Venu competes with the Apple Watch and the Samsung Galaxy Watch as an all-purpose watch. The screen on the Vivoactives is simply inferior to that found on those devices. As a result, Venu is the way forward for Garmin. Especially now that it has improved battery life on devices with AMOLED displays.

All of this suggests that the Garmin Venu 3 could be released this spring. So anywhere between the early months of 2023 and the summer of 2023.

Garmin Venu 3
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Garmin Venu 3: Six things we would like to see

1. GNSS

A few Garmin watches have support for something called multi-band GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System). Because of the ability to receive satellite signals broadcast from multiple navigation satellite systems, this ensures a faster connection and greater accuracy. Instead of just GPS, the system can also use Russia’s GLONASS, Europe’s GALILEO, China’s BEIDOU, and others.

Venu 3 is very likely to get this. The majority of recent Garmin watches include GNSS.


2. More performance metrics

We’d like to see some enhancements to Venu 3’s fitness tracking capabilities. Sure, you get stats like Body Battery, Vo2Max, Health Snapshot, Fitness Age, and basic workout information. In addition, the Garmin Connect app for iOS and Android includes training plans and a Garmin coach.

However, recovery advice, for example, could be improved. Training Readiness, HRV status, Morning Report, and other features have recently been added to the high-end Forerunners, Fenix, and other Garmin watches.

Yes, we are aware that the Venu 3 is part of Garmin’s Wellness Range. But that is no reason to skimp on features. And the watch overlooks a slew of sports-specific performance metrics.

The sensors inside the Venus are identical to those found in the Garmin Outdoor and Running ranges. So that line is obviously capable of delivering the same type of information. Garmin will struggle to sell many Venu 3 units at the current price unless it adds more features.


3. Additional sensors

In terms of sensors, expect more of the same. As a result, Venu 3 will most likely include a barometric altimeter, compass, accelerometer, thermometer, heart rate, and Pulse Ox. Of course, some of these will be updated to the next generation. However, we do not anticipate Garmin adding any new sensors to the next generation of the watch.

Nonetheless, ECG functionality may be enabled. It was discovered at the beginning of 2022 on an earlier firmware version of the Venu 2 Plus. It was then quickly removed. This means that even the current version of Venu could theoratically take ECG measurements.

The issue here could be obtaining the required regulatory approvals for the function. This can be difficult, especially in the United States. Let’s hope Garmin gets all the approvals it needs to launch the ECG feature sometime in the next few months. Maybe even for the current iterations of the device.


4. LTE

Garmin Venu 2 Plus is the company’s first smartwatch with a microphone and speaker. When connected to your smartphone, these can be used to make calls, text, and interact with the voice assistant.

Don’t you know what the next step is? A Garmin watch with cellular or LTE connectivity. You could do all of this without a smartphone.

Venu 3 would be an ideal candidate for the first Garmin with proper cellular connectivity as an all-purpose device. So far, we’ve seen the feature, but it’s quite limited, consisting mostly of safety functions like incident detection.

A kids watch was launched recently called Garmin Bounce. That one upgrades a bit the cellular functionality. So the company is making gradual steps towards a proper cellular watch. Could 2023 be the year we finally see this? Let’s hope so. In that case we might see a more expensive cellular and cheaper non-cellular version of Venu 3.


5. Multiple size options (once again)

Unlike the original, Venu generation 2 comes in two sizes. The Venu 2 Plus, on the other hand, has a 43mm diameter body. So you’re back to a single size.

Reintroducing the two sizes as an all-purpose smartwatch would be a good idea. That way, there would be options for people with both large and small wrists. It would also allow Garmin to increase the size of the display from the current generation’s 1.3 inches.


6. Lower price tag

Venu 2 Plus is an expensive watch that usually costs $499. That’s right up there with an Apple Watch or a Samsung Galaxy Watch.

Components are becoming more affordable, as evidenced by the prices of the Garmin Forerunner 955 and 255. Despite a significant increase in functionality, these are no more expensive than their predecessors.

If Garmin wants to be more competitive in the general smartwatch market, it must work to keep the Venu 3 affordable. Reduce the selling price by $50-$100 while maintaining the current price point for the cellular version (if there is one).

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3 thoughts on “The top six upgrades on our radar for the Garmin Venu 3

  • Honestly, if they incorporated solar charging that’d be cool. They’ve implemented it in other watches, so that along with a newer CPU and more RAM.

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