Garmin has launched a new smartwatch just before this year IFA conference in Berlin. It’s called the Garmin Vivoactive 3. As the name suggests, it’s a successor to the Vivoactive HR fitness band, but then this is a full blow smart watch and charters into the territory of the Apple Watch. Garmin’s major competitor Fitbit too launched a new Ionic smartwatch in Berlin.
The Garmin Vivoactive 3 has more in resemblance with the company’s Forerunner range than its forbearers. It ditches the fitness band like appearance in favor of a polished premium watch like design. The Vivoactive 3 has a circular face bearing a multi-color Garmin Chroma display. That said, the smartwatch is packed into a relatively slim watch face that wouldn’t definitely feel bulky on your wrist.
The Vivoactive 3 still misses out on some basic like a touch screen. Most of Garmin watches and fitness trackers from the past came without one. To compensate for that, the US based fitness equipment firm has included a feature called Side Swipe. It essentially allows you to control the watch by swiping on its bezel. The smartwatch comes with a built-in GPS, VO2 max and a Heart rate sensor for continuous and workout based tracking. Furthermore, the Garmin Vivoactive 3 supports third party watch faces and apps like Uber and Gmail.
One of highlighting features of the Garmin Vivoactive 3 is its ability to make wireless payments. This can be done using Garmin Pay app. For the uninitiated, it is the company’s proprietary payment app that debuts with the Vivoactive 3. Garmin claims that its payment app supports Visa and MasterCard debit cards from all major banks. The Garmin Pay is apparently powered by FitPay which is a popular third party developer of contactless payment systems for wearables and IoT devices.
The Garmin Vivoactive 3 comes with two watch faces namely silver and gray. Besides, it can be purchased with either a black or white rubberized strap. It is priced between $299.99 and $329.99 depending on the variant you purchase. Along with the Garmin Vivoactive 3, the US based fitness maker also unveiled a new Garmin Vivomove HR watch at starting price of $199.99.