Garmin has announced a new generation of smartwatches with the Venu 3. The Venu 3 is available as a standard version with a 1.4-inch display and as the Venu 3S with a smaller 1.2-inch screen. Prices for both variants start at 500 euros, and the watch is already being sold in the Garmin online shop. The models with a leather strap cost 550 euros.
Compared to the Venu 2, which was introduced in 2021, there is a new mode for wheelchair users. It offers six dedicated sports apps, metrics and a dedicated community for people who use wheelchairs. In total, there are more than 1,600 training exercises available in the Garmin Connect app that can be sent to the Venu 3.
Also new is sleep detection outside of the classic nighttime bedtime. This “nap detection” is intended for athletes who include a short daytime nap as part of their routine. According to Garmin, the watch helps assess whether the nap was efficient and when and for how long it is best to lie down to get maximum benefit from the break.
The Venu 3 also supports longer trips by giving tips on how to deal with jet lag. A new meditation profile is intended to guide you through exercises and relaxation sessions with audio – “mindfulness mantras” are also part of it, writes Garmin in a statement.
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The watch has an integrated speaker that can be used to make calls and send messages if the watch is paired with a cell phone. You can pay with Garmin’s own Garmin Pay.
The Garmin Venu 3 has an AMOLED display with a resolution of 454 x 454 pixels. It is protected against water up to 5 ATM, i.e. up to a theoretical maximum water depth of 50 meters. The internal memory is 8 GB. When it comes to battery life, Garmin promises up to 14 days in smartwatch mode, and up to 26 days in energy saving mode.
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