Garmin Vivoactive 3 sports a new design

A set of leaked images from Wearable that appeared online earlier this week shows off the design of the upcoming Garmin Vivoactive 3. Garmin’s Vivoactive line of wearables until now has stuck with a square design; the original Vivoactive sported a square watch face, while the second generation Vivoactive HR had a rectangular one. However, according to the new leak, Garmin will do away with this design

Garmin Vivoactive 3 leak preview video

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Garmin Vivoactive 3 traditional watch design

The recently discovered renders indicate that Garmin is attempting to make its next fitness wearable look more like a traditional watch like the Garmin Fenix series, with a circular touch display and what looks like stainless steel wrapping around it. An optical heart rate sensor can be seen in the wearable’s rear side which also houses a set of conventional charging pins. As with previous Vivoactive models, the upcoming device also seems to be featuring a rubber band. In terms of features, the images clearly show off the ability to record minutes, as well as the user’s step count and the number of steps climbed, as was the case with previous models. Regarding software, it appears that the Vivoactive 3 runs some instance of the Fenix UI, but some modifications have apparently been made in terms of how the watch handles notifications and an interesting note is the what appears to be the ability t respond to notifications. The device is also waterproof like its predecessor and features the same charging port found on the Garmin Fenix and forerunner lines.

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Garmin is yet to confirm a release date for the Vivoactive 3, but it’s likely that the wearable will be announced over the course of the next couple of months, however, I have a strong feeling it will be announced in September at the Berlin IFA,Garmin also has a history of attending the IFA trade show in Berlin. I then believe the Garmin Vivoactive 3 will be released around Chrismas time that’s usually the most lucrative annual period for consumer electronics manufacturers.

Garmin Vivoactive 3

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