After months of speculation, Garmin has officially released the Vivoactive 4 and Vivoactive 4S line of smartwatches. They equip both with the same fitness features, however both models offer battery life, design and screen differences
The Vivoactive 4s is available in 40mm and the Vivoactive 4 is 45mm. Both smartwatches come in a variety of different colour and band options.
For the screens on the Vivoactive 4, things differ a little between the Vivoactive 4 and the 4s. The Vivoactive 4 features a 1.3″ (33.0 mm) diameter screen with 260 x 260 pixels. This is a bump on the previous Vivoactive 3. However the Vivoactive 4s gets a 1.1″ (27.9 mm) diameter with 218 x 218 pixels
Update to the Fitness features
While most of the Vivoactive 4 line is pretty much unchanged in terms of design and features, the fitness features get the biggest upgrade.
Garmin has included GPS tracking for when you are taking part in an outdoor activity. There is also Garmin’s Elevate heart rate monitor which also features Pulse OX. The Pulse Ox sensor gauges your blood oxygen saturation during the day and as you sleep to show how well your body is absorbing oxygen.
Improved battery on the Vivoactive 4
The Vivoactive 4 gets a battery bump of up to 8 days in smartwatch mode and 6 hours with GPS and music features in play. The 4S drops to 7 days in smartwatch mode and 5 hours in GPS and music mode.
There’ are plenty of smartwatch features here too, including viewing notifications. If you have an Android phone paired, you can even respond right from your wrist.
Garmin Pay appears on both models, access to the Connect IQ store and the ability to make your own watch faces.
The Vivoactive 4 and 4s has a built-in music player to transfer over your own music or ones from streaming services like Spotify and Deezer and Amazon Music.
Vivoactive 4 release and price
Both the Vivoactive 4 and the Vivoactive 4S are on sale now for $349.99 direct from Garmin. But some models have extended delivery times
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