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Garmin Vivoactive 4 & 4s released with new fitness tracking features

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.

As with the other new wearables from Garmin, the Vivoactive 4 features Body Battery. You can see your body’s energy levels throughout the day, so you can find the best times for activity and rest.

Another new feature. Respiration Tracking. This shows you how you’re breathing throughout the day, during sleep and during breath-work and yoga activities. ALong with that you also get Hydration Tracking, which helps you keep track of your water intake.Vivoactive 4 and 4s

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.

Smart features

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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Jon Ratcliffe
I have a huge passion for technology having worked in the sector for over 18 years in a variety of roles. I cover Wearables, tech and smart home. My reviews and information will talk about how the product works in reality and not just what the marketing departments want you to think.

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