What to expect from Garmin wearables within 6 months

Now that the mainstream media has woken up and started to report on the Garmin leaks and with more details surfacing for the Fenix 6, Vivoactive 4, Garmin Venu and the MARQ Commander. Let’s look at the details of each device and the estimated release timeline.

Apart from the Fenix 6, Little has been leaked about the other new Garmin devices listed below. But based on various tips and looking at the renders, this is what I expect.

Garmin Fenix

Garmin Fenix 6x solar

We have seen plenty of leaks about the Fenix 6 and if you want to read all about it head over here. I expect the device to arrive in several variants including 6,6s, 6x and 6x Solar. We also expect to see a sapphire version of each model.

Based on what we know about the upgrades these don’t appear ground breaking. But expect to see larger screen’s across the series, Garmin’s latest ELEVATE heart rate sensor with Pulse OX.

In terms of software the new device will feature PacePro, grade-adjusted pace guidance throughout your activity. Also expect to see several FirstBeat features

The most interesting feature is is the 6x Solar. How this would work and how well this would work remain’s to be seen.

The timeline for the Fenix 6 release looks close given the amount of leaks. So expect it to be announced at IFA 2019 next month (September) or at CES 2020 in January.

Garmin MARQ Commander

Following the release of the Instinct Tactical which caters to the military type. It now looks like Garmin are about to add to its MARQ product like with the commander.

Garmin MARQ CommanderThe MARQ Commander is said to come with Things like dual-positioning mode, which displays two coordinate systems a single data screen, and Jumpmaster, for monitoring high-altitude activities like skydiving.

Other features included is a night vision mode, and a feature called Stealth Mode. When activated, GPS position is visible on a device, but it does not save locations to memory. It also disables wireless communications.

In terms of release, the Garmin MARQ Commander will probably come before Christmas 2019.

Garmin Venu

What We originally thought to be the Vivoactive 4, is in fact the Garmin Venu, a new brand device in Garmin’s portfolio? The new device is rumoured to feature a high-quality case, touchscreen.

Garmin Venu 43mm

The new Garmin device will support Garmin Pay, music playback through Spotify and Deezer. It will also support different sports activities along with GPS and a wrist based heart monitor.

Users will get the usual fitness tracking basics and may even feature a PulseOX sensor. Based on the leaked renders, expect to the Venu come with the AMOLED display.

All indications are pointing towards the Garmin Venu being announced at IFA 2019 in September.

Garmin Vivoactive 4 and 4s

Garmin Vivoactive 4

It looks like the Vivoactive 4 (44mm) and Vivoactive 4s (40mm) seem to only differ by the size of their case and screen sizes. Looking at the renders it looks like the Vivoactive 4 has 2 buttons instead of the one on the previous Vivoactive 3.

It looks like both devices will get more or less the same features as previous models, but with some extras like Body resources.

I am also guessing the new Garmin watch will enjoy the new ELEVATE HR sensor, which could mean Pulse OX. Also expect some new Firstbeat metrics and music storage.

Expect the Garmin Vivoactive 4 to be announced at IFA 2019 in September and available before Christmas.

Garmin Vivomove 3 Sport 3s and Style

It looks like the Vivomove 3 will get an upgrade at IFA 2019 with a slightly tweaked design Like their predecessor, the 3 Sport and 3s have heart rate monitors and tracking stats capability, but no built in GPS.Garmin Vivomove 3

Additionally, the Vivomove style will be added to the range. The Vivomove Style is a hybrid smartwatch with a full colour display and analog hands on top. The new device will come with a new feature that will allow you to save battery life by turning off the display when you don’t need it.

Again the Garmin Vivomove 3 is another IFA 2019 announcement with an availability of September onwards.

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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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