The Garmin Venu is the company’s new smartwatch for everyone, but instead of the frugal screens Garmin uses on most of its smartwatches, this one has a gorgeous AMOLED display similar to what you see on watches by Apple and Samsung. Unlike those watches, though, battery life on the Garmin Venu is much longer: the timepiece lasts up to 5 days and you can even set the screen to be always on (this option shortens battery life, but you can still get around 3 days between charges).
You also do have two buttons: the top one is used to start/confirm/enter activities, while the bottom one is a back button that is also used for laps and to access the menu.
Garmin Venu specs:
- 43.2 x 43.2 x 12.4 mm, weight 46.3g
- 1.2″ AMOLED display with a 390 x 390 pixel resolution
- Battery life: up to 5 days, in GPS mode with music up to 6 hours
- Water rating: 5 ATM
- 20mm quick release bands
In terms of sensors, you get a GPS on board as well as a PulseOx sensor for 24/7 blood oxygen tracking. You have two new workout types: Pilates and Yoga, as well as estimated sweat loss and hydration tracking. Garmin also introduces animated workouts to help you stay fit. Overall, the features of this watch are more tailored to everyday folk rather than the runner/swimmer/triathlete that is targeted by the Garmin Forerunner and Garmin Fenix series.
Price and Release Date
The Garmin Venu costs $400 in the United States and while the company has not announced a release date, the estimate is that it will be available in 5 to 8 weeks.