Garmin unveiled two new smartwatches at CES 2022 – an upgraded Garmin Venu 2 and a new Vivomove Sport hybrid.
Let’s start with the Venu 2 Plus, which is an upgraded version of the company’s latest full AMOLED smartwatch.
The Venu 2 Plus is a minor upgrade, allowing users to make and receive calls from the smartwatch itself and reply to texts.
The Venu 2 Plus also allows users to use their smartphone’s voice assistant from the wrist. Users can summon Siri, Google Assistant or Bixby for bidding, using the built-in speaker and microphone to answer questions or control smart home devices.
Other features of the smartwatch remain unchanged, so there’s still the range of 25 tracked sports modes, GPS and heart rate monitor with SpO2 sensor. It also has 9-day battery life and offline music storage, including Spotify playlists.
The case has also been reduced to 43mm (was 45mm), so the Venu 2 Plus is for those whose head has been turned by Apple Watch or Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 and who want a little more intelligence.
The Venu 2 Plus is on sale now and costs $499 / £399 – a price increase over the standard Venu 2, which is currently $100 cheaper.
Read our full Garmin Venu 2 Plus review.
The new Vivomove Sport hybrid unveiled
Next up is the Garmin Vivomove Sport, which offers the hybrid smartwatch at a lower price of $179/£149.
All the tech is behind a standard analog display, which will keep time for six days and offer smart notifications for five.
There are few new features here, but the Vivomove Sport has received a bunch of new colorways, with green added into the mix, and there’s a customization tool, so buyers can choose from a range of strap choices. and dials.
In terms of smart features, it’s business as usual for the Vivomove series.
Tracking breathing rate, heart rate, body battery (energy levels), and blood oxygen saturation joins other basic metrics like steps and activity for insight into the health. There’s sports mode tracking but no GPS – although you can use your phone for outdoor runs.
It’s also a decent smartwatch, and will notify calls, messages, and other notifications. The screen can show details of notifications and calendar alerts, and Android users can also send replies to messages.
The Vivomove Sport is also on sale today, priced at $179.99 / £149.99.
It’s a quiet CES for Garmin, and all eyes will be on the expected launch of the Garmin Fenix 7, which should drop soon.