Garmin launched the Venu 2 and Venu 2S smartwatches that provide heart rate monitors, oxygen saturation, altimeter, compass and NFC – as well as GPS, Galileo and GLONASS for positioning.
Devices have OLED screens. The Venu 2 offers 1.3 inches (416 x 416) while the panel on the Venu 2S is 1.1 inches (360 x 360). The screens can be constantly active if desired. The system can display notifications from a connected smartphone and it is possible to reply to messages directly from the watch from Android, in addition to playing locally stored music.
It should be possible to store up to 650 songs from services like Spotify and Deezer. Battery life is up to 11 days on a single charge, but a maximum of eight hours only with GPS and music playing. Thanks to fast charging, 10 minutes of charging should be enough to keep the watch running all day in power saving mode. Instead, the smaller model has a battery life of 10 days.
The interface has been adapted to a color OLED screen and the program tries to better explain what all the saved training tasks mean to the health of the user. A feature called “Health Snapshot” checks your heart rate, heart rate variability (HRV), oxygen saturation, breathing, and a two-minute pressure to generate a health report.
The watches are water resistant (5ATM) and have a stainless steel case, plus a silicone strap. Sweden price
4999 4499 kroner for both models.