IFA 2017 | Garmin Vivoactive 3 smartwatch now official
When talking about smart wearables and other accessories, Garmin is one of the big brands that surfaces in the discussion sooner or later. At this year's IFA trade show in Berlin, Garmin unveiled the Vivoactive 3, a smartwatch that comes "packed with features to keep up with a varied active lifestyle" and is also the company's first device to support contactless payments.
The Garmin Vivoactive 3 is waterproof, has an ambidextrous design, and features a new Side Swipe control that provides easier access to the wearable's menus, stats, and widgets. The Vivoactive 3 comes with Elevate wrist-based heart rate monitoring and over 15 built-in sports apps for both indoor and outdoor activities. In addition to these preloaded apps, the users of this smart wearable can also download for free from the Garmin Connect IQ store thousands of watch faces, data fields, widgets, and then some more new apps.
One feature of the Garmin Vivoactive 3 that makes it stand out is the Garmin Pay functionality that supports quite a few Visa and Mastercard debit and credit cards already, with more being added on a regular basis.
Garmin's new smartwatch has a 1.2-inch 240 x 240 pixel display protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. Thanks to this low-resolution display, its battery can provide up to 7 days of autonomy in smartwatch mode and 13 hours with the GPS module enabled.
Fully compatible with both Android and iOS handsets, the Garmin Vivoactive 3 comes in black/stainless and white/stainless, both priced at US$299.99. There is also a slightly more expensive model, manufactured with a black/slate color combination and that has a US$329.99 MSRP. Those interested can already purchase the Vivoactive 3 from Best Buy retail stores or online at BestBuy.com.