Ranked fifth among the world’s largest wrist-worn wearable device vendors for Q2 2020 and a surprising second in the smartwatch market as far as the year’s first six months are concerned, Garmin is trying to close the gap to Apple and fend off the likes of Samsung, Huawei, and Fitbit with the all-new Venu Sq.
New form factor, same old health monitoring tools
On the bright side, the square-shaped new device is both lighter and more compact than its circular forerunner, tipping the scales at a measly 37.6 grams and measuring 11.5mm in thickness while incredibly enough offering a little extra screen real estate compared to the 1.2-inch panel of 2019’s Garmin Venu.
The Garmin Venu Sq impressively promises to keep the LCD lights on for up to six days between charges, even though that stellar battery life drops to a maximum of 14 hours when using the timepiece in its energy-draining “GPS mode.” In addition to standalone GPS connectivity, this thing also has all-day health monitoring capabilities going for it, as well as sleep, menstrual cycle, and stress tracking.
You even get a Pulse Ox sensor capable of keeping an eye on your blood oxygen saturation levels, so for the most part, the Venu Sq comes with the same health monitoring and activity tracking components as its pricier brother. The only things that seem to be missing under the hood are a barometric altimeter and compass.
Pricing and availability
Still, the Fitbit Versa 3 is most likely the direct competitor of Garmin’s newbie, and at $230, that thing does not include a blood oxygen sensor.
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