Garmin Vivoactive 3 – Specs – The All-Conquering Fitbit Killer is (almost) here

Garmin Vivoactive 3

Garmin’s likely intentional leak of Vivoactive 3 images recently to the mainstream tech media, as above (Wareable), has been followed today with the specs. The Vivoactive 3 is imminent.

The problem is that it looks good.

Very good.

The problem is that Fitbit are going to be quaking in their  ‘will-our-new-product-work?’ boots.


Looks good, should HOPEFULLY work well, feature-full, won’t replace the high-end sports watches from Garmin and unfortunately lacks on-board music

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Here are some of the features lined up for the Vivoactive 3 and it looks so good that I might even get one myself:

  • Yawn…all the usual Garmin stuff:
    • GPS+GLONASS and live track
    • ANT+ and Bluetooth sensors
    • Footpod,
    • Speed,
    • Cadence
    • all the Varia (vision, bike light and radar)
    • Tempe
    • Virb
    • not power sensors though….
    • VO2max
    • Optical HR + rebroadcasting via ANT+ + 247 HRrest
    • Sleep tracking
    • Intensity minutes
    • MoveIQ
    • HRV  & Stress Level (at resting levels)
    • Workouts
    • Personal records
    • Navigation, including back-to-start and electronic compass
    • Vibrations
    • Laps, alerts (eg zone-based), pool sizes,
    • Auto pause, auto lap, auto scroll
    • smart/per second recording
    • Fenix 5 charger (or very similar)
    • Swim proof to 5ATM
    • Barometric altimeter
    • 20mm pin-based bands…NOT the QuickFit (Fenix 5) ones
    • Battery: up to 13 hours of GPS or up to 7 days as a smartwatch
    • Touchscreen
    • Connect IQ app store
    • Smart notifications

Yep it looks awesome with all that. Pretty too

Impressed? Of course not. That’s the normal stuff. In true Mike Myers QVC style…”Wait, there’s more

  • Garmin Pay – yep. contactless payments. Mr(s) R&D has been very busy in Olanthe
  • Music control (from your smartphone) – darn, thought that was going to be on the device when I first saw it.

Price: Not sure. Probably well North of £/£/Eu250. This is going up against the Apple 2/3 and Fitbit Ionic.

Availability: Probably will be announced w/e 8th Sept to be bought by you very soon after, CERTAINLY in time for Christmas

Source: Garmin, via FCC


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15 thoughts on “Garmin Vivoactive 3 – Specs – The All-Conquering Fitbit Killer is (almost) here

  1. Stress widget according to the user manual. Would assume it’s 24/7 stress like the Vivosmart 3

  2. Looks interesting. Do you know whether it has a barometer, anything about dimensions or screen resolution, or whether it will come in other colors?

    1. yep I guess the same
      I guessed the prices too. should be below apple2 but somewhere in that region. unless garmin want it to be a real game changer and properly undercut (but we know garmin)

  3. That’s a long list of features…what does it not have compared to say a FR935 apart from all the multisport stuff ?

    What will be missed by some is the rectangular shape…and the price !

    1. ive the FR935 and i´m asking myself if the vivoactive3 wouldnt be enough for me since i dont do triathlon. as far as i´ve seen the specs there is nothing i´d miss on a vivoactive 3.

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