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Garmin Venu 2 Plus
It seems likely that Garmin is about to release an updated version of their Venu 2 named Garmin Venu 2 Plus (aka Pro).
Must Read: Garmin Venu 2 Review
So, what is it going to be?
Let’s first not forget that the Venu 2 is Garmin’s more sporty contender to the Apple Watch 7 & Samsung Galaxy Watch4. It’s aiming to be a pretty-screen watch with all the health features like SpO2 and sleep analysis BUT with Garmin’s superior sports features bolted on.
So the new Venu 2 Plus will have all that plus a little bit more on the health and tech side. There won’t be any significant sports features introduced, at least none that are new to the Garmin stable.
On the health side of things, Garmin is going to be fairly restricted at what it can add to the existing Venu 2. It already has PulseOx, Muscle heat maps, sleep tracking, physiological age, hydration monitoring, menstrual cycle tracking, and much much more.
On the tech side of things it also already has most of the current top-end Garmin components. It already has the Gen 4 ELEVATE HR sensor, for example, not forgetting the latest CIQ support, a recently refreshed user interface, fast charging and great battery life.
You can see 3 things from the tweeted image, below.
- This is a 3-button watch
- The on-screen image shows a microphone icon.
- Body battery (same as the existing BB feature), stress and HR widgets are shown
The microphone image could signal a voice assistant but, instead, appears to be used in the context of a voice call. Garmin devotees will, no doubt, recall the recent addition of LTE-related features to the Garmin 945 (Garmin 945LTE review here). However, the LTE features were NOT in support of voice calls but rather they supported a limited amount of live data to be sent covering emergency notifications and glorified in-sport messaging. My understanding is that Garmin is unlikely to support voice calls over LTE, however, it may well be possible that a microphone and speaker on the watch can control a voice call on your smartphone, the non-LTE versions of the Apple Watch 7 (detailed review) do that for example and also leverage WiFi calling where the carrier supports it.
Regarding Garmin’s ability to support a rich voice assistant, then I would severely doubt Garmin’s ability to deliver that. Even Apple’s Siri is below par and Apple has WAY more resources and more of a necessity to make their assistant work. It’s also unlikely that Garmin would be able to integrate both Apple’s Siri and Google’s Voice Assistant unless, in the latter case, it supported Wear OS. So I guess it’s possible that Garmin might use voice to support the limited control of its own feature set in some way or, at a push, controlling Alexa smarthome devices – as opposed to using LTE to query the internet for information.
One hope is that Garmin adds the new dual-frequency Sony GNSS chip. That’s a distinct possibility with a reasonable chance of happening. It will probably make little difference to GPS accuracy if added, at least initially. My bet would be that this chip will first appear on the next true sports device (Forerunner/Fenix).
The one final thing worth hoping for is improved AMOLED abilities. This is reasonably likely as Garmin’s CIQ System 5 platform is continuously adding to AMOLED-related features that will eventually find themselves on devices like the Garmin Fenix 7.
Garmin Venu 2 *Plus* incoming. Adds a 3rd physical button to support microphone capabilities. But will it be paired with a voice assistant?? Hm! pic.twitter.com/E9LO6yK7VK
— Dave Zatz (@davezatz) November 2, 2021
This leak originally comes from a Garmin retailer. The retailer will have scheduled the live date of the Venu 2 Plus and then either forgot to change it or they may simply have entered an incorrect date.
As the leak comes from a retailer it makes it MUCH more likely that we will see a pre-Christmas release.
I am somewhat surprised at the lateness of this possible move by Garmin. That said, we’ve had two surprisingly unusual years caused by the repercussions from Covid.
Moderately exciting! Definitely worth following as there will probably also be more reveals over the next week or so and the Venu 2 Plus WILL have the state-of-the-art Garmin stuff in it. Let’s see what that is!
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