QI Charging on Garmin Vivomove Trend
Winfutures reports a leak of yet another new Garmin hybrid watch, this time it’s the Vivomove Trend.
Garmin’s Vivomove models are marketed toward the fashion-conscious but this time around we get a combination of a digital screen and good old-fashioned analogue hands. Whilst I wouldn’t say they represent the epitome of style, they’re nice looking and the digital/analogue screen looks good (we’ve already seen the same tech recently on Garmin’s Instinct Crossover Hybrid)
This is a small-format 40mm watch and Garmin seems to be targetting female buyers with the addition of cycle tracking.
And you might think that ends it all. But no, there is a gem of techy interest. Garmin has included its first (?) QI capable model for charging. This means it doesn’t need a charging cable and you leave your watch on some QI puck or pad for it to get hot and consume more electricity than it otherwise would do with a good old-fashioned cable. The lack of a charging port makes the waterproofing job much simpler but that feature isn’t especially needed for this watch (it has WR50), nevertheless in the future QI charging should help the more serious Garmin adventure watches that do need sound waterproofing abilities.
Excitement Level? 2/10
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