​Garmin D2 Air X10 lets pilots take calls from the wrist

Aviation smartwatch gets an overhaul
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Garmin has released a new version of its pilot’s smartwatch – the Garmin D2 Air X10.

The updated smartwatch now lets pilots take calls from the wrist mid-air, and use voice assistants such as Siri, Bixby and Google Assistant. It’s the same kind of functionality that was added to the Garmin Venu 2 Plus back in January.

The DX10 packs all its features into a compact 43mm case with an AMOLED display, which puts it closer to the likes of the Venu 2 than more sporty Forerunner and Fenix devices.

For the uninitiated, the D2 Air X10 is packed with flying features such as flight logging and navigation.

You can navigate to airports directly from the wrist, just by choosing a pre-installed location.

And there are features such as the horizontal situation indicator, which enable you to find out whether you’re left or right of your desired heading.

There's a built in barometer sensor for altitude, and you can receive other aviation alerts such as a fuel timer, wind direction, distance travelled and runway orientations.

And pilots can plug into Garmin’s pilot ecosystem flygarmin.com and the Garmin Pilot app, from where they can upload flight plans and follow way points on the watch itself.

The D2 Air X10 also has the full suite of Garmin wellness features. There’s pulse ox, body battery, GPS and 25 workout modes – and the new Health Snapshot feature.

Garmin has a dizzying array of watches aimed at divers, sailors, aviators and soldiers – in addition to its better-known selection of runner and adventurer wearables. But it seems all users are getting treated to Garmin’s extra smart and health features that are rolling out across the board.

The Garmin D2 Air X10 costs $549 and is available now.

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