Garmin has unveiled its new Vivoactive 5 smartwatch, and with a full AMOLED display, it’s very much a Garmin Venu 3 lite – in all but name.
It’s the first outing for the Vivoactive range since 2020 – so it’s been a long time coming.
The Vivoactive 5 brings a 1.2-inch AMOLED touchscreen display and up to 11 days of battery.
It comes with an aluminum case, downgraded from the stainless steel on the Venu 3. But looking down the comparison list, these are two very similar devices.
In fact, Garmin has sent us a comparison table with the Venu 3 just to show us how similar it is.
Like the Venu 3 it brings 30 sports profiles, including walking, running, and pool swimming.
The similarities with the Venu 3 continue with the sleep coach features added, which enable you to get advice on how to be better rested, and includes the tracking of naps.
Elsewhere, it has all of the standard Garmin health and wellness features, from body battery and stress tracking to VO2 Max.
There are a few omissions. The Vivoactive 5 uses the previous generation Elevate 4 heart rate sensor and you can’t take calls, so Garmin has held back some of its advanced features and saved them for its flagship smartwatch.
It comes in at $299/$249, so a full $150 less than the Venu 3 ($449/£449) So it makes Garmin’s AMOLED smartwatch range even more accessible.
But one has to wonder why Garmin has released this under the Vivoactive brand. With so little to pick between them, it could be quite confusing to consumers.
And given the huge difference in price, it makes things feel a little unbalanced.
It’s all part of Garmin’s mission to offer something at every price point for every conceivable user – but its range is becoming confusing in places.
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