Best smartwatches of IFA 2019

Top watches from this year's Berlin tech show
Best smartwatches of IFA 2019
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We've finished sweeping the exhibitor halls in Berlin and seen everything the tech show had to offer for smartwatch lovers.

And there's been a lot to check out. Garmin, Fossil, Samsung and others have new watches launching over the coming months vying for a place on your wrist.

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We've rounded up the best in show that caught our eye out at IFA 2019. Let us know your faves in the comments section below.

Garmin Venu, new Vivoactive 4 and more

Best smartwatches of IFA 2019

Garmin has gone big at this year's show, unveiling a whole host of new watches and updates to existing models.

The headline-grabbing watch is without doubt the Venu, the company's first watch to include an AMOLED touchscreen display. The Venu was also joined by the Vivoactive 4, which ramps up the health features of the Vivoactive line, adding animated workout guidance and a Pulse Ox sensor.

Garmin introduced multiple new models of its Vivomove hybrid watch including the Vivomove Luxe, which adds a color AMOLED display that live above and below the traditional watch face and hands.

If that wasn't enough, Marvel's entered the fray with its Legacy Hero series by partnering with Garmin to make two special edition smartwatches themed around Captains America and Captain Marvel.

Garmin had already unveiled the Garmin Fenix 6 ahead of the show, but hasn't rested on its laurels – and we're looking forward to testing as many of these new models as possible in the weeks to come.

Michael Kors MKGO

Best smartwatches of IFA 2019

Wear OS watches made a big splash at IFA 2019 and Michael Kors has joined in on the fun by announcing three new smartwatches at the show.

The most eye-catching was the Michael Kors Access MKGO, the designer's first sporty Wear watch. The MKGO was joined by the more glamorous Michael Kors Access Bradshaw 2 and the Lexington 2. The latter two are updates to existing models, bringing new processors and features plus increased storage and RAM.

The MKGO is a newer beast, though, with an extremely thin profile and sporty look, powered by a new Snapdragon 3100 processor – but this is paired with less storage and RAM than the other two MK watches.

Diesel and Emporio Armani

Best smartwatches of IFA 2019

The Fossil Group recently introduced its first Gen 5 Wear smartwatches packing Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 3100 Wear chipset and a speaker for the first time.

So we were fully expecting more of its many brands to get the Gen 5 treatment. Next in line, the Emporio Armani Smartwatch 3 and the brutalist-inspired Diesel On Axial.

While Fossil had previously indicated that new hybrid smartwatches would be landing later this year, there was nothing to see at IFA. So, maybe they'll appear later in 2019.


Best smartwatches of IFA 2019

Puma signed a long term agreement with Fossil Group to make smartwatches, and we finally have our first one.

The Puma Smartwatch is designed as a sports watch first, with fitness tracking powered by Google Fit and silicon straps, plus an AMOLED display. You'll be able to take it swimming as well as track workouts with built-in GPS and heart rate monitoring.

It also gets the Snapdragon 3100, though only 4GB of storage and 512MB of RAM, meaning it's not got as much memory to play with as other new Wear OS models. We'll be trying to get hands-on as soon as we can.

Amazfit Stratos 3, GTS and GTR

Best smartwatches of IFA 2019

Chinese tech outfit Huami, maker of the Amazfit range of smartwatches and fitness trackers, was at this year's IFA. The good news is that it looks set to bring its latest watches to the rest of the world.

First up is the Amazfit GTS, a smartwatch that looks a lot like an Apple Watch. There's also the Amazfit Stratos 3, an update to the affordable outdoor watch that's designed to take on the Garmin Fenix and Suunto's collection of outdoor watches. We also got to hear more about the Amazfit GTR, a budget option packing seriously impressive battery life.

There are no details on launch dates or pricing for the new Amazfit watches, but hopefully they'll land before the end of the year.

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 Under Armour edition

Best smartwatches of IFA 2019

Samsung announced the Galaxy Watch Active 2 before IFA, and we've finally had some time to get to know the new Samsung smartwatch.

Big new features like ECG possibly won't be available to test until 2020, but we did get to try that new touch sensitive bezel and check out the two new sizes. Plus, we got our hands on the Galaxy Watch Active 2 Under Armour Edition, which adds in a sporty silicone band and some Under Armour themed watch faces and widgets.

Fitbit Versa 2

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Fitbit unveiled the Fitbit Versa 2 ahead of IFA, but was also on show at the Berlin tech show.

We've had some hands-on time with the Versa 2, which makes some subtle design changes and adds Alexa to bring a smart assistant to the smartwatch for the very first time.

Fitbit is also rolling out the Versa 2 with a new Aria Air smart scale and Fitbit Premium subscription service, giving you plenty of new Fitbit things to look forward to in the coming months.

Asus VivoWatch SP

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Asus seems to be done with Wear OS and has shifted focus to health with the unveiling of the VivoWatch SP. The smartwatch arrives with a seriously impressive range of health monitoring features.

It packs a PPG heart rate monitor and an ECG tracker, and also has the ability to check your blood pressure. This makes it a powerhouse on the health tracking front, and it's paired with a new, far sleeker design from Asus.

Previous watches from the company had featured more workmanlike or even medical-looking designs, so it's great to see Asus improve things on the looks front. Most impressively of all, it will apparently have a 14-day battery life. The watch is due out in Q4 2019, though we don't have any pricing details just yet.

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