Garmin has launched a new variant of the vivoactive3 Music smartwatch –
an LTE-connected smartwatch that works on the Verizon network. It’s the first LTE capable device from Garmin. The smartwatch can be used as a standalone device or with any other network smartphone.
The vivoactive 3 Music smartwatch can be used to send and receive text messages, but not make calls. The main use of the 4G connection is LiveTrack – sharing your location with friends in real time. There’s also an emergency mode that will alert pre-selected contacts when you hold down the button (the watch can also automatically detect an incident while you’re walking or biking).
Coming to battery life, the smartwatch can last up to 4 hours with GPS and LiveTrack enabled and music playing (and about 5 days in smartwatch mode).
It can store up to 500 songs for offline listening, but the addition of LTE connectivity means you can download songs on the go as well. Spotify support will come in near future.
The watch also supports Garmin Pay, so you can leave your wallet at home as well. It can call you an Uber and show you the weather forecast too.
The watch has a 43.1mm case (polymer), it is 13.6mm thick and weighs 39g. It’s swimproof, rated at 5ATM and comes with a silicone strap, but you can replace it with any standard 20mm strap. There’s a built in heart rate monitor that can estimate VO2 max and track heart rate variability. There’s a sleep tracker too.
The vivoactive runs custom software and features a 1.2” screen (240 x 240px) with Gorilla Glass 3. This is a transflective screen, which offers great visibility in daylight.
The vivoactive 3 Music with LTE will be available in a month or two, the pricing has not been announced (the regular Music is $300).