Garmin has introduced its first GPS smartwatch with 4G connectivity for safety features, music downloads and text messages, with no need for a phone. The vívoactive 3 Music–connected by Verizon is designed to help users stay connected, even in case of an emergency. Its in-built safety features include assistance and incident detection.
Holding the watch’s button for five second will trigger a discreet message to pre-loaded emergency contacts and and continuously share the user’s real-time location with them. The built-in incident detection feature senses when the wearer experiences an impact while walking, running or cycling, and will also automatically notify pre-loaded emergency contacts of the user’s real-time whereabouts. With LiveTrack, users can also let friends and family follow their activities in real-time.
The smartwatch also sports contactless payment service Garmin Pay, wrist-based heart rate Elevate and over 15 built-in indoor and outdoor sports apps including yoga, cardio and strength training, It also has the Garmin Chroma Display, Corning Gorilla Glass 3, the ALT1210 chipset from Altair Semiconductor and a battery life of up to 5 days in smartwatch mode or up to 4 hours when in use.
Otherwise, the new smartwatch has the same features as the vívoactive 3 Music, giving people the ability to download songs or playlists, including those from third-party music services like Deezer and Spotify (coming soon).
The device will become available in the first quarter. Prices will be announced then.