The Venu 3 smartwatch from Garmin demonstrates that manufacturers of smartwatches are expanding their focus beyond just exercise and activity monitoring in the realm of health tracking.
Garmin’s latest Venu 3 smartwatch, priced from $450 and set to launch on Wednesday, introduces enhanced sleep tracking capabilities compared to its predecessor, along with a battery promising up to 14 days of use. This release signifies Garmin’s recent efforts to contend with mainstream smartwatches from Apple and Samsung, which have gained prominence as Garmin’s rivals due to their expansion into running metrics.
Garmin is emphasizing battery life as a significant distinguishing factor. The Venu 3 boasts slightly better battery life claims than the Venu 2, which the company states can last for 11 days in smartwatch mode. Whether the Venu 3 lives up to these assertions remains to be verified. However, even if it achieves half of Garmin’s claims, the Venu 3 would still surpass devices like the Apple Watch Series 8 and Samsung Galaxy Watch 6, which typically require nightly charging to endure a full day.
However, the Venu 3 lacks the extensive app ecosystem and optional LTE connectivity found in other multipurpose watches. Yet, Joe Schrick, Garmin’s Vice President of the fitness segment, believes that the Venu 3’s trade-offs are justifiable in exchange for the extended battery life.
During a media preview ahead of the Venu 3’s launch, Schrick stated, “We advocate wearing it constantly. You can’t accurately assess someone’s well-being if you miss out on their sleep.”
Garmin is also introducing fresh health and fitness-oriented attributes, particularly targeting sleep tracking, mental well-being, and post-workout recovery. These domains have gained more prominence for smartwatches and fitness trackers recently as device manufacturers strive to expand their focus beyond mere exercise and activity monitoring in the realm of wellness tracking.
Among the standout features of the Venu 3 is its nap detection functionality, which automatically records brief naps and integrates them into the Body Battery assessment. This assessment provides an overview of your energy levels based on variables such as activity, stress, and sleep. Additionally, Garmin states that the Body Battery will offer greater insights into how specific factors like sleep or stress contribute to your overall score.