Whereas Fitbit continues to be taking its candy time at releasing a smartwatch that might, in principle, reserve it from changing into a has-been within the wearables market, its rivals are making the most of its silence to seize a chunk of the pie within the meantime. First it was Apple that overtook it as being the primary wearable vendor, solely to have Xiaomi overtake each of them. Whereas fairly removed from climbing to the highest, Garmin is planning to come back out with a brand new Vivoactive three that, whereas not precisely a smartwatch, appears and acts the half.

The Vivoactive three positively doesn’t appear like a health tracker. Then once more, the Vivoactive HR, which preceded it and which was really the 2nd gen Vivoactive (there isn’t a Vivoactive 2) already didn’t appear like a standard health tracker. It seemed confused, to place it mildly, a cross between the aesthetics of a tracker and the majority, however not the design, of a smartwatch.

The Vivoactive three is a bit much less confused about it character. Or no less than it appears prefer it’s much less confused. It appears extra like a sportswatch, save for the truth that its face is solely digital, no analog fingers in sight. It may not precisely have what it takes to be a full smartwatch, although. It’s just about nonetheless only a health tracker, simply with sufficient smarts to allow you to deal with notifications and even reply to messages. The latter is one thing to look out for, since there have been only a few profitable makes an attempt at making replying by way of smartwatches simple.

By way of , it doesn’t appear that Garmin will stray that removed from a standard fitness-centric smartwatch both, with the same old rubber silicon strap flanking an in any other case classic-looking, however thick, physique. Beneath that’s the common coronary heart charge sensor that could be a staple for any self-respecting health tracker. Unseen however anticipated, or wished for no less than, is an altimeter that can assist makes use of rely steps taken up stairs along with the same old stroll.

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After all, all of those are primarily based on leaked photographs which will or might not come to move. It’s not that far off, nevertheless, for Garmin to lastly give its near-smartwatch Vivoactive line a much-needed makeover. As to when that can occur, it appears that evidently Garmin is aiming for a vacation launch, which nonetheless provides Fitbit round three months to steal the highlight earlier than Garmin steals it.

VIA: Wearable