Garmin has unveiled the Venu 2 and smaller Venu 2S fitness-focused smartwatches with a host of additional health features over the original Venu model. Both models now offer sleep scores based on Firstbeat Analytics, tracking light, deep, and REM sleep stages, along with movement, pulse Ox2, and breathing. You will then receive information about how to improve your sleep quality directly from the watch. If you have trouble tapered off, it also provides “structured breathing activities” to help you focus and relax.
The new models introduce new activity profiles for high-intensity training with on-screen animations, while adding activities such as indoor climbing, bouldering and hiking. It also comes with new advanced strength training profiles, including images showing which muscle groups you used. Other new features include “Health Snapshots” that allow you to capture, record and share important health stats, a fitness age that uses your actual age, along with activity, resting heart rate, body fat and other statistics.
The Venu already had a good battery life, but the Venu 2 models extend that by up to 11 days in smartwatch mode (8 hours in GPS mode + music), or 10 days and 7 hours for the smaller Venu 2S. As before, the new models support all-day health monitoring and offer smart notifications, contactless payments, music playlists from Spotify and other apps, and more. The biggest problem we had with the first model was the clunky user interface, and it remains to be seen if Garmin made any improvements in that area.
The Venu 2 comes with a 45mm watch case and a 22mm strap, while the Venu 2S has a 40mm case and an 18mm strap. They come in multiple colors, including “granite blue”, black, light gold, rose gold, silver and slate. They are now available on the Garmin website for € 400 each in Europe – we will update the message once we receive the US prices.
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