Garmin Vivoactive HR GPS smartwatch with heart rate monitor announced for $249.99

Garmin, the popular wearable maker has announced Vívoactive HR, a GPS smartwatch with Garmin Elevate wrist heart rate technology. It keeps track of activities like counting steps and floors climbed, intensity minutes, monitoring sleep.

Garmin Vivoactive HR-1

The Vivoactive HR features a built-in GPS-enabled sports apps for walking, running, biking, swimming, golfing, paddle boarding, rowing, skiing and snowboarding. It uses 24/7 wrist-based heart rate data to calculate calories burned information as well as the intensity of fitness activities. With the Connect IQ store, users can easily personalize their vívoactive HR with free apps, widgets, watch faces and data fields. The vívoactive HR sports a always-on, touchscreen, sunlight-readable Garmin Chroma Display that lets users track activity and stay connected.

It also comes with Garmin Move IQ which continuously monitors for periods of sustained activity and automatically recognizes walking, running, biking, swimming and elliptical training. Users can easily track their exercise throughout the day without needing to start a timed activity. Once synced with Garmin Connect, users can review their full day of activity in a convenient Timeline view.

Garmin Vivoactive HR

Garmin Vivoactive HR specifications

  • 20.7 mm x 28.6 mm full color Chroma display 148 x 205 pixels
  • Heart Rate Monitor, GPS, accelerometer
  • step counting, sleep monitoring, calories burned, intensity of workout
  • On-device sports apps: running, indoor running, biking, indoor biking, walking, indoor walking, rowing, indoor rowing, pool swimming, golfing, ski/boarding, cross country skiing, stand-up paddle boarding (SUP)
  • watch functions: time, date,calendar and alarm
  • Dimensions: 30.2 mm x 57.0 mm x 11.4 mm, Weight: 47.6 g
  • Rechargeable lithium battery, Up to 8 days in smartwatch mode (with 24/7 heart rate monitoring, No-GPS), up to 13 hrs in GPS mode

The vívoactive HR costs $249.99 and will begin shipping in Q2. It will be available in regular and extra-large fit black bands. Accessory bands will be available in black, white, force yellow and lava red for a suggested retail price of $29.99 each.

Author: Sneha Bokil

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