Published: Fri, September 01, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

Garmin Announces Vivoactive 3 With Contactless Garmin Pay

Garmin Announces Vivoactive 3 With Contactless Garmin Pay

Moving slight away from the formal look of the Vivomove HR, the Vivoactive 3 has a much more casual feel about its presentation but really amps up the functionality for active users with customisation, indoor and outdoor work out modes and Garmin Pay on the features list. What makes Vivoactive 3 truly advanced among its counterparts is its extreme battery life, mobile payments via NFC, workout guidance, and a display that is among the very best. Now, the second new wearable from Garmin is a new version of the Vivomove watch: the Vivomove HR. So far, it's compatible with Visa and MasterCard debit and credit cards from major banks, but Garmin says it's working to add more options. The standout feature, however, is the new Garmin Pay support, which allows for contactless payments via Visa and MasterCard cards from a range of major US banks.

In addition to Global Positioning System, the Garmin Vivoactive 3 will also have a heart rate sensor that will continuously track your heart rate, and Garmin is boasting a highly visible display regardless of the lighting, so presumably this will be a display that you will have little to no trouble seeing even in direct sunlight. Users will be able to form an ecosystem of mobile applications (Apps) that Garmin is offering around the watch. The Vivoactive 3 offers more than 15 sports apps out of the box. If you transition the watch into Global Positioning System mode, that battery life drops drastically to just 13 hours, so you'll definitely want to make sure that you're using this mode only when needed lest you find yourself with a dead battery right when you need the watch the most. The Vivoactive 3 has a relatively slim, round face-a welcome change from the thick-and-blocky faces of past Garmin smartwatches.

Bridging the gap between smartwatch and activity tracker is the Vivomove HR. Double tap, and you can summon up the screen to see your heart rate, track your stress or view notifications.

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The Garmin Vivosport is set to be released soon, but we don't now have an exact release date.

The Vivomove HR Sport will cost $199.99 and the premium model will cost $299.99, or roughly £160 and £240 respectively.

Coming in at US$199 its certainly not the cheapest fitness tracker on the market, but you get what you pay for in terms of quality when you buy Garmin. The big feature here is support for LiveTrack, a real-time activity and tracking feature that previously appeared only on higher-end running watches.

Garmin has built fitness apps directly into the Vivosport too with both strength training and cardio options available.

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