Garmin Vivomove series of hybrid smartwatches launched in India
Smartwatches can be broadly divided into two different categories — the first being smartwatches that aim to cram in enough processing power and features to make them comparable to a smartphone on a wrist, like the Apple Watch and the Samsung Galaxy Watch series; and the other being watches that add just enough smarts to complement the functionality of your phone rather than be its replacement, like the Amazfit GTR and Amazfit GTS. Within the second category, we have a further bifurcation coming in the form of hybrid smartwatches — watches that have mechanical hands and an analog dial along with a digital display underneath, like the Fossil Hybrid HR. Garmin hosted a launch event in Mumbai to launch the next set of releases in the Garmin Vivomove series of hybrid smartwatches, in India.
The new Garmin Vivomove series comprises of the Vivomove 3 and 3S, Vivomove Style, and Vivomove Luxe. The basic premise behind these smartwatches is their hybrid functionality. You get a similar design across the four variants — an analog dial and mechanical watch faces adorn the main watch unit, with no hints of a display anywhere in sight. Double tapping the watch reveals the hidden display. The 3 and 3S get a single monochrome OLED display on the bottom half, while the Style and Luxe get two separate pieces of rectangular color AMOLED displays on the top and bottom half of the watch. The double displays are an upgrade over the singular display on the Vivomove HR that already existed in the company’s lineup in India, though the 3/3S are upgrades in other specifications.
|Specifications||Vivomove 3/3S||Vivomove Style||Vivomove Luxe|
|Watch Size||42 x 42 x 11.9 mm||42 x 42 x 11.9 mm|
|Display Type||Hidden OLED||Hidden AMOLED||Hidden AMOLED|
|Display Size & Resolution|
|Case Material||Fiber-reinforced Polymer||Aluminum||Stainless Steel|
|Lens Material||Chemically Strengthened Glass||Domed Corning Gorilla Glass 3||Domed Sapphire Crystal|
|Strap Material Options||Silicone|
|Water Resistance||5 ATM||5 ATM||5 ATM|
|Battery Life||Up to 5 days in smartwatch mode and up to 1 additional week in watch mode||Up to 5 days in smartwatch mode and up to 1 additional week in watch mode||Up to 5 days in smartwatch mode and up to 1 additional week in watch mode|
Garmin India did not disclose exact specifications for battery capacity.
The watches charge with a proprietary connector cable, which in my opinion, juts out quite awkwardly. Garmin could have used a magnetic charger stand setup, which would have been more convenient.
Much like the Fossil Hybrid HR, the watch hands move out of the way when you have incoming notifications. But unlike the Fossil, the Vivomove Style and Luxe also use the watch hands as an indicator for certain scenarios.
For the Garmin Vivomove series, the pricing may appear to be on the higher side if you look at it purely as a piece of technology. However, watches are also fashion statements and luxury items, so the pricing on these also takes into account the build quality and materials involved, as well as the very fact that they are to be considered a luxury product. There are a wide variety of colors available across the variants, and the straps are also easily replaceable — so if you can afford an indulgent purchase, you are sure to find the combination that suits you.
The new Garmin Vivomove series can be purchased from Amazon.in, Paytm Mall, and Garminstore.in. You can also purchase the watch through offline stores, a list of which is present here.
What are your thoughts on the Garmin Vivomove 3, Garmin Vivomove 3S, Garmin Vivomove Style, and Garmin Vivomove Luxe? Let us know in the comments below!