Garmin has announced the vívoactive 3 Music – connected by Verizon. This is Garmin’s first GPS smartwatch with 4G LTE connectivity for safety features, music downloads and text messages right from the wrist – ‘no phone required’.
In a release, Garmin adds that ‘Whether workouts happen in the gym or on the road, first thing in the morning or at dusk, alone or with a group, this new vívoactive 3 Music is designed to help users stay connected on the go and in case of an emergency.’
New safety features built into the vívoactive 3 Music (Verizon), including assistance and incident detection, help to give users and their loved ones peace of mind.
If anything should happen or the user feels unsafe for any reason, holding the watch’s button for five seconds can trigger a discreet message to notify pre-loaded emergency contacts and continuously share the user’s real-time location with them.
The built-in incident detection feature senses when the wearer experiences an impact while walking, running or cycling, and will automatically notify pre-loaded emergency contacts of the user’s real-time whereabouts. And users can also let friends and family follow their activities in real-time whenever they’d like, simply by initiating the LiveTrack feature from the watch.
“The vívoactive 3 Music with 4G LTE connectivity gives you everything you need from your phone – safety features, text messaging and the ability to download and listen to music – now on your watch, so customers can leave their phones behind with confidence,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin Vice President of Global Consumer Sales.
“Designed for customers who lead an active lifestyle, we’re excited to introduce these new safety and communication features to the Verizon-connected vívoactive 3 Music to give added peace of mind on the go, so leaving your phone at home can be a choice instead of a cause for panic.”
Featuring the same high-end fitness, wellness and smart connectivity features first introduced on the vívoactive 3 Music, the Verizon-connected version gives users an extra pep in their step with the ability to download their favourite songs or playlists, including those from third-party music services such as Deezer and Spotify (coming soon), right to their wrist.
Users simply download the music service app from the Garmin Connect IQ store and sync. ‘Then queue up those songs for easy listening with compatible Bluetooth headphones (sold separately) phone-free, right from the watch.’
Garmin Pay, a contactless payment solution2 enabled by FitPay, means users can leave their credit cards at home and still stop to grab a drink or eat while out and about. Utilizing their Garmin Pay wallet, users have the same rewards and benefits of the physical cards, with the convenience of having them right on the wrist for contactless payment.
With Garmin’s Elevate wrist-based heart rate and over 15 built-in indoor and outdoor sports apps including yoga, cardio, strength training and more, the vívoactive 3 Music series includes features to keep up with a varied active lifestyle.
Garmin adds that the Chroma Display is easy to read — even in direct sunlight — and is housed under the premium durability of Corning Gorilla Glass 3. Like all Garmin wearables, it is safe for swimming and showering.
The vívoactive 3 Music (Verizon) uses the ALT1210 chipset from Altair Semiconductor, a leading provider of LTE chipsets. The watch has a battery life of up to 5 days in smartwatch mode or up to 4 hours when connected to GPS, playing music and using the LiveTrack feature over 4G LTE5.
A Verizon connected device plan is required to use the built-in safety features, texting, and music downloads. Pricing for the Verizon-connected vívoactive 3 Music will be announced with availability in Q1 2019.
The vívoactive 3 Music – connected by Verizon will be showcased at the Garmin booth (30342) at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, on January 8-11.