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CES News: Garmin announces Vivoactive sports tracker

vivoactiveIt’s the New Year and that means CES has rolled round again. This year looks like another big show for wearable and health tech announcements, the first one that peaked our interest comes from Garmin.

Not only has it launched an update to its feature packed Fenix 3 and new designs for its Vivofit 2 band, but it has also announced a new all around tracking smartwatch, called the Vivoactive.

The Vivoactive may not have the colour or design options of its sister product, the Vivofit, but it does come with interchangeable straps. The actual ‘watch’ part comes in either black or white and is pretty thin at about 8mm, as well as being waterproof to 50m.

The Vivoactive uses a colour LCD touchscreen display that Garmin claims is easily readable in direct sunlight. There are two capacitive buttons below the screen as well as buttons on either side. Garmin also hopes the battery will last up to 3 weeks, despite the powerful display – this drops to 10 hours in GPS mode.

Garmin vivoactive 2As a smartwatch, the Vivoactive also offers notifications via Bluetooth from your smartphone with simple, easy to use sports tracking. But all we know about the release date for the Vivoactive is the first quarter of 2015 so we shouldn’t be waiting too long. In terms of price, it’s launching at a decent $250, which seems about par for a smartwatch/tracker combination.

We’ll hope to get our hands on one to review in the coming months, so watch this space.

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