A leak of the Garmin Vivoactive 3 circulating online in the last 24 hours appears to originate from Wareable based on the pictures with watermark. But whoever the source, something is brewing at Garmin. So for those of you who are hesitant to put money on the Fenix 5 or Forerunner 935 but find the Vivosmart series unsuitable for your needs, hold your horses. Both pictures with watermark belong to Wareable.
The wearable appears to be built in the image of the current Fenix 5 and Forerunner 935 series but with less aesthetic frills. I’m for it as long as it works well and is value for money.
The charging appears to be identical to that of the newer Garmin watches. This could signal a one-cable-rule-them-all move on Garmin’s part since previous series almost always feature different sets of charging and data transfer cables. It makes absolute sense for distribution, production and future proofing measures.
The leaked Garmin Vivoactive 3 shows a single button which I assume carries on the tradition of the Vivoactive series touch display functionality. both the original Vivoactive and Vivoactive HR featured more than 2 buttons.
Also the watch features a round bezel, a distinct moving away from the original Vivoactive and subsequently the Vivoactive HR, both which featured squarish and rectangular designs.
The watch strap looks to be changeable though the leak did not feature Garmin’s Quick Fit designs. Surprise surprise! I’m guessing from a pricing point of view it may not make economical sense to ship a USD $49 watch strap with a $250 watch when even the Forerunner 935 ships with screwed-in straps.
Finally, the leaked Garmin Vivoactive 3 images appear to suggest the possibility of replying to messages! Well this would be a first in Garmin’s series of wearables.
Both pricing and availability have yet to be confirmed. The Vivoactive retailed at $219.99 and the Vivoactive HR at $249.99. Since this is considered Garmin’s mid range GPS tracker and the high end ships at $499.99 and more, I’d wager it’d ship in the $200-$250 range.