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Vivoactive 4 among six new Garmin smartwatches on the way

Two new Vivoactive watches, three Vivomoves and something called "Venu"...

If you’re in the market for a new runner-friendly smartwatch, then you may want to hold off a little. Market leader Garmin has six up its sleeve according to a leak, and given the images appear to be from marketing material, it’s a safe bet to say they’re not too far away.

The source of the leak is German site, which claims the six products are made up of two Vivoactives, three Vivomoves and something called the Venu. The full list is as follows:

  • Venu
  • Vivoactive 4
  • Vivoactive 4s
  • Vivomove Style
  • Vivomove  3 Sport
  • Vivomove 3s

Of the range, the Venu looks the classiest: a 43mm watch with metal framing, and support for Spotify, Deezer, Garmin Pay and more judging from the photos. It’s possible “Venu” is just a codename – we could well be looking at the Fenix 6, say.

Then there are the two Vivoactive devices. Given the Vivoactive 3 still sits proudly on our list of the best fitness trackers you can buy, the prospect of not one, but two follow-up wearables is excellent news. In our review, our only complaints were around price and its looks, and judging from the pictures the latter issue has been taken care of – hopefully without driving up the former too much. 

The three Vivomoves are equally intriguing, given how much time we had for their predecessor. Like the Vivomove HR, it seems like we’ll be looking at three hybrid smartwatches with physical clock faces augmented by built-in OLED screens for notifications and the like. How the three variants will differ is up in the air, but it’s exciting to see Garmin is considering adding more features to something that was originally quite pared back.

As you would expect from a leak, there aren’t any release dates. But given IFA 2019 is just around the corner, it wouldn’t be a huge surprise if we didn’t hear a great deal more about all six when things kick off in Berlin in just over three weeks’ time…