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Garmin announced the Venu Sq 2 at IFA 2022

Garmin is launching two new wearables at IFA 2022. The $249.99 Venu Sq 2 is an update to its affordable GPS smartwatch line, while the $89.99 Black Panther version is the Vivofit Jr. 3 gets a new special edition band.

Venu Sq 2 is mostly an iterative refresh. The OLED screen is large at 1.4 inches. It also has its Health Snapshot feature, which allows users to log a two-minute session that simultaneously records metrics such as heart rate, heart rate variability, blood oxygen levels, respiration and stress. Both of these updates are good, but the most significant change is that it almost doubled the battery life from six days to 11 days. Like the original Venu Sq, it also comes in a music version that can store up to 500 songs on the watch. As always, the music version costs an extra $50 at $299.99. Speaking of pricing, the entire Venu Sq 2 lineup is $50 more than the original, probably due to inflation for our gadgets.

The entire Venu Sq 2 lineup with the regular version on the left and the music edition on the right.

Three simple venu 2 squares on the left, music editions on the right.
Image: Garmin

Like its predecessor, the Venu Sq 2 has over 25 built-in GPS and indoor sports apps, as well as preloaded cardio, strength, yoga, HIIT and Pilates workouts. Users can also create their own workouts from over 1,600 exercises, as well as access Garmin Coach training plans. As for health features, it supports Garmin Body Battery Recovery metric, stress tracking, sleep tracking, and menstrual cycle and pregnancy logging. As for smart features, it has Garmin Pay, smart notifications and access to Garmin’s Connect IQ third-party app store.

A new special edition Black Panther Vivofit Junior 3 render that adds purple accents on the band.

It has now got purple accents.
Image: Garmin

Meanwhile, the $89.99 Black Panther Vivofit Jr. The new version of the 3…looks pretty much the original but adds purple etchings on the band. So if your kid wished the old solid-block version was more colorful, good news: It’s… now a little more colorful. Garmin has tons of Marvel, Star Wars, and Disney Princess themed trackers, and this is one of them. (And, not all of them are for kids.) The tracker allows kids to unlock app adventures, games and icons related to their favorite Avengers, as well as earn “Infinity Stone” points. For parents, the tracker includes an emergency contact widget, and the Garmin Junior app lets you assign tasks to your kids in exchange for virtual coins that can be redeemed for whatever rewards you want. It also has a replaceable battery that lasts up to a year.

Both Venu Sq 2 and Special Edition Black Panther Band are available now. Suggested retail price for Venu Sq 2 Music Edition is $249.99 and $299.99. The regular Venu Sq 2 comes in Shadow Grey/Slate, White/Cream Gold and Cool Mint/Metallic Mint color combinations. The Music Edition comes in Black / Slate, Ivory / Peach Gold and French Gray / Cream Gold colors. Meanwhile, the new Black Panther Vivofit Jr. 3 is priced at $89.99 and is only available in limited quantities from Garmin’s website.

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