Garmin Malaysia has announced the Venu 2 and Venu 2S GPS smartwatchs, which cost RM1,799 each. The latter is already available on Lazada, Shopee, AECO e-store, and authorized retailers, while the former will be available in June.
The Venu 2 comes with a 45mm watch case and a 22mm band, while the Venu 2S has a 40mm watch case and an 18mm band. Both watches offer an AMOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3, a stainless steel bezel, quick release silicone bands, and over 25 built-in sports apps. They also have a new Health Snapshot feature, which allows one to log a two-minute session in order to record key health stats. An “overall report” can then be generated for healthcare providers to peruse.
The Venu 2 series’ health monitoring functions cover “heart rate (with user-configurable alerts for high or low readings), fitness age, advanced sleep with sleep score and insights, respiration, Pulse Ox, all-day stress, hydration, and women’s health (menstrual cycle tracking and pregnancy tracking)”. The smartwatches also monitor Pulse Ox and respiration during rest and offer tracking for light, deep, and REM sleep stages and movements. They use Firstbeat Analytics to provide sleep scores, and also offer “personalised insights” on improving sleep quality.
Meanwhile, the profiles found in the Venu 2 series include HIIT workouts (which include AMRAP, EMOM, Tabata, and custom timers), indoor climbing, bouldering, and hiking. There are over 75 preset animated workouts for cardio, yoga, strength, HIIT, and Pilates in addition to the smartwatches' preloaded workouts and downloadable preset workouts from Garmin Connect. There are also customizable exercises with more than 1,400 activities to pick from.
Garmin Malaysia says that “the advanced strength training profiles and workouts put weight scaling and strength PRs right on the device” and include graphics to show which of the muscle groups were active. There are also structured breathwork activities on offer and compatibility with Garmin Coach for adaptive training plans.
For safety and tracking, both smartwatches have automatic incident detection and manually triggered assistance alerts, which send users’ real time location to emergency contacts, as well as a LiveTrack function. Other features include built-in music, calendar reminders, and incoming calls, as wells as personalization options from the Connect IQ store. The Venu 2 series is compatible with Android and Apple smartphones.
The Venu 2 has up to 11 days of battery life in smartwatch mode and eight hours in GPS mode with music, while the Venu 2S offers up to 10 days of battery life in smartwatch mode and seven hours in GPS mode with music. Garmin Malaysia says that 10 minutes of charging with rapid battery recharge can provide one day of battery life of one hour of GPS + music battery life.
The Venu 2 offers a Silver Bezel with Granite Blue Case and Silicone Band option as well as a Slate Bezel with Black Case and Silicone Band option. Meanwhile, the Venu 2S offers Slate Bezel with Graphite Case and Silicone Band, Light Gold Bezel with Light Sand Case and Silicone Band, Silver Bezel with Mist Gray Case and Silicone Band, and Rose Gold Bezel with White Case and Silicone Band options.