Garmin unveils three new dedicated smartwatches, cheapest model starts at $250 (RM889)
Garmin is a world renowned company specializing in GPS navigation products. The company is now shifting its focus to a hot new industry – wearables, as it recently announced three new smartwatches at CES 2015 in Las Vegas. First in the lot is the Garmin Vivoactive, which is also the company's first dedicated smartwatch. It comes with a square design like the LG G Watch and features the company's first app market called as the Connect IQ. The Vivoactive can display a number of information right on its small touchscreen display like emails, texts, social media interactions, calendar, reminders and missed calls. It can track distance as well as speed, thanks to the in-built GPS radio. The onboard battery typically lasts for three weeks but battery life is limited to just 10 hours with GPS enabled. The second model of the lot, the Garmin Fenix 3 is a more rugged and outdoor friendly smartwatch. The watch comes with a number of useful sensors like barometer, altimeter and compass. It supports Connect IQ app store and even has a sapphire glass option ($50 extra) for taking the protection to the next level. Garmin rates its battery life up to 6 weeks on a single charge in the watch mode. The third and final model, the Garmin Epix comes with maps preloaded on the device. Other than this, the features and tech specs are similar to Fenix model. The battery life is better on the Epix - 16 weeks as compared to 6 weeks on Fenix 3. The Garmin Vivoactive, Fenix 3 and the Epix models will start at $250, $500 and $550 respectively.