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Introducing the Garmin® vívoactive® 3: A stylish GPS smartwatch with built-in sports apps and wrist-based heart rate

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Garmin Southern Africa today announced the vívoactive 3, a GPS smartwatch with ElevateTM wristbased heart rate1 and over 15 built-in indoor and outdoor sports apps to keep up with a varied active lifestyle. Multiple passions? Not a problem. Cardio class on Tuesday and yoga on Wednesday? This smartwatch can handle it. vívoactive 3 is also our first wearable that is GarminPay™ ready, so customers will be able to pay for purchases with their watch². And with thousands of watch faces, widgets, data fields and apps available to download for free from the Garmin Connect IQTM store, users can customize the vívoactive 3, making it the perfect accessory for playing and paying.

“vívoactive 3 is perfect for anyone who is out and about being active, whether you run, swim or go to the gym you can enjoy all your activities and with built-in GPS can feel confident everything is recorded without the need of your phone,” said Camilla Kernes, Garmin Southern Africa Product Manager. “If you fancy a change of style or want your vívoactive 3 to do something different, you can download a new app or watch face from our established app store, Connect IQ.

Although the feature is not currently supported in South Africa and the rest of Africa, the vívoactive 3 is GarminPay™ Ready. This feature will allow you to not only leave your phone, but also your wallet at home and you can still grab that post-workout drink right from your wrist. GarminPay™, enabled by FitPayTM, supports Visa and MasterCard debit and credit cards from major issuing banks initially in the US, with more being added every day. Adding these cards into their Garmin Pay wallet gives users the same rewards and benefits of the physical cards, with the convenience of having them right on the wrist. For a complete list of supporting issuing banks, please visit

Smart, sturdy and stylish, the vívoactive 3 features polished stainless-steel metal details and an alwayson high-resolution Garmin ChromaTM display for great readability in all lighting conditions. The vívoactive 3 also introduces Side SwipeTM, a control which makes for quick scrolling and swift navigation of menus, widgets and stats. And because some users will prefer to scroll with their thumb and others with their index fingers, the vívoactive 3 features an ambidextrous design, allowing it to be worn in whichever orientation is most comfortable. Like all of Garmin’s wearables, the vívoactive 3 is safe for swimming and showering and has a battery life of up to 8 days in smartwatch mode and 13 hours in GPS mode.

With Elevate wrist-based heart rate, users can access fitness monitoring features including VO2 max and fitness age which provide valuable data to monitor changes in fitness level. All-day stress tracking is also available on the vívoactive 3 by monitoring HRV (heart rate variability) data. The ability to view both current stress levels at the wrist and a longer timetable of stress on Garmin Connect allows customers to identify patterns and consider making lifestyle changes to avoid or better cope with stress inducing situations. A Four-Fold Breath relaxation timer further helps users balance stress and rest.

With thousands of watch faces, widgets, data fields and apps available to download for free from the Garmin Connect IQ store, users can customize their device, making it go from being a smartwatch to something way more personalized. Keep tabs on when Uber is arriving, turn on the lights at home with the SmartThings app, and even use the AccuWeather MinuteCast app to find out when the rain is going to start.

The vívoactive 3 is designed with an on-the-go lifestyle in mind. With more than 15 built-in sports apps including new profiles for snowboarding, cardio, yoga, elliptical and stair stepper, the vívoactive 3 takes customers from the gym to the slopes and everywhere in between. With the new strength training activity, users can stay focused on their form and let the vívoactive 3 do the rep counting. Strength training keeps track of reps, sets and even rest times during free weight and bodyweight exercises. Bored of the same old workout routines? With vívoactive 3, users can mix it up by creating customized running, cycling, cardio and strength workouts on Garmin Connect and downloading them straight to their device.

Stay connected on the move with smart notification vibration alerts delivered right to the wrist. When paired with a compatible smartphone5, users can receive and even respond6
to text messages and see social media updates, app alerts, calls, emails and more. The vívoactive 3 can also be used to control music on a smartphone, send an alert to locate a misplaced smartphone and control a Garmin VIRB camera (sold separately). The vívoactive 3 includes LiveTrack5, a feature that provides loved ones with peace of mind during outdoor workouts by tracking activity and location in real time. Those individuals receive invitations via email, Facebook or Twitter with a link to a webpage that includes the position of the connected vívoactive 3 device.

Throughout the day, the vívoactive 3 automatically syncs with the Garmin Connect mobile app to save stats for easy access later. In Garmin Connect, a free online community, users can see their workouts, strength training activities, stress levels and sleep patterns displayed on detailed graphs. View outdoor workouts on detailed maps, compete in weekly challenges and connect with other fitness enthusiasts, right from a compatible smartphone or desktop computer.

The vívoactive 3 comes in three colours – black/stainless and white/stainless (with a suggested retail price of R5499) and black/slate (R5999). Users also have the option to switch up their style with compatible accessory bands (sold separately). To learn more, visit

Source: Garmin 

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