(Pocket-lint) – The Garmin Venu Sq is getting an upgrade, with the announcement of the Garmin Venu Sq 2 launch.
The Garmin Venu Sq 2 will move to an AMOLED display, offering always-on functionality, while virtually doubling battery life over the previous version; The new model is said to last 11 days.
The Venu Sq was a rare addition to the Venu family. Setting out to offer a rival to other smartwatches, the Venu took all of Garmin’s fitness tech and topped it off with an AMOLED screen.
The Venu Sq later adopted the family name, but took a sort of “lite” approach. It was designed to be a smartwatch from Garmin that was more affordable and accessible, while also adopting the style of the square screen of the Apple Watch, but it was LCD.
The move to the Garmin Venu Sq 2 means there’s now an AMOLED screen with 320 x 360 pixels and measuring 1.41 inches, which is slightly larger than the original Venu Sq. It is protected by Gorilla Glass 3.
The increase in battery life is quite noticeable, as the size of the watch is basically the same as the previous version, but Garmin has added an extra 5 days of life to it, something we’ll definitely want to try in a future review.
Otherwise, the Garmin Venu Sq 2 appears to be very similar to other Garmin devices. It pretty much has the same features and functions as previous Venu devices, allowing for all that fitness and lifestyle tracking, but with convenient features like Garmin Pay. The addition here is support for HIIT workouts.
Again, there will be two versions of this device, the regular model and one that offers offline music support from services like Spotify, Amazon Music and Deezer.
Prices are $249.99 / £229.99 for the regular version and $299.99 / £259.99 for the music edition. It is available now.
Fixes – [01/09/2022] This story was originally published based on leaks, but has been updated to reflect official details Garmin shared shortly after our publication. We have replaced the original story with the correct official information.
Written by Chris Hall.