Garmin is following up on their excellent Garmin Forerunner 645 Music with a lower cost model, the Garmin Vivoactive 3.

GPS smartwatch with integrated music that lets users bring along their favourite tunes to every workout or activity. Featuring Garmin Pay contactless payments and thousands of ways to customize with free watch faces, widgets, data fields and apps through the Garmin Connect IQ store, the vívoactive 3 Music is the perfect accessory for running errands, running a 10K, and everything in between.

“Music can be a huge motivating component of any workout or activity, and we’re excited to give our customers the ability to ditch their phones and listen to their favourite songs right from their wrist,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales. “And with Garmin Pay, you can leave your wallet back at home, too, making it easier than ever to just get up and go.”

Featuring the same fitness, wellness and smart connectivity features first introduced on the Vívoactive 3, the Vívoactive 3 Music gives users an extra pep in their step with on-device music storage of up to 500 songs.

At launch, Garmin lets you download offline music playlists from iHeartRadio, with Deezer said to be coming soon. Unfortunately, more popular streaming music services from Spotify, Amazon, Google, and Apple aren’t supported. This does limit the offline music functionality in the UK quite a bit as far as I am aware iHeartRadio is not available here, you can, of course, sync your own local files.

Once the music is loaded, pair the vívoactive 3 Music with a set of compatible Bluetooth headphones (sold separately) and go.

Garmin Pay, a contactless payment solution, means Vívoactive 3 Music wearers can leave their cash and credit cards at home and still stop for a coffee, pop in a store, or grab a bite to eat throughout their day. Utilizing their Garmin Pay wallet, users have the same rewards and benefits of the physical cards, with the convenience of having them right on the wrist for contactless payment.

With Elevate wrist-based heart rate and over 15 preloaded GPS and indoor sports apps including yoga, running, strength training and more, the Vívoactive 3 Music is packed with features to keep up with a varied active lifestyle. The always-on Garmin Chroma Display is easy to read — even in direct sunlight. Like all of Garmin’s wearables, it is safe for swimming and showering and has a battery life of up to 7 days in smartwatch mode and 5 hours in GPS with music mode.

The Vívoactive 3 Music comes with a black silicone 20mm quick release industry standard band and has a recommended retail price of £299.99 and is available now

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