Top > News Update > The new Garmin Vivosmart HR with optical sensor

News Update

The new Garmin Vivosmart HR with optical sensor

Posted on: 01 Nov, 2015

Recently, Garmin rolled out their latest wearable, the Vivosmart HR.  This new wrist-bound device takes the Vivosmart band that they announced slightly over a year ago, and adds in an optical sensor.  Along the way it got a fancy new crisp display and a few new features.


Now it’s important to note the device name and what each one looks like, especially if purchasing.  That’s because many retailers used ‘Vivosmart HR’ as the name of the product last year when they included the bundled heart rate (HR) strap.  In theory, the official product name then should have been something like “Vivosmart with old-school bundled HR strap”, but alas, it was shortened to ‘Vivosmart HR’ by some retailers.  Whereas this year, the Vivosmart HR is truly an optical HR sensor inside the Vivosmart.

Here’s what’s new/different on the Vivosmart HR:

– Internal optical HR sensor
– 24×7 heart rate recording (continual resting HR, and average resting HR)
– Counts stairs (flights of stairs)
– Displays intensity minutes (against a goal of 150min/week)
– Backlit display
– Slightly reduced battery life – 5 days instead of 7 days on original Vivosmart
– Rebroadcasting of your HR over ANT+ (so other devices can pick it up)
– Does NOT connect to ANT+ cycling sensors (like the original Vivosmart did)
– Does NOT connect to external ANT+ HR strap (like the original Vivosmart did)
– Tracking steps, daily distance walked, calories burned
– Inactivity alerts & Move Bar
– Tracks workouts separately (can also still connect to HR strap)
– Time alarm
– Smartphone Notifications (i.e. e-mail, text, Twitter, etc…)
– Music Controls
– Find your phone option
– Vibration alerts


News Update

Garmin Grows in the Wearables Market with Device, ... Posted on 12 Jul, 2016

Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today reported new data that demonstrates the company’s strong and growing posi... - Read More -

Oregon 700 Series Introduction Posted on 01 Jul, 2016

Today Garmin announced the Oregon 700, 750 and 750t, an update to its popular series of touchscreen outdoor handhelds. Featuring high-sensitivity GPS ... - Read More -

Vivomove - Classic Watch with Activity Tracking Posted on 05 May, 2016

The Garmin Vivo empire is expanding.  This time though, in a way unlike any other Garmin product.  It actually looks pretty.  Swanky pe... - Read More -

GPS Support

Garmin Connect IQ Partner Posted on 15 Jan, 2015

Explore and download apps to personalize your Garmin with Connect IQ, our open platform for third-party developer apps- Read More -

How to Update Montana Software? Posted on 12 Aug, 2013

Use Garmin Express to install this file. The system requirement for updating software is IBM-compatible PC running Windows XP or later operating syste... - Read More -

What is Garmin Express? Posted on 07 Jun, 2013

The Garmin Express is an essential tool for managing Garmin devices. Garmin Express is designed to be the one-stop shop for updating maps, updating so... - Read More -