Comparisons between the Fitbit Charge family of products and the Vivosmart 4 are common. This is because both of them are aiming for the same consumer base. Even when held up to these standards, the aging Garmin performs admirably. That is conclusive evidence of the high quality of Garmin manufacturing products. However, let’s be honest: the fitness band has been around for more than three years at this point, which means that an update is long overdue.
According to our analysis, the Vivosmart 4 is a respectable and versatile little fitness band that comes with a lot to offer. Oxygen saturation is a welcome improvement over its forerunner, and the Body Battery statistic functions effectively and brings a fresh perspective to exercise routines. It’s no surprise that the tracker has been such a hit with customers ever since it was first introduced in September of 2018.
The Fitbit Charge 4 and the Charge 5, the most recent iteration of this product, are most likely its most direct competitors. The most recent edition comes equipped with a high-resolution AMOLED display in addition to a plethora of additional capabilities.
On the Garmin Vivosmart 5, there have not been any reported leaks as of yet. The company has not updated any of the devices in its fitness tracker collection for a considerable amount of time. Despite this, we anticipate the launch of the fifth generation of Vivosmart devices shortly. The following is what you can anticipate happening.
What can you anticipate from the Garmin Vivosmart 5
We do not anticipate experiencing a great deal of change regarding the design. Since a fitness band is already a fitness band, there isn’t much room for innovation when it comes to coming up with something significantly different. In addition, Garmin typically sticks to a design that has been proven successful.
Having said that, the Vivosmart 4 is notable for being exceptionally thin and lightweight. This is one of its distinguishing features. Even though this is wonderful, it has a drawback. It has a display that is 17.7 millimeters by 6.6 millimeters, which is not particularly spectacular given its size. There is a limit to the amount of information that can be displayed on a screen of that size. In addition, the resolution is only 48 by 128 pixels, and the only color is grayscale.
There is a lot of room for development, especially when one considers that the Vivosport, which was released a year earlier, features a color display that is constantly illuminated. To be more specific, the display was a memory-in-pixel (MIP) screen that was transflective and visible in sunlight, which could really serve as an acceptable replacement for the OLED display found in the Vivosmart.
An enhancement in this regard is highly possible; however, it is unknown whether it will come in the shape of a color display or a display that is either larger or more expansive. In order to maximize the amount of time a battery can last, Garmin will want to limit its capabilities.
The Vivosmart 4 can go for roughly a week without needing to be recharged. In our opinion, this is the bare minimum that should be included in a modern fitness band. It would be wonderful if the Garmin Vivosmart 5 were just as lightweight but flatter and somewhat wider than the previous model. This would allow for more room for a larger battery.
Monitoring of physical activity and other high-tech aspects
A casual user of the Vivosmart 4 will find most of the things they need for monitoring their activities around the clock. Anyone looking for more than the fundamentals will find everything they need there. It is highly doubtful that the Vivosmart 5 will ever be able to take the place of a sports watch.
Having said that, the most recent model is lacking in one noticeable function, and that is an internal GPS receiver. When it was first released, it did not even come with a connected GPS. This was remedied, thank goodness, by a software upgrade in September of 2019. On the other hand, this might be a good moment to take the next logical step ahead.
The Vivosport is Garmin’s only fitness band that features an integrated GPS. But considering that it hasn’t been upgraded since 2017, it’s unclear whether or not the firm has any intentions for a Vivosport 2 at this time. It is possible that it will choose to combine that range of products with the Vivosmart lineup.
As a result, there is a compelling argument in favor of a Vivosmart 5 that includes a built-in GPS—especially considering that that was the primary improvement made to the Fitbit Charge 4 this year.
Tracking of respiration and SpO2 levels throughout the day
The latest model does have a SpO2 sensor, but because the battery is so small, it can only be used for spot checks and optionally while the wearer is sleeping. The all-day option is available on certain other Garmin wearables. It does not have a constant respiratory rate twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.
Aside from that, we haven’t noticed any significant changes in terms of the sensors’ readings, aside from bringing your system up to date with the newest technology.
Another sensible enhancement would be NFC support for the Garmin Pay system. You may go for a run in the park and then grab some coffee later without having to bring your wallet or smartphone with you, thanks to the combination of an integrated GPS and an NFC chip. Both the Fitbit Charge 4 and the Fitbit Charge 5 already come equipped with NFC for contactless payments.
The capability to control music on a smartphone is one of the functions that are absent from the Vivosmart 4, which is also absent. This feature is available on the Fitbit Charge 4 and 5, in addition to a more prominent display. The implementation of such features on such a little screen could prove challenging. However, if Garmin were to expand the size of the display, we might be able to access the music controls.
Garmin Vivosmart 5: Possible launch date
As was previously indicated, the normal Garmin product cycle lasts for two years. Because Vivosmart was updated to its fourth generation in September 2018, the release of this model is significantly later than it would have normally been.
In all honesty, we anticipated that Vivosmart 5 would be released in 2021, well in advance of the crucial holiday buying season. On the other hand, Garmin only introduced a handful of new devices in 2016, most likely as a result of the chip shortages, the energy crisis in some Asian nations, and the pandemic. The year 2021 was not a good one for wearable technology.
If the following generation does not appear in 2022, it will come as a surprise to us. Garmin’s release timeline depends on when we will have further information. It has been a hectic start to the year for the firm, and we have already seen the debut of the Venu 2 Plus, the Fenix 7, and the Instinct 2. In light of the fact that the firm has not introduced a new fitness band in quite some time, you should not be shocked if the Vivosmart 5 is released in the spring.
The current version can be purchased for $130, but discounts are frequently available online. The price of the Vivosmart 5 will depend heavily on the specifications; nevertheless, assuming that we will obtain all of the aforementioned features, we should be prepared to pay somewhere in the region of $140-$150.