Garmin Instinct rugged smartwatch goes official
The smartwatch is now available for purchase in three colors – Graphite, Flame Red, and Tundra, for $300. Garmin Instinct promises 14 days of battery life in smartwatch mode, 16 hours in GPS mode, or up to 40 hours in UltraTrac battery save mode.
According to Garmin, the Instinct features military-grade 810G standard for thermal, shock and water resistance (up to 100m). It's packed in fiber reinforced polymer case and boasts a “chemically strengthened and scratch-resistant display.” This is a monochrome display that's perfectly visible in the sunlight and features 128 x 128 pixels resolution.
It's got all sorts of tracking capabilities and sensors, including GPS, GLONASS, and Galileo, as well as 3-axis compass, barometric altimeter, accelerometer, thermometer, and heart rate monitor. It lacks NFC (Near Field Communication) and Connect IQ, but the smartwatch will receive notifications and other alerts from your smartphone.
Speaking of notifications, Garmin Instinct is compatible with Android and iOS devices, but some features like smart reply will only work on Android.