Garmin unveils new smartwatches with “unlimited battery life”

Garmin Instinct 2 Series Price in Nepal
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Garmin recently unveiled its latest lineup of smartwatches which includes Instinct 2 and Instinct 2S. There are also solar variants of these smartwatches with the claimed “unlimited battery life”. So, let’s walk through the specs, features, availability, and expected price of the Garmin Instinct 2 series in Nepal.

Garmin Instinct 2 Series Overview:

Design

Garmin Instinct 2 smartwatches are available in two sizes. The 40mm model is known as the Instinct 2S, while the 45mm version goes by the name Instinct 2. As aforementioned, there are also solar editions of these smartwatches called Instinct 2S Solar and Instinct 2 Solar.

Moreover, there are five different editions which include Standard, Camo, Tactical, Surf, and Dezl. You can pick the watch in 240 possible color combinations.

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Garmin Instinct 2 Solar Design and DisplayThe watch is built according to military standards and is waterproof up to 100 meters. The 40mm variant flaunts a 0.79” x 0.79” screen with 156 x 156-pixel resolution, while the 45mm model has a 0.9” x 0.9” display with 176 x 176-pixel resolution. 

These are monochrome displays with transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP) technology that facilitates readability and extends battery life. Likewise, Instinct 2 Series also has Corning Gorilla Glass protection. 

Battery

In terms of battery, Garmin is claiming unlimited battery life in its Instinct 2 Solar models. But, the statement comes with an asterisk. As is obvious, the solar-powered watch needs to be under the sun to gather energy. Garmin says the device needs to be outside in 50,000 lux conditions for an average of three hours a day for the “unlimited battery life”.

If the criteria are met, the 45mm solar watch can run indefinitely in smartwatch mode; however, the 40mm variant must be in battery saver mode to get unlimited battery life. Likewise, in smartwatch mode, the 45mm and 40mm non-solar variants have a battery life of 28 and 21 days, respectively.

Features

These smartwatches are compatible with the Garmin Connect IQ app, which allows you to download apps and widgets and customize the watch as per your need. As for the health and wellness features, it comes with a heart rate sensor, a blood oxygen monitor, and can track steps, sleep, and other activities. It is also capable of measuring VO2 max and HIIT workouts. 

Garmin Instinct 2 Solar Features

The Instinct 2 series also have GPS sensors (GPS, GLONASS, and Galileo) along with an altimeter, barometer compass, and a thermometer. Furthermore, the watches use Bluetooth and ANT+ for connectivity which allows them to read and send data to and from other devices. Instinct 2 Solar models include Garmin Pay support as well

Garmin Instinct 2 Series Specifications:

  • Display:
    • Instinct 2S: 0.79×0.79-inch, monochrome, transflective MIP, 156×156 pixel
    • Instinct 2: 0.9×0.9-inch, monochrome, transflective MIP, 156×156 pixel
  • Waterproof: Yes, 100 meters
  • Memory: 32MB
  • Connectivity: Android, iOS
  • Sensors: Heart rate, Blood Oxygen, GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, Altimeter, Barometric, Accelerometer, Thermometer 
  • Battery: 
45mm 40mm
Non-solar Solar Non-solar Solar
Smartwatch mode 28 days Unlimited 21 days 51 days
Battery saver mode 65 days Unlimited 50 days Unlimited

Garmin Instinct 2 Series Price in Nepal and Availability

As for the pricing, the standard, non-solar edition of Garmin Instinct 2 and 2S retails at USD 349 whereas their solar variants have a price tag of USD 450. You can find the price of other editions on Garmin’s official site. We expect the price of the Garmin Instinct 2 Series to start at NPR 50,000, if and when it launches in Nepal. 

Smartwatch  Price in the US Price in Nepal (Expected)
Garmin Instinct 2, 2S (Standard, non-solar) USD 350 NPR 50,000
Garmin Instinct 2, 2S (standard, solar) USD 450 NPR 60,000
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