Garmin introduces a needle hybrid watch for outdoor activities

    Garmin has announced the Instinct Crossover, a hands-on sports watch that includes a lot of activity monitoring data.

    The Garmin Instinct Crossover // Source: Garmin
    The Garmin Instinct Crossover // Source: Garmin

    Garmin is unquestionably dominant this year. Following the release of the Forerunner 255 and 955, as well as the Venu Sq 2 and Enduro 2, the American maker of sports linked watches has recently announced the Instinct Crossover.

    If its name suggests the Garmin Instinct, which debuted in 2018 as a hiking and outdoor watch, the watch is designed to be a little more out of the ordinary in the Garmin ecosystem. It is, in fact, a hybrid watch, similar to the Withing ScanWatch. In practice, the watch has a genuine needle dial in addition to the screen. The watch therefore has true luminous physical hands on the top of the screen, allowing you to tell the time even when the battery is low.



    Behind these needles is a spherical screen with a 176 × 176 pixel resolution and a transflective monochrome display. Garmin claims that the watch may be used for 28 days in basic linked watch mode (without GPS tracking), up to 30 days for models compatible with solar charging, and up to 25 hours with GPS tracking.

    The Garmin Instinct Crossover
    The Garmin Instinct Crossover

    On the sports monitoring front, the Garmin Insrinct Crossover is positioned as an omnisport watch that is firmly aimed towards the great outdoors. As a result, it has GNSS compatibility with geolocation through GPS, Galileo, or Glonass, as well as a barometric altimeter. It benefits from a return to the beginning point function as well, but not from cartography. The watch also has a heart rate sensor, which can measure blood oxygen saturation (SpO2) and estimate the efficacy of your exercises, as well as your physical age, VO2 Max, and heart rate variability. There will also be health monitoring services such as sleep and stress monitoring, as well as “body battery” measuring. informing you when you’re in the best shape to train

    The Garmin Instinct Crossover also supports contactless payments with Garmin Pay integration.

    The new Garmin Instinct Crossover watch comes in three colors: black, solar graphite (with solar charging), and solar tactial edition (always with solar recharging). It costs 549.99 euros for the ordinary black edition and 649.99 euros for the tactical variant with solar charging in some areas.

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