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Garmin Venu 3 series released: Features, price, availability, and more

Garmin's top smartwatch just got smarter.
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Published onJanuary 12, 2024

A Garmin Venu 3 rests in a window sill displaying a first-party watch face.
Kaitlyn Cimino / Android Authority
The highly-anticipated Garmin Venu 3 series brings a second case size to users’ wrists and a bevy of new health and fitness features. Highlights include everything from nap detection and sleep coaching to added sport profiles and new support for wheelchair users. The series also inherits several top tools from Garmin’s existing lineups. Before you run out and buy this loaded Garmin smartwatch, find out everything you need to know about the new Venu 3.

Garmin Venu 3 release date, price, and availability

  • Garmin Venu 3: $449.99
  • Garmin Venu 3S: $449.99

Garmin released a new Venu 3 series on August 30, 2023. The upgraded device is available now from Garmin.com in 41mm and 45mm case sizes, priced at $449.99. The larger 45mm model is available in silver with a Whitestone case or slate with a black case.

Garmin Venu 3Garmin Venu 3
AA Editors Choice
Garmin Venu 3
Highly accurate GPS and heart rate sensors • Automatic nap detection and sleep coaching • Up to 14-day battery life
MSRP: $449.99
Accuracy and smarts.
The Garmin Venu 3 and Venu 3S focus on providing personalized data about your health and wellness with some of Garmin's most advanced body tracking features. The Body Battery function informs you of your activity levels, and new sleep tracking includes nap detection.

In the smaller model, shoppers will find five unique colorways, including a Soft Gold bezel with an ivory, French Gray, or Dust Rose case, a silver bezel with a Sage Gray case, or a slate bezel with a Pebble Gray case.

Garmin Venu 3SGarmin Venu 3S
Garmin Venu 3S
Good battery life • Next gen sleep tracking
MSRP: $449.99
The smaller of the new Venu 3 watches
The Garmin Venu 3S is the smaller version of the Venu 3, offering the same great health and fitness tracking, improved sleep tracking, and a focus on your health.

Garmin Venu 3 features

A user access their voice assistant via their Garmin Venu 3.
Kaitlyn Cimino / Android Authority

When the Garmin Venu 2 Plus launched, we called it the best smartwatch Garmin had ever made. The newest lineup adds a ton more to users’ wrists, including some features that are less obvious at first glance.

For starters, the series adds Nap detection, which is a first for Garmin’s stable. Overnight, the device adds HRV tracking for more sleep details. The series also features sleep coaching with insights and recommendations and Daily Summary, another new Garmin tool. Daily Summary is very similar to Morning Report (also added to the Venu 3) but provides an overview each night rather than in the morning. Overall, we found the Venu 3 to be another reliable sleep monitor during our review.

The Venu 3 is the first Garmin device to offer nap detection.

By day, Garmin updated the user experience in several ways, including easier navigation between recent widgets, an expanded shortcuts feature, and more watch faces. Users can even swap font sizes for ideal readability. To power the experience about 50% longer, the 45mm Venu 3 bumps the line’s smartwatch battery life to 14 days from 9. The Venu 3S sees a smaller increase to 10 days. The larger model also adds two more hours to its GPS mode battery. On that front, the devices all add multi-GNSS support.

Improved GPS accuracy isn’t the only refinement directed at athletes interested in the Venu 3 lineup. The series also adds new tools for more advanced training, including Recovery Time, Workout Benefit, and Perceived Exertion. Users can even now create/add interval workouts to their devices in addition to the existing workouts, plus access a handful of new sport profiles. Dedicated to inclusivity, Garmin also added tracking for Wheelchair pushes and wheelchair-specific activity. Not to leave mental health behind, the Venu 3 series also adds guided meditation to its tool kit.

A Venu 3 rests face down displaying its heart rate sensor.
Kaitlyn Cimino / Android Authority

Finally, the line features Garmin’s top tools in terms of heart rate data. Garmin updated the new generation with its latest Elevate V5 optical heart rate sensor, already seen on top-tier devices like the Fenix 7 Pro. Post launch, the sensor was also certified to provide ECG readings, just like the Venu 2 Plus.

The new series features Garmin's latest Gen 5 Elevate optical heart sensor, and is now approved for ECG recordings.

For smartwatch capabilities, the Venu 3 Plus still provides phone call support and voice assistant compatibility when a paired phone is nearby and onboard music storage. New to this generation, Android users can now add photos when firing off texts from the wrist. Though we didn’t see the addition of a built-in LED flashlight like on some of Garmin’s premier watches, the Venu 3 series does add an onscreen flashlight feature.

Garmin Venu 3 vs Venu 3S: What’s the difference

The only differences between the Venu 3 and Venu 3S are their sizes and battery life. The devices are otherwise identical in features and design. As mentioned, the Venu 3 offers a more significant battery life upgrade than the Venu 3S. However, both devices outperform the Venu 2 Plus.

The Venu 3 measures 45mm with a 1.4-inch AMOLED display and 454×454 pixel resolution. The Venu 3S provides an option for smaller wrists with a 41mm case size. Its 1.3-inch display features a resolution of 390×390 pixels. Both sizes feature Gorilla Glass. Given their size difference, the devices do not share compatible bands. The Venu 3 requires 22mm quick-release bands, while the Venu 3S requires 18mm options. Both devices ship with a silicone band.

Garmin Venu 3 specs

Garmin Venu 3Garmin Venu 3S
Display
Garmin Venu 3
1.4-inch AMOLED, optional always-on
454 x 454 resolution

Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Garmin Venu 3S
1.2-inch AMOLED, optional always-on
390 x 390 resolution

Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Dimensions and weight
Garmin Venu 3
45 x 45 x 12mm
22mm band
47g
Garmin Venu 3S
41 x 41 x 12mm
22mm band
40g

Build materials
Garmin Venu 3
Stainless steel bezel
Fiber-reinforced polymer case
Silicone band
Garmin Venu 3S
Stainless steel bezel
Fiber-reinforced polymer case
Silicone band
Battery
Garmin Venu 3
Up to 14 days in smartwatch mode (5 days with always-on display enabled)
Up to 26 days in Battery Saver Smartwatch mode
Up to 11 hours in all-Systems GNSS mode + music
Garmin Venu 3S
Up to 10 days in smartwatch mode (5 days with always-on display enabled)
Up to 20 days in Battery Saver Smartwatch mode
Up to 8 hours in all-Systems GNSS mode + music
IP rating
Garmin Venu 3
5ATM
Garmin Venu 3S
5ATM
Sensors
Garmin Venu 3
Garmin Elevate heart rate sensor
GPS
GLONASS
Galileo
Barometric altimeter
Compass
Gyroscope
Accelerometer
Thermometer
Ambient light sensor
Pulse ox blood oxygen saturation monitor
Garmin Venu 3S
Garmin Elevate heart rate sensor
GPS
GLONASS
Galileo
Barometric altimeter
Compass
Gyroscope
Accelerometer
Thermometer
Ambient light sensor
Pulse ox blood oxygen saturation monitor
Connectivity
Garmin Venu 3
Bluetooth
ANT+
Wi-Fi
Garmin Venu 3S
Bluetooth
ANT+
Wi-Fi
Compatibility
Garmin Venu 3
Android, iOS
Garmin Venu 3S
Android, iOS
Garmin Pay
Garmin Venu 3
Yes
Garmin Venu 3S
Yes
Smartwatch features
Garmin Venu 3
Make and receive phone calls
Google Assistant, Samsung Bixby, and Siri support
Connect IQ-compatible
Smartphone notifications
Text response/reject phone call with text (Android only)
Controls smartphone music
Plays and controls smartwatch music
Find my phone/find my watch
Incident Detection
LiveTrack
Garmin Venu 3S
Make and receive phone calls
Google Assistant, Samsung Bixby, and Siri support
Connect IQ-compatible
Smartphone notifications
Text response/reject phone call with text (Android only)
Controls smartphone music
Plays and controls smartwatch music
Find my phone/find my watch
Incident Detection
LiveTrack
Colors
Garmin Venu 3
Silver bezel with Whitestone case
Slate bezel with Black case
Garmin Venu 3S
Soft Gold bezel with French Gray, Dust Rose, or Ivory case
Silver bezel with Sage Gray case
Slate bezel with Pebble Gray case

Garmin Venu 3 FAQs

The Garmin Venu 3 series features a water resistance rating of 5ATM. This means you can swim with the Venu 3 up to depths of 50 meters.

Yes! The Garmin Venu 3 series is compatible with both iPhones and Android phones.

Users can answer phone calls on their Garmin Venu 3 as long as their paired phone is within Bluetooth range.

The entire Garmin Venu 3 series features multi-GNSS support.

Yes! Although not originally available at launch, the Garmin Venu 3 lineup has since been approved to support the company’s ECG app.