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5 best smartwatches from IFA 2019: the best wearables announced this week

We have seen a lot of technology at IFA 2019, but there have been some tempting new smartwatch announcements.

That's remarkable because we often go months without a big new wearable, but now there are plenty of new ones to choose from, offering you alternatives to the upcoming Apple Watch 5.

Below we have highlighted the very best wearables from IFA 2019. In random order, these are the smartwatches that really caught our attention and which – based on our first impressions – can be strong additions to your wrist.

1. Garmin Venu

The Garmin Venu is the first Garmin smartwatch with an AMOLED screen. It's a change that promises a livelier display than on previous Garmin watches, but that's not the only reason why you want to consider the Venu.

The watch is also packed with health and fitness functions that you probably expect or need. There is of course a heart rate monitor and GPS, along with the tools to keep track of various sports and exercises, such as running, yoga, strength training and much more.

But the Garmin Venu can also monitor your sleep, stress, breathing, menstrual cycle and hydration, alert you to an abnormal heartbeat, and monitor your energy levels. In addition, it includes animated training and the ability to create your own training routine on the device.

And this is not just a fitness watch. It also displays smartphone notifications, allows you to make contactless payments (via Garmin Pay) and lets you download music so that you can listen directly from your wrist instead of having to play it from a phone.

All that and it is stylishly built, with a 1.2-inch round display and the kind of appearance that you are likely to rock 24/7 – not just in the gym. The Venu is not out yet, but it should start shopping somewhere between October and December, starting at $ 399.99 / £ 299.99 (around AU $ 540).

  • Do you want to know what it is like? Here & apos; s our Garmin Venu hands on

2. Puma Smartwatch

The first Puma smartwatch is simply called the Puma Smartwatch, and although it is noticeably noticeable as much as some wearables, it has covered all core bases – and some.

Because the Wear OS is running, it is a real smart watch, despite its sporty branding and styling, but sport – and especially running – is very important.

The Puma Smartwatch has a heart rate monitor and GPS, just like any good running watch, along with a swim-resistant build, so that you can use it to train in the pool. It is also light, so it should not burden you.

Other highlights include a Snapdragon Wear 3100 chipset, the best Qualcomm smartwatch chipset there is.

The Puma Smartwatch also has a battery life of around 24 hours, support for contactless payments, a 1.19-inch AMOLED display and an average price of $ 275 / £ 269 (around AU $ 410). You can pick it up from November.

3. Fitbit Versa 2

Okay, technically, the Fitbit Versa 2 was announced just before IFA 2019, but it was during IFA that it was first shown to the public.

And if we treat this as an IFA announcement, it is certainly one of the most exciting wearables of the show, because it is an upgrade from the already impressive Fitbit Versa.

A highlight here is the addition of Fitbit Pay as standard, so that you can make contactless payments without having to choose a special version. But the real star of the show is perhaps Amazon Alexa, which allows you to ask questions from Amazon's assistant assistant.

If you have used a smartwatch, you know how useful speech support can be and choosing Alexa was a smart move from Fitbit – it can't use a Google Assistant because it has its own operating system and its own AI assistant would be a big job.

Apart from those functions, the Versa 2 is very similar to the original Fitbit Versa. It has a slightly larger screen and a few other small improvements, but otherwise resembles its predecessor. You should be able to buy it in most regions ' s for a price of $ 199.95 / £ 199.99 / AU $ 299.95 before the end of September.

4. Michael Kors Access to MKGO

The Michael Kors brand has announced three new smartwatches at IFA 2019. There is the Bradshaw 2, Lexington 2 and the MKGO.

It is the MKGO that we focus on, while the other two look like solid, stylish smartwatches, they are also typical of the brand, while the Michael Kors Access MKGO puts a surprising focus on fitness.

It is packed in a high-quality Snapdragon Wear 3100 chipset, 4 GB RAM and a 1.19-inch screen, while remaining only 7 mm thick, so it is a relatively slim, compact portable. It is also light, thanks to a housing that is largely made of nylon.

The silicone band is the first hint that it is built for sports, but the Michael Kors Access MKGO also has a heart rate monitor, GPS, and because it is powered by Wear OS it has access to all kinds of fitness apps, including Google Fit.

Prices start at $ 295 / £ 279 / AU $ 499 and are now available.

5. Garmin Vivoactive 4

In addition to the Venu, Garmin also announced the Vivoactive 4 at IFA 2019. This comes with more than 40 built-in animated workouts for activities such as cardio and yoga, plus the ability to create custom workouts.

You also get a heart rate monitor, GPS, activity tracking and Garmin ' s Body Battery function, which assesses your energy levels so that you have a better idea when to exercise and when to rest.

Sleep and breathing registration are also included, as well as breathing exercises to help you relax. In addition, you get smartphone notifications, the ability to download and play music and a battery life of up to 8 days (although limited to 6 hours with intensive use of GPS and music).

There is also a Vivoactive 4S if you want something smaller, and both watches are largely similar to the Garmin Venu, albeit with transflective rather than OLED screens, and a slightly lower price of $ 349.99 / £ 259.99 / AU $ 549 (or £ 239.99 in the case of the Vivoactive 4S in the UK).

  • IFA 2019 is the largest technical show in Europe. The TechRadar team is in Berlin to bring you all the latest news and practical first impressions of new TVs, watches and other technology as they are announced.
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