5 best smartwatches of IFA 2019: the top wearables announced this week

We saw a lot of technology at IFA 2019, but there were a number of tantalizing new smartwatch announcements.

This is remarkable because we often spend months without a bigger new wearable. Now there are plenty of new choices to give you alternatives to the upcoming Apple Watch 5.

Below we have highlighted the very best wearables of the IFA 2019. In no particular order, these are the smartwatches that we've really noticed and which, based on our first impressions, could be a great addition to your wrist.

1. Garmin Venu

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The Garmin Venu is the first Garmin Smartwatch with AMOLED screen. This is a change that promises a livelier appearance than previous Garmin watches. However, this is not the only reason why you should consider the Venu.

The watch is also packed with all the health and fitness features you might expect or need. Of course there is a heart rate monitor and GPS as well as tools to record various sports and exercises such as running, yoga, weight training and much more.

The Garmin Venu can also record your sleep, stress, breathing, menstrual cycle and hydration, alert you to an abnormal heart rate, and monitor your energy levels. It also includes animated workouts and the ability to create your own workout routine on the device.

And this is not just a fitness watch. It also displays notifications for smartphones, lets you make contactless payments (via Garmin Pay), and downloads music so you can listen to music directly from your wrist instead of playing it from a phone.

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All of this and it's stylishly built, with a 1.2-inch display and a look you'll probably enjoy around the clock – not just in the gym. The Venu is not yet available, but should be available in stores between October and December, starting at $ 399.99 / £ 299.99 (around $ 540).

2. Puma smartwatch

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Puma's first smartwatch is simply called Puma SmartWatch. It's not as eye-catching as some wearables, but it has all the important features – and a few more.

While Wear OS is running, it's a true smartwatch despite its sporty branding and style, but sports – and running in particular – play a key role.

The Puma Smartwatch has a heart rate monitor and GPS, as well as any good running watch, as well as a water-resistant construction, so you can work out in the pool. It's easy too, so it should not weigh you down.

Other highlights include the Snapdragon Wear 3100 chipset, which is currently Qualcomm's best smartwatch chipset.

The Puma Smartwatch also offers around 24 hours of battery life, contactless payment support, a 1.19 "AMOLED display and an average price of $ 275 (around $ 410). You can pick it up from November.

3. Fitbit Versa 2

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Okay, technically the Fitbit Versa 2 was announced shortly before the IFA 2019, but it was first presented to the public during the IFA.

And if we treat this as an IFA announcement, it's definitely one of the show's most exciting wearables because it's an upgrade to the already impressive Fitbit Versa.

A highlight here is the standard integration of Fitbit Pay, so that you can pay without contact, without having to opt for a special version. The real star of the show, however, is probably Amazon Alexa, with whom you can ask the AI ​​Assistant questions from Amazon.

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If you've used a smartwatch, you know how practical language support can be. The decision for Alexa was a clever decision from Fitbit – Google Assistant can not be used because it runs its own operating system and created its own AI Assistant would be a great job.

Apart from these features, the Versa 2 is very similar to the original Fitbit Versa. It has a slightly larger display and some minor improvements, but is otherwise very similar to its predecessor. You should be able to buy it in most regions before the end of September for $ 199.95 / £ 199.99 / $ 299.95.

4. Michael Kors Access MKGO

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

It's the MKGO that we focus on here because 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 has a high quality Snapdragon Wear 3100 chipset, 4GB of RAM and a 1.19-inch screen, but is only 7mm thick and therefore relatively slim and compact. It is also lightweight, thanks to a housing that is mostly made of nylon.

The silicone band is the first indication that this is intended for the sport. However, the Michael Kors Access MKGO also has a heart rate monitor and GPS. Run on Wear OS, he has access to all sorts of fitness apps, including Google Fit.

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

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5. Garmin Vivoactive 4

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In addition to the Venu Garmin has also introduced the Vivoactive 4 at the IFA 2019. It includes more than 40 integrated animated workouts for activities such as cardio and yoga as well as the ability to create custom workouts.

You also get a heart rate monitor, GPS, activity monitoring and the Garmin Body Battery feature that allows you to assess your energy level so you have a better idea of ​​when to exercise and when to rest.

Sleep and respiratory tracking as well as breathing exercises for relaxation are also included. It also gives you smartphone alerts, the ability to download and play music, and up to 8 days of battery life (although it's reduced to 6 hours with heavy 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 instead of OLED screens, and a slightly lower price of $ 349.99 / £ 259.99 / 549 AUD ( or £ 239.99) in the case of the Vivoactive 4S in the UK).

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