The long-awaited Garmin Venu Sq 2 is finally coming – and it looks great

Man and woman working out wearing Garmin Venu Sq watches
(Image credit: Garmin)

Images of the long-awaited Garmin Venu Sq 2 have leaked via an online retailer, strongly suggesting that it will be the next smartwatch to hit the shelves. We've already seen several hints that the Venu Sq 2 is on the way (it looks like Garmin has registered the watch with authorities in the US and Singapore), but this is our first early glimpse of what it might actually looks like.

The images appeared on sports tech store PlayBetter, and were swiftly taken down, but not before tech blog Fitness Tracker Test managed to save them, along with some key specs.

As expected, is appears that the watch will come in both standard and music editions, which explains why two versions have been registered with wireless communication agencies (one with Wi-Fi and one without). Its overall look is very similar to its predecessor, but it appears that our biggest wish has come true and the Venu Sq will feature a bright AMOLED display rather than LCD.

Garmin Venu Sq 2 from front, rear, and side

(Image credit: Fitness Tracker Test / PlayBetter / Garmin)

That should make a big difference to how the watch feels in everyday use, and make it more appealing to anyone who's trying to choose between a Garmin device and an Apple Watch as their everyday wearable.

Coming soon... probably

It appears that the new watch will also support multi-GNSS, meaning it can pinpoint your location using multiple satellite navigation systems simultaneously. Combined with the new screen, this could make the Venu Sq 2 one of the best Garmin watches for mapping and navigation, provided it has a decent amount of internal storage.

Fitness Tracker Test suggests that the new watch might make its debut at the IFA electronics trade show in Berlin, which takes place on 2-6 September, and we're inclined to agree. It's likely that Fitbit will also use IFA to unveil its next square smartwatches, the Fitbit Versa 4 and Sense 2, so it will be interesting to see how the three stack up in terms of features.

Garmin is getting very good at containing leaks (nobody anticipated the recent launch of the Enduro 2), but the Venu Sq 2 has been widely anticipated since a list of upcoming Garmin devices was leaked by an authorized retailer earlier this year. We'll keep our ears to the ground for any further details.

Cat Ellis

Cat is the editor of Advnture, She’s been a journalist for 15 years, and was fitness and wellbeing editor on TechRadar before joining the Advnture team in 2022. She’s a UK Athletics qualified run leader, and in her spare time enjoys nothing more than lacing up her shoes and hitting the roads and trails (the muddier, the better), usually wearing at least two sports watches.