Garmin has announced a hybrid smartwatch Instinct Crossover that can work for up to 70 days without recharging. True, we are only talking about the option with solar batteries. And in economy mode, it can work almost “indefinitely”.
70 days is many times longer than just a few days for regular smartwatches and even other hybrid models that can run for up to a month without recharging. The Garmin Instinct Crossover starts at $500 and is already on sale. The variant with solar cells costs 50 dollars more in the USA. International sales have not started yet.
Hybrid models are a combination of analog and smart watches that combine the features of both options in one way or another. They potentially offer longer battery life than classic smartwatches like the Apple Watch, although they are limited in their functionality. For example, the Garmin Instinct Crossover lacks a color display but can display notifications on a monochrome screen and supports Garmin Pay for payments. Like other watches in the Instinct family, the new Crossover is aimed primarily at outdoor enthusiasts – this is a watch in a protected case.
Instinct Crossover has some health tracking features, from blood oxygen saturation to sleep quality and heart rate, as well as the ability to track your VO2 Max fitness marker. The watch meets the requirements of the military standard MIL-STD-810 and is partially protected against high temperatures. The model is capable of maintaining performance at a depth of up to 100m – like the Apple Watch Ultra.
However, one of the key differentiators is the battery life. The Solar Edition variant can last up to 70 days in smartwatch mode, and according to Garmin the watch is able to work “indefinitely” in energy-saving mode, which only shows the time and date and you can use a stopwatch . However, it is necessary to meet the requirements for charging and spend three hours every day in good light of about 50,000 lux.
The base model without solar cells can work in smartwatch mode for about a month – about the same as the Instinct 2 (about 28 days). Enabling GPS reduces battery life to 110 hours.
In addition to auto-recharging and health monitoring, the Garmin Instinct Crossover supports GPS, including TracBack to find a home point and a reference point to track the user’s location relative to a specific point. In addition, there is a “tactical” version of the Tactical Edition, which is compatible with night vision devices, has a stealth mode, as well as “dual format” GPS and other features useful in extreme conditions.