Garmin Instinct rugged outdoor smartwatch tech specs

Garmin Instinct rugged outdoor smartwatch tech specs

Garmin Instinct is a rugged outdoor GPS smartwatch announced on October 11, 2018 via an official press release.

[click here] to read the Garmin's official press release

It’s built to the U.S. military standard 810G for thermal, shock, and water resistance.

The Garmin Instinct comes loaded with features too. For navigation and positioning there’s GPS, GLONASS and Galileo, and you also get Garmin’s unique ‘TracBack’ feature which leaves digital breadcrumbs to help you find your way back. A 3-axis compass and barometric altimeter complete the positioning package.

Elsewhere, the Instinct will track your heart rate and activity in real-time, automatically detect different activities and switch to them, send push notifications to your wrist from your phone, and hook up with other Garmin devices such as VIRB cameras so you can control them remotely. Perfect for shooting action video.

The Garmin Instinct is priced at $299.99 and comes in three different colours: Graphite, Tundra, Flame Red.

Update of March, 2019

On March 19, 2019 Garmin announced three new color options for its Instinct smartwatch: Sunburst, Lakeside Blue, Sea Foam.

[click here] to read the Garmin's official press release about launching of three new colors for Garmin Instinct Smartwatch

Market Info

Brand: Garmin

Manufacturer: Garmin International, Inc.

Market Name: Instinct

Gender: Unisex

Availability: since October, 2018

Available Styles/Colors (at launch): Graphite (010-02064-00), Tundra (010-02064-01), Flame Red (010-02064-02)

Available Styles/Colors (since March, 2019): Sunburst (010-02064-03), Lakeside Blue (010-02064-04), Sea Foam (010-02064-05)


Physical size: 45 x 45 x 15.3 mm

Weight: 52 g


Case Shape: Round

Case Material: fiber-reinforced polymer

Case Diameter: 45 mm

Case Thickness: 15.3 mm


Interchangeable: Yes (compatible with Garmin QuickFit)

Band Width: 22 mm

Fits wrists with a circumference of: 132-224 mm

Strap Materials: Silicone

Strap Closure: Single Prong Strap Buckle


Display Size: custom, two-window design; 0.9” x 0.9” (23 x 23 mm)

Display Type: monochrome, sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP)

Resolution: 128 x 128 pixel (201 ppi)

Touschscreen: Yes (Capacitive touch panel)

Screen Protection: chemically strengthened glass


Number of buttons: 5

Bezel with functions: NO


Operating System (OS): Garmin OS

Smartphones Compatibility: Android 4.4 or higher, Apple iOS 10.0 or higher, Windows 10 Mobile (x64, x86, or ARM)

Companion apps for smartphone: 

  • Garmin Connect™ download on Google Play Store | download on Apple App Store | download on Microsoft Store )
  • Garmin Explore™ ( download on Google Play Store | download on Apple App Store )


Memory (for store the history of the activities):  16MB


Type:  lithium-ion battery

Capacity: N.A.

Type of charger: USB cable

Battery Life: Smartwatch mode: Up to 14 days; GPS mode: Up to 16 hours; UltraTrac™ mode*: Up to 40 hours
You can use UltraTrac mode for extended activities. UltraTrac mode is a GPS setting that periodically turns off GPS to save battery power. When GPS is off, the device uses the accelerometer to calculate speed and distance. Speed, distance, and track data accuracy are reduced in UltraTrac mode. The accuracy of the data improves after a few outdoor runs using GPS.

Charging Time: at least 80% in 1 hour


Sim-card slot: none

Bluetooth: Bluetooth® Smart Enabled / 4.0 Low Energy



GPS: Yes (GPS, Glonass, Galileo)

ANT+: Yes


Accelerometer, Compass, Barometric altimeter, Thermometer, Garmin Elevate™ wrist heart rate monitor

Audio Features

Built-in Microphone: No

Audio Jack: None

Built-in Speaker: None

Music control: Yes (only for files stored on the smartphone, NO internal storage on watch)

Other Features

Water Resistant: 10 ATM (100 meters)

Activity Tracker: Yes

Sleep Monitor: Yes

Notifications: Yes

Type of alert for notifications: on-screen + vibration

Hands-free calls: none

Suupported Activities/Sports

Running: Running, Treadmill Running, Indoor Track Running, Trail Running

Outdoor Recreation: Hiking, Climbing, Mountain Biking, Skiing, Snowboarding, XC Skiing, Stand Up Paddleboarding, Rowing, Kayaking, Tactical

Cycling: Biking, Indoor Biking, Mountain Biking

Swimming: Pool Swimming, Open Water Swimming

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