Garmin Venu 3 Vs Venu 2 Plus

Garmin released Venu 3 in August 2023. Venu 2 Plus was released in January 2022. Both smartwatches are priced the same.

We look at the Garmin Venu 3 and Venu 2 Plus smartwatches in the detailed comparison below.

Main differences

The main differences between Garmin Venu 3 and Venu 2 Plus smartwatches are listed below:

  • Garmin Venu 3 is slightly broader than the Venu 2 Plus. The size of the display lens is also bigger in Venu 3.
  • Garmin Venu 2 Plus has an ECG app and allows you to take electrocardiogram readings. Venu 3 also supports the Garmin ECG app. It was rolled out on October 17 2023 on all Venu 3 variants.
  • Garmin Venu 3 comes with improved battery backup. It offers almost 40 percent higher battery backup than the Venu 2 Plus smartwatch in different watch modes.
  • Garmin Venu 3 launched a wheelchair mode to help wheelchair users track their movements throughout the day. There is a separate profile to track workouts for wheelchair users.
  • Apps for Sleep Coach, Meditation, and Nap detection have been added to the Garmin Venu 3 smartwatch.
  • Garmin Venu 3 has augmented the number of activity profiles in outdoor recreation, cycling and swimming.

We look at these differences and other features in detail below.

Garmin Venu 3 smartwatch in black

Display specifications

Garmin Venu 3 and Venu 2 Plus use the 3rd generation Corning Gorilla Glass in the display lens.

Both smartwatches use the AMOLED display and support the Always-on-display mode. The main benefit of the AMOLED display is increased brightness in the display screen.

The other display specifications for the Venu 3 and Venu 2 Plus are shared below in the comparison table.

Display specificationsGarmin Venu 3Garmin Venu 2 Plus
Display lensCorning Gorilla Glass 3Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Display size36 mm or 1.4″ 1.3″ or 33 mm
Color displayYesYes
Display resolution454 x 454 pixels416 x 416 pixels
Ambient light sensorYesYes
LED FlashlightNoNo

Venu 3 and Venu 2 Plus have similar display technology and display performance. The marginal difference in the size of the display lens translates into a higher display resolution in Venu 3.

Physical specifications

Most differences between Venu 3 and Venu 2 Plus are in the physical specifications on account of the size differences.

Both smartwatches share the same water rating and device storage.

A detailed comparison of the physical specifications and features of Venu 3 and Venu 2 Plus is provided in the table below.

Physical specificationsGarmin Venu 3Garmin Venu 2 Plus
Watch size45 mm44 mm
Watch dimensions45 x 45 x 12 mm43.6 x 43.6 x 12.6 mm
Thickness12 mm12.6 mm
Watch weight47 g51 g
Band size22 mm20 mm
Recommended wrist circumference135-200 mm125-190 mm mm
Water rating5 ATM5 ATM
Device storage8 GB8 GB
NFC PaymentsGarmin PayGarmin Pay
Wireless connectivityANT+, Bluetooth, Wi-FiANT+, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi
Barometric altimeterYesYes
Garmin Pulse Ox SensorYesYes
Garmin Elevate Heart SensorYesYes
Thermometer Yes (tempe sensor needed)Yes (tempe sensor needed)
In-built speakerYesYes
In-built microphoneYesYes

Venu 3 and Venu 2 Plus have an in-built speaker and microphone. Both watches can make calls or answer calls directly. Contactless payments are possible on both watches using the Garmin Pay app.

ECG app

Garmin ECG app received regulatory approval in January 2023. Subsequently, it was rolled out in the Garmin Venu 2 Plus smartwatch.

So, Garmin Venu 2 Plus smartwatch allows you to take on the spot electrocardiogram readings. The ECG apps help in detecting irregular heart rhythm conditions.

Garmin Venu 3 lacked the Garmin ECG app at the time of launch. However, the Garmin ECG app has been enabled on Venu 3 and Venu 3S on 17 October, 2023. As of now, Garmin Venu 3 and Venu 3S smartwatches are fully compatible with the Garmin ECG app.

So, you can track heart rhythm conditions with a Garmin Venu 3 and Garmin Venu 3S smartwatch.


Garmin Venu 3 and Venu 2 Plus are compatible with GPS, GLONASS, and GALILEO satellite networks. Both devices offer reliable, dependable and accurate GPS coverage across the world.

However, Venu 3 and Venu 2 Plus lack the multi-frequency positioning sensor. This implies that both watches are incompatible with multi-band GPS.

The multi-band GPS or dual-frequency GPS is a special GPS mode in which you can get GPS data from multiple satellites at any given point in time.

The multi-band GPS improves GPS reliability and accuracy in remote areas with poor or weak GPS connectivity.

Garmin Venu 2 Plus display


Venu 3 and Venu 2 Plus offer full music functionality. The following music features are possible in Venu 3 and Venu 2 Plus:

  • You can manage or control music on the paired smartphone
  • You can store music or personal audio content on the watch storage. Venu 3 and Venu 2 Plus have 8 GB of internal storage.
  • You can download music streaming apps like Spotify and Deezer from the Connect IQ store. Spotify and Deezer can be used for offline listening (premium subscription will be needed)
  • You can manage music on the watch storage directly using the watch interface

Wheelchair mode

Garmin Venu 3 has added a wheelchair mode to the watch. The wheelchair mode is a special mode that allows wheelchair users to track movements, track pushes, and follow wheelchair-specific workouts.

Venu 3 comes with special wheelchair workouts to track the activities of wheelchair users.

Wheelchair mode is unavailable in the Venu 2 Plus smartwatch.


Garmin Venu 3 offers an almost 40 percent improvement in battery backup in comparison with the Venu 2 Plus.

The battery backup offered by Venu 3 and Venu 2 Plus in different watch modes is detailed below.

Watch modeGarmin Venu 3Garmin Venu 2 Plus
Smartwatch modeUp to 14 daysUp to 9 days
GPS mode without musicUp to 26 hoursUp to 24 hours
GPS mode with musicUp to 11 hoursUp to 8 hours
Battery saver smartwatch mode Up to 26 daysUp to 10 days

Both watches support fast charging. You can go from zero-battery to full-battery in a little less than 2 hours with the Garmin wire charger.

Additional activity profiles

The software of Garmin Venu 3 comes with additional activity profiles in cycling and outdoor recreation. We compare the various activity profiles in Venu 3 and Venu 2 Plus in the comparison table below.

Activity profilesGarmin Venu 3Garmin Venu 2 Plus
CyclingBiking, Indoor Biking, eBiking, Handcycling, Indoor HandcyclingBiking, Indoor Biking

Outdoor recreationHiking, Indoor Climbing, Bouldering, Skiing, Snowboarding, XC Classic Skiing, Snowshoeing, Stand Up Paddleboarding, Rowing, Tennis, Padel, Pickleball, Disc GolfHiking, Indoor Climbing, Bouldering, Skiing, Snowboarding, XC Classic Skiing, Stand Up Paddleboarding, Rowing, Disc Golf
SwimmingPool swimming, Open water swimmingPool swimming


Garmin Venu 3 has a list price of $449.9.9. Venu 2 Plus continues to use the same list price of $449.99. However, we expect Garmin Venu 2 Plus to be eventually discounted to lower price levels in the near future.

Final verdict

The prices of Venu 3 and Venu 2 Plus are identical. We, therefore, pick the Garmin Venu 3 on account of the following reasons:

  • Bigger size (45 mm vs 44 mm) of Venu 3.
  • Bigger display size (36 mm) of Venu 3 against the 33 mm display size of Venu 2 Plus.
  • Better battery backup
  • Meditation and sleep coach apps.

Both watches, Venu 3 and Venu 2 Plus have inherent support for the Garmin ECG app. So, you can take electrocardiogram readings on Venu 3 and Venu 2 Plus alike.

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