Garmin has announced the Vivoactive 3 Music, which as the name suggests, adds music to the sporty smartwatch experience that the Vivoactive offers.

Like the Forerunner 645 Music that was announced earlier in the year, the Vivoactive 3 Music will let you connect your Garmin watch to a pair of Bluetooth headphones, load the watch up with music - about 500 songs - and head off running with no need for a phone. 

The addition of music helps Garmin match the sort of features offered by the £299 Fitbit Ionic.

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As this runs on Garmin's platform, there's full support for sports and activities, from heart rate tracking through to sleep tracking and all the steps you take in-between. There's a GPS for accurate distance and speed measurements, along with an optical heart rate scanner on the back of the watch.

With a touch display there's plenty of customisation and watch faces, as well as support for apps and smartphone notifications. To help keep you independent, the Vivoactive 3 Music also supports contactless payments, so you can swipe and go. Elsewhere, it supports all the functions of the existing Garmin Vivoactive 3.

The Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music will give you 7 days of life as a smartwatch, will sync with your smartphone via Garmin Connect so you can view all your data and is compatible with a wide range of existing Garmin sensors. 

The Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music is available now in the US for $299.99, it will be available for £299.99 in the UK soon.