Garmin® Expands Approach® Series with S4, a Sleek Golf Watch with High-Res Touchscreen Display and Smart Notifications | Business Wire

Garmin® Expands Approach® Series With S4, A Sleek Golf Watch With High-Res Touchscreen Display And Smart Notifications | Business Wire

OLATHE, Kan.–([1])–Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the

global leader in satellite navigation, today announced the Approach S4

GPS golf watch—a feature-packed golf watch to expand the already popular

Approach Series. The Approach S4 has a high-res touchscreen display that

is sunlight readable and offers a dedicated Green View button. It boasts

a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that can last for up to 10 hours in

golf mode. The S4 comes preloaded with more than 30,000 international

courses [1] with free lifetime course updates, so there are

no additional fees or subscriptions. The Approach S4 also has Smart

Notification technology when paired with a compatible Apple smartphone.

This allows the watch to wirelessly receive information from the phone’s

notification center such as emails, text messages, so golfers can leave

their phones in their bags while on the course. Like other Garmin Golf

GPS devices, the S4 gives precise distances to the front, middle and

back of the green, and incorporates layup, dogleg and shot distances all

while keeping score and tracking statistics on the digital scorecard.

The Approach S4 has a fashionable and functional design that is great on

the golf course, and as a stylish everyday wristwatch.

“The Approach S4 is the natural evolution of wearable golf technology,”

said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of worldwide sales. “The hi-res

touchscreen display makes it easier than ever for golfers to stay on top

of their game, and the Smart Notification functionality allows them to

stay connected while on the course. Plus, the extended battery life

allows for a full weekend of golf on one charge. The Approach S4 will

give golfers a competitive edge on the course, but the sleek form factor

and smart watch technology makes it appropriate for everyday wear.”

The Approach S4 is a golf watch like no other. The high-res touchscreen

display is glove-friendly and easy to read, even in direct sunlight.

Weighing only 2.06 ounces, and water resistant to 10 meters, the

Approach S4 packs powerful features into a small, easy to wear package.

It boasts the longest golf mode battery life in the Approach watch

lineup with 10 hours. The Approach S4 incorporates Smart Notification

technology, which allows golfers to stay connected while on the course.

When paired with a compatible smartphone (iPhone 4s and above running

iOS7.0 and above), the S4 acts as a wireless extension of the device

through Bluetooth Low Energy so users can receive emails, text messages

and more while on the course.

Like other Garmin golf GPS devices, the Approach S4 provides precise

distance to the front, middle and back of the green. It also shows layup

and dogleg distances, and adds a Measure Shot feature, which calculates

yardages for shots played anywhere on the course. With the S4, users

will even be able to input and save customizable yardage points, like

water hazards or bunkers, to help golfers place shots more precisely.

Additionally, the Approach S4 adds a dedicated button for easy access to

the Green View screen. This feature shows golfers the true shape and

layout of the green, and allows them to touch and drag the pin to the

day’s location so they’ll know exactly how much power to put into their

swing.

The S4 can be used all over the world, and because more than 30,000

courses are onboard, golfers will never have to worry about subscription

fees or roaming charges. Golfers who are traveling, playing unfamiliar

courses, or those who simply want to better understand their courses at

home will be able to do so in style with the Approach S4. The digital

scorecard feature allows individual scorecards to be saved, reviewed,

shared and printed, so golfers are able to track their progress over

time. Scores can be recorded in either Stroke Play or Stableford. The

Approach S4 is also able to track golfer statistics, which allows

players to enter information such as strokes, putts and fairways hit,

along with their score at the end of each hole. This info is tabulated,

and some stats like putts per round, greens in regulation and fairways

hit, can be displayed at the end of the round. The S4 has an easy-to-use

interface and comes equipped with an odometer and round timer so golfers

can track the distance walked and time spent playing. The S4 will come

in black and white, with optional colorful accessory bands sold

separately.

The Approach S4 will be available in Fall 2013, and will retail for

$349.99. It will be available at specialty golf retailers and golf

course pro-shops. The Approach S4 is the latest addition to Garmin’s

outdoor segment, which focuses on developing technologies and

innovations to enhance users’ outdoor experiences. Whether it’s golfing,

hiking, hunting or geocaching, Garmin outdoor devices are becoming

essential tools for outdoor enthusiasts of all levels. For more

information about Garmin’s other outdoor products and services, go to

garmin.com/sports and facebook.com/garmin.

About Garmin International Inc.

Garmin International Inc. is a subsidiary of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN),

the global leader in satellite navigation. Since 1989, this group of

companies has designed, manufactured, marketed and sold navigation,

communication and information devices and applications – most of which

are enabled by GPS technology. Garmin’s products serve automotive,

mobile, wireless, outdoor recreation, marine, aviation, and OEM

applications. Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in Switzerland, and its

principal subsidiaries are located in the United States, Taiwan and the

United Kingdom. For more information, visit Garmin’s virtual pressroom

at

or contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200. Garmin and

Approach are registered trademarks of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries.

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This release includes forward-looking statements regarding Garmin Ltd.

and its business. Such statements are based on management’s current

expectations. The forward-looking events and circumstances discussed in

this release may not occur and actual results could differ materially as

a result of known and unknown risk factors and uncertainties affecting

Garmin, including, but not limited to, the risk factors listed in the

Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012, filed

by Garmin with the Securities and Exchange Commission (Commission file

number 0-31983). A copy of such Form 10-K is available at .

No forward-looking statement can be guaranteed. Forward-looking

statements speak only as of the date on which they are made and Garmin

undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any

forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information,

future events, or otherwise.

FCC Notice:

The Approach S4 has not been authorized as required by the rules of the

Federal Communications Commission. These devices are not, and may not

be, offered for sale or lease, or sold or leased, until authorization is

obtained.

[1] Currently, there are no golf courses available in Asia

for Approach S-series devices sold outside of Asia. For more detail,

please see [1].

Garmin® Expands Approach® Series With S4, A Sleek Golf Watch With High-Res Touchscreen Display And Smart Notifications | Business Wire
Garmin® Expands Approach® Series With S4, A Sleek Golf Watch With High-Res Touchscreen Display And Smart Notifications | Business Wire
Garmin® Expands Approach® Series With S4, A Sleek Golf Watch With High-Res Touchscreen Display And Smart Notifications | Business Wire
Garmin® Expands Approach® Series With S4, A Sleek Golf Watch With High-Res Touchscreen Display And Smart Notifications | Business Wire

Garmin® Expands Approach® Series With S4, A Sleek Golf Watch With High-Res Touchscreen Display And Smart Notifications | Business Wire

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