Garmin posted an Instagram Story a few hours ago to its Running account with a countdown to “Something Big” arriving on June 1. This lines up with previous leaks and rumors of an imminent Forerunner 255 and 955 launch. Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the big day.
Will we see a Garmin launch event on June 1?
Both of these watches are part of Garmin’s Running/Multisport division. This is different from the Fenix, Instinct, Enduro, Epix range which is part of the Outdoor Recreation division.
The company typically holds product launch events on Tuesdays. However, June 1 is not a Tuesday, it is a Wednesday. The reason for this decision could be that June 1st is World Running Day. A perfect platform to release two popular runners watches! So it makes sense.
This date also fits with a rumor that landed on the Reddit social platform a few weeks ago. A German Redditor spotted an email from Garmin on a computer screen while visiting his local tech store. This indicated that Garmin would hold a launch event for the new watches on June 1.
At the time, we didn’t know how much to trust this source. But Garmin’s Instagram story is one indicator that maybe we should. The short video clip doesn’t reveal much. It simply says “We are running towards something big”. Next to that is a countdown that ends next Wednesday.
What to expect from the popular duo
It’s not 100% sure we’ll see the new watches on the 1st, but it’s pretty sure we’ll see them in the coming weeks. And we already know a lot about the popular duo.
Garmin Forerunner 955
Several photos of the Garmin Forerunner 955 have been leaked by a retailer. This has since been deleted, but not before someone on Reddit took down the footage. You can see them at this link.
The device is expected to come in a 45.7mm polymer body, so a bit smaller than the Forerunner 945. But a few millimeters thicker.
Apart from the “Forerunner” engraving on the side, the general appearance remains unchanged. A major improvement is that the screen will be touch sensitive. Presumably, you will be able to disable the feature and/or turn it off, depending on your preference. The screen size has not been confirmed – it could be 1.2 inches or 1.3 inches. Hopefully the latter.
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Battery life will be 15 days between charges, so one day longer than on the 945. There will also be a solar edition of the watch which can go on for around 20 days between charges.
When it comes to features, we expect most of the health and fitness features to make their way from the Fenix 7. This is in addition to what is called a Training Readiness Score and HRV status.
Both are recovery metrics designed to let you know how ready you are for another day of training. The HRV status in particular seems useful as it would measure your HRV overnight and compare it to your average for the past 7 days. Recovery stats are all the rage these days and Garmin doesn’t want to be left behind.
It is also worth mentioning Race widget. This contains race-related training tips, estimated finish times, suggested daily workouts and more. We have yet to find out if the rumor Operating power functionality will arrive.
Further improvements are expected in the form of the latest sensors. The watch should also be equipped with multi-frequency GNSS.
Garmin Forerunner 255
The Forerunner 255 will arrive three years after the launch of its predecessor. Unlike the 955 which will only be available in one size, this one will be available in two sizes. The larger 255 will likely come in a 47mm case with a 1.3-inch screen, while the 255 is expected to pack a 42mm case and a 1.2-inch screen. Both will be available in a musical and non-musical variant.
Images of the Forerunner 255 can be seen at this link. Once again, a retailer has taken the plunge.
Some of the new features of the Forerunner 955 will be part of the feature set for this popular watch. This includes HRV status, Race widget and possibly Fenix 7 features such as Real-time Stamina. Of course, you will also benefit from the latest generation sensors and multi-frequency GNSS. This is in addition to an altimeter which the 245 lacks.
How much will the watches cost?
Garmin’s Forerunner line has a very loyal following. This is because the devices are quality and quite accurate. I’ve kept my Forerunner 935 since it was released in 2017. It still works as well as it did five years ago. But maybe it’s time for a change and I plan to upgrade to the 955 when it comes out.
There is no definite word on pricing. However, the retailer listings give some sort of idea. Whether these turn out to be correct remains to be seen.
- Garmin Forerunner 955 – $500
- Garmin Forerunner 955 Solar – $700
- Garmin Forerunner 255 – $350
- Garmin Forerunner 255 Music – $400
- Garmin Forerunner 255 – $350
- Garmin Forerunner 255s music – $400
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