Garmin Edge 820 – Here it is – Photos and some comments – Edge 530 esque?

Source: Garmin Edge 820


Leaks abound at Garmin HQ. This time for the soon-to-be-released Garmin Edge 820 Cycling Super Computer (AND 1000 explore VARIANT). The very porous nature of these leaks leads most of us to assume that they are sort-of sanctioned.

EDIT: Released – info HERE

For example, we’ve known about the images below for over a month (11 May). As far as I know they were ALL first posted by Staffs HIMer-extraordinaire @srbmckenzie and were found on Garmin’s website and are all still there. This of course tied in with yesterday’s appearance and subsequent disappearance of a Garmin Edge 820 video – some reports say 3 videos, I only saw one.

ESSENTIAL READING: A loooong navigation with the Garmin Edge 820

ESSENTIAL READING: Pru Ride London with the Garmin Edge 820

Garmin Edge 820 Varia RTL 500

My Edge 820 + Varia – Review(s) to follow

The official product code is: 010-01626-00. The inclusion of EMERGENCY notifications looks nice. The images are probably photoshopped but hold up the promise of improved resolution over the 520.


It’s got 5 buttons and a high-res colour touchscreen. 3 of the buttons are physical the other two appear to be top/screen based. From memory, yesterday’s video showed a USB port on the rear. It looks like a 520 and may turn out to be the Edge 530 FWIW.

Most of the specs are going to be fairly obvious (see here and below) including integration with all of Garmin accessories (lights/radar), the super-advanced Vector-based cycling dynamics and the recent STRAVA premium stuff.

RECOMMENDED READING: Garmin Edge Feature 820 vs. 810 vs. 520

I’m not quite sure how it is going to be THAT much different from the 520 in terms of software features. Ok the hardware should be improved but let’s see if Garmin have run out of new features to include inside the box. The 520 is currently languishing in price well below the GBP200 mark. So that is great value for a great device.

Here are some likely features but these are NOT CONFIRMED FROM LEAKS:

  • ANT+ FE-C trainer control
  • Two product variants: Edge 820 and Edge 820  Explore. I may have misunderstood that (Edge 1030/1010 to follow apparently).
  • Bigger (no!!!!!), better, colour Touch-Screen?
  • Better battery (NO!!!!!!!)
  • All the Bluetooth-smartphone stuff
  • Routes/Nav
  • Radar/Light/VARIA support
  • Full Cycling Dynamics support
  • Autosync, segments, better analysis,
  • Lactate Threshold, VO2, time/distance/power predictions,
  • ConnectIQ
  • STRAVA Suffer Score and integration for STRAVA premium users

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OK you’ve read this far. Here is a translation of some HK promotional materials for the 820. Don’t blame me, blame Google Translate!!

Start “

“Touch button +
 “Two Satellites
“ant + Bluetooth wifi
“Dedicated phone app
“Send Message wrestling emergency vehicles
” Multiplayer Tracking
” Download a variety of custom surface
” Graphical Information Display
“20hr Power

“Tracking the connection 820 , and you can clear the players from the gap, but also allows players to control the dynamic team vehicle commander and resupply operation !

 “Usually riders can determine whether you have to keep up with friends !” end quote

All you can really take from that is the 20 hour battery life (edit on ultratrac mode) and GLONASS/GPS. Interesting perhaps is the inclusion of some of the group cycling functionality as released last year on the WAHOO ELEMNT. C’mon Garmin, keep up! But don’t expect to see the 820 wrestling with an ambulance as the translation suggests 🙂

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is that not the same screen size as the 520? they look very similar.


If you took a close look the the pictures there are some unwritten “specs”.
First on the bottom of the 820 there is a strange like a lens looking object.
This could be a flashlight, a digital camera or a small beamer.
Don’t think it’s that best shot is it’s a optical sensor for auto backlight adjustment.
(look at the video’s a few times frame for frame it’s at the location the serial of a 520 is)
Then we got a antenna signal in the back of the housing (next to BTLE and ANT+) so this must mean it has a WiFi connection (no surprise)
Last is the CIQ, Garmin will launch a new version of CIQ which is NOT (forward or backward) compatible with the old version.
Meaning you can run old CIQ apps on the 820 but you cannot run NEW compiled apps on a lot of old devices.

This means that starting this year we will also see new watches which support the new CIQ (Fenix/920XT)

Good Times are comming, the best is yet to come.


And here is the official Garmin info about Connect IQ 2.1:

quote: Here’s the bad news: Aikido launched in January of 2015, meaning it is six months away from the end of support.
Meaning all Garmin products EXCEPT: the 2 Edges, Vivoactive HR and 735XT have “old” hardware and will be replaced this or next year.
Not because the customer wants this but because Garmin has decided that Quote “Each each major release gets two years of support”.
And hardware doesn’t sell if you clearly stated that (a part) of the firmware has no support for new versions anymore.
No support means OLD and new must be coming.
(even the “new” Fenix HR will get no CIQ 2 support)


Do you think it is not all photoshop?

I’m doubting between buying a new 810 or 1000, but if trust your information, better to wait for 820.

Do you think it will arrive before summer?

Thanks for your work.


Sorry, and any clue on price?? close to Edge 1000, or a bit higher than current 810?

Thanks again!!


News?!, what will be the name of the new product?
It seems than Garmin has put the (internal) name “Edge 530” on this product.
However in the video i still have (and most have seen) the name Edge 820 clearly is used. On the back of the unit it’s not very clear what marking the case has.
But talking about naming, the stock photos of the Edge 520 clearly have Edge 505 on the back, production units have 520 on that place.
If the name will be Edge 530, it suggest the 520 will have a price drop but will not be eol.
The edge 810 has been EOL and has been removed from parts of the Garmin site already (explore.garmin)
And good news the next generation of the Edge 1000 will has the development name of Edge 1010.

Problems with accessing my mail but later tonight (when i have access) i will add all info about the new products (10+) in the newer “lots more garmins to come” post.


After a long wait, you think it’s time to go for an 810 or a 1000, instead of waiting for 820 to come?

Thanks for your work!


How do you know it is not a photoshoped 520??

It looks very similar, same buttons and shape factor.




I have a screenshot to prove it!!!

No information on prices


Edge 820 = 400€
Edge Explore 820 = 350€

(Italian web – probably European prices)