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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
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
- Radar/Light/VARIA support
- Full Cycling Dynamics support
- Autosync, segments, better analysis,
- Lactate Threshold, VO2, time/distance/power predictions,
- STRAVA Suffer Score and integration for STRAVA premium users
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!!
“Touch button +
“ant + Bluetooth wifi
“Dedicated phone app
“Send Message wrestling emergency vehicles
” Multiplayer Tracking
” Download a variety of custom surface
” Graphical Information Display
“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 🙂