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That must be a ridiculous thing to argue after the recent appearance of the Edge 820 Video (image to the right)?
An alternate point of view is that Garmin are embracing a deliberate leak policy. Whilst the device in the ‘820’ video was a new-looking device it did look like what an Edge 530 might be. That observation was not lost on many people, including myself. Indeed the first thing I did was comapre the images on the video to a 520 to see if it was a non-Garmin hoax.
A valid strategy would be for Garmin to produce a super-navigational Edge 1030/1010 (they are working on a 1030 from what we have heard). They could then discontinue the 8xx line and focus on developing the popular 5xx series.
Apparently recent leaked images for the 820 (that I have not seen) show, on the reverse, the product labelling as EDGE 505 and the following FCC filing https://fccid.io/document.php?id=2665225.
Why would Garmin do this? I would imagine so that the SEO benefits from pages like this would be lost when the Edge 530 / 505 / 820 is released. Let’s see.
Personally I have always found it hard to distinguish the 5xx, from the 8xx from the 1000. Yes they are clearly different beasts but there are not 3 target customer demographics that I can see.