The Garmin Forerunner 745 is due for 2018. Of course it could be 2020.
Here is the evidence and speculation
- Product life cycle – The 735XT was announced in May 2016. There is usually a 2 to 3 year product life cycle.
- There is a Garmin registration on the FCC for Garmin part number A03405, which is a round watch format with a touchscreen (ty, see below). The documentation filed there is made public in early June.
- Product format – Garmin releases similar format products eg 230, 235 (an. Oct 2015), 630 (an. Oct 2015), 735XT. Garmin relatively recently released the Vivoactive 3 and Forerunner 645 (music) which are also similar to the Fenix 5/935
- The Garmin Edge 130 (cycling watch) and Foretrex 601 / 701 (handheld) both support Galileo. Garmin officially comments on Galileo here (thank you Luis) and the M5 chipset software already supports QZSS in Asia.
- Garmin has sports and fitness products that include handheld, cycling and…running/tri watches. No running/tri watch has yet been announced to support Galileo. (Golf Watch Approach S60 was released at end of June 2017)
- CIQ 3 support for the 735XT will not happen. The 735XT is the major omission in Garmin’s range for CIQ3 support.
- The new Garmin Forerunner 235 lite appears not to support any version of CIQ
First up: this is all speculation. A bit of fun. So your opinions are as valid as mine. I’d love to hear them and I’ll update the text as we go.
Here are the conclusions I would draw:
- Looking at the Garmin product life cycle timelines, a Forerunner 245 is more likely than a 745XT
- The FCC registration is most likely to be either the 245 or FR745 (or whatever they are actually called)
- A touchscreen would certianly be more likely on a 245 than a Forerunner 745
- Both the 245 and 745XT would have the same 5-button, round format
- If Galileo is on an entry-level, but interesting (read the link) Garmin Edge 130 cycling watch, then it could plausibly also be on a Forerunner 245. The fact that a supposedly new, high-end feature is first appearing on a lower-end cycling watch throws open the normal assumption that a 245 would just be a dumbed-down 645.
- There is no guarantee that either the 245 or 745XT would have Galileo. Indeed there is no guarantee that Galileo would improve positional/speed stuff when running. Someone who knows more than me could perhaps explain why multi-frequency Galileo would be required for potentially large increases in accuracy over GPS+GLONASS.
- With the imminent arrival of CIQ 3 and lack of support of it from the 735XT and 230/235, then it’s likely both of those models will be replaced this year (2018). Or early next year at the very latest.
- CIQ brings better techy bits for MAPS, MUSIC and NOTIFICATIONS. Perhaps the Edge 130 is a testing bed for MAPS? (+Galileo) Perhaps the Forerunner 645 Music (review ed here) will be the testing bed for MUSIC? So what would test out NOTIFICATIONS? the 745XT or the 245? Probably the 245. Then, hopefully, roll some of the features up to higher models like the Fenix plus (the new modifications here possibly are the Fenix 5plus – based on one user experiencing better connectivity with a newer variant)
- CIQ3 is supported by Garmin devices in every end-use category apart from a ‘tri-lite’ model and an entry-level run model. On that basis, it’s a prime candidate for NEEDING to be replaced.
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