We have the mysteriously named @Jane to thank for the first one. Thank you.
Garmin have registered a new Trade Mark for a MARQ product. Here is what is says about the GPS-based wrist-worn wearable
“Wearable digital electronic devices in the form of a wrist smartwatch for providing software and display screens for viewing, sending and receiving texts, emails, data and information; electronic devices in the form of a wristband or bracelet incorporating a display screen and/or software for viewing, sending and/or receiving texts, emails, data or other information, namely, activity trackers; Global Positioning Systems (GPS); software and hardware for use in navigation or for use in GPS; GPS incorporating a watch, GPS incorporating watches or horologic instruments; GPS incorporating watches or horologic instruments, altimeters, barometers, compasses, wireless communication device featuring data and image transmission and sensors for the determination of temperatures; and parts of and fittings for the aforesaid goods”
That could describe the intended functions or it could be a catch-all phrase to cover a category.
But it sure looks like a GPS wrist watch to me.
MARQ sounds like “Marque” and that has an air of ‘high-end’ about it. Perhaps this is a replacement for the Chronos? (edit yes…link here to Garmin MARQ latest!!) Or perhaps this is another high-end device but which is not a Fenix (the Chronos is a Fenix).
Then again it could be hunting/shooting related. Grrrr.
Perhaps this could be Garmin’s entry into WearOS? Remember I do KNOW that there will be a NOTABLE new WearOS sports watch release and I discussed it somewhat mysteriously here (link to: the5krunner.com).
I also reviewed soem GPS tests for the Fenix 5S Plus (GPS vs GPS+GALILEO) from arond 13 Aug aftera firmware change (v3.2, GPS v2.2). GALILEO still wasn’t good but, actually, the GPS-only track was sweet (79% joint best ever Garmin result).
I thought of this the other day but never quite got around to mentioning it here.
Have a look again at this image from way back when CIQ3 was announced earlier this year.
I didn’t think much of it at the time but look closely at where it says FAMILY.
Fenix 5 plus/non Plus, 5S, 5, 5X and 935. OK that really IS A family of watches
But the 645 Music and the 645….hmmm that’s a childless family. I’d call that a couple and NOT a family. Are there more 645s to come? The word ‘family’ would imply so.
I would also bet that Garmin had a tri release lined up for September but have now delayed it to annoy Polar when the Vantage V and Vantage M are released to the public in October.
So, in October, will Garmin bring us a: 645T, Forerunner 745, 945, something else, nothing, or a WearOS watch. I know, probably a Vivokids 2.4.
Have your say
Remember the discussion of what needs to be in the Fenix 6..? A few thousand of you have voted in this poll already
And there were also a similar number of you suggesting improvements for the 935.