*NEW* Garmin Leak ! And what about the 745XT/945?

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NB: Chronos

We have the mysteriously named @Jane to thank for the first one. Thank you.

First Up:

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? 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).

Secondly:

I finally got around to testing the Polar V650 (reviewed here) on my GPS test route. Best score ever. Just sayin’ (It’s easier on a bike to get a good score)

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).

Thirdly:

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 close 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.

Perhaps there could be a 645T – a tri replacement for the 745XT? The 745XT is supposed to exist (and could be renamed as release gets closer). After all the 735XT seems to be out on its own somewhat.

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 releasd to the public in October.

So, in October, will Garmin bring us a: 645T, 745XT, 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.

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I’d like to see a wearOS Garmin but I feel like it may cannibalise their sales a little with casual Fenix users opting for that. Then if Garmin has a successful wearOS watch there will be dozens of copycats.

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Interesting. Garmin has got big problems getting the key apps to their IQ store (memory limits being one), so it would kind of make sense to make leverage WearOS for general app smartwatch use and port their own core functions as an app with IQ platform for sport specific stuff like datafields etc.

With the new Qualcomm chip enabling (much?) longer battery life this might actually sound like a plausible option for them or any other sports watch manufacturer.

Only question is, can they fit in ANT+ ? I know it has been on certain phones (mainly top end Samsung models) in past, but is it possible to add this on WearOS device?

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Good article, thanks for posting.

I’ve got a 735xt just now, and am keen on music + barometer as minimum additional features. quite happy to wait – Fenix 5 Plus is a bit rich for my taste.

I’m not quite sure where 735xt fits in with regards to 645 family and 9×5 family – is there a genuine space for 745 between a 645 triathlon version and a 945? I might be missing something, but I did wonder if the 7×5 line quietly disappears?