Sorry folks. I’m going to have to spoil all your gadget excitement for 2020. Normally this stuff drips out in dribs and drabs but this time we probably have a good chunk of 2020 in one fell swoop.
There are some surprises here but I think it’s mostly correct. Have a look and see what you think and then I’ll waffle for a bit afterwards.
- Garmin Forerunner 745
- Garmin Forerunner 955
- Garmin 955 LTE
- Garmin Index Scale 2
- Garmin Edge 1030 Plus
- Garmin Edge 130 Plus
- Garmin Enduro MTB
- Garmin Quatix 6 (based on Fenix 6)
- Garmin Fenix 6S SPORT (possibly a minor cosmetic variant, possibly internal name for PRO)
- Garmin Fenix 6 SPORT (possibly a minor cosmetic variant, possibly internal name for PRO)
- Garmin Fenix 6 SOLAR (possibly, ie NOT the 6X solar but solar on a lower model)
- Garmin Vector AIR – detailed external article @bicycling.com.
Sources: Felippe/Driscoll, the rumour-mill loves you both (plus others)
MID-PRICE TRI WATCH: The Forerunner 745XT has been due for a while but it looks to finally be inbound and this time with the XT suffix being dropped just like it was from the 910xt/920xt/935/Forerunner 945 series. It was the logical next device for Garmin to upgrade as the version of CIQ that it can run is super-old. However, it was never a certainty to be released at all as it shares a similar price bracket to the older and much superior Forerunner 935 model which will likely continue to fall in price and be well-discounted for sales. The new 745 will be bad news for the middle-ground, currently occupied by the Polar Vantage M and Suunto 5 (Suunto 7 if that is planned, IDK).
MORE SPORTY VARIANTS: I may have got this bit wrong, but to confuse matters further there appears to be a sporty variant planned for the Fenix 6 and Fenix 6S. Whether that just simply means a plastic strap or a lightweight, titanium casing…I don’t know (answers, below on a postcard please). The first answer was that it was the internal name for the existing PRO version 😉 so don’t get too excited on this particular one.
SOLAR TRICKLE-DOWN: Then, unsurprisingly, we see the Fenix 6 SOLAR which I’m hoping is different to the existing 6X Solar and which marks the start of the trickle-down of the SOLAR feature to other models. No surprise here at all. I guess SOLAR will be sorted out nicely on watches before being ported across to bike devices. It’s possible this could be a confusing reference to the 6x pro solar but I don’t think so.
NEW EDGEs: We’ve also only just seen a whopping upgrade to the Edge 1030’s firmware which, in itself, was enough for it to be classed as the Edge 1040. However, the Edge 1040 is not (yet) to be. Instead, there will be a Garmin Edge 1030 PLUS model, probably in time for the start of the Spring cycling season. and, along a similar vein, we will get the Edge 130 Plus rather than an Edge 140. These PLUS models are likely to include some element of revamped hardware but if the Edge 520 Plus release was anything to go by then it will likely also include an existing feature from a higher model (The Edge 520 Plus had maps included). I suspect the Edge 840/540 won’t then appear until 2021. There is an outside chance that the 1030 Plus refers to the 1030 with the firmware already released but I strongly think not.
“ENDURO” QUE?: A Garmin Enduro model is also planned which I assume is a re-imagined Edge 530 MTB bundle (a plastic cover) upgraded to a proper product for MTB/trail riders. Or it could be an ultra-running watch eg a super long-life running watch based on the Fenix. Or something else entirely different.
TRI TECH SWEETNESS: Then we have the Forerunner 955 tri watch. The main feature on this will be buttons that have been tested by more than just one person and which work properly 😉 (just kidding…no I’m not). The end of the post, below, goes through the new sorts of features that will be added to high-end Garmin devices. So, this new 955 is REALLY annoying as it’s going to be very expensive and I’m going to have to buy one. More annoyingly, it looks like Garmin are producing a new Fenix/945 every year to keep the shareholders happy. [larger screen, faster processor, LTE]
TRI TECH SWEETNESS v2 and LTE trickle-down: But then we see the 955 LTE. I have NO IDEA why the 955 deserves to be the first Fenix device with LTE…but there we go. It is what it is. Maybe I just don’t have the Fenix 6/7 model info yet which shows which of those variants LTE will be on? Perhaps the 955LTE will test out some of these features before being put into potentially more serious usage in more dangerous environments? I’m also not entirely sure how readily the 955 will have the potential number of users to make cellular connectivity worthwhile (I believe there is some degree of configuration required for different global cellular networks…that statement could be wrong)
FORERUNNER 655: …nowhere to be seen in the latest rumours but still expected in 2020
FENIX 7: The Fenix is clearly tending towards an annual revamp/iteration. So the Fenix 7 is going to happen in Jan 2021 at THE LATEST and maybe before Xmas 2020. Same argument for the Vivoactive 5. The Kerching models.
C’mon folks…you’ve got to have an opinion on this lot !!! Comments below please 😉