leak: Garmin Forerunner 45 PLUS specifications & launch video

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Garmin Forerunner 45 Plus

Looks like there is a Garmin Forerunner 45 Plus coming out in the very near future as Garmin is already teasing with the video below and some select retailers are already listing it. The Forerunner 45 Plus includes the basics like GPS, Garmin’s adaptive training, recovery time, race predictor (new!), and the latest Garmin Elevate HR sensor. Smart notifications are still onboard as is the incident detection.


Introducing the Garmin Forerunner 45 Plus

I’m not entirely sure what’s new other than the RACE PREDICTOR & RECOVERY. Remember that RACE PREDICTOR is one of the Firstbeat features that was used to replaced Garmin’s original race predictor and I found it to be reasonably accurate.

The Garmin Forerunner 45 Plus is coming in at an rrp of GBP140, if you can wait for a little while longer there might be something interesting and non-Garmin coming with vastly more features for just a little extra.

Via: @JohnK, many thanks.

Garmin Forerunner 45 Plus – Specifications & Features



Lens material Chemically strengthened glass
Strap material Silicone
Physical size 42 x 42 x 11.4 mm

Fits wrists with a circumference of 129-197 mm

Colour display
Display size 1.04″ (26.3 mm) diameter
Display resolution 208 x 208 pixels
Display type Sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP)
Weight Small: 32 g
Large: 36 g
Battery life Smartwatch mode: Up to 7 days
GPS mode: Up to 13 hours
Water rating 5 ATM
Memory/history 200 hours of activity data

Clock features

Time/date Yes
GPS time sync Yes
Automatic daylight saving time Yes
Alarm clock Yes
Timer Yes
Stopwatch Yes

Health monitoring

Fitness age Yes (in app)
Body Battery™ Energy Monitor Yes
All-day stress tracking Yes
Sleep Yes


Galileo Yes
Garmin Elevate wrist heart rate monitor Yes
Accelerometer Yes

Daily smart features

Connectivity Yes
Connect IQ (downloadable watch faces, data fields, widgets and apps) Yes (watch faces only)
Smart notifications Yes
Calendar Yes
Weather Yes
Controls smartphone music Yes
Find my phone Yes
Find my watch Yes
Smartphone compatibility iPhone®, Android
Compatible with Garmin Connect Mobile Yes

Safety and tracking features

LiveTrack Yes
Live Event Sharing Android™ Only
Incident Detection during select activities Yes (Smartphone required)
Assistance Yes (Smartphone required)

Activity tracking features

Step counter Yes
Move bar (displays on device after a period of inactivity; walk for a couple of minutes to reset it) Yes
Auto goal (learns your activity level and assigns a daily step goal) Yes
Calories burned Yes
Distance travelled Yes
Intensity minutes Yes
TrueUp™ Yes
Move IQ™ Yes

Fitness equipment/gym

Available gym activity profiles Cardio and Elliptical Training, Stair Stepping, Yoga may be added through app

Training, planning and analysis features

HR zones Yes
HR alerts Yes
HR calories Yes
HR broadcast (broadcasts HR data over ANT+ to paired devices) Yes
GPS speed and distance Yes
Customisable screen(s) Yes
Customisable activity profiles Yes
Auto Pause® Yes
Interval training Yes
Advanced workouts Yes
Downloadable training plans Yes
Auto Lap® Yes
Manual lap Yes
VO2 max Yes
Audio prompts Yes
Touch and/or button lock Yes
Activity history on watch Yes
Physio TrueUp Yes

Running features

Available run profiles Running, Treadmill Running. Indoor Track Running may be added through app
GPS-based distance, time and pace Yes
Cadence (provides real-time number of steps per minute) Yes
Run workouts Yes
Foot pod capable Yes

Cycling features

Alerts (triggers alarm when you reach goals including time, distance, heart rate or calories) Yes
Available cycling profiles Biking. Indoor Biking may be added through app
Speed and cadence sensor support (with sensor) yes


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Coros Pace 2


On the video of 45+, we see « adaptativ training programs »


At 0:27


Ah yes.


Did the 45 have Recovery Time?* Also does this have intervals?

CIQ app support will be nice as the 45 only supported watch faces. Music will be nice as well but then they would have called it 45 Music.

*It sucks that Firstbeat has dummed down it’s website since the takeover.


Or maybe you right? The bottom of the overview page and the specs page seem to contradict each other.

Taken from the overview page:
“Download custom watch faces, add data fields, and get apps and widgets from the Connect IQ Store.”

Maybe Garmin read the following and added in full app store support 😉
“It’s coming in at an rrp of GBP140, if you can wait for a little while longer there might be something interesting and non-Garmin coming with vastly more features for just a little extra.”

Laura Ogle

What’s the non-Garmin option you’re referring to in the article?

Dr jones

The watch came out last week. It’s available to buy in Argos. There is a video on YouTube with unboxing too


So Garmin is going to take advantage of it’s acquisition of Firstbeat by releasing Plus versions with a couple of additional Firstbeat metrics instead of releasing them as software updates?

Also, the release was probably derailed due to the ransomware hack.


“if you can wait for a little while longer there might be something interesting and non-Garmin coming with vastly more features for just a little extra”



Well I know about market segmentation, but man this 150$ watch has vo2max and the 400$ instinct solar doesn’t..