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.


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 materialChemically strengthened glass
Strap materialSilicone
Physical size42 x 42 x 11.4 mm

Fits wrists with a circumference of 129-197 mm

Colour display
Display size1.04″ (26.3 mm) diameter
Display resolution208 x 208 pixels
Display typeSunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP)
WeightSmall: 32 g
Large: 36 g
Battery lifeSmartwatch mode: Up to 7 days
GPS mode: Up to 13 hours
Water rating5 ATM
Memory/history200 hours of activity data

Clock features

GPS time syncYes
Automatic daylight saving timeYes
Alarm clockYes

Health monitoring

Fitness ageYes (in app)
Body Battery™ Energy MonitorYes
All-day stress trackingYes


Garmin Elevate wrist heart rate monitorYes

Daily smart features

Connect IQ (downloadable watch faces, data fields, widgets and apps)Yes (watch faces only)
Smart notificationsYes
Controls smartphone musicYes
Find my phoneYes
Find my watchYes
Smartphone compatibilityiPhone®, Android
Compatible with Garmin Connect MobileYes

Safety and tracking features

Live Event SharingAndroid™ Only
Incident Detection during select activitiesYes (Smartphone required)
AssistanceYes (Smartphone required)

Activity tracking features

Step counterYes
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 burnedYes
Distance travelledYes
Intensity minutesYes
Move IQ™Yes

Fitness equipment/gym

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

Training, planning and analysis features

HR zonesYes
HR alertsYes
HR caloriesYes
HR broadcast (broadcasts HR data over ANT+ to paired devices)Yes
GPS speed and distanceYes
Customisable screen(s)Yes
Customisable activity profilesYes
Auto Pause®Yes
Interval trainingYes
Advanced workoutsYes
Downloadable training plansYes
Auto Lap®Yes
Manual lapYes
VO2 maxYes
Audio promptsYes
Touch and/or button lockYes
Activity history on watchYes
Physio TrueUpYes

Running features

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

Cycling features

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


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17 thoughts on “leak: Garmin Forerunner 45 PLUS specifications & launch video

  1. 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.

      1. 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.”

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

    1. 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.

  3. “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”

    Y U DO DIS??

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

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