Garmin Edge 1040: Garmin leaks new top-end Edge
Garmin has recently published several lists of devices one of which included the as-yet-unreleased Edge 1040. Also, Garmin’s smartphone app source code contains hardcoded references to the Edge 1040.
What is the Edge 1040
The Edge 10xx devices are Garmin’s best and uber-featured bikenavs. The Garmin Edge 1030 Plus is undoubtedly the world’s best bikenav as of today, at least if you count the number of features and deep competency at navigation.
A new Edge 1040 would be the same physical format. To justify the new numbering, in my opinion, would only need a couple of new hardware additions and one headline feature. So that could simply be LTE and the new Sony GNSS chip. If LTE is the headline hardware feature then many of Garmins existing connected features would leverage LTE rather than your smartphone connection – I’m thinking group track, live track, incident alert, weather services and so on just as found on the 945LTE (2021). But there is much more that could be added (discussed here, subscribers only)
I’m one of those cyclists who rarely take a phone, mainly because I don’t want to break my main iPhone if I crash and I don’t want to have to get a second phone contract to go on one of my old Android phones. So I would be very happy if an LTE Edge could leverage my existing O2 data plan in some fashion. At least for me, that would be one of those features that tipped me toward a particular device – I did have a spare SIM in my Karoo but it was a different size to the one in iPhone (?) and the contract didn’t include enough data etc etc…it was all too hard for a non-key feature.
The Garmin Edge 1040 should be with us in 2021
More details/speculation on the Garmin Edge 1040 in this post.
Ty @GH @PAV for the heads up!
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