Garmin Edge 1040 : Garmin leaks possible new top-end Bikenav

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Garmin Edge 1040 : Garmin leaks possible new top-end Edge

 

This is a ‘bit of fun’ as far as leaks go, so I’ll share it now.

Garmin has recently published several lists of devices one of which included the as-yet-unreleased Edge 1040.

Eventually, there will be an Edge 1040 but this ‘leak’ could simply be a typo where someone got a bit too carried away to instead type Edge 1030 Plus.

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, at least if you count the number of features and deep competency at navigation. The Edge 1040 would be EVEN better!

A new Edge 1040 would be the same physical format. To justify the new number, 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 could leverage LTE rather than your smartphone connection – I’m thinking group track, live track, incident alert, weather services and so on. But there is much more that could be added (discussed here, subscribers only)

Garmin Edge 1030 Plus
Edge 1030 Plus

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 COULD be inbound to a store near you, I wouldn’t put too much weight on that yet.

Q: What would you like to see in the Edge 1040

Ty @GH for the heads up!

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Onno

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

While I can understand the sentiment, is that really a realistic fear? Do people break phones in crashes? I’d say a phone in a back pocket is one of the least likely things to get damaged in a crash, because it’s pretty well protected by your body taking the hit.

I’ve broken bones and damaged bikes in crashes, but my phone never even had a scratch.

Richard

I’ve written off 2 phones in crashes!

Arup Vidyerthy

I am more worried about breaking my bones than the phone 🙂

tricki

My phone bounced out of my back pocket going over a pothole, so I now put it in a wallet.

Dmitry Pupkov

I bet it will finally include solar power. It totally make sense for me due to a large screen size (which is always upward to sun).

tommy

This is a good bet. With the already good battery life it would become pretty much infinite during the summer. The less i have to charge the better

usr

All the features of the 540 and 840 of course. Buyers shouldn’t be forced to decide between software feature sets when they decide between form factors.

What I’d love to see is the “10” getting the hardware keys of the “5” in addition to the touchscreen of the “8”. It would be a nice excuse for the price segmentation (and also “allow” people in the key lovers group like most mountainbikers to pay the highest tier)

AKo

There won’t be a 5/840 before they have released a 1040. Features that were introduced on release for the 5/830 made it to the 1030 eventually.