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Garmin Forerunner 255 and 255s are coming
A new source confirms that the best-selling Garmin Forerunner 245 is morphing into a new size and with a cut-down option to keep the prices right for the more price-sensitive amongst us.
Edit: These are available now (limited model and colour availability)
- Garmin Forerunner 255 £300: here
- Garmin Forerunner 255s (small) £300: here
- Garmin Forerunner 255 Music £350: here
- Garmin Forerunner 255s (small) Music £350: here
There are 5 colourways – aqua and merlot are dropped from the 5 colourways that previously existed on the FR245.
I’m Confused, Please Explain
This makes perfect sense and is a great move by Garmin, here’s why.
The smaller 42mm size model appeals to those with smaller wrists and, somewhat obviously, the larger 47mm model appeals to those with larger wrists. Twice the potential market…kinda! Actually, it’s a little more interesting than that; the Eagle-Eyed amongst you will remember that the FR245 only came in the smaller size. So Garmin is adding the more-normal ‘medium’ size. I’m fine with that, that’s my size!
There was previously a Forerunner 245 Music and this differentiation is kept. Whilst WiFi can be used for things other than music (like uploading completed workouts), WiFi is kept as a feature specific to the Music models.
What, No AMOLED? No Solar?
Yep, that’s right. It seems there is neither a solar option nor an AMOLED option. That’s fine though, Garmin knows that if you want advanced features like those you will pay the premium for a Fenix 7 Solar or Forerunner 955 Solar or Epix 2.
We can assume the ‘S’ and regular-sized versions are the same price as these (approx):
- Forerunner 255 (music) for €400 (£350 / $400)
- Forerunner 255 (no music) for €350 (£300 / $350)
What about the Forerunner 955?
Patience, dear friends, Patience.
Wait over: try this – Garmin Forerunner 955 Specs, Features and Photos
This leak specifically did NOT confirm the Forerunner 955. However, I’m hopeful that we will shortly see a joint release of the Forerunner 255 together with the Forerunner 955.
The precise 42/47mm sizes have not been confirmed nor have the display sizes and resolutions. However, there ARE two sizes. Probably the usual two sizes for a Garmin watch!
We might assume that the smaller size is a 1.2″ screen with 240x240px and that the larger one is a 1.3″ 260x260px. However, it might just be possible that Garmin makes the smaller one with a smaller bezel and the same screen size as the larger model. We saw similar on the Fenix lines in the past.
There is more information available on the new software features but I’ve not had that confirmed yet. Broadly you can assume that the 255 will be triathlon-lite when compared to the 955.
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