Garmin Edge 1040 First Images Emerge
Here we have the first set of images for the Edge 1040 via the Garmin Forums. They appear genuine, the rearview image has the correct name on for starters and the overall rear appearance is different to the 1030 Plus. Some of the metrics appear new.
Detailed comments after these images, and (edit) we now have a full unboxing and menu walkthrough of a real Edge 1040 here.
Also: Garmin Forerunner 955 – Images + Shop Description
Edge 1040 is Described as
- Up to 35 hours of battery life with regular use, or up to 70 hours in battery saver mode
- Superior navigation, planning + performance tracking, cycling awareness and smart connectivity
- Personalised training and tracking help you meet your goals
Edge 1040 Product Features:
Classify your strengths as a cyclist, and compare your cycling ability to the demands of a specific course when paired with your compatible sensors, so you can focus your training and improvement in the right areas. Manage your efforts with the power guide feature, which recommends power targets throughout a course, when paired with your compatible sensors. Get stamina feature insights while you ride, when paired with your compatible sensors, so you can keep an eye on how much longer you can really push it. Stay on top of your training program with prompts to complete missed workouts.
Advanced GPS bike computer combines superior navigation, planning and performance tracking, cycling awareness and smart connectivity.
Never Get Lost
Find your way in the most challenging environments with multi-band GNSS technology that provides enhanced positioning accuracy.
Easy Setup and Navigation
A simplified setup and a streamlined interface make it quick and easy to access the information, courses and tools you need and even adjust data fields right from the Edge® device or from your paired smartphone.
Get Trails Anywhere
Ride like a local, whatever your bike type, with improved ride type-specific maps that highlight popular roads and trails plus searchable points of interest.
Connect to Performance Apps
Connect with your favourite apps and platforms, including Strava, Komoot, TrainingPeaks® and many more (Requires Garmin Connect™ smart-device app).
Long Battery Life
Power your longest rides with up to 35 hours of battery life in demanding use cases plus up to 70 hours in battery saver mode.
- Width – 2.3″ (59.3 mm)
- Height – 4.6″ (117.6 mm)
- Depth – 0.8″ (20.0 mm)
- Weight – 4.4 oz (126 g)
- Battery Life – Up to 35 hours
- Battery Saver Mode – Up to 70 hours (Solar model is up to 100?)
- Memory Capacity – 32 GB Internal Memory; External Memory Storage Available
- The overall size is very slightly bigger than the Edge 1030 Plus (cf. 58 x 114 x 19 mm)
- Weight is 2g lighter
- The ‘look’ is similar
- Battery life was 24 hours and so the increase to 35-70 hours is significant.
- Multi-band GNSS means that we have the new Airoha (MediaTek) chip. It also means that Edge 1040 has the highest accuracy mode which Garmin markets as Multi-Band. It also means that a new, slightly less accurate GNSS mode of ‘All Systems’ will also be offered as will good old GPS-only.
- “Get stamina feature insights while you ride,” this means that the new Stamina feature is onboard. If you check out that link you’ll see Garmin has already released it for the Fenix 7. However, my take would be that it is most likely to be more accurate for cyclists with power meters.
- “Classify your strengths as a cyclist, and compare your cycling ability to the demands of a specific course when paired with your compatible sensors, so you can focus your training and improvement in the right areas.” This appears to be a training planning tool where you focus on the specific physiological demands of your A race. This is probably a good marketing story which won’t be that useful for anything other than standalone time trials where drafting/peloton effects are not present. However…
- Xert has some great functionality where they classify each of your completed activities against the type of ride you did today eg Mixed GC, breakaway specialist, polar climbing ride, mixed road sprint,
- So perhaps Garmin has reversed this to specify training rides for the likely type of race you will experience. Or it could just be training that takes into account the elevation profile (a bit less exciting!!)
- Perhaps also Garmin will be looking at your abilities at different power durations as these abilities will affect your ability to race in a certain way. Historically and somewhat naively many of us just focus on FTP/CP but if you just train to improve your FTP you will find catching multiple breakaways pretty hard!
- “simplified setup and a streamlined interface” probably just means that you can transfer settings from your current Edge to the new Edge and that Garmin’s progress with improving their user experience is ongoing.
- “improved ride type-specific maps that highlight popular roads and trails plus searchable points of interest.” So that means heatmaps plus maps that might morph according to the ride type eg with more emphasis on gravel trails if you chose to ride with a gravel profile
- The images seem to show some new data fields, although I’m not familiar with all the current ones. Stamina, the mini-map and the elevation profile look interesting. If you look closely at the second image you will see that the elevation profile is colour-coded into 5 sections (perhaps coded by difficulty) but the mini-map, below it, is the map for that section (??). So this is an interesting take on putting more emphasis on the elevation profile rather than the map (normally the elevation profile is an after-thought at the bottom of a map screen. There are probably more nuances than this.
- “Guide Average” seems to refer to a similar kind of feature to Best Bike Split. BBS very simply determines what your uphill and downhill power should be on race day, it’s not actually true that you should always aim for an even power, you should go slightly harder uphill. BBS also factors in forecast wind and other factors.
- “External memory storage” might be a misreading of the external battery pack compatibility by the retailer.
I’m backtracking on my earlier Q3 release data as the emergence of these details supports a release as soon as Wed 1st June or Wed 8th June…both of which are Q2! It looks like 955/255 will be released too.
Opinion: Is that all?
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