Garmin Forerunner 265 Pictures
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Well, this is a turn-up for the books. I was very surprised to find two pictures of the upcoming Forerunner 265 (two-six-five) in my inbox.
This info is via a reliable source but I don’t think he is the original source and so it is possible that these are faked but they look genuine to me. Also, there are two other rumours of the existence of a full-blown Forerunner 965 AMOLED triathlon watch.
Thank you @ChS
Page down after you’ve looked at the pictures of the Forerunner 265 and hopefully my explanation (guess) will make more sense.
A note on the pictures: These are images that I have manipulated, for example, by hiding the watch ID number to protect the source. If you zoom in very closely on the phrase “FORERUNNER 265” you can check the watch casing texture surrounding it, which appears to be consistent. I haven’t changed that at all and it looks genuine.
What is the Garmin Forerunner 265s?
So we see here that this watch is clearly marked as the smaller 265s model. That almost certainly means there will also be an accompanying larger-sized 265. The FR255s/255 have 41mm and 46mm cases respectively and I would expect the 265/265s case sizes to be the same.
Adding to the likely authenticity we can see that the way the FORERUNNER 265s is written is different to the 255 which is written on two lines…this image shows what I mean.
We see the latest Elevate Gen 4 sensor as found on several other watches like the Forerunner 955 and Epix 2.
The 4-pin charging port is unchanged too and the low-end quick-release mechanism is the same as on the 255s.
Looking now at the front image, the headline difference is the screen which appears to be AMOLED-based and identical to that found on the Venu 2 and Garmin’s other recent AMOLED touchscreens.
Finally, the larger, start button is of the same type as found on the Venu 2 rather than the more traditional presser found on the 255s.
Summary: It’s just an AMOLED version of the 255/255s. Right?
Well, that is the most likely explanation and certainly the easiest hardware iteration for Garmin to make. Whilst there could be a new software feature or two that are linked to sport/running it’s more likely that the newness that comes to the 265/265s will simply be prettier screens at the expense of battery life.
Q: Could it get more interesting?
Taking speculation further, this watch could be positioned for marketing purposes as an AMOLED triathlon watch, as that’s what it is, or it could be positioned as a replacement top-end 645 road-running watch.
- The 255 is a competent triathlon watch with many added triathlon features. There’s no longer any real need for tech triathletes to buy the more expensive 955 triathlon watch and the Epix 2, whilst an awesome watch with an awesome screen might be considered a tad too chunky for regular triathlon training (that’s why I use the ‘inferior’ 955 Solar ATM). The 955 does not come with a pretty screen option…the 265/265s could be that pretty option for triathletes wanting a lightweight case. If this move happened we would probably get a little something extra added to the triathlon-specific feature set.
- If instead, it’s a replacement for the as-yet-unseen 655 then that might make some sense in Garmin’s Forerunner lineup. Maybe it would get some trail-related upgrade giving it the same features as the Enduro 2 but with a light case and pretty screen (and less battery life). That’s definitely a possibility as the Enduro 2 is too expensive however the 265 name just doesn’t make sense in that scenario.
- Edit: The comments, below, make me ponder that a similar AMOLED version of the 955 will hit the shelves too. Probably in late H1.2023. I’ve said before that AMOLED will make its way onto every medium/high-end Garmin watch, this just confirms it.
When Will We See the FR265/265s
2022 was always going to be a bumper year for new sports devices from Garmin. Why not another one later in September or early October? In normal times, yesterday’s Venu 2 Sq would be the big hurrah for September/October but there is definitely still a slot for Garmin to maximise Christmas sales revenues by releasing the 265/265s within the next 4 weeks. Let’s just avoid that pesky Apple Watch 8 release right? 😉
If what we see is early beta hardware then we might not see the 265 until as late as March 2023.
Thoughts? Have I missed anything in the images?
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