The US FCC has just added to its database what looks to be the Garmin Forerunner 55. We can now add it to the Forerunner 945, Venu 2 and Descent MK2 which should also be out soon.
Garmin has had a relatively slow start to 2021 as compared to previous years. No doubt, the coronavirus situation has shifted things around a bit.
We reported yesterday that Venu 2 is incoming. The leak has been pretty extensive and most of the technical specs have been revealed along with numerous images of the device. That one is expected to get an official reveal on April 22.
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Another Garmin-made watch due for imminent release is the Descent MK2. As previously reported, that one is part of the company’s dive computer range which offers surface GPS navigation. The first generation device was revealed three years ago, the second generation followed in 2019.
Now we have details of a couple of more Garmin watches due out in the month(s) ahead.
Garmin Forerunner 55
An FCC database entry from today hints that Garmin 55 will launch before June 2nd. This is when the confidentiality clause on the documentation runs out.
This will be an update to the budget-friendly Forerunner 45 that was launched back in April 2019. Interestingly, that one was released alongside the Forerunner 245 and 945 so we may very well see the 945 LTE on the same day. By the same logic, the 255 is also a possibility although we have not seen any leaks or regulatory documentation on that one yet.
The Forerunner 45 comes in a regular and small version. This is a fairly basic watch which provides the necessities when it comes to fitness and sleep tracking, in addition to functioning as a running watch thanks to built-in GPS.
We expect Garmin to retain the $200 price-tag for its successor. Garmin Venu 2 is rumored to be coming with the new elevate heart rate sensor so that could also be part of the Forerunner 55 package. Blood oxygen tracking should also find its way to the device.
The clue that this, indeed, is the Forerunner 55 can be found in the label info section of the FCC documentation. This specifically says to go to 55 in the manuals/forerunner section on Garmin’s website. The device also only has Bluetooth which is another clue. The remainder of the Forerunner range has WiFi.
Garmin Forerunner 945 LTE
Moving quickly on and next up we have the Forerunner 945 LTE. This one was revealed by EMVCo – the organization that enables card-based payment products to work together seamlessly and securely worldwide. It was listed alongside the Venu 2.
As the name implies, The Forerunner 945 LTE will be a cellular version of the original. The question is whether Garmin keeps all the specs the same or upgrades the hardware with new sensor technology. It would make sense to upgrade the internals.
Are you likely to call your office while on a run? That would probably be the last thing on your mind, but it doesn’t hurt to have the option.
Garmin already has a watch with LTE – the Vivoactive 3 Music (Verizon). But this comes with limited functionality. The cellular connections only supports safety features and music downloads. Those with a monthly Verizon service plan can also send and receive texts. But there’s no support for phone calls.
It seems an exciting couple of months are ahead as far as Garmin announcements. Venu 2, the Descent MK2, Forerunner 55 and Forerunner 945 LTE have all been pretty much confirmed. The first will launch this month, most likely followed by the Descent MK2. Towards the end of May or in early June we should see the last two on this list, possibly more.
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