Garmin has been off to a busy start in 2022 and this is set to continue. In this article we list a bunch of watches that are likely to drop in the months ahead.
Much of this information is based on leaked information we came across from warrant cards of an authorised local distributor of Garmin products. The only other detail about the source that we will reveal is that they are located in one of the smaller regional markets. Final caveat – all we have to go by are the names of the upcoming devices – so the specs are anyone’s guess at this stage.
A busy few months
The fun started in January when Venu 2 Plus, Fenix 7 and Epix 2 dropped. February was only slightly less busy with the release of Instinct 2 and Descent G1. Further wearable drops came in the form of the D2 Mach 1 in March and Tactix 7 in early April.
The most recent Garmin wearable release was the world’s worst kept secret – Vivosmart 5. We say this because the FCC had two weeks prior to release unveiled pics and the user manual of the device. Slightly after that high res images of Vivosmart 5 were splattered all over the internet.
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Vivosmart 5 received a mixed reception. It comes with a bigger display than its predecessor – but few other improvements. Not even built-in GPS. Which leads to the conclusion that Garmin may be shifting its focus away from fitness bands to the more lucrative sports watch space and wellness watch space.
That shouldn’t really come as too much of a surprise. Smartwatches and sports watches are higher growth categories than fitness bands. Competition is going to come from all sides and Garmin will continue to set its sights high.
Garmin watches to come later in 2022
We expect the rest of 2022 to be just as busy as the start. The fun is set to continue. Here are Garmin watches that have a good chance of landing in the coming months.
Garmin Vivomove Trend
We’ve got Vivomove 3, vivomove sport, vivomove Luxe and a few other iterations in this series. The next one to drop will be called vivomove Trend.
An interesting choice of name. This sounds like it will be a device with some new design enhancements. Garmin has Lily Classic and Sport as devices solely designed for women. Could this be a vivomove designed especially for women?
Garmin Venu Sq 2 (no Vivoactive 5)
Something that might come as a disappointment to many – Vivoactive 5 is not on the list. We did a separate piece on why this might be the case.
Garmin seems to be pushing the Venu range of late. This is essentially the same device as Vivoactive but with an AMOLED display. Both watches belong in the all-purpose smartwatch category. If you’re competing against Apple, something with a high-res AMOLED display is the way to go.
Venu Sq is the lower spec square brother of Venu – a general fitness device that does a bit of everything. Well, it appears that the watch will get a successor in the coming months – the Venu Sq 2. A barometric altimeter for floor count and longer battery life would be a nice start as far as improvements.
Garmin Forerunner 255 & 255s
The successor to the Forerunner 245 will come in the form of the Forerunner 255 and 255s. Absolutely nothing is known about their specs beyond the obvious – the 255s will be an edition for those with smaller wrists.
Garmin Forerunner 955 (and possibly Forerunner 955 solar)
The most high-spec watch in the Forerunner series will also get a successor. But the information is a bit conflicting here.
The Forerunner 955 is definitely coming in the months ahead – but the solar version of the same is not definite. The only mention of the solar version comes from a Swedish retail site listing which has since been pulled.
Expect the Forerunner 955 to come with all the upgrades that came along with Fenix 7 – and probably not much else. It would not make sense for Garmin to make the 955 more powerful than the Fenix 7 as far as ability.
Garmin Instinct Analog
An interesting entry on this list is the Instinct Analog. That sounds like a hybrid watch – and Garmin already has experience in this area. But a hybrid Instinct would have an audience. Watch this space if you’re a fan.
Now this one is a complete mystery. On the warranty information it is listed right between the Garmin Fenix range and Tactix range. A new outdoors watch? A new take on the Epix 2?
MARQ II series
Garmin’s collection of luxury sports watches – the MARQ series – is also due for an upgrade in 2022. The devices that are listed in the MARQ II series include Aviator, Captain, Golfer, Adventurer and Athlete. The only omission from the first generation is Driver. Perhaps that one will also drop but at a later stage.
Garmin Descent S1
Rounding off this list is Garmin Descent S1. We already saw one divers watch this year that came in the form of the Descent G1. Arriving in a solar option, Descent G1 has useful functions both in and out of water. Compared with the previous generation, Descent G1 is nearly half the price.
Garmin has achieved some of the saving by opting for a Fiber-reinforced polymer bezel instead of a steel one, along with a Monochrome MIP display. Perhaps the Descent S1 will be the fancier (and pricer) version of the same?
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