Garmin rumors are everywhere right now. It is one of the best-known brands of fitness trackers and smartwatches on the market today and is famous for its impressive and high-performing devices. Garmin already has an extensive range of products that suit the needs of all kinds of buyers, and 2022 has been an exciting year for Garmin, with new devices being released.
There are rumors of plenty of new devices on the horizon that will boast many exciting new features. Some long-awaited announcements include the Garmin Forerunner 955 and 255 and the Fenix 8, Epix 2, Vivosmart 5, Enduro 2 and more. Let’s take a look at some of the rumors that have been surfacing or released.
The Forerunner 955
One of the top announcements from Garmin in 2022 has been that of the Forerunner 955, a top-end triathlon watch for runners that will follow hot on the heels of the Forerunner 945. Although details are thin on the ground, the 955 will have an improved battery life, more music and map storage space, and offline maps. It’s likely to be compatible with a chest strap to monitor your heart rate. And furthermore, it’s also possible that you’ll be able to buy the Forerunner 955 in a bundle with the HRM-Swim and HRM-Tri monitors.
The Forerunner 255
Another new arrival to the Forerunner range has also been announced this year – the Forerunner 255. Cheaper than the promised 955 and with a range of differences, this device will record VO2 Max scores and come equipped with features such as Training Status.
Read our comparison of the Forerunner 955 and Forerunner 255.
According to Garmin Rumors, there will be four models of Forerunner 255, with each one available as the standard variant or “music” variant, which comes equipped with 4GB of onboard music storage as well as support for Amazon Music, Spotify, and Deezer downloads.
There’s going to be no touchscreen on the Forerunner 255. All controls will be managed via the buttons to the side of the face. As a result, the watch will have a classic Garmin feel. It will also offer all the key metrics you’d expect from top-end smartwatches like the Fenix 7, although you won’t be able to load maps, and there isn’t a Golf mode.
The Instinct 2
This new arrival on the Garmin Rumors scene will be another watch for exercise enthusiasts boasting a long battery life and an impressive 10ATM water resistance rather than 5ATM. However, it only has a monochrome display, lower resolution, and a bulkier casing.
But what about the Garmin Instinct 3?
The Instinct Crossover
The new Garmin Instinctinct Crossover has been released this year. It is a hybrid watch with limited smart features to offer. Garmin made sure that it will still be a smart wearable, with some of the most desired features. Pay, Notifications, Emails and more.
Enduro Gen 2
The 2nd generation of the Garmin Enduro 2 was introduced this year. The new watch gives us the best range of the features we need in a sports watch. Having a long battery life makes this watch useful not only for Ulta Marathon users, but for all other sports activities like cycling, skiing, walking, and more. Check out our full review in the link above
This new announcement from Garmin Rumors will take on all of the features of their Fenix watches while adding a bright AMOLED screen display. An excellent sports tracker will boast outstanding navigation features, color maps, and onboard music storage.
Although its battery life isn’t as impressive as the Fenix 7, the Epix 2 will last as long as 5-6 days on a single charge, even when used intensively. Its upgraded materials and stylish good looks make this device an excellent choice for those looking for a luxury smartwatch. Boasting all of the same hardware as its sibling, the Fenix 7, it has waterproofing to 10ATM and is equipped with a pulse oximeter, heart rate sensor, altimeter, barometer, and compass (ABC). Furthermore, external sensors can be connected via Bluetooth or ANT+.
Garmin Rumors for The Fenix 8
Although the Fenix 7 was only introduced in January of 2022, Garmin has already stepped up to the plate and announced the arrival of the Fenix 8 at some point in the future. Although no date has yet been revealed for its arrival, this next-generation sports watch will likely have plenty of outstanding features.
It will be a premium multi-sports watch that will likely hit the market in early 2025 or possibly late 2024. The Fenix 7 came in 3 different sizes when it was launched, so, likely, the Fenix 8 will also come in multiple size options. There may even be a mega-compact version that has a case measuring under 40mm in diameter.
It’s also likely that the Fenix 8 will follow up on the Fenix 7 and feature a touchscreen. It’s even possible that it will be touch-sensitive and may have AMOLED technology integrated into the design. Another hope of prospective buyers is that the Fenix 8 may come with a microphone integrated into the design as standard.
It’s likely that when the Fenix 8 is released, it will offer far more storage than the existing watches from this brand. The Fenix 7 came with a free set of Garmin map packs as well as a map manager. If the Fenix 8 has extra onboard storage, it could benefit from a complete map set ready for use straight out of its box.
While ECG sensors have already started to become a mainstream addition to fitness watches and smartwatches, at the moment, there aren’t any Garmin devices that come equipped with this feature. There is a possibility that Garmin will address this by making the Fenix 8 their first device to monitor the wearer’s heart rate for any sign of atrial fibrillation.
Garmin Rumors for the Vivomove Trend
Garmin has already introduced several Vivomove devices. These include the Luxe, the Sport, and the 3, along with others in this series. However, the next model that is likely to drop in this range is the Vivomove Trend, which will likely have some exciting design enhancements from the sound of its name. It may even be possible that this Vivomove incarnation will be aimed specifically at the female market.
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Garmin Rumors for the Venu Sq. 2
Recently, Garmin appears to have been pushing its Venu range. This is virtually the same as the Vivoactive but with the addition of an AMOLED display. The Venu Sq. 2 will be in the all-purpose smartwatch category and will potentially offer similar features to the Venu 2 Plus. Hopefully, it will also feature a microphone to enable two-way calling directly from your watch.
The improvements that will be integrated into this device are not yet known. However, it’s hoped that it will have a longer battery lifespan and a barometric altimeter to count floor levels. There is also a rumor that this new device could be square in shape. A rather unusual move for Garmin, a brand that tends to focus on round devices.
There will be two versions of the Venu Sq. 2 – the basic model and the Music version. Both will boast the 1.4″ touchscreen and a lightweight aluminum bezel with physical buttons around its edge. Alongside 24-hour monitoring of the wearer’s heart rate, this device will offer SpO2 tracking, stress monitoring, and sleep tracking. It will be equipped with 25 different exercise modes, including Pilates, weightlifting, and yoga.
The device will come equipped with additional onboard storage for podcasts and songs for users who opt for the Music version. Furthermore, its Bluetooth connectivity connects to headphones for entertainment throughout your workout.
The Instinct Analog is likely to be a hybrid smartwatch. And will be aimed at buyers keen to buy a rugged device for outdoor use. Unfortunately, nothing more is known about this device at the moment.
Austin– Garmin Rumors
Again, very little is known about this prospective addition to the Garmin lineup. There is a lot of speculation about what the Garmin Austin could be.
It’s possible that it may be a new and different take on the brand’s Epix 2 device. Or possibly an outdoor watch, maybe designed specifically for the female market. As yet, there are lots of questions and no answers forthcoming.
Garmin Bounce for Kids.
The new Garmin Bounce has been introduced. It offers a number of fun features. For example, it offers your child a reward when they complete tasks set from within the app. The watch comes with a range of fitness tracking features, such as walks, runs, swimming, and even cycling sessions.
Garmin Rumors Marq Gen 2
Garmin’s luxury sports watch collection, its original Marq series, released in October 2022. And that’s where the Marq Gen 2 series is positioned. This new series has listed several device names, including the Captain, the Aviator, the Adventurer, the Athlete, and the Golfer. These are the same names given to the devices in the original Marq series. However, the notable exception of the Driver means it may or may not appear on the list for the new series at some later stage.
Garmin has already introduced a diver’s watch in 2022 in the shape of its Descent G1 model. This device boasts some pretty useful functions, not only in the water but also out of it. Now, the Descent S1 looks set to hit the scene. With its fiber-reinforced polymer bezel taking over from its previous incarnation’s steel one and its monochrome MIP display, it’s likely the Descent S1 will be a more advanced version of the original.
Will There Be A New Edge 1030 Model?
When it comes to cycle computers, the Edge 1030 Plus is Garmin’s most recent model.
However, keen cyclists everywhere have been hoping that a new and updated edition will be released in the next year. Becoming the flagship device of Garmin’s already impressive collection.
Suppose a new Edge 1030 model is introduced in the near future. In that case, there will be several features that prospective purchasers hope will be integrated into its design.
Firstly, they hope that LTE for wireless broadband will be added as a standard. This will allow wearers to connect effortlessly to the internet without the need to pair it with a smartphone. With a SIM slot, other brands make this possible via 4G connectivity. So Garmin could certainly adopt this technology into its own designs. This will allow the position of the computer to be broadcast to family and friends even when the user doesn’t have their phone.
The next hope prospective buyers have is that the new version of the Edge 1030 will have a higher screen-to-body ratio. This, along with slimmer bezels to allow for a bigger screen. Hopefully, this will show clearer maps and more data visibility without compromising on sturdiness and durability, of course.
The current Edge devices charge with a micro-USB system. It’s likely that when the new Edge 1030 model is introduced, it will be equipped with a USB-C charging port for faster data transfer and charging. There has even been speculation that any new Edge device may have the capability to be charged via solar energy.
Garmin has already incorporated this technology into some of its other devices. So adding it to a cycling computer could be the perfect choice for this technology. Especially since GPS systems often remain in the sun for extended periods when attached to a bike. That, in turn, could push the device’s battery life beyond the maximum for the Edge 1030 Plus of 48 hours.
The new training metrics that have been incorporated into some of Garmin’s latest smartwatches in the last few months may also be added to the newest Edge 1030. For example, the Fenix 7’s Real-Time Stamina feature would be an excellent addition to this cycling computer. It would enable users to effortlessly track how much they are exerting themselves during their ride.
When it comes to location accuracy, there have been rumors that any new incarnation of the Edge 1030 will benefit from having GNSS integrated into its design. This will go alongside the existing GPS and GLONASS systems. And will boost location accuracy and guard against dropouts even in built-up areas.
New Developments Are On The Horizon For Garmin
As you can see from all of the Garmin rumors we’ve outlined here, a lot is going on. Many of the brand’s devices look set to see updates and upgrades in the months and years to come. Furthermore, a range of exciting new models are in the running for new features, designs, and more.
Whether you’re looking for a new cycling computer, a dive watch, a top-of-the-range fitness tracker, or something squarely in the middle as a user-friendly generic smartwatch, you won’t go far wrong if you choose a Garmin device.
There are so many options to pick from. All with cutting-edge integrated technology paired with the brand’s famous sturdy designs. So there is sure to be an upcoming Garmin device that ticks all your boxes and meets your fitness tracking needs.
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Last Updated on December 6, 2022
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