When you stop to consider just how popular Garmin is, it is clear that demand for new devices will always be high. Many of us are keen to see what will come out next. One of the most eagerly anticipated devices is the Forerunner 955 and the LTE version. Especially with all the rumors that are circulating about what we can expect. We’ve tried to sort fact from fiction so you can get a clear idea of what is to come. Check it out now!
What We Know So Far
It’s clear that Garmin is set to release new smartwatches. Two applications were granted back in July this year, along with an application for scales that could complement the devices. Plus, in 2019, there was a discovery of new devices listed on Garmin Connect. This was first considered to be a red herring until the new devices started to land. To date, the Garmin Forerunner 955 has not yet been released. But we are pretty confident that it will be available very soon.
The New Forerunner 955 Design
In essence, the current Forerunner 945 is a budget version of the Fenix 6. So it makes sense that the new 955 will be a cheaper version of the Fenix 7 when released. The area in which we expect Garmin to make savings on the 955 is in the physical design. Using lower-cost materials in the casing, strap, and bezel.
There is an expectation that the new Fenix 7 will offer a more lightweight solution, which is also the case for the 955 and LTE versions. Consumers are becoming more discerning about their expectations. And while Garmin offers unrivaled fitness capabilities, the design has been letting the brand down for some time. When it comes to sizing down, we are pretty certain that any shrinkage will be in the size of the bezel and the casing. But there is potential for dropping the screen size slightly. This will make it a more versatile option for all wrist sizes.
When it comes to battery life, Garmin already offers some lengthy charge times for consumers to enjoy. We expect that the new 955 will at least match what is already on offer. However, we hope to see further improvements in battery life. Who doesn’t want to reduce the need to think about scheduling charging time? Especially in GPS or Music Mode.
Finally, another clear expectation is that the new 955 and LTE version will offer a renewed screen, with touch being a genuine possibility. We expect that the final design will make use of both buttons and touchscreen. This will maintain decent battery life and ensure that fitness fans get the precision they are used to when tracking their efforts.
What We Want to See From the Forerunner 945
When it comes to expectations, there is a wide range of things that we are keen to see in the newest device. The most obvious is an LTE version. The company has set a precedent for this and has an eager audience that is ready to buy one. This means phone-free tracking and safety as well as notifications and more smart features.
Our next expectation is that the new 955 will come with a wider range of performance metrics and sporting profiles for fitness fans to use. This is an interesting area as Garmin already offers some of the most robust sports features of all wearables available. However, for a new device to be required, there must be new sports features on offer. These features could involve a wider range of sports to track, new metrics to support training or enhanced recovery support.
Another area that is expected to improve is the sensors. Currently, Garmin has failed to offer an ECG facility that would help wearers to really focus on their heart health. Other areas that new sensors could offer include blood pressure monitoring and even glucose monitoring. However, we don’t expect to see that on the 955 but more on future designs instead.
Our final expectation for the new Garmin Forerunner 955 is that it will come with solar charging capabilities. This has proven to be a very popular choice with consumers that have invested in the latest solar charging devices Garmin offers. The great thing about their solar capabilities is that the watches can charge in artificial and natural light. Keeping you topped up so that you never run out when you need it the most.
When Will the Garmin Forerunner 955 Be Released?
There have been many rumors about the release dates for the new Garmin Forerunner 955 and LTE versions. But, for now, we can only speculate. The last Forerunner was released in April 2019, so they may follow suit with a spring release next year or go for an earlier release in the 4th quarter of 2021.
Should I Invest in the New Forerunner 955?
Deciding whether to buy the new Forerunner 955 or LTE version is difficult when the details are not yet available to consider. However, if the rumors are to be believed, then the likelihood is that this new device will be impressive and well worth your consideration.
Regardless of whether we know enough to decide or not, it is worth remembering that the Forerunner devices tend to be a cheaper version of the Fenix devices. Giving you the latest tech without the huge price tag. This means that if you are in the market for a brand new device but don’t want to break the bank, it’s well worth keeping an eye on. We know we will be!
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