We may be close to a new toy, or this may be a fake. No idea why anyone would put this much effort in for a fake so fingers crossed! Don’t see a card slot though…
The format is certainly what we’ve been expecting for an Edge 820. It’s roughly the size of the 520 by the look of it, but touchscreen. The Edge 520 has a similar screen size to the old Edge 810 which has a pretty big area around the screen.
What is interesting is that the interface has changed. This looks as though Garmin have actually designed for touch. While that may seem like an “about time” moment, it does make some sense. Of all the Edge devices, only the 1000 has “proper” touch using capacitive screen technology. The others use resistive which requires a press on the screen rather than modern touches and strokes like mobile phones have. The interface is shared between devices, so it made sense before to have a slightly utilitarian interface (think phones in the year 2000). Now that they are launching the Edge 820 and probably Edge 1010 shortly after there will be enough devices to justify a modern interface (i.e. post iPhone phones). I wouldn’t be shocked if they update the Edge 1000 with this interface, but I also wouldn’t expect it if an Edge 1010 will appear in 6 months.
From the limited evidence available, this looks like exactly what we all wanted from an Edge 820 device. I can only assume there is sufficient storage on board as I really can’t see a card slot. Let’s face it though, 8GB would be ample and these days doesn’t cost much for them to add internally. This would improve waterproofing since the USB port could easily be a waterproof one, with the flap there to keep mud out.