Forerunner 245 and 645 what to expect

These are due for release in October and we’ve not heard a peep from any rumour mill so here’s my thoughts on what we may see.

Almost certain


  • Wrist HR in all models, removal of non-HR version(s)
  • Watch based payment services (Garmin Pay)
  • Group tracking
  • Standard charge cable (like Fenix 5)
  • BTLE Sensor support
  • Updated ConnectIQ
  • Quickfit straps


Less Certain

  • Increased battery life to 20 hours
  • Music playback (Garmin have been adding storage to watches recently)
  • Strava live segments
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18 comments on “Forerunner 245 and 645 what to expect
  1. Ben says:

    I think music is really hard to do. Getting a player to work with Android, Apple, PC and Mac not to mention the multitude of crap headphones out there is a lot of work. Read the reviews of Fitbit’s Ionic or head over to the Fitbit Reddit sub to see the challenges they have.

    I hope that Garmin’s Axxxxx device from your other post is a practice run on a lower profile device to let Garmin work out the bugs, and then maybe in Spring 2018 they will roll it out to a running watch.

  2. Paul says:

    “These are due for release in October”. Has this been confirmed anywhere official or is this just an assumption based on previous release schedules? I’m holding off buying a 235 on the basis that the 245 is coming, but I wonder if I’ll still be waiting at Christmas.

    • lusty says:

      Not confirmed, but if you’re looking and a new model would bother you I would wait until the end of October/early November for an announcement as these are pretty consistent historically.

      • Paul says:

        OK thanks! I might wait for a few weeks, although I’m also tempted by the 735. However, I don’t swim much so I may just be being seduced by all sorts of features that I don’t really need!

        • lusty says:

          Running power has been confirmed as coming in November alongside a new ConnectIQ version. This will almost certainly be alongside the launch of new running watches. Late November is very late for these so hopefully they will be announced in October and ship in November with new ConnectIQ. This aligns well with past launches so I very much expect these this month to ship next month.

  3. Oscar says:

    Forerunner 235 are out for sale in Sweden and not restocking. Hopefully forerunner 245 is just around the corner!

  4. Matt says:

    There will be an announcement of 245,645, and Fenix 5 Plus series. All will have barometers, just different feature sets therein.

    • Marc says:

      That would be a surpise if they didn’t have barometers. Even 245, as I can’t imagine the newest running watch from Garmin would not support their latest running power.

      The question is when will we see the announcement. This week? aAlso to what extent FR645 will be different than FR245?

  5. ugl says:

    pretty soon and lots of vibes

  6. AndreaL says:

    IF announced last week of October, what is guestimated time frame for the new 245 to be ordered/delivered? Have a later November race and like others for this update have been waiting for this update.

    • lusty says:

      I wouldn’t count on getting a untit by end of November. If you order early from the right store then Xmas is realistic though. If it’s a race, you’d want to have the device a few weeks before anyway just to feel comfortable.
      That said, Clever training in the US seem to generally have early stock thanks to the DCRainmaker partnership (aka they know they can shift units). Sometimes REI have an exclusive.
      In Europe it’s a lottery, someone always has the exclusive but nobody ever says who, even after release.
      As I said, Xmas is your best bet. Or the Forerunner 935 which is awesome and probably the same price as the 645.

  7. Andrew says:

    Now November. Any update?

  8. skopek says:

    Still no update? I would like to send back my VA3 because of all this issues and get the Forerunner 645 instead.

  9. Sara says:

    I have a 210 and have been waiting for a year on the 235 with the idea that a newer version would be coming out soon. I only found this site today! As my 210 has now died things are getting more desperate, I hope the 245 is released soon. When the 245 is released, is the 235 expected to be discontinued, or will they keep it and discount it? Any thoughts on that?

    • lusty says:

      If you need a replacement buy the 235 in the sales. Even if Garmin release today stock wouldn’t usually arrive for a month and even then it’s usually constrained. Also consider the Vivo active 3 as an alternative.

  10. ASL says:

    Chatted Garmin rep at Philly Marathon Expo. Of course he could not give any ‘details’ however alluded to the 645 / 245 coming in early 2018.

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