OK, yes, I recently said you were safe with the existing products. Times change though, and new information comes along to change things.
Recently Garmin launched the Approach S60, a golfing watch. We all know that Garmin like to re-use hardware platforms where they can, and I think this will be the case here. The S60 looks to be essentially a Fenix 5 hardware platform but with the important details that it doesn’t have buttons on the left hand edge and instead has a touch screen interface.
This tells us two things, firstly that Garmin have updated the Fenix base firmware with support for touch. Secondly, they now have a platform which has touch screen but on the modern platform.
The S60 though, seems to be in a Fenix package, a stylish case to be worn by golfers in their fancy golfing pants. Forerunner isn’t that type of watch. Look at the Forerunner 935, it’s a Fenix device in a plastic case. This makes it light and powerful but more importantly comfortable for sports use. The Fenix is heavy by comparison so although it can and is used for the same purpose it’s less focussed.
So, the Forerunner 645 then will I think be an S60 internal with touch inside a plastic case to keep weight down. It’s likely they will also reduce the battery size to make it even thinner than the 935 because for running, a marathon is the biggest “normal” event you’d want to do so 8 hours battery in use would be sufficient. For Ultra runners the Fenix and 935 are available which last much longer.
The 245 though? That’s harder, but I’ll go out on a limb and say this will be a Fenix 5s in a plastic case. Much lighter and the smallest, thinnest watch with all these features (still Fenix platform hopefully). They may drop the altimeter but I’m hoping they decide small, thin, light is a selling point and leave the features standardised across the range.
We’ll see in a couple of months probably. The expectation would probably be autumn so don’t let this stop you if you’re training this summer – get a watch now if you need a watch now but go in with your eyes open and look for deals because the 235 and 630 are getting older.