The FCC Site has a new Garmin watch added. It’s definitely round and definitely has a black wrist band, Wifi, Bluetooth (transmit and receive) as well as touch screen.
So what could it be?
Fenix 5 Plus or Fenix 6
This would make sense as a Fenix 5 Ultra edition to add in touch screen. I’m not sure though, as there aren’t that many people asking for touch here. With the coming of maps and music to the range though, Garmin may do something different here.
Fenix Chronos 2
It’s possible Garmin have found a way to bring touch to a thin and good looking watch. This would cement the Chronos as a premium device where they try out new stuff. We’re expecting the Fenix 6 in January and so a Chronos about now would make sense from a timeline perspective.
Forerunner 645 Touch
It’s be weird to release a touch 645 so soon after the other one. Also weird not to use the 245 name if that was the plan. I’m going to stick my neck out and just say this is unlikely.
This watch has literally no purpose right now, so a touch version based on 945 hardware might make sense. But really, adding touch to the lower numbered device would just be confusing so they’re better off letting this die off.
A new high end Approach
The S60 showed that golf is big enough to justify custom hardware for Garmin. Golf is also traditionally a sport associated with wealth, and so it makes sense to offer something a bit more high end. Perhaps something adding in multi-sport but keeping to the “this is a golf watch” theme so keeping maps and touch.
It will be interesting to see the outcome here as right now it’s hard to tell. Garmin will have at least 45 days confidentiality on the external pictures once the device is authorised, so a potential June/July announcement makes this a strong contender for the Christmas market. To me, that suggests a Fenix something since we didn’t get a 5Plus this year and everyone will be expecting one in January so will hold off over the holidays if that’s what they want.