The advertisement was promptly removed.
Before being pulled down, a listing for the highly anticipated Garmin Forerunner 955 fitness watch appeared on US shop Beach Camera’s website, offering a slew of new details.
The Garmin Forerunner 955 was first reported by Gadgets and Wearables in its “whitestone” colorway, which is presumably the same as the whitestone Garmin Forerunner 745. Despite the fact that the item had been withdrawn by the time we arrived, G&W claims a slew of new details had been exposed, including a touch-screen display in addition to Garmin’s normal five buttons.
Like the top-end Enduro and Instinct watches, the watch appears to have solar charging capabilities. This corresponds to prior rumours that both solar and non-solar versions would be released. This solar version was said to have a maximum battery life of 15 days in non-GPS mode, significantly less than the Enduro’s massive 50 days when solar charging was supported, and 42 hours in GPS mode.
A new “Forerunner” etching on the shell and a 32GB memory are among the other upgrades. This is significantly greater than the Forerunner 945’s 14.5GB, and we expect it to be able to store music natively, just like its predecessor. The measurements of the watch were also revealed in the leak: 1.8 x 1.8 x 0.6 inches.
The watch was reportedly priced at $499 USD. There was no word on prices in the UK, Australia, or other regions because it was a US retailer.
Analysis: Have the forerunners been confirmed?
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard that the Forerunner 255 and 955 are preparing for a June release, and if retailer listings are complete, it’s a safe bet that these watches will be available shortly.
The specifications, which include several important increases over the 945, are even more startling. For example, we weren’t anticipating a touch-screen display, which leads us to wonder if both of the anticipated new Forerunners would have touch-screen technology.
It’s fantastic to hear there’s a lot more memory this time around, and if the leaks are genuine, the watch should be decently priced. After all, higher-end 945s are still available for US$549.99, so having this solar-charging variant of the 955 retail for less seems like a great step forward. It’ll be fascinating to see if any corners were struck to make this supposed price drop possible.
I wanted to know if wearing a fitness watch could actually help me sleep better.