According to new rumours, Garmin’s next top-end triathlon watch, the Forerunner 955, will inherit the morning report feature from the company’s simplest fitness trackers.
With the launch of the Garmin Lily – a simple, fashion-focused fitness tracker designed with women in mind – morning reports were introduced last year. The tools were also seen on the slimmer Garmin Vivosmart 5, and it appears that they’ll be coming to the company’s top-tier watches soon.
A Reddit user claims to have witnessed an email issued by Garmin to merchants while visiting a running store in Germany, bringing the matter to light. According to Gadgets and Wearables, the Forerunner 955 will be released on June 1 alongside the new Forerunner 255 running watch.
When you wake up, you’ll see a daily greeting, a brief weather report, your current Body Battery score, your current step goal, a calendar, and women’s health tracking in the morning report (if enabled).
Is it sufficient?
Because last year’s Forerunner 55 is such a great watch for novice and intermediate runners, we suspected that Garmin could eliminate the Forerunner 250 line. As a result, we’re interested to see what additional features Garmin can add to the 255 to make it more appealing.
One new feature that appears to be coming to the 255 is the ability to store music for times when you don’t want to use your phone, although it appears that this will be an optional extra rather than a regular function.
The regular model Forerunner 255 will cost around €350 (roughly $370 / £300 / AU$520), while the music edition will cost around €450 (roughly $480 / £380 / AU$670), according to the leak. That’s a significant price increase over the Forerunner 55, which originally retailed for $199.99 / £179.99 / AU$329 and is currently available for even less through third-party sellers.
Both the Forerunner 255 and 955, according to the Reddit user, will have the same stamina metre as the Garmin Fenix 7 and Epix (Gen 2), which refreshes in real time to tell you how much energy you have left during a run. They’ll also apparently have a running power metric, which will necessitate the purchase of additional equipment.
This sounds a lot like the Running Power app that Garmin released on the Connect Plus store in 2017, which requires one of the company’s chest strap heart rate monitors or the Running Dynamics Pod.
Although handy, those two capabilities don’t seem to be enough to justify the Forerunner 255’s higher price – especially because Running Power can be downloaded for free. We’re hoping Garmin has a few other tricks under its sleeve to make the 255 more appealing to experienced and demanding runners.
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