A store accidentally leaked a long list of upcoming Garmin watches, including some names we expected – and a few we weren’t.
Gadgets and Wearables says it has obtained a list from “an authorized Garmin dealer,” and says it includes the names of all the devices the dealer will sell over the next few months, along with their warranty periods.
Most of the names are devices from the company’s current lineup (like the Venu 2 and Forerunner 55), but there are new watches too.
We weren’t surprised to see the Garmin Forerunner 955 among the names on the leaked list. It’ll be the successor to 2019’s Forerunner 945, and we’ve already seen several hints that it’s about to be released.
In January this year, a listing for a Garmin Forerunner 955 LTE set briefly appeared on the company’s Australian online store, and in April a Swedish online retailer prematurely published a page advertising a solar edition of the watch.
The Gadgets and Wearables safelist doesn’t list the LTE or Solar versions of the Forerunner 955, but it doesn’t mention any of the various special editions of the Garmin Instinct 2 either, so we won’t read about that.
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One watch we’re a bit more surprised to see is the Garmin Forerunner 255. We’ve previously speculated that the mid-range Garmin 200 series might no longer have a place on runners’ wrists, as the Forerunner 55 d entry-level is so capable, but it looks like we canceled it prematurely. The listing also mentions a Garmin Forerunner 255 S, which is said to be the same watch with a smaller case.
It’ll be interesting to see what new features Garmin is able to add to improve the 255, but we’re keeping our fingers crossed for the Fenix 7’s real-time endurance score that helps you manage your effort during a run so that you don’t go too hard or slack off.
Another new device on the list is the Garmin Venu Sq 2. The original Garmin Venu Sq launched in September 2020, and while it’s an attractive watch, its lack of an AMOLED display meant we wouldn’t Didn’t find it appealing enough like the original Venu.
We’re hoping its successor has the bright, bold display that made the Venu and Venu 2 shine – and maybe some new training ideas too. Stats like Training Load are great when trying to strike the right balance between work and rest, and we’d really appreciate that extra data.
One of the more interesting devices on the list is the Garmin Instinct Analog. There are already Instinct watches specifically designed for surfing, tactical use, esports, and even trucking, but this is something new.
It wouldn’t be Garmin’s first analog watch – watches in the Vivomove range have hybrid faces with physical hands that splay out to reveal a hidden digital display underneath, and the Instinct Analog could work the same way. In terms of appearance, however, it might have more in common with a diver’s watch – perhaps even with a rotating bezel.
In fact, it looks like a new Vivomove is also on the cards. The Vivomove trend would sit alongside watches like the Vivomove Sport, which launched in January 2022. The Vivomove Sport was essentially the same watch as the Vivomove 3 with a choice of new pastel colors, and it’s likely the trend will be very similar.
We can only guess what the cosmetic differences will be, but we wouldn’t be surprised if the trend brings zesty new unisex color options like the recently released Instinct 2’s Lime Green, Seafoam Blue and Poppy Red.
Finally, there’s the big mystery – the Garmin Austin. It’s not a name we know at all, and it could be a codename for a new secret release. As Gadgets and Wearables observes, it’s listed as an “adventure watch”, so maybe it’ll be a new premium rugged watch that falls somewhere between the Garmin Fenix 7 and Epix (Gen 2).
Of course, there’s no guarantee that all of these watches will end up on wearers’ wrists, but we’re cautiously optimistic about the majority. We’ll stay tuned for more news and rumours, and let you know as soon as we hear more.