New rumors suggest that the upcoming Garmin Forerunner 955, the company’s next high-end triathlon watch, will launch on June 1.
The news comes courtesy of a Reddit user who claims to have visited a running store in Germany when he saw an email Garmin had sent to retailers. As reported by Gadgets and Wearables, the poster claims the Forerunner 955 is to launch alongside the new Forerunner 255 running watch.
Among the new features announced for the Forerunner 955 is a Morning Report. This was introduced last year with the launch of the Garmin Lily, and has also appeared on the slim Garmin Vivosmart 5, but it looks like it will soon be coming to the company’s higher-end watches as well.
The morning report is available to view as soon as you wake up and includes a daily greeting, a brief weather report, your current Body Battery score, your current step goal, a calendar, and a female health tracker (if enabled).
Is it sufficient?
We’ve previously speculated that Garmin might choose to ditch the Forerunner 250 line because last year’s Forerunner 55 is such a capable watch for beginner and intermediate runners. So we’re curious to see what new tools Garmin might add to the mix to make the 255 a more tempting proposition.
A new feature that seems to be coming to the 255 is the ability to store music for those occasions when you want to work out without your phone, but it looks like this will be an optional extra rather than something that’s included as standard.
According to the leak, the base model Forerunner 255 will cost around €350 (around $370 / £300 / AU$520), while the Music Edition will cost around €450 (around $480 / £380 / AU$670). It’s a big jump in price over the Forerunner 55, which cost $199.99 / £179.99 / AU$329 at launch, and is now available for even less through third-party retailers.
The Reddit user claims the Forerunner 255 and 955 will have the same stamina meter as the Garmin Fenix 7 and Epix (Gen 2), which updates in real time to let you know how much energy it has. stays with you during a race. They would also have an operating power metric, which will require additional equipment.
It looks like it could be similar to the Running Power app Garmin released on the Connect Plus store in 2017, which requires one of the company’s chest strap heart rate monitors or its Running Dynamics Pod.
While useful, these two features don’t seem like enough to justify the extra cost of the Forerunner 255, especially since Running Power is available as a free download. We hope Garmin has a few more tricks up its sleeve that will make the 255 a more tempting prospect for experienced and demanding runners.