A straightforward running watch that isn't square will be the Garmin Forerunner 45

ecent weeks have seen us writing about a speculated Garmin product seemingly every other day. The cheapest Forerunner 45 sports watch is the most recent in this “series.”

An inexpensive, entry-level running watch will be the Garmin Forerunner 45.

Garmin Forerunner 45

The Garmin Forerunner 45 will be an entry-level, budget-friendly running watch.

As was first reported by Fitness Tracker Test, the device is intended for individuals looking for an inexpensive, no-frills entrée into the world of running watches. The 35 will be replaced by the two-digit Forerunner version. But the two appear very differently.

The design has changed the most obviously. The new model’s display will be in full colour, as opposed to the old model’s black-and-white display. Garmin has also switched to a circular display from its previous rectangular one.

A further difference between the 45 and its predecessor is that the 45 features five buttons, similar to the higher-end watches in the line. Don’t expect touchscreen functionality because navigation will instead be done with buttons.

As evidenced by the leaked pictures, there is no Quick Release for straps. There are two tiny screws on either side of the strap’s rear, which suggests that it will be easy to replace the straps with a little work.

An inexpensive, entry-level running watch will be the Garmin Forerunner 45.

The watch will include GPS, an accelerometer, and Garmin’s Elevate wrist-based heart rate technology. Additionally, it will serve as a continuous activity monitor (delivering steps, calories, distance, intensity minutes, and sleep).

VO2 max, heart rate zones, cadence, and a few firstbeat measures are some of the more sophisticated performance data to expect. Most likely, you’ll be able to monitor other activities as well, like cycling.

Two product images highlight an intriguing function called “incident detection.” Garmin’s bike computers and the LTE version of Vivoactive 3 Music have both been using this for some time. You must enter emergency contact information in the Garmin Connect Mobile app before the feature can be turned on. The app will automatically text and email your name and GPS location to your emergency contacts once an event is detected.

The Forerunner 45 will also spit out notifications for incoming calls, voicemails, and SMS messages despite being far from a fully functional smartwatch. There is no information yet regarding battery life, but the predecessor could operate for up to 9 days in watch mode and for up to 13 hours in training mode.

The watch appears to be an excellent choice for those who are just getting started with jogging. Mid-2019, or earlier, will see the release of The Forerunner 45. The suggested retail price should be in the $200 range. We anticipate Garmin to introduce the more high-end 245, 245 Music, and 945 before it sees the light of day.


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