Garmin announces the Forerunner 955 and 255 series. A solar version of the Forerunner 955 will be released that includes a display that supports solar charging. Both series models support multi-band GNSS, have a running dynamometer, HRV status and sleep score meter, and are suitable for multi-sport activities.
Pioneer 955 Solar It has a 1.3-inch color touch-sensitive screen of the always-on type, with a resolution of 260 x 260 pixels. It’s not an OLED screen, but a dimmable LCD screen with memory per pixel. With solar charging power support, the battery is 20 days in smartwatch mode and 49 hours in GPS mode without music. Garmin assumes three hours a day in the sun with a light intensity of 50 kL. There is also the 955 variant without solar charging, which offers up to 15 days of battery life in smartwatch mode and 42 hours in GPS mode. This isn’t the first time Garmin has introduced some kind of solar power from its smartwatches. These solar sports watches have a Power Glass lens with a transparent coating with photovoltaic cells. Five buttons.
Compared with the Forerunner 945 from 2019, the new model adds support for multiband gnss Plus, a feature we’ve seen previously on the Epix 2 and Fenix 7 models. The Forerunner 955 also promises to provide a better view of the user’s overall health with its new Morning Report, Training Readiness Reports and HRV Status Reports. The new Race Widget should also provide a better view of the expected finish time with a previously entered route, based on track details, weather data and fitness data.
Users can see their power reserve in real time while operating with Real-time stamina feature Which we also encountered previously with Epix 2. The watch can also provide suggestions about daily training based on the wearer’s fitness and health. The 955 is compatible with the separately available Dynamic Running System or HRM-Pro for added stats, and the wearable also works with the power meter and Garmin Coach pedals. In addition, there is support for Garmin Pay, as well as for Spotify, Amazon Music, and Deezer, with space to store up to 2,000 songs. Like its predecessor, the Forerunner 955 also features full-color maps and offers the option of watch navigation.
The cost of the Forerunner 955 is 550 euros. The solar variant is slightly more expensive with a suggested retail price of €650.
Forerunner 255 . series It consists of cheaper smartwatches aimed at amateur athletes. New to the Forerunner 255 models is support for multisport activities, which makes it possible to record a triathlon as a single activity, for example. Previously, this function was reserved for the more expensive ex.
Like the 955, the Forerunner 255 gets an improved Training Case, HRV and Race Widget case, running power support, and multi-band GNSS reception. Compared to the Forerunner 955, the cheaper Forerunner 255 lacks, among other things, built-in maps and navigation functions, it does not have a solar function, and the display of training and recovery status is more limited.
Users will receive a message in the morning with exercise suggestions and personalized scores on their sleep quality, and women can track data about their menstrual cycle and pregnancy. These wearables can also measure heart rate variability. Users can also read their social media and email notifications on their wearable devices. Garmin Pay support is available and 255 music smartwatches can hold up to 500 songs stored from music services.
There are four variants of the Forerunner 255. The usual 255 and 255 S models come in blue and pink for 350 euros. The 255 Music and 255S Music are available in black and white at a suggested retail price of €400. The S variants are 42mm models, and the other models are 47mm smartwatches. Moreover, the music variants have WiFi support and the option to play music.
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