Smart wearables maker Garmin recently launched the Vivosmart 4 in India. The company has now updated its lineup of Forerunner GPS watches with five new models. The range includes the entry-level Forerunner 45/45S, mid-range 245/245 Music, and Forerunner 945 meant for professional athletes. Let’s take a look at each below:
The Forerunner 45/45S are targeted towards novice runners. The 45S is the smaller version of the 45 with a 39mm casing as compared to 42mm on the later. The Forerunner 45 is an entry-level model and features a heart rate monitor and built-in GPS. It also comes with Garmin Coach workouts for running and cycling.
Garmin has promised a 13-hour battery life in GPS mode and one week in smartwatch mode.
Forerunner 245/245 Music:
The difference between Forerunner 245 and 245 Music is that the later has the option to store up to 500 songs locally. The Forerunner 245 is the predecessor of the Forerunner 235. It comes with features like dynamic running tracking, a pulse oximeter, and stress and sleep tracking. The 245 series is only available in 42mm casing. Both the Forerunner 245 watches retain the core set of tracking functions from the entry-level 45 series. The former is also waterproof and offers swimming profiles. The Forerunner 245 also features stress monitoring and Garmin’s body battery metric that debuted on the Vivosmart 4.
Garmin promises a seven-day battery life on the Forerunner 245 in smartwatch mode, up to 24 hours in GPS mode, and up to six hours with GPS mode and music.
The Forerunner 945 is the company’s flagship and top of the line smartwatch among the three. It is designed and aimed at serious athletes. The smartwatch features a new training load focus which allows an athlete to sort workout data based on the type of activity and its intensity. It comes with a new pulse oximeter to measure oxygen absorption. The Forerunner 945 doubles the music storage from the 245 Music, storing up to to 1,000 songs locally. Garmin has added NFC for Garmin Pay support for contactless payments and a full-colour onboard map for navigation.
The Forerunner 945 is claimed to deliver up to two weeks of battery life in smartwatch mode, up to 36 hours in GPS mode, and up to 10 hours with both GPS and music. The smartwatch is also available as a Triathlon bundle with HRM-Tri, HRM-Swim, and a quick release kit.
Pricing & Availability:
Coming to the pricing, the entry-level Forerunner 45/45S will be available from May starting at $199 (~Rs 13,834). The standard Forerunner 245 and 245 Music version will retail at $299 (~Rs 20,786) and $349 (~Rs 24,262) respectively. The flagship Forerunner 945 will set buyers back $599 (~Rs 41,642 ) while the Tri-bundle will retail at $749 (~Rs 52,070). Both the Forerunner 245 and 945 series are available for purchase on Garmin’s site today.