Garmin's Forerunner 245 Music lets you track runs and stream tunes

The oft-leaked Forerunner 235 successor is available in two models
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Garmin has officially unveiled the Forerunner 245 and Forerunner 245 Music, after months of steady leaks surrounding the running watch duo.

The follow-up to the ageing Forerunner 235 first appeared in an FCC filing earlier this year, before a retail site listing posted this month revealed much of the pair's specs. Now, both the non-music and music variations of the 245 are officially available.

Wareable verdict: Garmin Forerunner 245 Music review

The introduction of the 245 Music puts the range in line with the rest of Garmin's recent wares, with support for 500 songs on the watch and the ability to sync playlists from Spotify, Deezer or a computer.

Garmin's Forerunner 245 Music lets you track runs and stream tunes

(The Garmin Forerunner 245 Music will come in black, white and aqua)

Both versions of the watches look set to feature 42mm sized designs, with both also featuring 5ATM waterproof ratings - enough to ensure water resistance up to 50 metres. Naturally, the headline features include GPS, advanced training status metrics, support for Garmin Coach and the company's Pulse Ox sensor, helping the user gauge how oxygen is being absorbed.

The 245 duo can also tap into deeper metrics from external devices, offering the ability to pair to the Garmin Running Dynamics Pod and heart rate monitor chest straps. There's Connect IQ Store support, too, and the safety and incident detection introduced on the Vivoactive 3 Music.

Garmin's Forerunner 245 Music lets you track runs and stream tunes

(The Forerunner 245 will come with a slate or berry band)

In terms of battery life, you're looking at up to seven days in smartwatch mode, and up to 24 hours in GPS mode. If you're using music and GPS together, you can expect that to drop to 6 hours.

The Forerunner 245 Music will set you back , while the regular model steps in at . The 245 is joined by the new Forerunner 45 series and Forerunner 945 watches along with details that Garmin is launching new women's health tracking features for its wearables.

Garmin's Forerunner 245 Music lets you track runs and stream tunes

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Conor moved to Wareable Media Group in 2017, initially covering all the latest developments in smartwatches, fitness trackers, and VR. He made a name for himself writing about trying out translation earbuds on a first date and cycling with a wearable airbag, as well as covering the industry’s latest releases.

Following a stint as Reviews Editor at Pocket-lint, Conor returned to Wareable Media Group in 2022 as Editor-at-Large. Conor has become a wearables expert, and helps people get more from their wearable tech, via Wareable's considerable how-to-based guides. 

He has also contributed to British GQ, Wired, Metro, The Independent, and The Mirror. 

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