Garmin Forerunner 645 Music tipped to let the music play from the wrist

Is Garmin finally going to give us a running watch with music playback?
Garmin Forerunner 645 Music details leak

If there's one thing that has been high on our wish list for Garmin's sports watches and Vivoactive smartwatches, it's having the ability to store and stream music without a smartphone.

Well it looks like our wishes could soon be answered after an image along with details of a watch called the Garmin Forerunner 645 Music briefly appeared on the company's own website.

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Before it was noticed and subsequently yanked down, some sites were able to grab some of the vital specs info to give us an idea what the 645 will offer, most notably, the addition of a built-in music player.

Bringing the music

It sounds like the Forerunner 645 will come in two versions; one with music support and without. The 645 Music will apparently let you store 800 songs, letting you pair Bluetooth headphones like you can on an Apple Watch, TomTom's sports watches and the Fitbit Ionic. It also details the ability to sync music from select streaming services for offline listening. One of those services appears to be iHeartRadio, so it could be wishful thinking to that Spotify will get some love like it does on Samsung's smartwatches and fitness trackers.

That design looks familiar

Judging by the press render, it's going to ape the design of the Vivoactive 3, Garmin's latest smartwatch, weighing in at 42g with a stainless steel bezel and 20mm quick release silicone watch bands. It sounds as if a touchscreen display will be missing in action in favour of physical buttons to navigate the watch. It's no surprise to hear that like other Forerunners, it'll be 5ATM waterproof so you can shower and swim with it.

In terms of the screen specs, it seems we can expect a 1.2-inch, 240 x 240 transflective display, so very similar to what's packed onto the Forerunner 935. There'll also be a heart rate monitor on board with built-in GPS/GLONASS to track your activities.

Sports tracking

On the sensor front, the usual suspects are present including a barometric altimeter, compass and thermometer. We can also expect similar things on the activity tracking front with features like the Move bar and auto goal modes all in tact.

It looks like indoor and outdoor running and cycling as well as swimming (pool only) will provide the core sports tracking modes like they do on the Vivoactive 3 with profiles included for outdoor sport modes like skiing and rowing also on board. The great Training Status and Load features from higher end Forerunners appear to make the cut as well to aid your recovery between workout sessions.

Keeping things smart

For smartwatch features it'll feature everything we've seen on current devices, including Connect IQ support, the ability to respond to notifications and control music playback. It also looks set to be the next watch to pack Garmin Pay so you can pay for stuff when you're out and about.

In the battery department it sounds again like it's going to have more in common with the Vivoactive 3 as opposed to high end running watches with a claimed 7 days battery life in smartwatch mode and 5 hours in GPS mode.

Forerunner 645 Music Price and release date

Pricing for the Forerunner 645 was listed as $449, which would make it around $50 cheaper than the Garmin Forerunner 935. We asked Garmin for a comment on the existence of the Forerunner 645/645 Music and a spokesperson told us that it couldn't comment on unannounced products.

When will it launch or be unveiled? It might be a bit optimistic to think we'll see something official before the end of the year so we could well be hearing more about Garmin's first music-packing watch in early 2018. Exciting times ahead indeed.

Source: Montre Cardio GPS, the5Krunner and appelmoessite

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