Garmin launches world’s first solar-powered GPS running smartwatch in India – Times Now | Hot Mobile Press

Garmin today launched the Forerunner 955 Solar and Forerunner 255 series in India. The Forerunner 955 Solar is the world’s first dedicated solar-charged GPS running smartwatch and is the GPS running smartwatch in the Forerunner 255 series. These new additions to Garmin’s Forerunner lineup are triathlon-ready smartwatches that come fully loaded with a range of training features designed for professional and intermediate runners and athletes. The Forerunner 955 Solar features the Power Glass solar charging lens and offers athletes up to 20 days of battery life in smartwatch mode and up to 49 hours in GPS mode.

Meanwhile, the Forerunner 255 series includes the Forerunner 255 S and the Forerunner 255S Music Edition. The Forerunner 255 series can last up to 14 days in smartwatch mode and offers up to 30 hours of battery life in GPS mode on a single charge.

Garmin’s newest addition to the Forerunner running GPS smartwatch series offers unmatched insight to tailor training programs to the user’s physical condition. All Forerunner GPS running smartwatches come with Garmin’s Body Battery and Recovery feature.

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Speaking of the new smartwatches, Sky Chen, director of Garmin Southeast Asia & India, said: “As running grows in popularity in India, the Forerunner series has been designed by runners with running enthusiasts in mind and designed to optimize their training program. We wanted to create a GPS smartwatch that caters to the needs of serious runners and athletes to help them get the best results from their training, and we believe the Forerunner 955 Solar and 255 Series will help us do that to achieve this goal.”

Forerunner 955 Solar

The Forerunner 955 Solar is equipped with a Power Glass solar charging lens and offers athletes 50% more battery life – up to 20 days of battery life in smartwatch mode and up to 49 hours in GPS mode with solar. Forerunner 955 Solar features an always-on, full-color display that’s easy to read, even in direct sunlight. Complementing the traditional 5-button design, the touchscreen allows for quick and easy access to everyday health and other functions. Designed with runners in mind, Forerunner 955 Solar offers innovative new features like heart rate variability (HRV) status, a training readiness score, and a race widget to help athletes better prepare for upcoming races.

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Runners and triathletes can also benefit from the device by automatically syncing indoor and outdoor workouts from Garmin Connect™, the Tacx training app and other third-party platforms. Forerunner 955 Solar is also compatible with Garmin Coach, which provides free 5K, 10K, and half marathon training plans that adapt to a runner’s goals and performance.

The Forerunner 955 Solar keeps the essentials on your wrist with built-in music (download up to 2,000 songs from playlists on Spotify and Amazon Music, smart notifications for calls, text messages, social media updates, and notifications from an iOS or Android smartphone athletes.

It also offers security and tracking features to keep outdoor training safe by sending an athlete’s live location to selected emergency contacts – or automatically sending a message when an incident is detected.

While riding indoors, athletes can also control a Tacx Smart trainer directly from the watch via ANT+ technology for course simulation, automatic resistance changes and training prompts when using courses or workouts. In addition, Forerunner 955 Solar can be personalized with custom watch faces, data fields, and apps and widgets from the Connect IQ Store.

Essential performance and training tools

To help athletes achieve their next PB (Personal Best Time), Forerunner 955 Solar includes key performance and training tools from Firstbeat Analytics™ such as VO2max, Training Load, Performance Condition, Training Effect and more. In addition, new indicators such as HRV status, recent training history and performance give athletes a better insight into their overall training status – and whether they are training productively, at peak performance or hard.

Daily Training Suggestions provide athletes with daily training guidance for a full week based on their fitness level, overall well-being, and even adapt to race plans created with the new race widget. Using a running dynamics pod or HRM-Pro monitor (each sold separately), athletes can track running dynamics such as cadence, stride length, ground contact time and more. With a compatible Garmin power meter (sold separately), athletes can also track their cycling dynamics, e.g. B. Sitting/standing position, performance phase and off-centre of the platform. The Forerunner 955 Solar can also track a swimmer’s distance, stroke, pace, personal records and more.

Stay on track

From running on city streets to biking through lush trails, the Forerunner 955 Solar offers athletes a color display and long battery life to stay on track and optimize their training.

  • With selected points of interest along a route, athletes can prepare for what is to come. In addition, they can also view performance metrics, split times, distance and elevation data, and a summary of the next key course points
  • Garmin’s PacePro™ provides incline-adjusted guidance as athletes complete a course
  • Runners can use ClimbPro on downloaded courses to view real-time information on current and upcoming climbs, including incline, distance, and elevation gain
  • Enter a distance you want to run or ride directly on the watch and get instant route suggestions that get you back to where you started

Forerunner of the 255 series

Built with runners in mind, the lightweight Forerunner 255 series of GPS running smartwatches is packed with features and insights. It also includes full triathlon support, new training metrics, improved smartwatch capabilities (when paired with a smartphone) and more. The Forerunner 255S and Forerunner 255S Music come in 41mm cases, while the Forerunner 255 and Forerunner 255 Music come in a 46mm case, making them ideal for runners. The smartwatches can last up to 14 days in smartwatch mode and up to 30 hours in GPS mode on a single charge.

Similar to the 955 Solar, the Forerunner 255 Music and Forerunner 255S Music can store up to 500 songs directly on the watch, including playlists from Spotify and Amazon Music from an iOS or Android smartphone. It can also be connected to users’ wireless headphones for phone-free listening.

Performance Monitoring Tools

The Forerunner 255 Series offers personalized training and recovery insights and includes performance monitoring tools to help athletes push their limits.

  • Daily Workout Suggestions provide a full week of daily workout guidance on which workouts are most effective for overall wellness, and adjust based on race schedules set up with the new Race widget
  • The built-in Garmin Coach feature makes it easy for runners to train for a 5K, 10K or half marathon with free training plans that adapt to a runner’s goals and performance
  • Athletes can customize their workouts with dozens of built-in sports apps, including triathlon, cycling, pool and open water swimming, track running, and more
  • Using new indicators such as HRV status, current training history and performance, the smartwatch offers athletes a better insight into their general training status – and whether they are training productively, at peak performance or hard
  • The GPS Running Smartwatch is also designed to better prepare you for a race or training cycle with performance metrics from Garmin Firstbeat Analytics™ such as VO2max, Acute Load, Training Status, Training Effect and more
  • Stay on track with PacePro™, a tool that provides incline-adjusted guidance as athletes complete a course

Health and Wellness Insights – Forerunner 955 Solar and Forerunner 255 series

The Forerunner 955 Solar and Forerunner 255 Series are designed to be worn all day and to track general wellness 24/7. Pulse Ox on the wrist monitors blood oxygen saturation levels, which are added to the device to provide a clearer picture of sleep, while Body Battery displays current energy levels to help athletes find the best times for activity and rest. Every morning, the smartwatch provides a personalized assessment of the user’s sleep quality, various sleep stages, heart rate, stress, Pulse Ox and respiration data. Women can use the women’s health tracking app to track their pregnancy and adjust their workouts to plan upcoming races based on their menstrual cycle.

Price and availability:

The newly launched Forerunner 955 Solar and Forerunner 255 Series are available on the Garmin Brand Store, Helios Watch Store, Just in Time, Croma, Amazon, Flipkart, Tata CLiQ and Synergizer

product Colours Available from Price
Forerunner 255 Basic § Slate-grey 30th June
§ Tide Blue € 37.490/
Forerunner 255S Basic § Powder grey 30th June
€ 37.490/
Forerunner 255 music § Black
June 30th € 42.990/
Forerunner 255S Music § Black
June 30th € 42.990/
Forerunner 955 § Black
§ White 30th June
€ 53.490/
Forerunner 955, Solar § Black
§ White
June 30th € 63.990/

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