A ton of information has leaked about Garmin's upcoming entry-level smartwatch, the Forerunner 165. Details include device specifications, hardware, and some features.
Everything listed was discovered on Garmin's official website by industry insider Fitness Tracker Test, who then shared the results on his personal webpage. Due to the lack of images, almost every aspect of the wearable other than its appearance has been leaked. However, there are enough clues for drawing.
Forerunner 165 will reportedly feature a 1.2-inch AMOLED (390 x 390 pixel resolution) display. This is significantly larger than Garmin's current entry-level model, his Forerunner 55, which has a 1.04-inch screen. Despite the size difference between the displays, the ForeAthlete 165's case size is not that large at 43 x 43 x 11.6 mm. Fitness tracker tests even claim that “weight gain is almost imperceptible.”
There are drawbacks. Using AMOLED will significantly reduce battery life.
Instead of the Forerunner 55's two-week runtime, the Forerunner 165 will only run up to 11 days in smartwatch mode, at least according to the leak. Certain features will drain your battery more quickly. Turning on the GPS setting reduces battery life to 19 hours. Enabling the wearable's Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) further reduces the journey time to 17 hours. Additionally, when using music playback in conjunction with GNSS, the run time is significantly reduced to just 6.5 hours. Again, none of these details have been confirmed by Garmin.
Moving down the list, Fitness Tracker Test says there will be two versions at launch: the standard model and the Forerunner 165 Music. The latter, as the name suggests, has storage space for your favorite tracks that you can play on your Bluetooth headphones. Please note that the device does not have that much storage, only 4 GB. Forerunner 165 Music also supports Wi-Fi connectivity. Something that normal models don't have.
Future smartwatches will also have interesting hardware features. It has an Elevate V4 PPG sensor and barometric altimeter to measure heart rate variability. This allows the device to measure altitude and record atmospheric altitude during exercise activities. You can also track the number of floors climbed.
As for the rest of the features, Fitness Tracker Test claims they're all things we've seen before on other Garmin products. It has a built-in compass, nap detection, and SpO2 function to measure blood oxygen levels. It's important to point out that these features may actually be bare-bones versions of features found on higher-end models. According to the report, Garmin has done this in the past with his Forerunner 55, but it “remains to be seen” if this will happen.
There's no word on the Forerunner 165's price or release date. Considering these recently revealed information, an official release could be just around the corner. Fitness Tracker Test estimates that the standard smartwatch will cost 280 euros (about $225), while the music model will cost 330 euros (about $355).
As always, take this leak with a grain of salt. Things are always subject to change at the last minute, including names. Tracker Tests claims to have seen evidence that this wearable may actually be called the Forerunner 65, but with all the upgrades it claims it's leaning toward Forerunner 165 as an official name. doing. Until we know more, check out TechRadar's guide to his best Garmin watches for 2024.