Garmin targets athletes with solar-powered GPS running watch

The Forerunner 955 Solar is the first-ever dedicated GPS smartwatch with solar charging

The Forerunner 955 Solar is the first-ever dedicated GPS smartwatch with solar charging

Garmin on Thursday launched the world’s first dedicated GPS smartwatch with solar charging – the Forerunner 955 Solar and the Forerunner 255 GPS smartwatch series in India. The new additions to Garmin’s Forerunner lineup are triathlon-ready smartwatches equipped with training features designed for professional and mid-level runners and athletes.

The Forerunner 955 Solar hits the market as the first-ever dedicated GPS smartwatch with solar charging capability. Featuring the Power Glass solar charging lens, the Forerunner 955 Solar can deliver up to 20 days of battery life in smartwatch mode and up to 49 hours in GPS mode.

The Forerunner 255 series includes the Forerunner 255 S and Forerunner 255S Music editions. 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, the company claims.

All Forerunner GPS smartwatches come with Garmin’s body battery and recovery feature.

The Forerunner 955 Solar features an always-on color display. The touchscreen has the traditional 5-button design. The Forerunner 955 Solar also adds new features such as Heart Rate Variability (HRV) status.

The Forerunner 955 Solar keeps the essentials on your wrist with built-in music and smart notifications for calls, texts, social media updates and alerts from iOS or Android smartphones. It also offers safety and tracking features to provide peace of mind when training outdoors, sending a live location to chosen emergency contacts – or automatically sending a message if an incident is detected.

The Forerunner 955 Solar can be personalized with custom watch faces, data fields, apps and widgets from the Connect IQ store.

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