Garmin has officially announced its latest product, the Forerunner 645 Music. Garmin is famous in the sports and fitness market for its various fitness smartwatches, many of which are focused on running. Today, the company has once again announced another fitness-focused wearable in the form of the Forerunner 645 Music, but, just as the name suggests, running isn’t the only focus.
The Forerunner 645 Music is a typical GPS running smartwatch, with the added bonus of storage which is specifically designed to hold up to 500 songs. Athletes who own the watch will be allowed to create a playlist through services such as iHeart Radio and Deezer and download it for offline listening on the fitness wearable. Once downloaded, in order to listen to the music users simply need to connect a pair of Bluetooth headphones. Disappointingly for many, though, more popular services such as Spotify and Apple Music don’t appear to be supported as of yet, but it’s possible that support will arrive in the future. In addition to music storage, the Forerunner 645 Music also includes Garmin Pay, allowing users to pay for small items on the go whenever in need through contactless payments. Design wise, the smartwatch sports a slightly more sophisticated look, with a metal bezel wrapping around the circular display, as well as a variety of interchangeable sport bands. In addition to this Garmin is claiming the battery in the device should be sufficient for up to 7 days if GPS and music are switched off. If these are activated, the battery should provide 5 hours of battery life.
Aside from these features, just like many other Garmin products, the wearable includes constant heart rate monitoring, performance monitoring tools, advanced running dynamics and many customization options such as watch faces, widgets, data fields and even apps which are available to download through the Garmin Connect IQ store. As with all Garmin devices, when a fitness session is completed and the watch is connected to a smartphone, the activity will automatically upload to the Garmin Connect online community. For those interested in Garmin’s latest offering, the Forerunner 645 Music will be available with a Black or Cerise band and will retail for $449.99. If users consider the music feature unnecessary, though, Garmin will also offer a separate model known simply as the Forerunner 645 which will go on sale at the slightly lower price of $399.99 and will be available with either a Black or Sandstone-colored band.