Garmin Forerunner 255 and Forerunner 255s released with Music variants and up to 14 days of battery life
Garmin has unveiled the Forerunner 255, a cheaper alternative to the Forerunner 955 and a successor to the ageing Forerunner 245. As expected, Garmin has revealed the Forerunner 255 in two sizes, with the regular model featuring a 46 mm case size. In comparison, the Forerunner 255S has a 41 mm case size; both models come in Music variants too.
At launch, Garmin offers the Forerunner 255s in Light Pink and Powder Grey colour options. By contrast, the Forerunner 255S Music comes in Black and Whitestone options, as does the Forerunner 255 Music. Additionally, Garmin offers the regular Forerunner 255 in Slate Grey and Tidal Blue colourways. Unsurprisingly, Garmin has included more changes from the Forerunner 245 to the Forerunner 255 than colour changes.
Specifically, Garmin has added GNSS support for improved location accuracy, along with heart rate variability (HRV) insights. Moreover, the Forerunner 255 offers up to 14 days of battery life in smartwatch mode, double what the Forerunner 245 manages. Incidentally, Garmin promises up to 30 hours of battery life in GPS mode, although measuring heart rate and other vital signs will drain the battery further.
The Forerunner 255 starts at US$349.99 with the Forerunner 255 and Forerunner 255S. On the other hand, both Music smartwatches retail for US$399.99, US$50 more than their regular counterparts. The Forerunner 255 series should begin shipping within the next week or two in the US and other markets.