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Garmin intros Forerunner 645 Music GPS running watch with Garmin Pay support

Garmin Forerunner 645 Music GPS watch with Garmin Pay support (Source: Garmin)
Garmin Forerunner 645 Music (Source: Garmin)
The new Garmin Forerunner 645 Music is a GPS running watch with Garmin Pay support that features an integrated music player for enjoying their favorite songs without having to carry a smartphone.

Garmin has just introduced a new smartwatch that targets people who want to enjoy their favorite music while running known as the Garmin Forerunner 645 Music. However, the new Garmin Forerunner 645 Music also comes in a "music-less" version for those who just need the fitness tracking features and also want to save 50 bucks.

According to Garmin's press release, the Forerunner 645 Music is "a GPS running watch with integrated music that gives athletes the freedom to enjoy their favorite tunes on a run or during a workout without having to take a phone along" that also features the brand's own contactless payment solution. Just like most other similar Garmin products, the Forerunner 645 features 24/7 heart rate monitoring and various advanced fitness tracking capabilities, which can be extended thanks to the content available via the Garmin Connect IQ store.

The list of content from the Garmin Connect IQ store is quite comprehensive and includes free watch faces, data fields, widgets, and apps. The Forerunner 645 comes with four band color choices: sandstone and black for the US$399.99 regular edition, as well as cerise and black for the Forerunner 645 Music, which is priced at US$449.99.

The Garmin Forerunner 645 has a 1.2-inch display with 240 x 240 pixels and promises to deliver a battery life of up to 7 days in watch mode, but only 5 hours with both GPS on and music playing.  

Those interested in this watch should wait for more than a month since Garmin estimates to have the Forerunner 645 ready to ship in 5 to 8 weeks. The reason is that the device has not been authorized by the FCC yet, so "is not, and may not be, offered for sale or lease, or sold or leased, until authorization is obtained."

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Codrut Nistor, 2018-01-11 (Update: 2018-01-11)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.