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New firmware leak hints at solar-powered Garmin Instinct 2 Solar

The Garmin Instinct could be getting a solar-powered revamp. (Image via Garmin)
The Garmin Instinct could be getting a solar-powered revamp. (Image via Garmin)
A leaked firmware update from Garmin all but confirms that a new solar-powered wearable is coming from the outdoor tech company. The Garmin Instinct 2 Solar, as the device is likely to be called, will feature a solar-powered recharge system, a Pulse Ox sensor, and a few other features.
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A new leaked firmware update has essentially confirmed that Garmin will soon unveil a new solar-powered smartwatch, namely the Instinct 2 Solar.

Spotted by Reddit user /mbirth, the firmware update (v. 0.31) has revealed quite a bit about the next wearable from Garmin. For one, the update names its device as the “Instinct Solar.” The update also contains data for a solar status widget, heavily implying that the smartwatch will rely on solar power for recharging the battery.

The new wearable will also have a Pulse Ox sensor for measuring the wearer’s current oxygen saturation, will have a heart-rate monitor that can be used while swimming, and will add a new watch face.

Most of these features are present in Garmin’s Fenix 6X Pro Solar Edition, but that watch starts at US $1150. The Instinct series is Garmin’s affordable line of smartwatches, starting at about $300 MSRP. While adding a solar-powered recharging system will likely cause the price of the Instinct 2 Solar to go up, it should be much more affordable than the feature-dense Fenix 6 line.

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Sam Medley, 2019-12-13 (Update: 2019-12-13)