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