BrandArena: Garmin Introduces Three New GPS Watches

Wednesday 21 October 2015

Garmin Introduces Three New GPS Watches

After recently releasing its Forerunner 225 smart watch, Garmin has just introduced three new sports watches, with the focus being on its heart rate sensor, a new one called “Garmin Elevate”, which is a part of the watch, and is made by Garmin, instead of the one made by Mio in Forerunner 225.

The Forerunner 235 is the first product to feature Garmin Elevate wrist heart rate technology, which displays heart rate and zone on an easy-to-read, colorful graphic interface, so runners new to tracking heart rate can train more effectively. The Forerunner 230 pairs easily with a chest-worn strap to get all the same data right on the watch.

The Garmin Forerunner 230, 235 and 630, which start at $249, $329, and $399, respectively, feature more than 11 hours when using GPS, all-day activity tracking, a customizable display and smartphone notifications.

The Garmin Forerunner 235 is the successor to the Forerunner 225, our favorite fitness tracker for runners. Like that watch, the 235 has a built-in heart rate monitor, and displays heart rate information in a graphical interface called Garmin Elevate, to make it easier to see what zone you're in over an extended period.

The 235 can also estimate a runner's VO2 Max, a measure of how much oxygen one can absorb. It has an estimated battery life of 11 hours when using GPS, and 9 days when using it as an all-day activity tracker. The 235, which will come in black with red, gray or blue accents, will be available in the fourth quarter of 2015 for $329.

“We’re excited to add two new devices to our lineup of GPS running watches with the Forerunner 230 and 235,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of worldwide sales. “These watches provide a new form factor and training toolset, plus the convenient wrist-based heart rate in the 235 is one more way Garmin is helping runners meet their training goals, whether it be running a 5K or a marathon.”

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