Garmin Adds Music to Forerunner GPS Watch

Forerunner 645M

At CES last week, Garmin announced the new Forerunner 645 Music, the brand’s first GPS running watch with integrated music. You can now head out on a run and listen to your favorite tunes without having to bring along your phone. Thirsty or need a mid-run snack? No need to bring your wallet or pull out sweaty bills – simply pay using Garmin Pay contactless payment on the watch.

The Forerunner 645 Music captures all the standard running data you need, including 24/7 activity and heart rate monitoring (no need for a chest strap). Built-in GPS and GLONASS tracks how far, how fast and where you run – no phone connection required.

By adding a heart rate strap or the Garmin Running Dynamic Pod on your waistband, you can also get biomechanical data such as cadence, stride length, ground contact time and balance, vertical oscillation and vertical ration to help improve your form. In the pool, Forerunner 645 Music will track your distance, pace, stroke count, PRs and more.

The GPS watch automatically evaluates your recent exercise history and performance indicators to let you know if you’re training productively, peaking or overreaching. You can even view your overall training load, which measures your exercise volume from the last 7 days and compares it to the optimal range for your fitness and recent training history. Additionally you can view and follow downloaded courses on your wrist, race a previous activity, train with simple intervals or follow complex workouts.

The Forerunner 645 Music stores up to 500 songs. The watch with also sync with select streaming services for offline listening. Once you have loaded your music, pair the GPS watch with a set of compatible Bluetooth headphones (sold separately) and go.

Garmin Pay, a contactless payment solution, lets you leave your cash and credit cards at home and still stop for a bite to eat or a coffee along your route. It works with Garmin Pay wallet to make transactions right from your wrist.

When connected to your phone, all your workouts are automatically uploaded to Garmin Connect and you can receive or respond to text messages, invite people to follow your run in real time, read emails, and update social media.

The Forerunner 645 Music features up to 7 days of battery life in smartwatch mode and up to 5 hours in GPS mode with music. Weighing roughly 42 grams, this is the first Forerunner to feature a stainless-steel metal bezel and always-on Garmin Chroma Display that is easy to read — even in direct sunlight — and is housed under chemically strengthened glass. It is available with a black or cerise band and has a suggested retail price of $449.99. An option without integrated music capabilities – the Forerunner 645 – is available with a black or sandstone band with a suggested retail price of $399.99.

Both GPS watches are available to pre-order now with expected delivery in five to eight weeks.

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