New Garmin 920XT

Garmin 920XT Officially announced

As of October 1st, Garmin officially announced the Forerunner 920XT. We’ve had a look at the specifications and you can read our full preview here

Garmin 920XT Blue

It’s been long anticipated and after other models had a makeover we couldn’t wait to see what the successor of the 910XT would have. Luckily somebody at Garmin made a small mistake and some images and details leaked out last Tuesday the 23nd of September, about the upcoming new Garmin 920XT. It appears to become available in two colors, and a color screen, as we’ve seen from the other newer models.

From the briefly available article we found the following details confirmed:

GARMIN® FORERUNNER® 920XT GPS :: Train smarter and see your performance soar with the new
Garmin® Forerunner® 920XT GPS. Use this watch and activity tracker combo to track your steps, calories and distance throughout the day, while also getting estimations on VO2 max and recovery times when you’re training or racing. Instantly see your text and call notifications, too, with the Smart Notifications feature, and share your stats and location with friends and family in real time using the Connected feature. Plus, the Garmin® Forerunner® 920XT’s lets you train longer without worrying about losing a connection thanks to its 24-hour battery. Features & Benefits:

  • Built to be used for swimming, biking, and running
  • Transition between the different sport modes with the push of a button
  • Advanced swim metrics: For open water and pool swimming. Offers extensive swim metrics such as distance, stroke, identification, stroke count, pool lengths, drill logging, rest time, pace, and more
  • Advanced new metrics include VO2 max, recovery time, and race time predictor when used with heart rate
  • When used with a power meter, it estimates VO2 max for cycling as well
  • Advanced running metrics: When paired with the HRM-Run monitor, it measures cadence, vertical oscillation, and ground contact time
  • Also measures record speed, distance, ascent/decent, grade, and more
  • Paired with ANT compatible sensors it measures heart rate, speed, cadence, and power

Garmin Forerunner 920XT Rumours

Besides these ‘confirmed’ rumours we’ve heard that the new Garmin 920XT should support both WiFi and Bluetooth. And a built in metronome so you can work on your running cadence without having to look on your watch.
Another feature might be that it simultaneous bluetooth and ant+. As this is what we’ve seen in the recent 620 and 220. And we also found hints for a quick release kit via Google, just like the 910XT has, for $21.99 USD:

920XT Quick release

And on the cached version of  Garmin’s page:

Garmin 920XT Quick Release
Now you can use your Forerunner for multisport training — and go from wrist to bike in seconds. The kit includes a quick release bracket, a wrist bracket, a bike mount, 2 pins, 2 screws, 6 bike mount o-rings and installation screwdrivers.

We’ve cropped out the rest as the image had been taken down and wasn’t cached.

Garmin 920XT Announcement date and Price

The anticipation is all built up towards the expected  announcement date of the Garmin 920XT which is thought to be October 11th 2014, this is on the same day as the IronMan world Championships in Kona, so that would be a sensible date to reach heaps of triathlon media in one go. We also found a pre listings of the 920XT to be available ‘mid-october’, which somewhat confirms this.
Now, what everybody has been asking, what will it cost? From what we’ve gathered it will come at a price of $449 or €449.

Additional images we’ve found on Garmin (thanks to http://tritriagain.uk/ on a pointer where to look, scroll through these images as we currently have 12.

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October 1st Update

More photos!

Markus Unterweger is a German photographer/triathlete/blogger who posted to Twitter that he was the photographer a shoot with the Garmin 920XT. He’s sharing two images on his blog which you will find below.

Here are the very nice and good size photos he posted, click on the images for their full versions:

 

Garmin 920XT

A good look at the size of the 920XT as it’s held in hands.

The Garmin 920XT seems to be smaller than the 910XT which will be very nice when you’re wearing it under your wetsuit as it will be a lot easier to take off then.

Touch screen?

Garmin 920XT

We don’t like to speculate, but… touchscreen?

Garmin added a touch screen to the 220/620 and if we can speculate just a bit about the features based on this photo it looks like the Forerunner 920XT will have e touchscreen too. The screen is not raised as the 910XT is and has a little bevel around it. Just like the 220/620, to protect the screen from easily scratching.

UPDATE: Garmin introduced the 920XT

As of October 1st, Garmin officially announced the Forerunner 920XT. We’ve had a look at the specifications and you can read our full preview here

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