Here’s proof that persistent nagging pays off. At CES 2018, Garmin finally announced the Forerunner 645 Music, a running watch that supports integrated music so you can leave the phone at home. You can also leave the wallet behind thanks to Garmin Pay, the tech brand’s new contactless payment solution.
“Listening to music helps most of us keep our momentum going during those long or particularly difficult runs,” said Adam Howarth, General Manager Garmin Australasia. “Now, with the addition of integrated music and Garmin Pay, the Forerunner 645 Music will help give athletes the independence they’ve been looking for.”
Forerunner 645 Music can store up to 500 songs and supports offline playlists from supported music apps. iheartradio is the only app announced so far. Utilising Garmin Pay, users will have the same rewards and benefits of physical cards, with the convenience of having them right on the wrist for contactless payments.
Additionally, Forerunner 645 offers similar high-end fitness, wellness and smart connectivity as its predecessors including 24/7 heart rate monitoring, advanced running dynamics, performance monitoring tools, connected features and thousands of ways to customise with free watch faces, widgets, data fields and apps through the Garmin Connect IQ store.
Firstbeat is Forerunner’s standard training app, and it automatically evaluates previous exercise and fitness levels to let you know if you are training productively, peaking or overreaching.
When connected to a smartphone, users can also receive texts, check social media, monitor sleep patterns and connect with an online community to compete against friends and earn virtual badges.
The Forerunner 645 Music has a battery life of up to 7 days in smartwatch mode and up to 5 hours in GPS mode with music. It weighs just 42 grams and has received a sophisticated makeover with a stainless-steel metal bezel and always-on Garmin Chroma Display housed under chemically strengthened glass.
Thanks to the introduction of integrated music and contactless payments, Forerunner 645 Music looks like it will be a suitable smartwatch to wear all day, every day. It is available with a black or cerise band and has a recommended retail price of AU$599.00.
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