Garmin is at CES 2018 with their new Forerunner 645 watch, which can now store music locally on the device, which is a first for the company. The device also pairs with Bluetooth headphones so you can run without your phone and still listen to music. The device is shipping now and costs $450, while a version without the music capabilities will launch for a price of $400.
The Forerunner 645 can store up to 500 music files, whether it would be from local files or from services such as iHeartRadio and Deezer, but won’t work with Spotify, as of launch date.
Essentially all of Garmin’s competitors have offered local music storage, whether it would be Apple, Samsung, Fitbit, etc. However, Garmin has let users control their music that is playing on their phone for the past couple models.
The watch also packs GPS, GLONASS, and wrist-based heart rate sensors. Like many other GPS trackers, it can keep up with running, cycling, swimming, alongside some of Garmin’s advanced training features loaded into the software.
The device also has an always-on display, stainless steel metal bezels, and a battery that can last up to seven days with normal usage and up to 5 hours in GPS mode.
Garmin’s recently announced Garmin Pay system is also supported, which until now only worked on the Vivoactive 3.