Garmin sells its smartwatches worldwide, and has to register each one with the relevant authorities in each country to make sure they comply with national regulations and won't interfere with existing wireless traffic. Not all countries' telecoms agencies publish a list of recently approved devices, but Singapore's TLS does, which can give us a peek at what's coming up.
Within the last few days, a new Garmin device described as a 'multisports GPS smartwatch' has appeared on the agency's website (opens in new tab), confirming that it has been tested and approved for sale in the country. There is no device name listed yet, only a reference ID: A04390.
If that reference sounds familiar, that's because we've seen something almost identical before. Back in June, Advnture spotted applications for two new smartwatches (opens in new tab) codenamed IPH-A4390 and IPH-04390 on the website of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which authorizes wireless devices for sale in the United States.
The 'IPH' is a code that the FCC uses to refer to Garmin, while the remaining digits are chosen by the company to refer to a specific product.
Two or one?
At the time, we hypothesized that these two devices might be the forthcoming Garmin Venu Sq 2 and Venu Sq 2 Music, which both appeared in a leaked list of devices (opens in new tab) slated for release in 2022.
It's interesting that only one device has appeared on the Singapore TLS website though, and its ID is an amalgamation of the other two. It's possible that the other may be listed in the coming days, or that only one will go on sale in the country.
Alternatively, we may be wrong and the mysterious 04390 might be something else entirely, like the rumored Garmin Instinct Analog. We're keeping our ear to the ground, and will keep you updated as soon as we have more news.
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Cat is the editor of Advnture, She’s been a journalist for 13 years, and was fitness and wellbeing editor on TechRadar before joining the Advnture team in 2022. She’s a UK Athletics qualified run leader, and in her spare time enjoys nothing more than lacing up her shoes and hitting the roads and trails (the muddier, the better).
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