Garmin Fenix 8 may launch very soon
Three new Wi-Fi-enabled smartwatches have been approved for sale in the US
Three new Garmin watches have received approval from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for sale in the US, and early signs suggest that they might be three variants of the Garmin Fenix 8.
The three devices are listed under the IDs IPH-A04595, IPH-A04596, and IPH-A04597. 'IPH' is the FCC's internal code for Garmin, and the remaining digits are assigned by Garmin to identify each device. The similarity of the three suggests that they will be variations on the same series (quite possibly three different size).
The trio were first spotted by the eagle-eyed Flo of Fitness Tracker Test, who noted that all three are described as 'extremity-worn digital transceivers', which strongly suggests that they are watches.
Garmin has recently submitted several products for FCC approval, including IPH-A04595, IPH-A04596, and IPH-A04597. These products are so similar to each other that they are most likely different variants of the same product.#garmin #fcc #wearable #premium #releaseMarch 19, 2023
So what might they be? Well, all three appear to offer Bluetooth, NFC, and ANT+ connectivity, which rules out variants on the Instinct or Vivoactive series, which have historically lacked Wi-Fi. We are expecting a new version of the Instinct soon (possibly aimed at emergency medical personnel), but these are something else.
We're not expecting any new Forerunners in the near future either, unless Garmin's experts have decided to reinvigorate the 700 series of triathlon watches. That seems unlikely considering the Forerunner 255 and 265 are both fully functional triathlon trackers.
The most logical remaining option is a new generation of Fenix watches. The Fenix 7 line launched in January 2022, but Garmin does appear to have accelerated its release schedule recently, so it's not out of the question that a new Fenix may emerge from the flames later this year. Fenix watches typically come in three sizes, which would explain the trio of FCC applications.
Interestingly, none of the new devices have appeared on the website of the Singaporean Telecoms Licensing System, which also publishes a list of products recently approved for sale in the country, so the three are probably not yet ready for a global launch. I'll keep my ear to the ground for any new information, and bring you more info as soon as it's available.
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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).
By Cat Ellis