Garmin announces today the Forerunner 645 – with music!

Successor of the popular FR630, this new device will be the first one from Garmin able to store music

Garmin officially announced today the release of the Garmin Forerunner FR645 – to replace the popular FR630 – with two versions: the FR645 and FR645 music.

The first changes are cosmetic: a metal bezel, chemically strengthened glass and interchangeable bands seem to start playing in Apple’s playground, for a watch that begs to be worn both while out running and in daily life.

The real feature many people have been waiting for is the introduction of music. A vast majority of people enjoy running with their favorite soundtrack in their ears – but don’t want to take their phone or music players with them, kind of defeating the purpose and comfort of only having to wear a watch on their wrist.

The 645 comes with enough storage to keep 500 songs (which I assume it means 2GB of storage, I didn’t find more accurate specs).

If storing music (and therefore uploading it and keeping it up to date on the device) is not for you, the 645 Music promises compatibility with popular music streaming services. Mentioned at launch are Deezer and iHeartRadio – which obviously screams “where’s Spotify??”.

Another new function is Garmin Pay, a contactless payment option.

The specs and functions that you would expect from a Garmin GPS watch of this range are all there: from both GPS and GLONASS standards, running dynamics and even 24/7 HR monitoring thanks to the wrist HR sensor – to customizable watch faces and display options.

Garmin talks about 7 days of normal watch battery life and 5 hours of GPS activity with music. It’s a bit disappointing to be honest – you would expect more, but I guess you pay the functions, connectivity and bright display in terms of battery life.

There will be a store (IQ store) where users will be able to download apps such as Uber, AccuWeather and more.

The Forerunner 645 will retail for $399 and the music version will be $50 more at $449. Release date is not set in stone yet, but we expect it to be by the end of the month.

Stay tuned – because we will review one!

Recommended reviews

Expert score

Saucony Endorphin Pro Review

The Saucony Endorphin Pro is aggressive enough for the elite while being ... (Read expert review)
Expert score

ASICS Gel Kayano 27 Review

The ASICS Kayano 27 is a premier stability trainer built to last. They are a ... (Read expert review)
Expert score

Nike React Phantom Run Flyknit 2 Review

The Phantom Run 2 is a superb, everyday, neutral trainer and can hold its own ... (Read expert review)
Expert score

New Balance Fresh Foam Tempo Review

The Fresh Foam Tempo is a refreshing and worthy replacement for the Fresh Foam ... (Read expert review)
Expert score

Reebok Nano X Review

The Reebok Nano X is the top training shoe this year. It'll see you through ... (Read expert review)
Expert score

Saucony Cohesion 13 Review

The Saucony Cohesion 13 is a great, budget friendly running shoe that ticks ... (Read expert review)

This web site uses cookies. Click Accept to continue. Review Our Cookie Policy

On these and other websites owned by RSG Media BV we use cookies and other similar techniques.

We place and use different types of cookies for the following purposes:

Functional cookies:
To make our websites work as intended.

Analytical cookies:
To collect and analyze statistics to improve the experience on our websites and the effectiveness of advertisements.

Tracking cookies:
To build personal profiles of you so that we can show you targeted content and advertisements that match your interests.

Social cookies:
To allow you to share your reaction through 'likes' or commentary.

In addition, third parties (which are partly outside the EU) can place cookies on our websites, including tracking cookies that can also be used to build up a profile of you. Tracking cookies may have an impact on your privacy.

By giving your consent below, you agree that we place and read cookies on all our websites (see this overview) and combine these collected data.

Your consent remains valid for 6 months unless you withdraw it.