Garmin introduced the new Forerunner 965 and Forerunner 265 smartwatches with one major improvement — the screens are now AMOLED, moving away from the memory inverted pixel (MIP) solution. According to official figures, the flagship of the 900 series can live 23 days on a single charge, while the 200 series should offer up to 15 days.
The Garmin Forerunner 965 is aimed at elite athletes. The new display type is just one of the changes; Other features include a new titanium frame, a slightly thinner body, and a 1.4-inch (35.4 mm) screen. Independent GPS, detailed heart rate, and specific features like running power zones and training readiness.
The AMOLED display will now allow for color mapping, which is an improvement, albeit a small one, in real-world training scenarios.
The Garmin Forerunner 265 also comes with an AMOLED screen, but it’s aimed more at casual runners. It comes in two sizes – 42mm and 46mm, with the larger size promising up to two weeks longer battery life. This device still offers SpO2 and VO2Max calculations and measurements, but some of the 965’s software features remain off the table.
The Garmin Forerunner 965 is $600 in three color combinations, while the Forerunner 265 is $450. Both can be purchased today, but will start shipping in 5-8 weeks.