The Garmin Forerunner 255 and 255 are listed on the Singapore government agency website

Several iterations of the Garmin Forerunner 255 have been listed on the Singapore Telecommunications Licensing System website. There will be a regular and a small variant, and both will come with optional built-in music and Wi-Fi support.

We’ve had a number of leaks about the upcoming Forerunner 255 watch. It will be an updated version of the popular 245 and before that 235, which have long been go-to devices for runners. The 245 offers basic fitness tracking functionality and has a pulse oximeter to monitor your blood oxygen levels. It also offers a nice set of running performance metrics, cycling features, and supports swimming.

Released in April 2019, it’s been over three years since we’ve seen a new version of the watch. However, the wait will no longer have much to do.


Garmin Forerunner 255 two sizes, with or without music

A few days ago we wrote about a Redditor from Germany who spotted an email sent by Garmin to distributors talking about a June 1 launch. Besides the Forerunner 255, the 955 was also mentioned. Both watches would have some kind of native running power integration, as well as a barometric altimeter, the new Stamina Metric and Morning Report.

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We now have the first official mention of the 255 on a regulator’s website. Do a search on the Singapore government’s TLS and you’ll see it sitting in plain sight.

The entry doesn’t reveal anything new about the specs, but it does confirm which variants will be available. Rumor has it there will be a regular 255 and 255s iteration for smaller wrists. No word yet on actual sizes. As a reminder, the 245 comes in a 42 mm diameter case. We might consider 42mm and 47mm for the 255 if Garmin follows up on the size options on the Fenix ​​line.

Additional information that has been confirmed is that the large and small 255 will come with an option to purchase with built-in music. The non-music variants will only have Bluetooth and ANT+ connectivity. Those in music will also have the addition of Wi-Fi connectivity.

Music Garmin Forerunner 255s

It’s very similar to the current Forerunner 245 line. It also comes in a music and non-music option. The major difference between generations is the addition of another size. So no fancy solar options, we’re not expecting an AMOLED display or anything like that. For this you will have to move up in the Forerunner line.

It seems a little odd that Garmin is still considering offering both a music and non-music version. We can’t imagine that the music chip and storage technology are very expensive. You would think they would want to avoid the hassle of building and maintaining two versions of the watch. But it may not be so much related to the music storage as the Wi-Fi capacity needed to transfer the music, which adds to the cost.

In any case, it’s good news for those who don’t need music because it keeps their variant cheaper. German Redditor leak says Forerunner 255 with music will retail for 400 (about $425), without music for 350 (about $370).

Outside of the information above, it’s hard to know what to expect. Everything points to an iterative upgrade, so if you were hoping for earth-shattering news, you might be disappointed. Of course, we expect the latest generation sensors which should help with accuracy.


The Forerunner 955 has yet to be listed

What’s interesting about the Singapore listing is that the Forerunner 955 wasn’t mentioned. Maybe the 255 will come out first and the 955 will follow later. Or maybe TLS will add the 955 entry in the next few days. We will continue to check and report if and when they do.

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