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It appears that Garmin is about to release new smart bike computers, as an online retailer has leaked details about the new Edge 540 and Edge 840 models. The Edge 530 and Edge 830 have been on the market since 2019, and an update has been anticipated for a while, following the release of the Edge 1040 and 1040 Solar cycling computers last year. The leaked information suggests that the new Edge 540 and Edge 840 models will have improved features and specifications.
Leaked Information and Prices
The eagle-eyed members of the Weight Weenies forum have spotted prices for the new Edge 540 and 540 Solar models online. The Edge 540 is expected to be priced at $350 / £285.58, while the Solar charging version is expected to be priced at $450 / £367.17. The Edge 840 models were listed at $449.99 / £367.04, and the 840 Solar models were listed at $549.99 / £448.75.
Garmin Edge 840 Smart Bike Computer
The leaked information suggests that the new Edge 840 will feature solar power technology, which has already been used in some of Garmin's watches and the Edge 1040 Solar. The solar charging feature can add up to 25 minutes per hour in battery-saver mode, resulting in a claimed battery life of between 26 and 32 hours in normal use or 42 to 60 hours in battery-saver mode, assuming direct sunlight. In comparison, the current Edge 830 has a listed 20 hours of battery life when using GPS.
New Features and Specifications
Although details and specifications for the Edge 540 are scarce, the leaked information suggests that it will have similar features to the Edge 840. The new models are expected to benefit from the multi-band GPS, as well as the Power Guide and Stamina features introduced with the Edge 1040 models. Additionally, an update to Garmin's ClimbPro is expected to be included. ClimbPro appears to be independent of pre-planned routes, which may perform similarly to the Hammerhead Karoo 2 (check our cases here). It is also expected that the new models will have at least the same connectivity and pairing abilities with third-party apps as the current models.
There is currently no official information regarding the potential release date for the new Edge 540 and Edge 840 smart bike computers. However, the leaked information and product listings from a retailer suggest that it is imminent. It will be interesting to see what the new models will offer and how they will perform against their predecessors.
The leaked information about the new Garmin Edge 540 and Edge 840 smart bike computers suggests that they will have improved features and specifications, with the addition of solar power technology being the main highlight. Although details about the Edge 540 are limited, the information we have suggests that it will have similar features to the Edge 840. The leaked prices for the new models are reasonable, making them an excellent choice for cyclists looking for the latest and best technology. Stay tuned for more updates on the release date and official specifications of the new Edge 540 and Edge 840 smart bike computers.