Garmin Edge 540 and 840: What Can We Expect and When?

Garmin Edge 530 and possible look of the Garmin Edge 540 on the left half, and the Garmin Edge 830 and possible look of the Garmin Edge 840 on the right half.

While working on reviews of Edge 530 and 830, I realized there is a high chance that the expected Edge 540 and 840 are probably right behind the corner.

When Garmin Edge 540 and 840 will be introduced?
My first assumption that Garmin would launch them before Christmas (to get a head start on sales) was wrong.
The second option is the Q1 of 2023 (most likely, in my opinion).
The third option is the Q2 of 2023.
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It would also make sense because the 530 and 830 were heavily discounted recently, and their product cycle of about 3 years is also coming to an end.

So, what can we expect? I wrote down a few thoughts and predictions. It’ll be fun to compare how wrong (or right) I was once the new head units are introduced.

Please, don’t hesitate to comment or add your thoughts.

What Will Be New?

The Edge 1040 and Explore 2 bike computers introduced in 2022 hint at what functionalities the 540 and 840 will bring.

First, we can expect the new system to be implemented in these units as well. The redesigned UI has been met with positive feedback, so there’s no reason why Garmin wouldn’t implement it on new head units.

Garmin Edge 1040 (left) vs. 1030 Plus (right) menu layout
New vs. old Garmin user interface Garmin Edge 1040 (left) vs. 1030 Plus (right)

TIP: Read this Garmin Edge 1030 Plus vs. Edge 1040 comparison.

Together with the UI redesign, I expect that we will finally be able to customize the data fields via the Garmin Connect smartphone app.

Furthermore, it’s almost certain that there will be a switch from the MicroUSB port to USB-C. This is a move that almost all manufacturers are resorting to, and it makes no sense to stick with the old technology.

The ports of the Garmin Edge 1040 (USB-C) vs. 1030 Plus (MicroUSB)
MicroUSB vs. USB-C charging port

I assume that the 540 and 840 will not get the same feature set to keep the series differentiated other than display size and price.

The first big question is whether we will see newly introduced features like Real-Time stamina or Power Guide on these devices. I think these features will only remain on the Edge 1040.

And the second is whether 840 will be in the Solar option. I highly doubt it because almost nobody would have the motivation to buy the 1040 Solar (you would basically pay just for a larger display and the features mentioned above). But I would like to be wrong on this one.

Regardless of Solar, I think it’s safe to assume that we will see an increase in battery life. I would expect a max increase of 15-20%.

The storage capacity could double from 16GB to 32GB, allowing us to download more regions and store more rides.

It would be also nice to see an implementation of multi-band GNSS. The latest bike computers like ELEMNT ROAM v2 or 1040 have it, so at least 840 could get it too to improve the GPS accuracy.

What Will Remain the Same?

Many features, like the display size, will remain the same. Garmin bike computers are also known for things that ‘just work’ like crash detection, sensor connectivity, detailed maps, navigation, etc.

However, the design will get a minor refresh. In the end, you have to be able to determine that your friend has bought a new bike computer.

I think that Edge 540 will remain button-based. There are still many people who prefer physical buttons over a touchscreen display.

Garmin Edge 540 and 840 FAQ

What Do You Think?

I wouldn’t expect much from the upcoming 540 and 840. Unfortunately, the macroeconomic situation is not very conducive to major changes.

Companies are looking for ways to continue high sales, while they have often stopped innovating. We can thus see a trend where we are being sold essentially the same products but at higher prices.

From a business perspective, this is brilliant. It doesn’t cost much to improve the product, and you can make more as a company.

We don’t have to go far for examples—Wahoo KICKR v5 vs. v6, Saris H3 vs. H4, Wahoo ELEMNT ROAM v1 vs. v2, iPhone 13 vs. 14…

What do you think about the current state of the industry? And do you agree with me on the Edge 540 and 840? Let me know in the comments below.

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14 thoughts on “Garmin Edge 540 and 840: What Can We Expect and When?”

  1. I know from reading many different forums that people are anticipating a new 540/840 for over a year now (“any day soon”). And yet, we’re still waiting.
    We are so close to Christmas now that it’s already too late for Garmin to join in on the Christmas business, most gifts have already been bought.
    So I’m not counting on it this year.

  2. a finales de febrero hay un mobile world congres no se si garmin estara en este tipo de evento pero podia ser una fecha aproximada para presentar algo o sobre esas fechas, no se sabe la industria pero yo creo que si han avanzado en el 1040 lo haran con sus predecesores tambien la fecha pues podria ser orientativo antes de verano pero no es seguro.

  3. I hope they will release them in early 2023. I don’t want to spend +200€ on a 3-years old product without multi-band GNSS and I am probably not the only one.
    Nevertheless, X30 series are good products and will find their clients in the following years with the current discounts that are interesting.

    Thanks for the article.
    All the best for 2023,
    Arnaud

  4. I’m also waiting for the 840 to come out. I’m not pulling the trigger on the 1040 because I like the smaller form factor of the current 530/830 and I’m hoping for the successor to have the multi-band GNSS.
    Pricewise I am very curious if your predictions will become true. Currently you can get the 1040 (without solar) for around 499€. So if the 840 will start only 50€ cheaper, I guess many people will rather buy the big one.
    Possible though that they might justify the higher price with a feature (whatever that may be) that is at first only available on the 540/840 an will come to the 1040 in a few month time (like they have done with some features like HRV and training readiness, that were first available on the Forerunner 955 and came via update to the Fenix 7 a few weeks or months later).

    Let’s wait and see.

    Have a great 2023!
    Greetings Michael

    1. Hi Michael,
      You are right that the price difference between 840 and 1040 would be pretty small. But some manufacturers (Apple) use this strategy to upsell the more expensive product. I am really curious to see what’s Garmin strategy. Also, whether 840 will get solar or not.
      – Petr

  5. Edge 830 was announced 2Q four years ago now about a year after the 1030 with Availability in June. We could see a repeat of that.

  6. Every garmin I have had works great until and after a few updates then endless glitches
    I think I have paired my phone to my garmin 830 ( itself a replacement due to inability to accurately determine elevation gain ) at least 20 times and I still have to download rides thro wifi when I get home
    I have little faith that the new units will be any different- the basic software seems flawed to me and is highly unstable

    1. Hi Peter,
      Luckily, I haven’t experienced as many bugs and issues with Garmin yet.
      Have you thought about switching from Garmin to Wahoo or other bike computers?
      – Petr

      1. Hi. Garmin needs a new range of Garmin Edge. The UI and the display is very poor if you compare them with Wahoo or Hammerhead. Garmin software is baby software.

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