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.
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.
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.
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.
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.