Garmin Australia have just announced the new Edge 1000 which now takes top spot in their GPS Cycling Computer lineup. While the unit appears larger, the exact size of the unit has not been revealed. The touchscreen is 3 inches (7.7cm) diagonal and has a light sensor to adjust brightness to the light conditions plus the unit can be orientated both horizontally as well as vertically.
The key features of the unit include performance / training competitive features with advanced segmentation to “reach your goals”. Social media connectability is featured with incoming phone call alerts (i.e. smart phone pairing), LiveTrack where friends and family can following your racing or training performance in realtime and uploading rides to social media platforms or to Garmin Connect.
The Garmin Edge 1000 comes preloaded with maps and Points of Interest (POIs) and navigation functionality with turn-by-turn directions although no information is available regarding Australian map. (The product announcement from Garmin Australia references the US press release).
The unit is ANT+ compatible and a premium version comes with Heart Rate Monitor (HRM3) and Speed / Cadence sensors included and allows tracking when GPS is not available plus the sensors are easier to swap between bikes. Shimano Di2 Compatibility has been announced though no information on power meter compatibility has been share except for the obligatory Garmin Vector compatibility. Battery life us ‘up to’ 15 hours.
The US RRP of the Garmin Edge 1000 is $599.99 and for the version with the HRM and speed / cadence sensors, US $699.99. Australian pricing hasn’t been revealed and the availability is announced for Spring 2014 (USA) which is between now and June in Australia – though will be possibly later.
edit: corrected diagonal, from diameter