Garmin Edge 1030 Plus VS Edge 1030 & 830 – Not much has changed since the Edge 1030

[Original Post 7th of May 2020]

[Update 16th of June 2020] This is now official, as rumoured, not a great deal has changed

Price and Availability

The Garmin Edge 1030 Plus is available now for £519.99 with a 1-3 day processing time. In comparison the existing Garmin Edge 1030 is sold on the site for £499.

However, Wiggle and other sellers have been selling the older model for as little as £412.99, but they are currently out of stock. They do have the bundle available for £539 though.

What’s Different?

The small price change is a good indication of how little has changed. So rather than going over the full specifications further down, it is easier to say what is different.

The Garmin Edge 1030 Plus now has:

  • 24 Hours battery life vs 20 hours
  • 32GB internal storage (no mention of microSD) vs 16GB plus microSD
  • They have got rid of Wi-Fi
  • Under the safety features, there is now an assistance function
  • Added a bike alarm
  • Added daily workout suggestions
  • Added MTB Dynamics
  • Added Integrated TrailForks trail data

Full Press Release Details

Get ready for any ride, from remote gravel trails to epic climbs, with the Edge 1030 Plus. Preloaded Garmin Cycle Maps have wider coverage than ever before across the United States and Europe and include turn-by-turn navigation and alerts that notify riders of sharp curves ahead. Cyclists can create new rides and courses right on their device or use Trendline popularity routing to find routes based on billions of miles of ride data that other users have uploaded. For riders using platforms like Strava and Komoot, they can create courses and seamlessly sync them to their device. While out for a ride, cyclists can now pause route guidance and off course notifications if they choose to explore off the beaten path. When they’re ready to get back on track, the Edge 1030 Plus will guide cyclists back to the route or back to where they originally started their ride. Using the preloaded Trailforks app, riders can view trail details from more than 80 countries right on the device. When stopped mid-ride, Forksight mode automatically displays upcoming forks in the trail and shows riders where they are within a trail network.

Cyclists using the Edge 1030 Plus can easily track their VO2 max, recovery time, training load, training focus and more to see how their body is responding to their efforts.1 They will even get daily workout suggestions based on their current training load and VO2 max. The Edge 1030 Plus lets riders see how their body is holding up in different environments with heat and altitude acclimation2 and receive in-ride notifications when it’s time to refuel or rehydrate. In addition to jump count, jump distance and hang time, other mountain bike features include Grit, which rates the difficulty of a ride using GPS, elevation and accelerometer data, and Flow, which measures how smoothly a cyclist descends a trail.

Cyclists can ride in just moments, instead of wasting time configuring settings after powering the Edge 1030 Plus on for the first time. Riders will now get prepopulated custom ride profiles based on their previous Edge settings, while new users will automatically receive the most popular set-ups from other users based on their sensors and ride types. What’s more, the Edge 1030 Plus easily pairs with a Tacx® indoor trainer so cyclists can ride whenever they want.3 Safety and smart features let cyclists stay connected while out for a ride.2 In addition to receiving smart notifications and automatically uploading rides to Garmin Connect, the Edge 1030 Plus can be paired with an inReach® device so users can view and reply to messages, share trip data and trigger interactive SOS alerts with an inReach subscription.4 Additional safety features include group messaging and tracking to let cyclists stay in touch when they get separated from the pack.2 The Edge 1030 Plus features up to 24 hours of battery life while using GPS, multiple paired sensors and connected features, including LiveTrack. Cyclists will see double the battery life when using the optional Garmin Charge™ power pack.

Garmin Edge 1030 Plus vs Edge 1030 Specification

Physical dimensions 58 x 114 x 19 mm 58 x 114 x 19 mm
Touchscreen Yes Yes
Color display Yes Yes
Display size 3.5″ (88.9 mm) diagonal 58 x 114 x 19 mm; 88.9 mm diagonal
Display resolution 282 x 470 pixels 282 x 470 pixels
Weight 124 g 123 g
Battery type Rechargeable lithium-ion rechargeable lithium-ion
Battery life 24 hours up to 20 hours
Battery save mode Yes Yes
In-ride power compatible (Garmin Charge battery pack)
Water rating IPX7 IPX7
Maps & memory
Ability to add maps Yes Yes
Basemap Yes Yes
Storage and power capacity 32 GB internal memory 16 GB plus microSD™
Waypoints/favourites/locations 200 200
Routes 100 courses 100 Courses
History Up to 200 hours up to 200 hours
GPS Yes Yes
Galileo Yes Yes
Barometric altimeter Yes Yes
Accelerometer Yes Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes Yes
Daily smart features
Connectivity Bluetooth®, ANT+® Bluetooth®, ANT+®, Wi-Fi®
Connect IQ™ (downloadable watch faces, data fields, widgets and apps) Yes Yes
Smart notifications Yes Yes
Text response/reject phone call with text (Android™ only) Yes Yes
Weather Yes Yes
VIRB® Remote Yes Yes
Smartphone compatibility iPhone®, Android™ iPhone®, Android™
Safety and tracking features
LiveTrack Yes Yes
Group LiveTrack Yes Yes
Rider-to-rider messaging Yes Yes
Incident Detection Yes Yes
Assistance Yes NO
Bike alarm Yes NO
Weather alerts Yes Yes
Activity tracking features
Calories burned Yes Yes
Training, planning and analysis features
Customizable data pages Yes Yes
Auto Pause® Yes Yes
Interval training Yes Yes
Advanced workouts Yes Yes
Downloadable training plans Yes Yes
Daily workout suggestions Yes NO
Auto Lap® Yes Yes
Vo2 max Yes Yes
Training Effect Yes Yes
Recovery advisor Yes Yes
Virtual Partner Yes Yes
Race an Activity Yes Yes
Segments Yes Yes
Auto scroll Yes Yes
Physio TrueUp Yes Yes
Physiological measurements (may require use of additional accessories such as heart rate strap and/or power meter) Yes Yes
Outdoor recreation features
ClimbPro™ Ascent Planner Yes Yes
Cycling features
Alerts (triggers alarm when you reach goals including time, distance, heart rate or calories) Yes Yes
Courses Yes Yes
On-device course creator Yes Yes
Garmin cycle map (routable cycling-specific street map) Yes (multi-region) YEs
Cycling Dynamics compatible Yes NO
MTB Dynamics Yes NO
Integrated TrailForks trail data Yes NO
Power meter compatible Yes Yes
Compatible with Varia™ radar (rear-facing radar) Yes Yes
Compatible with Varia™ lights Yes Yes
Edge® remote Yes Yes
Varia™ remote Yes Yes
ANT+™ electronic shifting Yes Yes
Shimano Di2 Synchro Shift integration Yes Yes
Smart trainer control Yes Yes

Original Post

An eagle eye Reddit user has noticed a new product listing from the Garmin website, unfortunately in the 2 hours since the post was made the product page has already been taken down.

The user claims that the device has a 5-8 week processing time.

The device has been expected for a while now, and yesterday and FCC application was made referencing the Edge 1030 plus.

So far the only information revealed is that the 1030 Plus is the same as the Edge 1030 in size and resolution, but it is black, not white and weighs one gram less. The Plus has a 24-hour battery vs up to 20. It has double the storage (32 GB) but no sd expansion. It has MTB dynamics, trail forks integration, daily workout suggestions, incident assistance, bike alarm.

However, there is not much difference in features when you compare it to the Edge 830. Apart from the larger screen size, the Edge 1030 has a superior battery and (24hr vs up to 20 hr) and the Daily workout suggestions.

The big selling point for the existing 1030 is its large 3.5-inch display running at 282 x 470 pixels. In comparison, the Edge 830 has a 2.6-inch display running at 246 x 322 pixels.

Previous plus models take features from the model sitting above them, however, with the Edge 1030 already sitting at the top it is a little early to tell exactly what else could be included.

There is obviously no word on pricing yet but the current Garmin Edge 1030 is £415 with an RRP of £499 and the Garmin Edge 830 is £329.

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