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Garmin's new Forerunner 935 watch features battery bump

The latest fitness tracker from Garmin caters to the dedicated triathlete, with increased battery life and an altimeter.

The Forerunner 935

Hard-core triathletes with an eye for gadgets may want to run, swim and cycle over to Garmin's website to check out the firm's latest fitness-tracking watch.

Released Wednesday, the Forerunner 935 succeeds the Forerunner 735XT, a device CNET reviewer Dan Graziano judged "exceptional" for serious triathletes.

Both gadgets have GPS for tracking a variety of sports and an optical heart-rate sensor, but the new 935 seems to address a couple of the main concerns Graziano had about its predecessor.

The 935 has an altimeter to measure ascent and descent, and it's got better battery life: up to 24 hours in GPS mode, Garmin says, as opposed to the 735XT's 14 hours. That bump will let you rely on the battery "even in the middle of an iron-distance triathlon or ultramarathon," according to Garmin.

The price gets a bump too, though. The 735XT cost $450. The new 935 goes for $500.

If you're a more casual runner, take a look at the Forerunner 235.