Garmin announced the launch of its new series of Fēnix 5 sport watches at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas today.
According to Garmin, the new series consists of the Fēnix 5, Fēnix 5S and Fēnix 5X.
Measuring 47mm, the Fenix 5 has a brand new industrial design and is more compact than previous models like the Fēnix 3HR, but is still packed with multisport features. All of the new Fēnix 5 models are available in a variety of colors and finishes with more accessory bands available, whereby users can mix and match between their choice of leather, metal or silicone watchbands and switch between them in seconds thanks to Garmin’s QuickFit band.
The first Fēnix designed with a focus on female athletes, the Fēnix 5S is a sleek, smaller-sized watch.
At 42mm, Fēnix 5S is small and comfortable for petite wrists, without compromising any multisport features. The 5S is available in silver with either a white, turquoise or black silicone band with a mineral glass lens. In addition, the 5S Sapphire features a scratch-resistant sapphire lens and is available in black with a black band, champagne with a water resistant gray suede band or champagne with a metal band. The 5S Sapphire watches also come with an extra silicone QuickFit band.
Preloaded with TOPO US mapping, routable cycling maps and other navigation features like Round Trip Run and Round Trip Ride, the Fēnix 5X measures at 51mm. With these features, users can enter how far they’d like to cycle or run, while their watch will suggest appropriate courses to choose from. Users can also get at-a-glance guidance from their 5X, wherein easy-to-read guidance cues for upcoming turns are displayed as banners on the watch so users are always aware of their route. Additionally, 5X users can use the Around Me map mode to see different points of interest, waypoints and other map objects within the user’s range to help users be more aware of their surroundings. Also, users can configure their 5X to see data overlays on mapping screens, and to see highlight key information without having to switch screens during an activity. The 5X is available with a scratch-resistant sapphire lens as well.
All of the new Fēnix 5 models come preloaded with the full multisport toolset for cycling, running, hiking, swimming and more. So, whether users are on a cycling adventure, or engaged in just about any kind of exercise, the Garmin Elevate wrist heart rate technology can provide 24/7 heart rate monitoring, without needing a chest strap. In addition to the wide variety of sport profiles, all three Fēnix 5 models have daily activity tracking, so users can wear them as a daily timepiece and a rugged training tool. Also, built-in navigation features include a 3-axis compass, gyroscope and barometric altimeter, as well as GPS and GLONASS support to track in more challenging environments than with GPS alone. Users can also keep their training stats right at their fingertips with a performance widget that shows training status, training load and more.
In addition to all of their multipart features, the Fēnix 5, 5S and 5X boast a variety of connected features. For example, when paired with a compatible smartphone, users can get call, text and email smart notifications right on their wrist. All Fēnix 5 models are compatible with Connect IQ so users can customize their watch with apps, widgets, data fields and watch faces. To take watch faces one step further, Garmin made the Fēnix 5 compatible with its Face It app, so users can set their favorite photo as their watch face. Furthermore, Sapphire models are Wi-Fi Enabled, so users can connect their watch to their home network for automatic uploads to Garmin Connect when within range.
Additionally, all Fēnix 5 models are water-proof rated to 100 meters, and are built to withstand the elements with a stainless steel bezel, buttons and rear case. Furthermore, the Fēnix 5 can get up to two weeks of battery life in smartwatch mode and 24 hours in GPS mode, while the 5X can get up to 12 days of battery life in smartwatch mode and 20 hours in GPS mode and the Fēnix 5S can get up to eight days in smartwatch mode and up to 13 hours in GPS mode. Users can also take advantage of Garmin’s UltraTrac power saver mode to extend battery life even more.
The Fēnix range will be available in Spring 2017, with the 5 and 5S costing $599.99, while the Sapphire, 5S Sapphire and 5X will carry a cost of $699.99.
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