Garmin Fenix 5, Fenix 5S and Fenix 5X officially announced

CES 2017: New range includes Garmin's first watch aimed at female adventurers
Garmin Fenix 5 officially unveiled

Good news Fenix 3 fans, Garmin has unveiled not one, but three successors to the multi sport GPS watch, in the shape of the Fenix 5, the Fenix 5S and the Fenix 5X.

They're still very much built with outdoor adventurers in mind, with all of the new Fenix models offering long battery life, 24/7 activity tracking, mapping, Garmin's Elevate wrist based heart rate monitor and the usual array of multi sport tracking features. That means it still caters for runners, hikers, swimmers and cyclists.

Read this: Garmin Fenix 5 hands-on

All of the new Fenix watches are water rated to 100 metres, so you can go for a dip without worrying that the stainless steel body will get damaged. There's a three-axis compass on board as well as a gyroscope and barometric altimeter, while GPS and GLONASS support means tracking is well and truly covered.

We've praised Garmin's smartwatch features on the Forerunner and Fenix watches in the past, and it looks like you'll get more of the same in the Fenix 5 collection so you'll be able to view call, text and email notifications on the watch display. There's Connect IQ support as well so you can add additional widgets, data fields and watch faces.

Fenix 5

The 47mm Fenix 5 features a more compact design in comparison to the Fenix 3 HR, and like the other models it lets you switch between leather and metal straps.

It promises two weeks of battery life in smartwatch mode and 24 hours in GPS mode.

Fenix 5S

The Fenix 5S is designed for female adventurers, offering a smaller 42mm sized watch that's available in silver with either white, turquoise or black silicone bands with a mineral glass lens. There's also a Fenix 5S Sapphire model that features a more outdoor-friendly scratch resistant sapphire lens and offers Wi-Fi support making it easier to sync your data.

Battery life on the Fenix 5S is shorter than the Fenix 5, delivering up to eight days in smartwatch mode and 13 hours in GPS mode.

Fenix 5X

Garmin Fenix 5, Fenix 5S and Fenix 5X officially announced

Last up is the Fenix 5X, which is the daddy of the new range. It measures in at 51mm and is also available in a sapphire lens, Wi-Fi packing model. It comes preloaded with TOPO US mapping and cycling maps, letting users decide how far they'd like to run or ride and then suggesting suitable courses with guidance available on the watch display. There's also an Around Me map mode that picks out points of interest, and you can view data overlays during tracked activity so you don't have to play around with switching screens.

Fenix 5X owners can expect to get up to 12 days battery life in smartwatch mode and 20 hours in GPS mode. All models are equipped with a power saving mode to squeeze out a few more hours of tracking.

Price and release dates

The new Fenix 5, 5S and 5X are set to start shipping in Q1 2017. The Fenix 5 and Fenix 5S is expected to be priced at $599.99. The Fenix 5 Sapphire, Fenix 5S Sapphire and Fenix 5X are a little pricier at $699.99.

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2 Comments

  • SamuelHRMG says:

    Well, to have a sapphire Fenix 5, it would be at least $700, very expensive for a smartwatch. The biggest differences from the Fenix 3HR seem to be the Quickfit band and Preloaded map. 

    • robbiebrown says:

      The only downside for me is the screen resolution. Up from my 218x218px Fenix 3HR to 240x240. No where near a comparison to Apple Watch or Samsung Gear, with that said though, the battery life is much much better. 

      I love my Garmin-  I'll definitely be getting this. Gives masses of information on my runs and cycles whereas I've tried (and returned) the Apple Watch 2 because its just useless as a sports device. 

      Another slight disappointment is the lack of memory for music. It would be epic if you could just head out for a run with BT headphones and not have to carry a clunky phone to listen to tunes. But then again, Garmin is a serious device and I can just buy a £10 BT MP3 player instead! 

      I'm excited!

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