Garmin Approach S5 chips in

Golf wearable launches with smartwatch notifications and colour display
Garmin Approach S5 chips in
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Garmin has been extremely busy as of late in the world of wearables. Over in Vegas at CES, the GPS specialist unveiled a plethora of new devices including the the Fenix 3, the Epix, the Vivofit 2 and the Vivoactive - and now it's back for another bite of the golfing cherry with the Garmin Approach S5.

It's of little surprise that the S5 has reared its head - the company already has wearable Approach devices labelled S2, S3, S4 and S6 on sale.

The Garmin Approach S5, as you'd expect, plunks itself between the S4 and the S6, essentially adding a colour display and CourseView mapping to the model below it.

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That mapping means detailed info on over 38,000 courses worldwide with Touch Targeting and manual pin positioning on offer - these features let you move the flag's position using the touchscreen. Everything syncs with Garmin Connect so you can also keep track of your scores and stats, and track your handicap too.

Like the S4 and S6, there are also smartwatch features built into the Approach S5 with incoming call, text and email alerts showing up on the watch's display - although some of the Rah Rahs might class that as bad etiquette on the course.

The missing features, in comparison to the top of the line S6 are the swing metrics, but you can still analyse your various strengths and weaknesses using the data the device collects for each of your shots - fairways hit, greens in regulation, shot distance, number of putts and so on.

Boasting 10 hours of battery life in GPS mode, the Approach S5 should be good for a couple of rounds - and it's water resistant too, up to 50m, so a celebratory jump in the lake on the 18th isn't out of the equation.

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The Garmin Approach S5 will go on sale in Q1 2015 and will cost a cent shy of $350 in the States, £279.99 in the UK. It'll be available in black with blue bezel accents, with a range of colorful accessory bands sold separately.

We'll be bringing you a full review as soon as we can.