Garmin unveils smaller Fenix 5 smartwatches

Garmin has unveiled three new smaller form-factor iterations to its Fenix smartwatch line called the Fenix5. At 1.6 to 2 inches in face diameter, they’re up to a half inch smaller than its previous Fenix3 line.

All three Fenixes – the 5, 5X, and the 5S — are designed to be worn continually. They last between eight days and two weeks on a charge in smartwatch mode, dropping to between 13 and 24 hours if GPS is on continuously. They’re also water resistant up to 100 meters and offer the same daily activity tracking toolkit as Garmin’s other wearables. As you might expect, they’re compatible with the company’s Connect IQ app platform as well.

The Fenix line is specifically designed to be lighter and smaller than Garmin’s previous smartwatches. The Fenix 5 is only 47mm in diameter while incorporating the same degree of heart rate and activity tracking as the older Fenix 3HR. It also offers a range of swappable leather, metal, or silicone watchbands, which are sold separately. The Fenix 5S is even smaller at 42mm and built specifically for “petite wrists”. Users can choose between a standard mineral glass lens or upgrade to a scratch-resistant “sapphire” version.

The Fenix 5X is the largest of the three, measuring at 51mm, and includes additional mapping features that the others don’t. It comes preloaded with TOPO US mapping, which enables the watch to suggest routes based on how long the user wants to run or ride. Additionally, they can use an Around Me map that notes points of interest in the immediate area. The 5X comes with the scratch-resistant sapphire lens as a standard option.

All three watches will be available later this quarter. The 5 and regular 5s will retail for $600, while the 5 sapphire, 5S sapphire, and 5x will set you back $700.

Source: Engadget


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