The pricing for the Garmin fenix 5 line of smartwatches (5S, 5, 5X) is out. If you have been waiting for them, the wait is almost over. The fēnix 5S, 5 and 5x will be available for pre-orders at the IT Show 2017 from 16th to 19th March 2017. Read on for more details and close up shots of them.
Thanks to Garmin’s invite, I went to their Garmin fenix 5 launch event last Friday, held at Alter Ego at the Esplanade Mall. We were introduced to the features of the latest Garmin fenix series. However, nothing beats the joy of wrapping them around your wrist.
I am not a sporty person, just a regular person who jogs occasionally. Some may think that it is an overkill to have the Garmin watch. However, if you into timing and recording without always relying on your smartphones, this Garmin fenix can really help as it has its built-in GPS. Moreover, with its design, I think they will fit into your different wardrobe easily. With 3 sizes to choose from, I believe there will be one that is suitable for your needs.
From the left, it is the Garmin fenix 5X with a 51 mm dial size. If you have large wrist, this is good. But if you have small wrist like me, try to avoid it as it may be too overwhelming.
Next to fenix 5X is the fenix 5. It has a 47mm dial size. Not too big but also not very small. I encourage you to try it on before purchasing. Size is very subjective.
Finally, on the right hand side, it is the fenix 5S. It has a 42mm dial size and targeted for the ladies. However, guys can also wear it. In my opinion, the 47mm is perfect for me. Based on the specs, there isn’t a lot of differences between fenix 5 and 5S (except battery life). There are some differences for fenix 5X though.
Check out the specifications of the Garmin fenix 5 Series below. It is quite a long list.
Specs are just figures on paper. What is important is whether it performs or not. Unfortunately, I am not able to test it out during the event. However, there is one thing that I did check it out. If you noticed from the pictures that I took during the event, the lighting on the screen of the smart watches looked dim. I asked for a reason as I am worried how you can see the content with such dim lighting in bright sunlight.
Instead of getting a standard response, we took some of them outside the restaurant to test. Surprisingly, under the bright sunlight on that day, the Garmin fenix smart watches “miraculously” brightened up. In fact, it is one of the best on smart watches that I have seen. BTW, this is not ePaper (e.g. Pebble). Not sure how it manages it but the results is amazing. And just for your information, the screen is always on which is nice if you are always monitoring your run or any sports activities.
Everything comes with a price. If you look at current smartwatches that are available and compare it with the pricing of the Garmin fenix series, I am sure you have second thoughts. But if you scrutinize the specs and compare them, you know what you are getting.
Garmin also introduces the different bands during launch. Check out the pricing. All of them are QuickFit bands which mean you can easily swap the bands (from silicon to leather to stainless steel) without any tool.
I took some close ups of the Garmin fenix series. Check them out.
Garmin fenix 5S
Heart rate monitor
Different silicon bands.
Garmin fenix 5
Garmin fenix 5X
Here are some accessories for your reference.
Overall, depending on your usage, you can determine if Garmin fenix is right for you or not. Thank you Garmin for the invite.
And if you are still around after this long post, here is the Press Release.
Garmin Launches fēnix® 5 Line Of Premium Multisport GPS Smartwatches in Three Sizes
The smallest fenix 5S is designed for ladies while the largest fenix 5X comes with preloaded street, cycling and topographic maps of South-east Asia countries as well as over 40,000 golf courses around the world
Singapore, March 10, 2017 — Garmin Singapore today announced new additions to its top-of-the-line fēnix series with the launch of the new fēnix® 5 line in three sizes – the first time Garmin is creating multiple sizes of a single product to reach more users with varying wrist sizes.
Featuring the smallest fēnix 5S at 42mm, the standard fēnix 5 at 47mm and the largest fēnix 5X at 51mm, the new fēnix® 5 models are part of Garmin’s top-selling fēnix® line, a series of versatile timepieces that complement daily wear and workout gear while fully delivering on multisport features. Features include 24/7 heart rate monitoring, extended battery life, daily activity tracking1, Garmin Elevate™ wrist heart rate technology, and a host of connected features2.
“With our entry into Southeast Asia, the range of products lets us offer our wearables in different sizes to fit the Asian wrist sizes, which tend to be smaller. That is why we have designed the new line of fēnix 5 watches to fit every wrist and a wide range of sports and fitness activities,” said Mr. Engelhard (Al) Sundoro, Managing Director, Garmin South Asia/ India Region. “This is the first time Garmin has created a variety of sizes for one product so now users don’t have to compromise between getting the features they want and wearing a watch that fits.”
Multisport features for all fēnix 5 models
The fēnix 5 models come preloaded with full multisport features including running, hiking, swimming and biking. With built-in wrist heart rate technology Garmin Elevate, users get 24/7 heart rate monitoring whether resting or at the gym and without the hassle of a chest strap. In addition to the wide variety of sport profiles, the fēnix 5 models have daily activity tracking, so users can wear their fēnix as a daily timepiece and a rugged training tool. The Sapphire editions also offer a scratch-resistant lens for outdoor challenges.
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.
Each of the new fēnix 5 models is water rated to 100 meters3, and are built to withstand the elements with a stainless steel bezel, buttons and rear case. Users can also take advantage of the UltraTrac™ power saver mode to extend battery life even more.
Smart notifications and customization
In addition to the multiport features, the fēnix 5S, 5 and 5X boast a variety of connected features. When paired with a compatible smartphone, users can get calls, text and app notifications right on their wrist. All fēnix 5 models are compatible with Garmin’s Connect IQ Store so users can customize their watch with apps, widgets, data fields and watch faces. To take watch faces one step further, fēnix 5 watches are compatible with the Face-It app, so users can set their favorite photo as their watch face. 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.
fēnix 5S – Smallest of the series, designed for petite wrists
The first fēnix designed with a focus on female adventurers, 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 fēnix 5S can get up to nine days of battery life in smartwatch mode (depending on settings), up to 14 hours in GPS mode and up to 40 hours in UltraTrac battery saver mode.
fēnix 5 – Standard-sized and longest battery life of the series
Measuring 47mm, the fēnix 5 has a brand new industrial design and is more compact than previous models like the fēnix 3HR, but fully delivering on multisport features. The fēnix 5 can get up to two weeks of battery life in smartwatch mode (depending on settings), 24 hours in GPS mode and up to 75 hours in UltraTrac battery saver mode.
fēnix 5X – Largest of the series, preloaded with maps and golf courses
Built for larger wrists, the fēnix 5X measures at 51mm and is the only model of the fēnix 5 series preloaded with topographic maps, routable cycling maps, over 40,000 golf courses around the world and other navigation features like Round Trip Run and Round Trip Ride. With these features, users can enter how far they would like to run or ride, and their watch will suggest appropriate courses to choose from. Users can also get at-a-glance guidance from their fēnix 5X. During an activity, easy-to-read guidance cues for upcoming turns are displayed as banners on the watch so users are always aware of their route.
Additionally, fēnix 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 alert them to their surroundings. Users can configure their fēnix 5X to see data overlays on mapping screens, and view key information without having to switch screens during an activity. The fēnix 5X can get up to 12 days of battery life in smartwatch mode (depending on settings), 20 hours in GPS mode and up to 50 hours in UltraTrac battery saver mode.
Suggested retail price
The fēnix 5S, 5 and 5x will be available on for pre-orders at the IT Show 2017 from 16th to 19th March 2017, and will be available in stores end March. The first 50 pre-orders for the fēnix 5S and fēnix 5 at the IT Show will get a free QuickFit silicone band worth SGD 109.
The suggested retail price for the different sizes are as follows:
|fēnix 5S (non-Sapphire Edition)
White with Carrarra white band
|fēnix 5S (Sapphire Edition)
Sapphire with black band
|fēnix 5 (non-Sapphire Edition)
Slate gray with black band
|fēnix 5 (Sapphire Edition)
Black Sapphire with black band
|fēnix 5X (Sapphire Edition)
Slate gray Sapphire with black band
Launching alongside the fēnix 5 series are the latest range of QuickFit™ bands in silicone which allows users to easily swap, click and go to change out their watchband in seconds and without tools are available in a range of versatile colours and will retail at SGD 109.
The leather and metal QuickFit bands are also available for orders at SGD 169 and SGD 309 respectively.
To learn more, visit garmin.com.sg/fenix.
1 See Garmin.com/ataccuracy for more details.
2 When paired with compatible smartphone. See Garmin.com/ble for more details.
3 See Garmin.com/waterrating for more details.
About the fēnix 5 series
The fēnix 5 is the latest solution from Garmin’s expanding outdoor segment, which focuses on developing technologies and innovations to enhance users’ outdoor experiences. Whether hiking, hunting, geocaching, golfing, or using satellite communication, Garmin outdoor devices are becoming essential tools for outdoor enthusiasts of all levels. For more information about Garmin’s other outdoor products and services, go to http://www.garmin.com/outdoors, www.garmin.blogs.com and http://twitter.com/garmin.
For decades, Garmin has pioneered new GPS navigation and wireless devices and applications that are designed for people who live an active lifestyle. Garmin serves five primary business units, including automotive, aviation, fitness, marine, and outdoor recreation. For more information, visit Garmin’s virtual pressroom at garmin.com/newsroom, or follow us at facebook.com/garmin, twitter.com/garmin, or youtube.com/garmin.
Garmin International Inc. is a subsidiary of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN). Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in Switzerland, and its principal subsidiaries are located in the United States, Taiwan, the United Kingdom and Singapore. Garmin and fēnix are registered trademarks, and Garmin Elevate, QuickFit, UltraTrac and Garmin Connect are trademarks of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries. Wi-Fi is a registered trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance.
Notice on Forward-Looking Statements:
This release includes forward-looking statements regarding Garmin Ltd. and its business. Such statements are based on management’s current expectations. The forward-looking events and circumstances discussed in this release may not occur and actual results could differ materially as a result of known and unknown risk factors and uncertainties affecting Garmin, including, but not limited to, the risk factors listed in the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 26, 2015, filed by Garmin with the Securities and Exchange Commission (Commission file number 0-31983). A copy of such Form 10-K is available at http://www.garmin.com/aboutGarmin/invRelations/finReports.html. No forward-looking statement can be guaranteed. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made and Garmin undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.