Garmin today announced the fēnix 6 series, the next generation of its flagship GPS multisport smartwatch lineup.
Made for the face of adventure, the fēnix 6 collection includes Power Manager for longer battery life, allows runners to compensate for elevation changes with new PacePro technology and introduces the largest round display from Garmin.
As the first Garmin GPS watch to offer solar charging, the fēnix 6X Pro Solar edition is designed with Power Glass, a transparent solar charging lens that uses the sun’s energy to extend battery life.
Fit for performance, the fēnix 6X, and fēnix 6X Pro Solar feature a rugged design with a 1.4” sunlight-readable display, which is 36 percent bigger than previous fēnix 5X models. Users can quickly check the latest solar input right on the wrist, so they know in real-time how much solar energy the Power Glass has been exposed to. The battery performance on the fēnix 6X Pro Solar in smartwatch mode is 21 days plus an additional 3 days when utilizing the solar charging capabilities.
The fēnix 6 and fēnix 6X multisport GPS watches are constructed for a trimmer, more comfortable fit on the wrist, while increasing the display size to 1.3" and 1.4" respectively from the existing fēnix 5 Plus series. In addition to bigger display sizes, Garmin has introduced new QuickFit nylon bands and silicone colors. Sapphire editions add the durability of a scratch-resistant sapphire lens and other high-performance materials.
The fēnix 6 series introduces PaceProfeature, which keeps a runner’s pacing strategy on track with grade-adjusted guidance as they run a course. Runners can create plans directly from the watch or ahead of time on Garmin Connect or Garmin Connect Mobile. While running the course, users will be able to see their target split pace, the actual split pace, distance to the next split, and how much time they are ahead/behind on their target, right on the watch face.
Out of the box, the fēnix series includes topographic maps for outdoor adventures, ski maps for over 2,000 ski resorts worldwide, and 41,000 golf courses. The series features on-device music storage of up to 2,000 songs, allowing users to sync playlists from several of the most popular music services, no phone required.
The new customizable Power Manager allows the user to see and control how various settings and sensors impact battery life. Battery remaining can be represented in hours and days to help determine whether the adventure can last until the next charge. Users can adjust their battery saving modes which disables certain features to extend battery life on the fly. These watches are packed with features including built-in activity profiles, VO2 max estimates and training status with adjustments for heat and altitude.
All models include wrist-based heart rate for all-day stress tracking, underwater wrist-based heart rate for swimming and Pulse Ox4 blood oxygen saturation to support sleep monitoring and altitude acclimation. Plus, the Body Battery energy monitoring feature lets users see their body’s energy levels at any given moment, which can help with scheduling workouts, rest times and sleep. Using a combination of data gathered from stress, heart rate variability, sleep and activity, a higher Body Battery indicates the time is optimal to be active whereas a lower number suggests rest is in order. Body Battery assists users in making sense of patterns, demonstrating how behaviors and activities of the past few days influence how one feels at a given moment.
It’s easy to stay connected with the fēnix 6 series that allows users to receive alerts on the wrist for incoming calls, texts, emails and more by enabling smart notifications. All models also include Garmin Pay, a contactless payment solution so users don’t have to worry about carrying cash or cards, which can now be used at major transit systems around the world. Commuters simply tap and pay-per-ride with their watch – no transit card, phone or wallet needed.
Available now, the fēnix 6 series has a suggested retail price that starts at $599.99.