Garmin unveils three new outdoor smartwatch models with GPS
Garmin surprised CES 2017 with three new fēnix 5 GPS smartwatch models — 5, 5X and 5S — this time suitable even for smaller wrists. Rugged smartwatches designed to keep up with outdoor adventures typically sport quite beefy designs and the Garmin fēnix smartwatch line used to be on the bulky side of things, but not anymore. Garmin has now announced three new fēnix 5 smartwatch models with smaller form factors, measuring 1.6 to 2 inches in diameter — up to half an inch smaller than the beefier fēnix 3 line, for instance.
All three, Garmin fēnix 5, fēnix 5X and fēnix 5S models are designed for continual use, not just for workouts or outdoors adventures. The smartwatches can last for up to two weeks on a single charge in smartwatch mode, albeit using the GPS continuously will reduce the battery life to between 13 and 24 hours. The Garmin fēnix 5, 5X and 5S are also water-resistant and ready for a workout or adventure at any time, offering the same daily activity tracking potions as the other wearable devices in Garmin’s line-up. As expected, the gadgets also play nice with Garmin’s Connect IQ app platform.
Compared with other Garmin smartwatches, however, these three new models stand out because they finally sport a smaller size, reducing the bulk significantly and offering a sleeker and lighter design. The new fēnix 5 delivers the same activity tracking and heart rate monitoring proficiency as the fēnix 3HR, but it measures only 1.85 inches (47 mm) in diameter. The fēnix 5s, meanwhile, is built for “petite wrists” and focuses on female adventurers, as it’s even smaller than the fēnix 5, measuring just 1.65 inches (42 mm) in diameter. The fēnix 5X is the largest smartwatch of the trio, measuring 2 inches (51 mm) in diameter.