Alone among the Big 4 wearables companies, Garmin is launching new products at CES. It’s introducing the Fenix 5 line, building on its rugged high-performance wristwear.
There are three Fenix 5 models: the 5, the 5S, and the 5X. They’ve got a different look — a bit smaller and less aggressively masculine. All the models come in a variety of colors and finishes and have accessory bands available. (For the first time, too, it’s faster to swap bands.) All of them track heart rate and have many sports modes.
The base Fenix 5 is a 47mm watch. The 5s, measuring a still-hefty 42mm (the same size as the large Apple Watch), is the first watch in the line aimed at women or those with smaller wrists. It’s also available with a sapphire bezel.
The 5X is 51mm across (which is huge), and comes pre-loaded with topo maps, cycling maps, and other nav features. It, too, is available with a sapphire screen.
All of the watches are water rated to 100 meters. The Fenix 5 and 5X can get roughly two weeks life out of a charge in smartwatch mode and about 24 hours in GPS mode. The Fenix 5S battery lasts up to eight days as a smartwatch and 13 hours in GPS.
Prices range from $600 to $700. Availability in the first quarter.
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