CES 2017: Garmin's Fenix 5 series comes in smaller sizes

CES 2017: Garmin’s Fenix 5 series comes in smaller sizes

It was a long time coming. Garmin has officially announced today not one, but three new smartwatches in its Fenix series. The new line is lighter and sleeker than previous models and more feature-packed.

It has been over 18 months now since the third version of the watch was released to great acclaim and excellent user feedback. Many had expected we would see Fenix 4 this time last year but were left disappointed. For some reason, Garmin decided to skip the next numeration and jump straight to the Fenix 5.

Revealed today at CES 2017, the Fenix 5, Fenix 5S and Fenix 5X smartwatches come with an optical heart rate sensor, GPS and GLONASS, a bunch of multisport activity modes, daily activity tracking functionality (steps, calories burned, active minutes, sleep and other metrics), and the ability to show smartphone notifications. They also come equipped with new QuickFit bands, which let users change between formal leather or metal bands to silicone bands.

The new Fenix 5 packs slightly bumped up specs into a more compact body (down from a diameter of 51.5mm to 47mm). There is a range of colors to choose from as well as a WiFi enabled scratch-resistant sapphire lens version.

The 5S is Garmin’s first Fenix watch designed with the female sports enthusiast in mind. It sports a smaller footprint for smaller wrists (42mm diameter), without compromising on any multisport features.

Finally, the Fenix 5X packs even more functionality, but sporting a 51mm diameter sacrifices the small form-factor. It comes pre-loaded with topographical maps of the US and uses satellite signals to provide route mapping, current location, and even suggested routes.

“After years in the wearables market, Garmin knows that athletes and adventurers come in all sizes, which is why we have designed the new line of fēnix 5 watches to fit every wrist and every workout,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of worldwide sales.

“This is the first time Garmin has created a variety of sizes for one product so now users don’t have to choose between getting the features they want and wearing a watch that fits.”

All three watches are rated to 100-meter water resistance and made of stainless steel. The Fenix 5 can run for about two weeks in smartwatch mode and a day with GPS switched on. Owing to its smaller size, the Fenix 5S has the shortest battery life of the lot, 8 days in smartwatch mode and 13 hours when using GPS. Finally, the Fenix 5X comes with a battery that keeps going for 12 days in smartwatch mode and 20 hours with GPS switched on.

Garmin is sitting on a winner here. Featuring a wide variety of sport profiles, including running, biking, swimming, hiking, triathlons, climbing, skiing, rowing and paddle boarding, the Fenix line has become a preference for sports and outdoor enthusiasts. It contains most things you would want for fitness training plus feature sets for outdoor navigation. A wearable for those who are into multi sports and want to be able to track everything.

One of the most talked about design features of the Fenix 3 line was its bulkiness. Unsurprisingly, this was especially unappealing to female users considering their smaller sized wrists. Garmin has risen to the challenge, and managed to squeeze the same great functionality into multiple sized devices.

You will need to wait a bit longer, though, to get your hands on one of these gadgets. Due to be rolled out in Q1 2017, Fenix 5 and 5S will come with a suggested retail price of $599.99, while the Sapphire versions of the two and Fenix 5x will go for $699.99. To learn more, visit Garmin’s website.


Side by side comparison

 Garmin Fenix 3 HRGarmin Fenix 5Garmin Fenix 5SGarmin Fenix 5X
Tech specs 
Size51.5 x 51.5 x 16.0 mm47.0 x 47.0 x 15.5 mm42.0 x 42.0 x 14.5 mm51.0 x 51.0 x 17.5 mm
MaterialPlastic with silicon band. Also comes in a Sapphire and Chronos version.Plastic with silicon band. Also comes in a Sapphire version.Plastic with silicon band. Also comes in a Sapphire version.Sapphire with Silicon band.
ChargingYesYesYesYes
Battery300mAh lithium-ionLithium-ionLithium-ionLithium-ion
Battery lifeUp to 40 hours in UltraTrac mode; up to 16 hours in GPS training mode; up to 2 weeks in smartwatch mode (with 24/7 HR monitoring)Up to 2 weeks in smartwatch mode (depending on settings), up to 24 hours in GPS mode, and up to 75 hours in UltraTrac battery saver modeUp to 9 days in smartwatch mode (depending on settings), up to 14 hours in GPS mode, and up to 40 hours in UltraTrac™ battery saver modeUp to 12 days in smartwatch mode (depending on settings), up to 20 hours in GPS mode, and up to 50 hours in UltraTrac battery saver mode
Water-resistance10 ATM10 ATM10 ATM10 ATM
Weight86.1 gramsWith silicone band: 3.0 oz (85.0 g); Sapphire version: 3.1 oz (87.0 g)With silicone band: 2.4 oz (67.0 g)With silicone band: 3.5 oz (98.0 g)
SensorAccelerometer, optical heart rate sensor, barometric altimeter, electronic compass, GPSAccelerometer, optical heart rate sensor, barometric altimeter, electronic compass, GPS, GLONASSAccelerometer, optical heart rate sensor, barometric altimeter, electronic compass, GPS, GLONASSAccelerometer, optical heart rate sensor, barometric altimeter, electronic compass, GPS, GLONASS
Display205 x 148 pixels; transflective MIP color; sapphire lens240 x 240 pixels; sunlight-visible, always-on, low power, colorful display218 x 218 pixels; sunlight-visible, always-on, low power, colorful display240 x 240 pixels; sunlight-visible, always-on, low power, colorful display
Screen size30.4 mm diameter30.5mm diameter27.94 mm diameter30.5mm diameter
ColorsGray. Also comes in a Sapphire and Chronos version.Slate Gray, Silver, Champagne - comes with interchangeable bands in various colors.Slate Gray, Silver, Champagne - comes with interchangeable bands in various colors.Slate Gray, Silver, Champagne - comes with interchangeable bands in various colors.
Other
Activity tracking 
StepsYesYesYesYes
DistanceYesYesYesYes
CaloriesYesYesYesYes
ActivityYesYesYesYes
FloorsYesYesYesYes
SleepYesYesYesYes
Heart rate24/724/724/724/7
Vo2MaxYesYesYesYes
UV exposureNoNoNoNo
Skin temperatureNoNoNoNo
Galvanic skin responseNoNoNoNo
GPSGPS and GLONASS enabledGPS and GLONASS enabledGPS and GLONASS enabledGPS and GLONASS enabled
Running featuresvirtual pacer, VO2 max estimate, recovery advisor, race predictor, running dynamics, calculates distance for indoor workouts, personal records, virtual partner/racerVirtual pacer, VO2 max estimate, recovery advisor, race predictor, running dynamics, calculates distance for indoor workouts, personal records, virtual partner/racerVirtual pacer, VO2 max estimate, recovery advisor, race predictor, running dynamics, calculates distance for indoor workouts, personal records, virtual partner/racerVirtual pacer, VO2 max estimate, recovery advisor, race predictor, running dynamics, calculates distance for indoor workouts, personal records, virtual partner/racer
Swimming featureslengths, distance, pace, stroke count/rate, calories; stroke type identification; open water swim metrics; swim workoutsLengths, distance, pace, stroke count/rate, calories; stroke type identification; open water swim metrics; swim workoutsLengths, distance, pace, stroke count/rate, calories; stroke type identification; open water swim metrics; swim workoutsLengths, distance, pace, stroke count/rate, calories; stroke type identification; open water swim metrics; swim workouts
Smartphone notificationsYesYesYesYes
Other - Multi sport
- Music control, find my phone
- Features physiological measurements (stress score, performance condition and lactate threshold)
- Remembers 100 hours of activity data
- built in memory: 32 MB; available 23 MB
- hunt/fish calendar, sun moon information, area calculation
- Multi sport
- Music control, find my phone
- Features physiological measurements (stress score, performance condition and lactate threshold)
- Remembers 200 hours of activity data
- built in memory: 64 MB; available 54 MB
- hunt/fish calendar, sun moon information, area calculation
- many other features...
- Multi sport
- Music control, find my phone
- Features physiological measurements (stress score, performance condition and lactate threshold)
- Remembers 200 hours of activity data
- built in memory: 64 MB; available 54 MB
- hunt/fish calendar, sun moon information, area calculation
- many other features...
Maps: Preloaded topographic and cycling maps, plus more than 40,000 golf courses around the world
- Multi sport
- Music control, find my phone
- Features physiological measurements (stress score, performance condition and lactate threshold)
- built in memory: 12 GB.
- hunt/fish calendar, sun moon information, area calculation
- many other features...
Links 
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Amazon US rating4.3 out of 5 starsWatch is schedule for release in March 2017Watch is schedule for release in March 2017Watch is schedule for release in March 2017
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Such a bummer that Dan Bartel’s statement about the Fenix 5 is not true “This is the first time Garmin has created a variety of sizes for one product so now users don’t have to choose between getting the features they want and wearing a watch that fits.” because if you want to have one of the smaller watches in a pretty color like white or blue with the features you want like wifi or sapphire glass well you can just forget about that! Apparently those are only offered in the big burly sizes or in the dark colors :(.… Read more »
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