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CES 2017: Garmin announces the new Fenix 5 smartwatch

Three new models were revealed today at CES, the Fenix 5S, Fenix 5, and Fenix 5X. In addition to smaller size models, upgrades to the Fenix 5 line, compared to the Fenix 3 series, include higher resolution more colorful displays, Bluetooth Smart sensor support, mapping functionality, and new QuickFit band options. Prices range from $599.99 to $849.99.


The new Garmin Fenix 5S is interesting primarily because of the size and design for those with smaller wrists. The case size is 42mm, same as the large Apple Watch, with a much slimmer, smoother bezel than what we see on the other Garmin Fenix sports watches.

The Fenix 5S packs in GPS, GLONASS, 10 ATM water resistance, optical heart rate monitor, ANT+, Bluetooth, and Connect IQ support for apps, watch faces, data fields, and widgets. It’s a 24/7 activity tracker with automatic sleep tracking and step counting, too. The Fenix 5S is rated to last up to eight days as a smartwatch and up to 13 hours in GPS tracking mode.


The new Garmin Fenix 5 has a 47mm case design, which is still smaller than the 51mm design of the current Garmin Fenix 3 HR. Other than size, it has all the same functions of the Fenix 5S. The Fenix 5 is rated to last up to 12 days as a smartwatch and up to 20 hours in GPS tracking mode.


The new Garmin Fenix 5X is sized the same as the Garmin Fenix 3 HR and only comes with Wi-Fi and sapphire glass. It starts at $699.99 and goes up to $849.99 with a metal band.

The defining feature of the Fenix 5X is the ability for mapping. The Fenix 5X contains 16GB of internal storage for maps (but sorry, there’s still no storage and playback of music here). Maps are topographic and cycling maps with support for more than 40,000 golf courses too.

The Connect IQ store, which allows users to run apps on the watches, has some new additions on the way. Apps including Uber ETA, which allows users to see how long their booked Uber ride will take to arrive, as well as offerings from GU Energy Labs and Trek, will be joining new faces in the store in the near future.

Shipping in the first quarter, the Fenix 5 and 5S will cost $600, while the sapphire variants and the 5X will sell for $700.

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