THE Garmin announced on Thursday (29) three new expensive sports watches with GPS: Phoenix 6, Fenix 6S and Fenix 6X. They bring features launched in the past generation, such as music storage, topographic maps in memory and NFC for payments, but they have gained longer battery life and even a solar-powered version.
The Fenix line remains divided into three sizes: Fenix 6S (42 mm), Fenix 6 (47 mm) and Fenix 6X (51 mm). In addition to the screen, the difference is due to the battery, which in smartwatch mode is 9 days for the Fenix 6S and 21 days for the Fenix 6X. The duration with continuous GPS monitoring also varies widely: 25 hours on the Fenix 6S, 36 hours on the Fenix 6 and 60 hours (!) On the Fenix 6X.
Although Garmin does not highlight this information, the improvement in battery life has to do mainly with the replacement of the GPS chip, which went from MediaTek to Sony – a move that other sports watch manufacturers are also making. This change has caused precision problems for some brands, but the DC Rainmaker liked the GPS of the Fenix 6X in the tests.
The Fenix 6X is the only one with a variant called Pro Solar: it features Power Glass, a transparent solar charger that sits on the watch glass. It is estimated that this will increase the battery from 21 to 24 days in smartwatch mode, from 80 to 120 days in energy saving mode (!) And from 60 to 66 hours in continuous GPS monitoring. A new power manager shows you how many days of battery life you have, based on the activated sensors.
As for the specifications, the watches are waterproof (up to 10 atm); have 32 GB of flash memory to store up to 2,000 songs, including Spotify sync; support for the GPS, Glonass and Galileo trio; compatibility with 20, 22 or 26 mm QuickFit wristbands; and Gorilla Glass 3, sapphire or Power Glass, depending on your pocket.
In the software, Garmin has deployed a feature called PacePro, which helps you maintain your running pace based on the terrain elevation and the preferences you have chosen. It is possible to define a strategy for a race, even if you want to run the second half slower or faster than the first half. In short, you stop making divisions per kilometer, and start making divisions by varying elevation.
The new watches also have pre-loaded maps of 2,000 ski resorts around the world; heart rate sensors and pulse oximeter (PulseOx), temperature and altitude acclimatization; more accurate running predictions that don’t just take VOtwo maximum account; and the VO estimate itselftwo most adjusted maximum, which considers the local temperature.
As usual, prices are quite high. Basic versions of Garmin Fenix 6 and 6S, without music, maps, or Wi-Fi, cost $ 599. With these features, prices jump to $ 699 (Fenix 6 and 6S) and $ 749 (Fenix 6X ). The sapphire screen versions range from $ 799 to 949. Finally, the Fenix 6X Pro Solar with solar charging costs up to $ 1,149.
There is still no release forecast in Brazil. Garmin no longer operates in the country and has only an official reseller. The models of the last generation are sold for prices between R $ 6,399 and 6,799.