Now that the latest generation of Garmin watches has been out for a few weeks, it is time to start with leaks and rumours of their next watches.
I would take the following with a big pinch of salt, but images have been revealed to show renders of the full Garmin fēnix 6 series, the vívoactive 4 series, vivomove 3 series, MARQ Commander and Instinct Tactical Coyote.
Traditionally Garmin does not do a major release so even if these leaks are true, it is unlikely that we will see the Fenix 6 until next year. There is a good chance Garmin will announce the watches at CES 2020 which is in January. That is only 5 months off so there is a good chance beta models are out and about in use, so the leak is semi-plausible.
The leaked images and product names indicated that Garmin will be expanding the range to include 6 models in total. There will be the usual 6S, 6 and 6X, there are now Pro variants. With the 6X they are both Pro but there is a Solar model too.
The newly leaked information shows some higher quality images, and there are now improved images from the taken down Amazon page. It also listed all the models we will see launched.
The full product list includes:
- Fenix 6s White with White Band
- Fenix 6s Silver with Black Band
- Fenix 6s Pro Black with Black Band
- Fenix 6s Pro Rose Gold-tone with White Band
- Fenix 6s Sapphire Rose Gold-tone with Powder Gray Band
- Fenix 6s Sapphire Carbon Gray DLC with Black Band
- Fenix 6s Sapphire Rose Gold-tone with Heathered Black Nylon Band
- Fenix 6s Sapphire Light Gold-tone with Shale Gray Leather Band
- Fenix 6 Silver with Black Band
- Fenix 6 Pro Black with Black Band
- Fenix 6 Sapphire Carbon Gray DLC with Black Band
- Fenix 6 Sapphire Titanium with Ember Orange Band
- Fenix 6 Sapphire Black DLC with Heathered Red Nylon Band
- Fenix 6 Sapphire Titanium with Vented Titanium Bracelet
- Fenix 6X Pro Black with Black Band
- Fenix 6X Sapphire Carbon Gray DLC with Black Band
- Fenix 6X Sapphire Black DLC with Chestnut Leather Band
- Fenix 6X Pro Solar Titanium Carbon Gray DLC with Black Band
- Fenix 6X Pro Solar Titanium with Vented Titanium Bracelet
More recent new images have been leaked which appears to show the Fenix 6X Pro in real life. Again, I question the authenticity of these, the design is exactly the same as the 5X Plus, but it backs up the claims of a 6X Pro.
Garmin Fenix 6X Sapphire & Solar listed on Amazon
Most recently it has been claimed that Amazon listed the Garmin Fenix 6X Sapphire on their US website with a price of $949.99 with a release date of 29th of August 2019. The Solar model was also listed for $1,149.99
This could be another hoax, it would be odd for Garmin to launch the device to the public a week before IFA in Berlin, it would also deviate from their trend of launching at CES in January. However, the images do look authentic.
The Garmin Fenix 6x Sapphire comes with a scratch-resistant 1.4” sunlight-readable display. This is 36% bigger than previous Fenix models which sport a 1.2″ screen. The rugged device has stainless steel bezels and a titanium or diamond-like carbon (DLC) coating.
The optical HRM gets an upgrade to latest Garmin ELEVATE heart rate module.
PacePro could be one of the most interesting new features. This is “grade-adjusted pace guidance throughout your activity”. This could work as an alternative to running power that has become popular with the likes of Stryd.
Vo2Max and training status are now adjusted for heat and altitude acclimation status. Your performance metrics will no longer be influenced by environmental factors.
Then there is pre-loaded TOPO maps and ski maps for over 2,000 worldwide ski results. Like its predecessor, there’s support for multiple navigation satellite systems (GPS, GLONASS and Galileo). Built-in sensors include a 3-axis compass, gyroscope, barometric altimeter and PulseOx.
The listed model did not come with LTE, though it is still possible on something else.
Claimed Specification Table
On another site, fitness-tracker-test.info they claim to have some accurate information about the specs, but don’t confirm the exact source. Possibly the Amazon listing.
It has some interesting revelations, though I will take it with a pinch of salt.
For a start, the standard, none Pro models, will lack Wi-Fi and Music. This would be an odd decision considering the current Fenix 5 Plus has it by default. If the price is lower, I could get behind the decision.
There are also some pretty wild claims about battery life. With two new battery modes when not tracking exercise called economy and exposure, it is claimed that the watches can achieve 20+ days between charge.
With the 6X Sapphire Solar on economy mode, it is claimed that 120 days is possible, 80 days by default then up to 40 days additional from solar power. That’s 4 months. If this is true it will be very interesting to see how much functionality is cut out from the watch.
Currently, the 5 Plus series has a resolution of 240 x 240 pixels for all models according to the Garmin website and then the older 5S has 218 x 218 pixels.
With the new series, the 6S will keep the 240 x 240 pixels display, but the 6 will have 260×260 and the 6X 280×280.
|Dimensions||Weight||Screen Size||Est. Price in $|
|Garmin Fenix 6S||42 x 42 x 13.8 mm||58 g||1.2″||599.99|
|Garmin Fenix 6S Pro||42 x 42 x 13.8 mm||61 g||1.2″||699.99|
|Garmin Fenix 6S Sapphire||42 x 42 x 13.8 mm||61 g||1.2″||799.99|
|Garmin Fenix 6||47 x 47 x 14.7 mm||80 g||1.3″||599.99|
|Garmin Fenix 6 Pro||47 x 47 x 14.7 mm||83 g||1.3″||699.99|
|Garmin Fenix 6 Sapphire||47 x 47 x 14.7 mm||83 g||1.3″||799.99|
|Garmin Fenix 6X Pro||51 x 51 x 14.9mm||93 g||1.4″||749.99|
|Garmin Fenix 6X Sapphire||51 x 51 x 14.9mm||93 g||1.4″||849.99|
|Garmin Fenix 6X Solar Sapphire Titanium + Silicone wristband||51 x 51 x 14.9 mm||82 g||1.4″||999.99|
|Garmin Fenix 6X Solar Sapphire Titanium + Titan wristband||51 x 51 x 14.9 mm||82 g||1.4″||1145.9|
|Internal storage||64 MB||32 GB||32 GB||32 GB|
|Deezer / Spotify||No||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Watch glass||Gorilla Glass||Gorilla Glass||Sapphire Glass||Sapphire Glass|
|Solar / Power Glass||No||No||No||Yes|
|6S Basic / Pro / Sapphire||6 Basic / Pro / Sapphire||6X Pro / Sapphire||6X Sapphire Solar|
|GPS||25 h||36 h||60 h||60 + 6 h|
|GPS + music||6 h||10 h||15 h||15 + 1 h|
|UltraTrac||50 h||72 h||120 h||120 + 28 h|
|Smartwatch mode||9 days||14 days||21 days||21 + 3 days|
|Exposure mode||20 days||28 days||46 days||46 + 10 days|
|Economy mode||34 days||48 days||80 days||80 + 40 days|
|Garmin Fenix||5S||5||5X||5S Plus||5 Plus||5X Plus||6S||6||6X|
|Resolution||218 x 218||240 x 240||240 x 240||240 x 240||240 x 240||240 x 240||240 x 240||260 x 260||280 x 280|
What might be featured based on the leaked renders?
A Solar model makes a lot of sense, especially on the 6X models too, though how much of an effect that can have on your battery is debatable.
For the 6S and 6 models, it looks like Garmin is sticking to the current designs, which is fine by me, I think the S models are the best looking sports/smartwatches on the market.
With the Garmin Fenix 6x & 6x Pro a couple of small details have been revealed. The 21-day battery life is a big one, technically that is only 1 more day than the current 5X Plus but any improvement is welcome.
Then there also appears to be a heart rate EGC graph, this is another sensible inclusion, the Apple Watch Series 4 and the Polar Vantage both have it so Garmin will want to keep up.
What other features are likely to be added?
Everything here is speculation, but we can pretty much guarantee that the new Fenix 6 will get all the new features the Forerunner 245 and FR945 received. This includes Body Resources, Heat and Altitude Acclimation, Training Load Focus, Training Effect Labels, and incident detection.
Mobile data / LTE – Garmin launched the Vivoactive 3 Verizon at CES 2019 so it is possible one of the watches would include this. Music, maps and incident detection would all greatly benefit from this, but at the same time, it would have a big effect on battery life.
Improved screen – The reason why Garmin and Suunto have great batteries is there a low-resolution screen which sips battery compared to the screens of a smartwatch. While a lot of people want Garmin to put an AMOLED screen on the watch, I am not sure how likely or how good that would be. However, keep the same screen tech but increase the resolution slightly.
Garmin Fenix 6 release price & date
It will be two years since the Fenix 5 launched at CES 2017, so it looks likely they will launch here.
The Garmin Fenix 5 Plus started at a cost of £599 at launch so odds are likely that it will be the same if not a little higher.
Based on the current leaks the pricing is claimed to be:
- Fenix 6S – $599-$899
- Fenix 6 – $599-$999
- Fenix 6X – $749-$1199
Last updated on 22nd August 2019 11:59 pm