Garmin's new Fenix 5, 5X, and 5S smartwatches are functional and posh with price tags to match


Although smartwatches and fitness trackers are no longer all the rage during the large annual trade shows like CES, MWC, and IFA, they are still a trendy gadget niche that's expanding at a steady rate with better and better offerings. One of the manufacturers that have been consistently keeping a rather diverse and well-thought portfolio of such gadgetry is none other than Garmin, which just recently announced its latest "flagship" smartwatch lineup at CES 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Say "Hi!" to the Garmin Fenix 5, the Fenix 5X, and the Fenix 5S, a trio of multisport GPS watches that not only looks good but also comes with a respectable list of features to match the snazzy design. You can now easily change between different compatible bands thanks to Garmin's new QuickFit technology, which allows easy interchanging. Garmin will be selling a bunch of leather, plastic, and metal bands separately which would definitely tickle the fancy of customization freaks.

All three will record basic and more advanced metrics when you go out running, cycling, hiking, swimming, golfing, or practicing another favorite sports activity of yours. Other great features like 24/7 heart rate monitoring tracking and keeping tabs on the user's blood oxygen levels have fortunately also made the cut. 

Thanks to the built-in GPS and GLONASS support, 3-axis compasses, gyroscopes, and barometric altimeters fitted within all three wearables, important data like speed, elevation, and pace and will be always accurate - it's good to see that no corners have been cut here. Additionally, the Fenix 5 lineup is water-resistant up to 100 meters. With GPS off, the batteries will last for up to 2 weeks, but turning the positioning feature on will deplete them in 24 hours.

The Garmin Fenix 5S is the smallest of the bunch, clocking in at 42mm and aimed at the female crowd or folks with, as Garmin puts it, "petite wrists". Both a sapphire and mineral glass versions of this one will be available; the former comes in black or champagne with a couple of wristbands to match the color. 


Next up, we have the Fenix 5, which measures in at 47mm and boasts manly industrial design. Garmin seems pretty proud of the customizability future Fenix 5 users will be able to benefit from - switching between the different leather, metal or silicone bands will be as easy as pie. Of course, the latter are sold separately.


Finally, the Fenix 5X clocks in at 51mm, making it the biggest (and most expensive) new smartwatch. It comes with preloaded topography maps of the United States, which would be greatly beneficial to long-distance cyclist and runners as it allows easy route and course creation. This one comes with a sapphire glass and can be paired with either a plastic or a metal wristband.


Garmin's new smartwatches will be available "in 5-8 weeks", meaning you'd be able to snatch one in February or March. Prices for the 42mm Fenix 5S and the 47mm Fenix 5 start from $599.99, while the top-of-the-line Fenix 5X starts at $699.99. 

The wearables will be on display at CES 2017. How are you liking them, by the way? Chime in below!


source: Garmin

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13 Comments

1. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

Good looking watches, but I wish the bezels were smaller.

2. tywanjames

Posts: 63; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

Garmin always prices their stuff too high for some reason.

5. combatmedic870

Posts: 984; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

It's competitive with its competitors. Sunnto and polar. Smart watches have been out for quite a while. I had a GPS watch back in 2007 the Sunnto X9. Also see Tissots T touch series. See sunntos Sparta collection.

3. Schmao

Posts: 365; Member since: Jul 05, 2009

Lol 700 dollars for a smartwatch

10. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

At least it don't need charge EVERY DAY.

4. combatmedic870

Posts: 984; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

Just so everyone knows. These are more then just smart watches. These are close to alternatives to Sunntos transverse/alpha series. They don't rely on your phones GPS and crap. These are standing alone sport watches made for athletes/ people that actually work out or hike...you know...go outside.

6. talon95

Posts: 998; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

What $350 smartwatch doesn't come with GPS on board? $700 is loco.

8. combatmedic870

Posts: 984; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

Some do. But they aren't going to have a sapphire screen and other features.

7. Darkkracker

Posts: 255; Member since: Jun 11, 2016

And Apple Watch still does it all so perfectly.

9. combatmedic870

Posts: 984; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

No, it really doesn't. These are stand alone watches. No phones are needed. If you say your Apple watch does it so perfectly. You don't hike. A real hike. Like 10-15 miles. Where there is no phone signal.

13. ctdog4748

Posts: 797; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

Damn you really get off on trying to prove your athletic prowess/love of the outdoors. Seriously, what's lacking in your life that you're overcompensating for?

11. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Do you like to charge your watch every day?

12. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Nice watch, but the price....

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