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Forerunner and Fenix labels, there's a new "ultraperformance GPS watch" in town as well dubbed Garmin Enduro. This bad boy is made to, well, endure the toughest environments and most extreme weather conditions while thriving in direct sunlight.While most of these products are sold under the
We mean that in a literal way, mind you, as the Enduro not only comes with a "sunlight-optimized" 1.4-inch OLED display sporting a respectable (albeit not impressive) resolution of 280 x 280 pixels but also solar charging capabilities. Obviously, you're going to need to spend a lot of time outside during long stretches of favorable weather to realize the full energy potential of this almost surprisingly lightweight device, but if the planets align just right, you can apparently squeeze up to 65 days of continuous use in "smartwatch mode."
For those keeping score at home, that's more than two months, or close to nine and a half weeks, without hugging a wall. Tipping the scales at 72 grams in an entry-level version made of steel or as little as 58 grams with a scratch-resistant titanium bezel in tow, the Garmin Enduro boasts a remarkable battery life of up to 70 hours (close to three days) even without solar charging and with all its top-notch features permanently enabled, GPS connectivity included.
Said list of features also includes everything from continuous heart rate monitoring to advanced sleep tracking, blood oxygen saturation supervision, and all kinds of other health sensors and tools, which is of course not surprising for an Android and iOS-compatible smartwatch starting at a whopping $799.99.
If you prefer the ultra-lightweight titanium model, you need to cough up an extra hundred bucks right now for the total price of two entry-level Apple Watch Series 6 units and an oft-discounted Garmin Vivosmart 4, which feels just a tad excessive. Then again, this thing's target audience is likely to view the world's best-selling smartwatch as little more than a toy, and it pretty much goes without saying that Apple (just like Samsung or Fitbit) has absolutely no intention to directly compete with the Garmin Enduro or Fenix lineup anytime soon.