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Garmin Fenix 5, Fenix 5S and Fenix 5X officially announced

Good news Fenix 3 fans, Garmin has unveiled not one, but three successors to the multi sport GPS watch in the shape of the Fenix 5, the Fenix 5S and the Fenix 5X.

They’re still very much built with outdoor adventurers in mind with all of the new Fenix models offering to deliver big battery life, 24/7 activity tracking, mapping, Garmin’s Elevate wrist based heart rate monitor and the usual array of multi sport tracking. That means it still caters for runners, hikers, swimmers and cyclists.

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All of the new Fenix watches are water rated to 100 metres letting you go for a dip and not have to worry that the stainless steel body is in danger of getting damaged. There’s a 3-axis compass on board as well as a gyroscope and barometric altimeter, while GPS and GLONASS support means tracking is well and truly covered.

We’ve praised Garmin’s smartwatch features on its Forerunner and Fenix watches in the past and it looks like you’ll get more of the same on the Fenix 5 collection. So you’ll be able to view call, text and email notifications on the watch display. There’s Connect IQ support as well so you can add additional widgets, data field and watch faces.

Fenix 5

Starting with the Fenix 5, the 47mm sized watch features a more compact design in comparison to the Fenix 3 HR and like the other models lets you switch between leather and metal straps.

It promises two weeks of battery life in smartwatch mode and 24 hours in GPS mode.

Fenix 5S

The Fenix 5S is designed for female adventurers offering a smaller 42mm sized watch, which is available in silver with either white, turquoise or black silicone bands with a mineral glass lens. There’s also a Fenix 5S Sapphire model that features a more outdoor-friendly scratch resistant sapphire lens and offers Wi-Fi support making it easier to sync your data.

Battery life on the Fenix 5S is less than what the Fenix 5 offers, delivering up to eight days in smartwatch mode and 13 hours in GPS mode.

Fenix 5X

Garmin Fenix 5, Fenix 5S and Fenix 5X officially announced

Last up is the Fenix 5X, which is the daddy of the new range. It measures in at 51mm and is also available in a sapphire lens, Wi-Fi packing model. It comes preloaded with TOPO US mapping and cycling maps letting users decide how far they’d like to run or ride and the watch suggests suitable courses with guidance available on the watch display. There’s also an Around Me map mode that picks out points of interest. You can also view data overlays during tracked activity so you don’t have to play around with switching screens.

Fenix 5X owners can expect to get up to 12 days battery life in smartwatch mode and 20 hours in GPS mode. All models are equipped with an power saving mode to squeeze in a few more hours of tracking.

Price and release dates

The new Fenix 5, 5S and 5X are set to start shipping in Q1 2017. The Fenix 5 and Fenix 5S is expected to be priced at $599.99.

The Fenix 5 Sapphire, Fenix 5S Sapphire and Fenix 5X are a little pricier at $699.99. We’ll be getting some hands on time with all the models out at CES to let you know if the Fenix 3 successor makes a good first impression.

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