[Update] The YouTube video posted by Andor Czafix has now been removed following a copyright claim by Garmin International, Inc.
[Update 08/08/2019] New leaked images which claim to be real-life shots of the Fenix 6x Pro
[Update 09/08/2019] An Amazon listing has been reportedly posted then pulled claiming a release of 29th of August 2019 for the Fenix 6X Sapphire
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.
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.
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.
Amazon image source: the5krunner