One of the many bits of information released about the Garmin Fenix 6. Again, nothing new is being revealed here, but more clarification of both how the new Fenix 6 series will look and the reported features.
[Update 25/08/2019] An eCommerce site in Uruguay has listed the fēnix 6 Pro for $804 with a launch date of September 6th 2019. Perhaps not the most trustworthy of sources, it could be an SEO tactic, but the 6th is the first official day of IFA, and many companies make their announcements on the 4th and 5th. So this date makes more sense than the previous 29th of August release. Screenshot and link at the bottom of the page.
|6 Series||5 Plus|
|42mm S Pro||£599.99||£599.99|
|42mm S Sapphire||£699.99||£649.99|
|42mm S Sapphire Luxury Straps||£799.99||£749|
|47mm Sapphire Titanium||£899.99||£749|
|51mm X Sapphire||£749.99||£799.99|
|51mm X Titanium/Luxy band||£899.99||£999.99|
|51mm X Solar||£999.99 - no Sapphire glass||N/A|
Due to the sheer volume of leaks coming out it is looking more likely that Garmin will launch the watch soon. Around IFA makes sense and the previous leaked Amazon listing indicated the 29th of August. I am still sceptical of this launch date, but I guess we will see. The new info suggesting September 6th 2019 sounds a little more believable.
Some people have expressed their disappointment at the upgrade, I am indifferent until I test it.
There are a couple of very big upgrades (for me). Yesterday, some of the battery details were revealed, if they turn out to be true, there are some massive improvements as you can see in the table below:
|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|
It is the new battery modes that are the most interesting, but we will have to see just how much functionality gets shut down to achieve those numbers.
Looking at the 6S GPS + Music, that's a 50% improvement and with 6 hours that should see most people through a marathon or 100m sportive ride.
Then there is the new PacePro, which appears to be like power but translated into time instead, which is likely more user-friendly. You will now get a relative pace over any incline, which should allow you to manage your effort better. I have never really used power in running properly but it is something I am keen to try for marathons, as I really struggle much beyond the 20m mark.
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