Garmin Fenix 5 plus release, price, Garmin Pay & music

Garmin plan to release the Garmin Fenix 5 plus, but its not all about the music


Garmin Fenix 5 plus release looks like it’s on the cards according to a recent FCC filing for a ‘permissive’ change. Whilst the majority of people are hoping Garmin release the Fenix 5 plus with music and Garmin pay, I suspect a Fenix 5 plus release is also about fixing Bluetooth and wifi issues with the current Fenix 5 and Fenix 5s models that have been reported.

Whilst some hoped Garmin would jump straight to a Fenix 6 this year, it does look like Garmin will release a Fenix 5 plus later this year with a number of improvements from Bluetooth, wifi and the addition of Garmin Pay and music support.

Garmin Fenix 5 plus release details

  • What is it? It’s the Garmin Fenix 5 plus
  • When is it out? The current thinking is that the Garmin Fenix 5 plus release will happen around Quarter 2 2018 which is April, May or June 2018
  • What will it cost? Garmin Fenix 5 plus will cost around £499 / $550 also seeing a reduction of the current Fenix 5 models.

Garmin Fenix plus release date

Normally, Garmin keeps tight-lipped on future product releases, however, a recent FCC filing indicates they want to make hardware changes to the Fenix 5 series. The current thinking about the Garmin Fenix 5 plus release is quarter 2 2018 which means around may or June 2018.

Fenix 5 plus release

Garmin Fenix plus specs and features

The current Garmin Fenix 5 is a great fitness watch, but its been out for a year now and lots of other competitors have brought out fitness watches with great features and even Garmin have brought features like Garmin Pay to the Vivoactive 3 and music support on the Forerunner 645

Garmin Fenix 5 plus improved Bluetooth & ANT+

Users of the Current Fenix 5 and 5s have complained about the poor wifi and Bluetooth performance and according to a recent FCC filing, Garmin has applied to change some of the technical features of the chip that controls these.

Garmin Fenix 5 plus release

Some would argue that the Garmin Fenix 5 plus release will only be to address these concerns, However, Garmin would not want any negative publicity with releasing a hardware update just to address hardware issues in its current line up, so that leads me to why Garmin will release the Fenix 5 plus with the other features below

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Garmin Music support on the Fenix 5 plus

One of the things that Garmin have been criticised for is the lack of music support in their wearables and Garmin addressed this by releasing the  Forerunner 645 which includes music storage and streaming. So it would be only natural for the Garmin Fenix 5 plus to feature music when its released later this year.

Garmin Fenix 5 music

Garmin Fenix 5 plus with Garmin Pay

Garmin launched Garmin Pay on the Vivoactive 3 September 2017, it’s currently only available in the US and limited other countries in 2018 despite Garmin promising a wider launch of Garmin Pay.

So whilst the possibility of the Garmin Fenix 5 plus getting Garmin Pay support, Garmin do need to fast-track the Garmin Pay roll worldwide rollout or it will become one of the features that just gets shelved in a few years.

Garmin Fenix 5 plus price

The Garmin Fenix 5 started at a cost of $499 / £499.99 at launch, so the Garmin Fenix 5 plus GPS watch should cost around the same amount, with Garmin dropping the price of the current models of the Fenix 5 and Fenix 5s.

Should I buy the Fenix 5 now or should I wait for the Fenix 5 plus release?

The Garmin Fenix 5 plus release may never happen, Well that got your attention! The point I am trying to make is that you need to make buying decisions based on what you need at the time rather than what could be in the future. The current Fenix 5 is a great watch, but it does have widely reported issues with the Bluetooth and ANT+ and if you plan to connect external sensors then you might want to wait until news emerges what Garmin is doing with the FCC filing around the wireless protocols.

Garmin Fenix 5 music support

The Bottom line, if you are happy with your current fitness watch and not in a rush to get a new one then hold out for a Fenix 5 plus release or an updated Fenix 5. However, if your current fitness watch is on its last legs or you due an “upgrade” and the connecting sensors is not important then jump in and buy the current Fenix 5 now.

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The hardware change could just be a revision rather than a full hardware update


Maybe you are right yes. Let’s see

Thanks for the update – really appreciated! I say this as I ordered a Fenix 5x on Boxing Day online for £535 on impulse really. I then took as much time as I could to research this before I decided to open it up and use it or just return it. Although I was unlikely to use all of the features I thought that it was a bargain and should be something that would last me for a few years. Then I read more about the lack of Garmin Pay (music support would have been nice but not a biggy)… Read more »
No Fenix 5 plus

A Fenix 5 plus is not coming this year