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Garmin Fenix 5 plus released, Galileo, maps, Garmin Pay & music

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

Garmin Fenix 5 Plus features, specs and early verdict…. certainly not a full review

After months of speculation and the last few weeks of leaks, the Garmin Fenix 5 Plus series has been officially released that brings a range of new smart and fitness features from Garmin Pay, Galileo GPS support, Music storage and finally maps across the full Fenix 5 Plus line up along with PulseOX featured only on the Fenix 5x Plus.

The original Fenix 5 series was launched in January 2017 bringing some new features like FirstBeat training load and training status. For the first time, Garmin launched a series with different designs that catered to different tastes with the Fenix 5x being the flagship device with maps.

Whats new across the entire Fenix 5 Plus range

Pre-installed TopoActive maps

Pre-installed TopoActive mapping on the entire Fenix 5 Plus series, with map data optimised for easy navigation and tracking. This is welcome news as the previous Fenix 5x didn’t have Topo maps in the UK and the rest of the world.

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Turn by turn navigation

Because you get the maps in the Fenix 5 Plus, you will also get the turn by turn navigation for the first time on the Fenix 5s and the Fenix 5 Plus.

Trendline Popularity Routing

Trendline was originally featured on the Edge 1030 and now its made its way to the Fenix 5 Plus series. You can use billions of miles of Garmin Connect data to help you find and track the best trails and routes for cyclists and runners. I found this ok when using it with the Edge 1030, so looking forward to giving this a full test on the Fenix 5 Plus

ClimbPro

The Fenix 5 Plus features ClimbPro, a new feature that allows trail runners and cyclists who like to train in hilly areas, gain better awareness of their environment and their performance during climbs. ClimbPro analyses the elevation profile of a course and detects all relevant climb sections. During the ride or race, the athlete knows, at any time, how far he or she is from the next climb and how hard the climb will be

Garmin Pay

All models of the Fenix 5 Plus series are ready for Garmin Pay – the contactless payment solution allows you to conveniently pay with your watch so you can leave cash and cards at home. Garmin just needs to work on rolling out the payment system to more banks in the UK and Europe.

GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO

Garmin has included multi-satellite network capable of tracking using GPS, GLONASS and for the first in a Garmin Fitness watch, Galileo. This is another feature I am looking forward to testing out.

Music storage

The Garmin Fenix 5 Plus series will allow you to store 500 songs, pair Bluetooth headphones and sync with music streaming services from Deezer and iHeartRadio. The series will work in the same way as the Forerunner 645 music and the Vivoactive 3 Music.

Sapphire crystal screen

All models of the Fenix 5 Plus line up include sapphire crystal screens. The previous Fenix 5 Lineup you had to pay extra for the Sapphire crystal screen, however, the new Fenix 5 Plus prices do reflect the extra

So with that out of the way, lets get onto what is different in each model of the Fenix 5 Plus series

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Garmin Fenix 5 Plus series in pictures

Fenix 5 plus video

 

Design and features of the Fenix 5 Plus series

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The Garmin Fenix 5s Plus will come in 4 designs,

  • Sapphire, Black with Black Band
  • Sapphire, Carbon Gray DLC Titanium with DLC Titanium Band
  • Sapphire, Titanium with Solar Flare Orange Band
  • Sapphire, Black with Black Leather Band

All Fenix 5 Plus models will come with a sapphire crystal screen. The battery is down to 12 days, which is down from the 14 days of the previous model

  • Case size 47mm
  • Fenix 5 Plus – Weight 87g
  • Fenix 5 Plus titanium – weight 76g
  • 1.2-inch display and 240 for 240 pixels
  • Sapphire crystal doomed glass
  • Fiber-reinforced polymer case
  • 22mm QuickFit bands. The Fenix 5 Plus comes with a black band and the titanium comes with an orange band
  • Stainless steel buttons
  • Waterproof up to 10 ATM
  • Smart notification with quick answers directly from the watch (you can reply with phrases made directly from the watch without using the smartphone)
  • 16GB storage for maps and activities, 4GB is reserved for music
  • Built-in navigation sensors include three-axis compass, gyroscope and barometric altimeter as well as multiple satellite system with GPS, GLONASS and Galileo.
  • Battery performance: up to 12 days in smartwatch mode and 8 hours in GPS mode with music
  • Pre-installed activity profiles for all your sports and adventures with a few new activities.
  • Wifi and Bluetooth enabled along with Garmin Connect Mobile support, of course!
  • FirstBeat built in with training status, training load, Vo2 Max and recovery advisor
  • ANT+ support for power meters, cadence sensors, chest HR straps and others.
  • Integrated pulse measurement on the wrist you have the full overview of your current heart rate, the course during the last 4 hours, as well as the average daily and 7-day value.
  • GroupTrack and LiveTrack built into the Fenix 5 Plus
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Garmin Fenix 5s PlusGarmin Fenix 5s Plus

The Garmin Fenix 5s Plus will come in 4 designs,

  • Sapphire, White with Carrera White Band
  • Sapphire, Black with Black Band
  • Sapphire, White with Gray Suede Band
  • Sapphire, Rose Gold-tone with Carrara White Band – $849.99

Garmin has also included a 1.2inch 240 x 240-pixel screen which is an upgrade on the previous Fenix 5s, I suspect this is down to the maps now on the device. The battery is down to 7 days, which is down from the 9 days of the previous model

  • Case size 42mm
  • Weight 69g
  • 1.2-inch display and 240 for 240 pixels
  • Sapphire crystal domed glass
  • Fiber-reinforced polymer case
  • 20mm QuickFit bands. The Fenix 5s Plus comes with a black band and white bands for the silver and rose gold models
  • Stainless steel buttons
  • Waterproof up to 10 ATM
  • Smart notification with quick answers directly from the watch (you can reply with phrases made directly from the watch without using the smartphone)
  • 16GB storage for maps and activities, 4GB is reserved for music
  • Built-in navigation sensors include three-axis compass, gyroscope and barometric altimeter as well as multiple satellite system with GPS, GLONASS and Galileo.
  • Battery life: up to 7 days in smartwatch mode (depending on settings), up to 24 hours in GPS mode or up to 75 hours in UltraTrac™ battery saver mode.
  • Pre-installed activity profiles for all your sports and adventures with a few new activities.
  • Wifi and Bluetooth enabled along with Garmin Connect Mobile support, of course!
  • FirstBeat built in with training status, training load, Vo2 Max and recovery advisor
  • ANT+ support for power meters, cadence sensors, chest HR straps and others.
  • Integrated pulse measurement on the wrist you have the full overview of your current heart rate, the course during the last 4 hours, as well as the average daily and 7-day value.
  • GroupTrack and LiveTrack built into the Fenix 5s Plus
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Garmin Fenix 5x PlusGarmin Fenix 5x Plus

The Garmin Fenix 5x Plus will come in 2 designs,

  • Sapphire, Black with Black Band – $849
  • Sapphire, Carbon Gray DLC Titanium with DLC Titanium Band – $1299

The headline feature for the Fenix 5x Plus comes with PulseOX and combined with The ClimbPro feature, on strenuous climbs higher climbs, the Fenix 5x Plus Pulse Ox Acclimation sensor provides additional information.

  • Case size 51mm
  • Weight 96g, that is a whole 2g down on the previous Fenix 5x
  • 1.2-inch display and 240 for 240 pixels
  • Sapphire crystal domed glass
  • Fiber-reinforced polymer
  • 26mm QuickFit bands. The Fenix 5s Plus comes with a black band only, no metal option at this time
  • Stainless steel buttons
  • Waterproof up to 10 ATM
  • Smart notification with quick answers directly from the watch (you can reply with phrases made directly from the watch without using the smartphone)
  • 16GB storage for maps and activities, 4GB is reserved for music
  • Built-in navigation sensors include three-axis compass, gyroscope and barometric altimeter as well as multiple satellite system with GPS, GLONASS and Galileo.
  • Battery life: up to 20 days in smartwatch mode (depending on settings), up to 20 hours in GPS mode or up to 75 hours in UltraTrac™ battery saver mode.
  • 13 hours in GPS mode with music
  • Pre-installed activity profiles for all your sports and adventures with a few new activities.
  • Wifi and Bluetooth enabled along with Garmin Connect Mobile support, of course!
  • FirstBeat built in with training status, training load, Vo2 Max and recovery advisor
  • ANT+ support for power meters, cadence sensors, chest HR straps and others.
  • Integrated pulse measurement on the wrist you have the full overview of your current heart rate, the course during the last 4 hours, as well as the average daily and 7-day value.
  • GroupTrack and LiveTrack built into the Fenix 5s Plus
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Garmin Fenix 5 Plus pricing and stock

Garmin has announced the Fenix 5 Plus series today and all models should ship within the next 5 days. Below is the pricing and also links to retailers that have them in stock mostly on a next day delivey basis. US links are Amazon and the UK links are Cotswold Outdoors.

  • Garmin Fenix 5 Plus non sapphire pricing $699 / £599
  • Sapphire, Black with Black Band – $799 / £699
  • Sapphire, Carbon Gray DLC Titanium with DLC Titanium Band – $1099 / £949
  • Sapphire, Titanium with Solar Flare Orange Band – $849 / £749
  • Sapphire, Black with Black Leather Band – $849 / £749

Hot Deal
Garmin fēnix 5 Plus - Premium Multisport smartwatch with Music, GPS,...
  • Premium multisport GPS smartwatch that estimates heart rate at the wrist and includes color TOPO maps featuring Trendline popularity routing to help you find and follow the best paths
  • Fit for adventure with rugged design that features stainless steel or diamond-like carbon (DLC) titanium bezel, buttons and rear case

Links to UK retailers 

UK links to buy

Garmin Fenix 5s Plus pricing

  • Non-Sapphire White with Sea Foam Band – $699 / £599
  • Non-sapphire Silver with Black Band – $699 / £599
  • Sapphire, White with Carrera White Band -$849.99 / £749
  • Sapphire, Black with Black Band $799.99 / £699
  • Sapphire, White with Gray Suede Band $849.99 / £749
  • Sapphire, Rose Gold-tone with Carrara White Band – $849.99
  • Sapphire, White with Rose Gold-tone Metal Band – £899

Garmin fēnix 5s Plus, Smaller-Sized Multisport GPS Smartwatch,...
  • Smaller-sized multisport GPS smartwatch that estimates heart rate at the wrist and includes color TOPO maps featuring Trendline popularity routing to help you find and follow the best paths
  • Fit for adventure with bold design that features a large 1.2" sunlight-readable display and stainless steel bezel, buttons and rear case

Links to UK retailers 

UK links to buy

Garmin Fenix 5x Plus pricing

  • Sapphire, Black with Black Band – $849 / £749
  • Sapphire, Slate Grey with Brown Leather Band – £749
  • Sapphire, Carbon Gray DLC Titanium with DLC Titanium Band – $1149 / £999

Hot Deal
Garmin fēnix 5X Plus, Ultimate Multisport GPS Smartwatch, Features...
  • Ultimate multisport GPS watch that estimates heart rate at the wrist and includes color TOPO maps featuring Trendline popularity routing to help you find and follow the best paths
  • Wrist-based Pulse Ox Acclimation sensor, a non-medical device that provides awareness of your estimated blood oxygen saturation levels - especially useful when you're adjusting to higher altitudes

Links to UK retailers 

UK links to buy

Garmin Fenix 5 Plus early verdictGarmin Fenix 5 Plus verdict

Some of the features of the Fenix 5 Plus series come as a very little surprise given that lots of the other devices in the lower Garmin categories already feature Garmin Pay, Music storage.

But the inclusion of Galileo which will hopefully improve GPS tracking and instant pace, but we need to wait and see with further testing. I also like that Garmin has also included Topo maps on the full range, but as I have said to others I only use it for hiking and tend not to use it for much else.

The Battery life on the Fenix 5x Plus is impressive given the extra PulseOX sensor and music onboard with a 13 hours GPS battery life with music, but this does need verifying

Its still early days to give a full verdict on the Fenix 5 Plus lineup, but my biggest concern is the price jump for all the models

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      • Doing my own calculation, the prices will still be steep compared to the previous generation. I have a Fenix 5 X now and don’t think I can justify the prices

  1. I’m in the same exact boat! Was waiting, or rather reading everywhere for any additional info in regards to the plus version, hopeful these iteration fixes the many issues I’ve seen people complain about. I was ready and very close just to get the current 5x if I didn’t hear anything about the watch in the next 10 days. Thankfully I did, as I would be quite unhappy to discover that it’s, first of all not a rumor, and secondly (but mainly) about to be released. The prices are quite big in comparison with the current models, but I’m wondering if that’s more due to the Italian store putting their own prices rather than official ones? Will get it anyway, albeit a 150€ more than planed. I hope Garmin Pay works as intended, they are promoting it even here in Slovenia, so I would be surprised if the UK didn’t have it. The topo map inclusion is interesting, but considering the price tag of lowest end model, not that much really. I mean it’s the same price tag if not higher (depending where you buy) than the current price tag of an 5x. Now, how good pulse oximetry is to warrant that price tag for the 5x PLUS is what I’m curious about.

    Btw I’ve sent an email to the guys at the store, but will call them if they don’t respond to that, to get a release date.

    • Yes the prices are on the high side and these could be wrong, I am hoping so!

      Let me know if you get a response to your email

      • Sorry for the tardiness, been away for a while. The italian store is still selling them, but they had to remove the watches due to Garmin stepping in. They’re offering a 15% discount on the whole plus line.

        Another thing 5k runner says the 5x plus has “Battery performance: up to 20 days in smartwatch mode and 33 hours in GPS mode (music usage will significantly reduce this)” the official site says 13h with GPS and Music. That’s quite impressive!

        • The battery life is very impressive, 5K I suspect has got the information from other blogs rather than the Garmin site

  2. 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) so I decided to return it just yesterday in fact after reading about the filing to improve Bluetooth and I’m presuming they’d introduce Pay to new models later in the year.

    I’d have hated to find out in a couple of months that there was a new Fenix 5 which included GarminPay coming out. Even if GarminPay doesn’t take off soon at least the new watches would have NFC built-in which means that it really should last me many years.

    All this is based on the fact that I actually buy 1 later in the year and it does have NFC & Pay built-in.

    Thanks again JR for your insights 🙂
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    • Hi Ian

      I own a Fenix 5x (I personally purchased it) and love mine. Based on the testing I have done the Bluetooth and ANT+ issues have not affected me so far, but I maybe lucky

      Regarding Garmin Pay and music. Garmin need to get there act together and launch Pay in the UK or it will just die a death and Garmin Music is very interesting.

      I am almost certain Garmin will release hardware changes later this year, so you maybe right to hold off

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I am Jon R and the editor of Active JR that covers wearables, fitness tech and smart home. I have a huge passion for technology having worked in the sector for over 18 years in a variety of roles and I like combining this with fitness.My reviews and information will talk about how the product works in reality and not just what the marketing departments want you to think.You can contact Jon on Twitter @ActiveJR1

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