Garmin Fenix 5 unboxing and key features

Garmin Fenix 5 key features

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

The key features are:

  • Size: 47mm with colour screen (not touchscreen)
  • Screen Size: 1.2” (30.5 mm) diameter
  • Display resolution: 240 x 240 pixels; sunlight-visible, always-on, low power, colourful display
  • Weight: With silicone band: 85.0 g
  • Battery Life: Up to 2 weeks in smartwatch mode (depending on settings), up to 24 hours in GPS mode, and up to 60 hours in UltraTrac battery saver mode
  • Connectivity: Smart Bluetooth, ANT+ and wifi only on the Sapphire option
  • Social: Sträva and Strava Segments and Garmin Connect
  • PRICEGBP £499.99

Beat yesterday all day, every day. fēnix 5 is the premium multisport GPS watch with wrist-based heart rate, advanced training features and interchangeable bands that let you go from workplace to workout without breaking stride. Whatever sport you want to track, fēnix 5 has it covered, thanks to built-in activity profiles and advanced performance metrics which let you better control the efficiency of your training plus smart notifications


Garmin Fenix 5 unboxing video


The new display size is now 240 x 240 pixels, vs fenix 3’s 218 x 218 pixels. You’ll also get nearly 50 more colors too (includes all fenix 5 models).

The always on, high-resolution, full-colour Garmin Chroma Display™ assures great readability at any time. fēnix 5 makes use of 1.2’’ display with transflective technology that reflects and transmits light at the same time enables the watch face to become even better readable under intense sunlight.Garmin Fenix 5x GPS and GLONASS

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The fenix 5 series adds optical heart rate, meaning no more chest straps or alternative heart rate monitors. Technically speaking, the fenix 3HR boasts this feature as well, though fenix 5 models records the 24/7 data every 1-2 seconds, with a smoother sensor that’s nearly level with the watch itself. Note that you will need to add a chest strap for some features, such as underwater data while swimming, though you can bundle up with a HRM-TRI with the fenix 5.


Garmin Fenix 5x Elevate HR monitor


The fenix 5 series introduces QuickFit bands, which allow you to easily switch out your band for a different colour or style should the event or mood strike. Considering that fenix 3 was nearly £450, yet limited in both size and band choices, fenix 5’s QuickFit bands are an impressive upgrade. You should note that because of their differences in size, the bands are only interchangeable within the category of fenix 5 models that you go with. In other words, you can’t swap out a fenix 5s grey/yellow (a very cool color option, might we add) for a fenix 5X metal band. But you still get anywhere from 2-5 band options depending on which model you choose. And no need to worry that this leaves you susceptible to loss—these bands are designed to lock and stay in place.

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Garmin Fenix 5x quickfit bands


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Jon Ratcliffe
I have a huge passion for technology having worked in the sector for over 18 years in a variety of roles. I cover Wearables, tech and smart home. My reviews and information will talk about how the product works in reality and not just what the marketing departments want you to think.

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