The Garmin Fenix 5 series is one of Garmin’s best-selling fitness GPS watches and rumors have already started to surface about a Garmin Fenix 6 release or it could be simply a Garmin Fenix 5 update with new features
You’ll find all the rumored Garmin Fenix 6 or Fenix 5 update release details below that I know so far, but I have also come up with a list of a few improvements I would like to see.
Garmin Fenix 6 rumour details
- What is it? Garmin’s next big headline fitness tracker
- When is it out? The current thinking is that the Garmin Fenix 6 release will happen at CES 2018
- What will it cost? Garmin Fenix 6 update to be priced of around £429.99 ($450)
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Garmin Fenix 6 release date
There isn’t much information about the release date for the Garmin Fenix 6, But my early predications suggestion a Mid 2018 release schedule following the announcement at CES 2018
Garmin Fenix 6 specs and features
Very little is known about the Garmin Fenix 6 as of yet, but I suspect based on the Garmin Vivoactive 3 and the upset over Garmin Pay they will be aiming to include Garmin mobile payments I suspect
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I also suspect more fitness features for the Fenix 6 along with better integration with IQ connect apps and improved map’s
Garmin Fenix 6 price
The Garmin Fenix 5 started at a cost of $499 / £499.99 at launch so I suspect the Garmin Fenix 6 GPS watch to cost around the same amount, but nothing is confirmed yet.
Improvements over Fenix 5 series
Below are my suggestions and what I suspect Garmin will include in the new Fenix 6 when its released in 2018.
Garmin Music support
One of the things that Garmin have been criticised for is the lack of music support in their wearables and whilst leaks suggest the Garmin Forerunner 645 will include music storage, Garmin is yet to release a music capable fitness watch despite Fitbit launching the Fitbit Ionic amongst others offering music support
Garmin Pay on the Fenix 6
Garmin launched Garmin Pay on the Vivoactive 3 and whilst its currently a US launch at present people have been asking if the Garmin Fenix 5 will include Garmin Pay and the simple is no, due to no NFC chip in the Fenix 5. So if Garmin was to release Garmin Pay in the Fenix 6 then they would need to include an NFC chip.
Better screen on the Fenix 6
The Garmin Fenix 5 has a decent screen as it is, but when it comes to fitness wearables it’s not one of the best when you look at screens like the one featured on the Apple Watch series 3. Whilst I cant see Garmin putting a screen like the one in the Apple Watch due to Battery issues, I suspect they will improve the screen on the next Fenix series
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Better battery on the Fenix 6
Whilst the battery performance on the Garmin Fenix 5 series is impressive and is up their with the top GPS watches, people like ultra marathon runners and the like are wanting a longer battery for long distance events and I suspect Garmin will push the battery performance for the update to the Fenix 5, the Fenix 6
So that is my feature wish list for the Garmin Fenix 5 update, let me know in the comments below what you would like to see included