Garmin Fenix 6 release date, features, what we know so far?


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

UPDATEGarmin may release the Fenix 5 plus instead and the 6 in 2019

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 release date

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 2019
  • What will it cost? Garmin Fenix 6 update to be priced of around £429.99 ($450)

Must read review: Connect IQ app store guide

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 or even 2019 release schedule following the announcement at CES 2018 of the Forerunner 645 with music

Garmin released the Fenix 5 series last year in March 2017 and released a number of wearables in 2017 from the Garmin Vivoactive 3, Vivosport and the Vivosmart 3

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

Must Read: Garmin Fenix 5 plus

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 mid 2018 or even 2019

Garmin Fenix 5 screen

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

Essential reading: Fitbit Ionic review

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 ultramarathon 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

Must read review: Connect IQ app store guide

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

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I want better GPS tracking as the Fenix 5x is not great

Jackson wright

I would like to see music storage as you suggestion. But I am not sure the core Garmin crowd will really want this feature.

I would also like to see better mapping and route planning features on the device and maybe the rider to rider messenging, but for hikers ect

Fenix 6 is not coming
Fenix 6 is not coming

I don’t think we will see a Fenix 6! Garmin will update the Fenix 5 like they did with the Fenix 3


There would be riots on the Garmin forums if they came out with a new Fenix model after just 1 year. My guess would be that if there’s something new coming out in early 2018 it would be updates to the Forerunner line. Aside from the 935 the newest Forerunner is the 735 which will be 2 years old by spring and the 230/235/630 were all announced fall of 2015.

Andy Barns

I totally agree with you that Garmin would have a riot if they brought out a Fenix 6 in such a short space of time. But they do need to bring improvements to the Fenix 5 series. Just look at Suunto and the rate of products coming out


garmin release a new version of its watch every year. I guess they didn’t set garmin 4 because it’s the bad luck number in asia (and most consumers must be from there). That being said i think they will keep with the same strategy as allways: a new fenix 6 (which maybe has similar design, but it will be a different generation).


I would like to see music storage and maybe a tie in with a provider like Spotify or Apple

Andy Barns

I think the Fenix 5 series is overpriced for what it is, you can get better value with suunto or Polar. So a reduced price would be good

I believe if the product is good enough then I as well as many others will pay the price even more than the current asking price. There are plenty of watches on the market worth 10x the price of this watch, and they only tell the time and date. I would like the Fenix 5 x mapping features to be combined with the Quatrix 5 Garmin marine watch. If they could add marine nautical charts as well as the land topo hiking maps featured on the Fenix 5 then that in my opinion would be a great watch. Adding wireless… Read more »
Aaron Daly

Garmin really needs to add a microphone so the user can reply to smart notifications. It’s great that I don’t have to take my phone out to read a notification but I still have to take the phone out to reply to the message. That is stupid. Be a real smartwatch.

Spyke S

Build an app for 5 and future which links to surfline or other surf/swell sites like Nixon does. I don’t have mountains or huge trails, but I have coast and surf.

Marcel Rhodes

Mapping Update & Quality Screen & Longer Battery Please:)

Henrik Bruun Axelsen

The euroepean satelite system Galileo witch is better than GPS and Glonass.


Hi – I really want the Chronos. Love the design, and don’t really mind the price. It’s already nearly 2 years old – do you think they’ll release an update, based on the Fenix 5 anytime soon? Thx


I can see how average person, average athlete what to make fenix xx a smart phone even though there are tons smart phones and smart watches on the market. I would hope fenix will remain a serious sport watch with very good battery life, GPS/ altimeter accuracy, statistics on running, swimming, and cycling and no music support what so ever.