It’s only been a year since Garmin released the Fenix 5 Plus series and now attention turns the new fitness wearable, the Fenix 6. In this article you will find all the information on features, release date and pricing.
While most of the information in this post is because of leaks regarding the Fenix 6, some information is also speculative and I will point that out.
An amazon list appeared briefly before being taken down. This suggests the Fenix 6 is coming soon
Garmin Fenix 6 release rumour details
- What is it? It’s the next Garmin Fenix 6 GPS fitness watch.
- When is it out? based on recent information, the Fenix 6 will probably arrive at CES 2020. However recent leaks suggest as early as September 2019.
- What will it cost? The updated Fenix 6 will be priced between $600 – $1150
Garmin Fenix 6 design
The Garmin Fenix 6 series should be available in the following variants
- Garmin Fenix 6 series:
- Garmin Fenix 6 / 6 Sapphire
- Garmin Fenix 6s / 6s Sapphire
- Garmin Fenix 6x / 6x Solar Sapphire
There has been some talk of the Fenix 6 Pro, but I don’t think this will be a product variant for two reasons. The first being that I think the Pro printed on the leaked pictures relates to it being “prototype”. The second reason is that introducing a Pro model to the Fenix 6 Series line up would create to many variants with not enough new features to go around.
So I suspect Garmin has stuck with the standard model and the sapphire model to keep things simple.
In terms of differences in models between the “standard” and the “Sapphire”
Fenix 6 standard edition
The standard Fenix 6 models feature a stainless steel bezel. You will also get the choice of different band and colour options, but not as many as the sapphire edition.
Based on information received the Fenix 6 standard model will feature Corning Gorilla Glass.
Fenix 6 Sapphire edition
The Sapphire Fenix 6 models has a stainless steel bezel and a titanium or diamond-like carbon (DLC) coating. These models will have different band options along with various colour options. Garmin will ship this model with sapphire glass to provide extra protection.
Bigger screen on the Fenix 6
Garmin has never been known for having great screens when comparing it to other fitness wearables, particular the Apple Watch series 4.
However, based on recent leaks, Except for the size, there is nothing new about screens. The Fenix 6S is getting a 1.2″, the Fenix 6 is having a 1.3″ and the 6X is having a 1.4″
While a larger screen could mean more pixels, but I have had no information shared with me suggests that. If you are hoping for a touchscreen on the Fenix 6, then that is not happening either.
Garmin Fenix 6 specs and features
Garmin normally packs its fitness watches with features. But in order for Garmin to keep ahead in the fitness watch race, they need to keep its flagship product packed with the latest features.
- They have upgraded the heart rate sensor to feature the latest Garmin ELEVATE heart rate module. Plus PulseOx in the Fenix 6x model, but maybe the sapphire editions of the Fenix 6 and 6S.
- Solar charging on the Fenix 6x Solar edition.
- Advanced training features called PacePro. This is a grade-adjusted pace guidance throughout your activity.
- It now takes Vo2Max and training status into account for heat and altitude acclimation status.
- Pre-loaded TOPO maps and ski maps for over 2,000 worldwide ski results.
- Support for multiple navigation satellite systems (GPS, GLONASS and Galileo).
- Built-in sensors include a 3-axis compass, a gyroscope, a barometric altimeter.
- Garmin Music
- Garmin Pay
- Fenix 6X Sapphire comes with customisable power-management modes. Users can see how various settings and sensors impact battery life.
- Smart features include support for notifications. No LTE as some had hoped.
While that is a quick rundown of the leaked features, lets look at some of those in more detail along with some I would like to see.
PacePro and heat and altitude acclimation status.
It looks like Garmin will release a new feature called PacePro that will give you grade-adjusted pace guidance throughout your activity plus environmentally adjusted VO2 max and training status estimates.
Plus, the Garmin watch will feature Heat and Altitude Acclimation, Training Load Focus, Training Effect Labels and more like found on the Forerunner 945.
While not confirmed, It would be good to see Body Resources featured in the Fenix 6. This feature gives you data so you know when to push hard and when to rest by using stress, heart rate variability (HRV), sleep and activity data points.
While leaks have not pointed to what Firstbeat features will come with the Fenix 6. But we are guessing the watch will enjoy all Firstbeat 18 features that included on to the Forerunner 945.
New Sony GPS chipset
It looks like the new Garmin wearable will feature the Sony GPS chipset that is featured on the MARQ and the Forerunner 945. This chipset is still in its early days of use and still yet to be proven as accurate.
A better battery on the Fenix 6
While the battery performance on the previous 5x Plus is impressive and is up there with the top GPS watches, The other watches in the series such as the 5s Plus lack a battery life enough for an ultramarathon. So we could see a better battery life coming to the lower end models on the Fenix 6 Series.
While no leaked information exists on the battery life details, one of the product pictures depicts the following power modes:
- Max Battery
- Jacket Mode
Base on the Amazon product listing and other leaks, it would appear that the Fenix 6x Solar will feature some way to charge your watch via the sun’s rays using solar technology. However, how this will work or what extra battery life you will get remains to be seen when the Fenix 6 is released.
Garmin Fenix 6 gets new Elevate heart rate, possible ECG support?
It looks like Garmin has upgraded the heart rate sensor to feature the latest ELEVATE heart rate module, which is found in the Forerunner 945. While it’s certain the Fenix 6x will feature the PulseOx feature. We also see the feature in the sapphire editions of the Fenix 6 and 6S.
Because the Fenix 6 will get the new ELEVATE HR, it also means that the fitness watch will support wrist HR while in open water swim profile.
So what about ECG support, well no concrete leaks have surfaced to support the Fenix 6 getting this feature? But with several latest fitness watches like the Apple Watch Series 4 and the Polar Vantage all coming with an ECG heart rate monitors. It will be only natural for Garmin to include an ECG heart rate monitor in the upgraded Fenix 6.
However, at this stage, it seems unlikely that the Fenix 6 will get an ECG sensor. But I am still holding out that this feature is still coming based on what looks like an ECG graph above.
Other Garmin Fenix 6 features
The fitness watch will also get pre-loaded TOPO maps and ski maps for over 2,000 worldwide ski results. Like its predecessor, there’s support for multiple navigation satellite systems (GPS, GLONASS and Galileo). Built-in sensors include a 3-axis compass, gyroscope, a barometric altimeter.
Smart features include support for notifications (when paired with a smartphone), Garmin Pay and music storage with streaming support.
LTE mobile support?
We first saw LTE mobile support on the Vivoactive 3 Verizon at CES 2019. It seems very unlikely that we will see any support for LTE mobile data in the Fenix 6. This feature is likely to arrive with the Fenix 7 or the Fenix 6 Plus models.
Looking at previous track record of Fenix releases, Garmin announced the Fenix 3 at CES 2016 and then the Fenix 3 HR was then announced mid year, then Garmin released the Fenix 5 series at CES 2017 with the latest Fenix 5 Plus in June 2018. This would suggest that Garmin may release the Fenix 6 at CES 2020.
However, based on recent Amazon leaks, it would suggest we could see the Garmin wearable released in August or September 2019.
The Garmin Fenix 5 Plus started at a cost of $699 / £699.99 at launch and while some leaked pricing has been found online. The following is what to expect
- Garmin Fenix 6s – $599
- Fenix 6s Sapphire – $699
- Garmin Fenix 6 – $599
- Fenix 6 Sapphire – $750
- Garmin Fenix 6x – $950
- Fenix 6x Solar Sapphire – $1149
I base these prices on information received, but expect to pay more for different colour and band options.
Below is various other Fenix 6 information that has available.