Garmin Fenix 5

The Garmin Fenix 5 was announced in early January 2017. This is currently just a placeholder page for this new model until I have had a chance to review it.

Garmin Fenix 5 range

Release Date (UK) > Q1 2017

Product it replaced > Garmin Fenix 3

Suggested Retail Price (when new) > £499 – £699 depending on model

Who’s it For?

The Fenix range is for the user looking for the highest quality in a bomb-proof case. All the Fenix 5 models feature Garmin Elevate strapless heart rate sensors, taking heart rate from the wrist. Equipped with the 3 essential components of an ABC watch, Altimeter, Barometer and Compass.

New Features

Until I have had a chance to play with this new version I am relying on Garmin’s own website and various other reliable sources. It would seem the 3 main differences between the Fenix 5 and Fenix 3 are 1) Addition of Bluetooth connectivity for Heart Rate, speed and cadence sensors 2) The Fenix 5 is available in 3 sizes as detailed below and 3) most significantly, the Fenix 5 has been equipped with MAPS. High resolution GPS mapping with turn by turn directions (Fenix 5X only) …

Different Sizes

A major innovation in the new range is the SIZES. This is the first time Garmin have released a product in 3 different sized cases. The Garmin Fenix 5 is available in 42mm, 47mm and 51mm cases.

All with Elevate HR sensors

All models are fitted with Garmin Elevate wrist based heart rate sensor for convenience and 24/7 heart rate monitoring. For those who insist on 100% accuracy, all models of Fenix 5 can be used with a Bluetooth or ANT+ heart rate sensor belt.

Different Models

As well as 3 different case sizes and various colour and material styles there are 3 distinct models in the new Garmin Fenix 5 range. The Fenix 5, 5S and 5X.

What happened to Fenix 4?

There is no Fenix 4 as the number 4 (as well as 13 and 14) are considered by some to be unlucky in Chinese. The word for the number 4 “SI” sounds similar to the Chinese word for “death”. For this reason the numbers 4 is often omitted from building numbers etc. This is opposite to the number 8 which in Chinese is pronounced “ba” which sounds similar to a word for prosperity pronounced “fa”

More information coming very soon. In the meantime, you may like to refer to the press release

Images of the new Fenix 5


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