THE Garmin announced on Thursday (29) three new expensive sports watches with GPS: Phoenix 6, Phoenix 6S and Phoenix 6X. They bring the features released in the last generation, such as music storage, topographic maps in memory and NFC for payments, but have gained longer battery life and even a solar-charged version.
The Fenix line continues to be divided into three sizes: Fenix 6S (42 mm), Fenix 6 (47 mm) and Fenix 6X (51 mm). Besides the screen, the difference is due to the battery, which in smartwatch mode is 9 days for Fenix 6S and 21 days for Fenix 6X. Duration with continuous GPS monitoring also varies widely: 25 hours on Fenix 6S, 36 hours on Fenix 6 and 60 hours (!) On Fenix 6X.
While Garmin does not highlight this information, improving battery life has to do primarily with the replacement of the GPS chip, which has moved from MediaTek to Sony – a move that other sports watch makers are also making. This change has caused accuracy issues for some brands, but the DC Rainmaker liked the Fenix 6X GPS in the tests.
The Fenix 6X is the only one with a variant called Pro Solar: it features Power Glass, a transparent solar charger that sits on the watch glass. This is estimated to increase the battery from 21 to 24 days in smartwatch mode, from 80 to 120 days in power save mode (!) And from 60 to 66 hours in continuous GPS monitoring. A new power manager shows how many days of remaining battery life you have, based on the activated sensors.
As for specifications, the watches are waterproof (up to 10 atm); have 32 GB of flash memory to store up to 2,000 songs, including Spotify sync; GPS, Glonass and Galileo support; compatibility with 20, 22 or 26 mm QuickFit bracelets; and Gorilla Glass 3 sapphire or Power Glass, depending on your pocket.
In the software, Garmin has deployed a feature called PacePro, which helps you maintain your running pace based on the terrain elevation and preferences you choose. You can set a strategy for a race, including whether you want to run the second half slower or faster than the first. In short, you stop splitting by kilometer, and splitting by elevation variation.
The new watches also feature maps of 2,000 preloaded ski resorts around the world; heart rate sensors and pulse oximeter (PulseOx), temperature and altitude acclimatization; more accurate race predictions that not only take maximum VO2 into account; and the most adjusted maximum VO2 estimate itself, which considers the local temperature.
As usual, prices are very high. Garmin Fenix 6 and 6S basic versions, without music, maps, or Wi-Fi, cost $ 599. With these features, prices jump to $ 699 (Fenix 6 and 6S) and $ 749 (Fenix 6X). ). Sapphire-screen versions range from $ 799 to 949. Finally, the solar-charged Fenix 6X Pro Solar costs up to $ 1,149.
There are no release plans in Brazil yet. Garmin no longer operates in the country and only has an official resale. Last generation models sell for prices between $ 6,399 and 6,799.