Garmin has unveiled its latest in its range of GPS smartwatches, and it does everything from measure blood oxygen levels to play several hundred songs. The Fenix 5 Plus Series is geared towards outdoorsmen and sporty people who not only want to monitor their heart rates but also want colour maps while hiking a mountain.
Navigation features include a three-axis compass, gyroscope and barometric altimeter, and multi-satellite network, which offer more advanced options than regular GPS and help in places such as canyons. The altimeter alone measures ascent and descent for activities such as hiking.
The watch is preloaded with full-colour TOPO mapping as well as Trendline popularity routing, which was created by Garmin users who’ve logged millions of miles and is useful for runners and cyclists seeking the best trails and routes.
The device monitors a user’s workout stats, including exercise history and performance. It tracks an individual’s data to determine whether he or she is overtraining, maintaining, or peaking. It monitors activities such as swimming, running, biking, hiking, skiing, rowing, and paddle boarding.
The multisport watch stores and plays up to 500 songs, which users can listen to via Bluetooth. The device also includes Garmin Pay, so you can make transactions with the watch (like when you’re cycling and decide to take a break for Starbucks and don’t have your wallet).
The watch measures heart rate counts steps, monitors sleep, and collects the number of calories burned. Its heart rate variability factor calculates a stress score so users know what level of activity they can handle.
Every model in the Fenix 5 Plus Series is able to receive smart notifications for items such as emails and texts. Users also have access to the Garmin Connect online fitness community and social media.
Users who download the Running Power app will have access to metrics such as pace, vertical oscillation, grade and even local wind conditions.
The battery lasts eight hours in GPS mode with music and up to 10 days in smartwatch mode. It’s available in several colours and finishes, including black, orange, and titanium, and the watch face and bands can be customized to suit one’s preferences.
The watch isn’t cheap. Prices range from $699.99 to $1,149.99, depending on the features. The three models include the 5S Plus at 42mm, the 5 Plus at 47mm, and the 5X Plus at 51mm.