Garmin Introduces Fenix 5 Plus Smartwatch with Maps, Garmin Pay and New Sensors

By June 18th, 2018 AT 8:01 PM

Garmin has made some recent additions to its lineup of Fenix smartwatches. The new debuts in the market which include the Fenix 5S Plus, Fenix 5 Plus, and Fenix 5X Plus come with brand new features like Garmin Pay and music storage support. Now, there is also support for GPS and routing features which will be especially well suited for someone following an active lifestyle. However, these upgrades to the Fenix watches come with a heftier price tag which starts from $699.99 (approx. Rs 47,600) and goes as high as $1,149 (approx. Rs 78,200).

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All the three new additions to the Fenix watch series – the Fenix 5 PlusFenix 5S Plus and the Fenix 5X Plus come with an inbuilt music player allowing the users to pair their watches with Bluetooth headphones enabling seamless music streaming. There is also support for Garmin pay using which the owners will be able to make payments without any hassle. The smartwatches will be capable of storing up to 500 songs and downloading offline playlists from select music streaming services like iHeartradio and Deezer. They will also be able to transfer music directly from a PC. The Fenix line-up of watches has been designed keeping the extreme environment in mind, so users won’t have to carry their smartphones outside when they need to listen to music.

Not only audio enhancements, but Garmin has also made substantial improvements for the fitness enthusiasts in the watch by adding new sensors like the Pulse Ox acclimation sensor. This sensor will allow the users to be aware of their blood oxygen saturation levels that will be particularly useful during outdoor tracking. This will come into use when the users go to high altitude areas. Although, it is worth noting that this feature is only available on the 5X Plus model.

In the new debuts, there is also the Galileo tracking which will assist users in finding their location when GPS fails. The Fenix 5S Plus also manages to sport a sufficiently large screen measuring an impressive 1.2-inches while being comfortable for slimmer wrists. The company has come up with enough choices for the buyers, ranging from PVD-coated stainless-steel models to lightweight titanium models for all three of the Fenix 5 Plus watches. The sizing of these watches ranges from 42mm to 51mm in case size.

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Garmin also packs its new watches with the running-friendly Trendline routing feature from its cycling PCs that makes use of Garmin Connect data. Using this, the wearer will be able to find the best trails and running routes. This data will be collected by previous treks and miles logged by other Garmin users.

Speaking of battery, the Fenix 5S Plus has been slated to last a week in smartwatch mode or four hours in GPS and music mode. The other model, namely the Felix 5 Plus will last up to 10 days as a smartwatch and 8 hours when used with GPS/ music mode. Lastly, the Felix 5X Plus, being the top-end model will last 20 days in smartwatch mode and 13 hours with GPS/ music.

Arpit spends his day closely following the telecom and tech industry. A music connoisseur and a night owl, he also takes a deep interest in the Indian technology start-up scene and spends rest of his time spilling poetry and stories on paper.

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