I’m the first to moan when a sports watch vendor introduces a new data metric and suddenly the watch becomes “Version 3” rather than a miniscule/incremental improvement on “version 2”. I suppose “Version 3” sounds better than “Version 2.01” for the marketeers.
Back to the Fenix 5; here (link to: the5krunner.com) we guess there will be a Fenix 6 (six) in 2019. That’s a long way away, however, and we have no idea what might be in it or if it will come in that timeframe. The certainty is that Garmin will keep on developing and improving one of its financially successful watches.
Garmin are generally good at introducing new functionality to existing watches; there are many examples but my favourite example is the 920XT which went from being originally ‘good’ to eventually becoming ‘feature-laden’. So, “What about the Fenix 5?”.
It looks like there will be a Fenix 5 PLUS Series in 2018 – aka v2
@Matt (link to: the5krunner.com) seems to think there will be NFC payments ie the Garmin Pay from the recently announced Vivoactive 3 (link to: the5krunner.com) AND GALILEO satellite support for greater positional accuracy (more info, link to: the5krunner.com and link to: the5krunner.com) @joop (link to: the5krunner.com) further states that there will be Samsung SmartThings support for the 645 with appelmoessite also saying the Fenix 5 plus will support SmartThings too (link to: gpsrumours.com).
I think that is all entirely plausible and, indeed reasonably likely. I had personally envisaged that GALILEO would come a little later but I’ll go with @Matt who also thinks that the 935 might have GALILEO on the cards too IF a plus version is released.
NFC would be of little interest to me personally but will be of significant interest to many Fenix users wanting to extend the day-to-day usefulness of their watch. GALILEO could herald a whole new level of positional/pace accuracy and I’m CERTAINLY interested in that ESPECIALLY when I would argue that Garmin do not seem to be as accurate as Polar/Suunto in that regard, on the whole.
Along with many others I will keep calling out the inaccuracies of Garmin’s metrics when I find them.
Bring on Q2.2018