Garmin Fenix 5 PLUS Series Specifications – Comparison – 5S, 5X

Garmin Fenix 5S Plus ReviewThe Garmin Fenix 5 plus series is announced today and available to pre-order and shipping will start in late June/early July 2018.

This is MUCH more than the hardware fix I expected a few months ago and incorporates new hardware competencies, new firmware and new aesthetic details.

Garmin Fenix 5 plus – Common Features

The whole range boasts ALL of these impressive new features

  • Garmin Pay – Garmin’s bank partnerships are ever-increasing but a little behind in singing up in the UK/Europe. All the Fenix 5 plus series are ready for Garmin PAY
  • GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO – First enabled on the Foretrex and Edge 130 models. Likely to be single band Galileo  which may or may not bring improvements to GNSS positioning and navigational accuracy. Galileo satellites are potentially MUCH more accurate than the USA’s GPS satellites
  • Pre-installed TopoActive maps – optimised maps for tracking and navigation available for all geographies
  • Turn-by-Turn (TBT) navigation – leveraging the TOPO maps
  • Trendline Popularity Routing – essentially this is behind-the-scenes heatmap-based routing leveraging masses of Garmin Connect data. This is already a top-end feature on the Edge 1030
  • Garmin Explore portal – We’ve recently seen Garmin TrueUP start to sync our physiological data across our devices. Now the Explore portal can can share routes and waypoints with selected connections
  • Music playback functionality is now the same as the Forerunner 645 and Vivoactive 3 Music and supports iHeartRadio and Deezer premium to add music files to your offline music library of up to 500 songs on your Fenix 5 plus.
  • ClimbPro – Rather than your full elevation profile, ClimbPro illustrates a specific climb.
  • Sapphire crystal screen – this was previously an optional feature as a premium but is now included as standard, albeit at a higher, standard price.

Garmin Fenix 5S Plus Review

Let’s look at some details of each model…

Garmin Fenix 5s Plus – Details

The baby of the Fenix 5 range has grown up…

Garmin Fenix 5S Plus Review

The Garmin Fenix 5s Plus has 3 designs options: white with silver bezel; Black with black bezel; and white with Rose gold bezel. Also of note is the  1.2inch 240 x 240-pixel screen which is an upgrade on the previous Fenix 5s in terms of size (and hence pixels…the pixel density is the same). Battery life is reduced to 7 days from 9.

  • Case size 42mm
  • Weight 69g
  • 1.2-inch display and 240 for 240 pixels
  • Sapphire crystal domed glass
  • 20mm QuickFit bands. The Fenix 5s Plus comes with a black band and white bands for the silver and rose gold models
  • Stainless steel buttons
  • Waterproof up to 10 ATM
  • Smart notification with quick answers directly from the watch (you can reply to SMS messages with pre-canned responses eg ‘Yes’ ‘No’ ‘In meeting call back’)
  • Storage: 16GB for maps and activities, 4GB for music
  • Built-in navigation sensors include three-axis compass, gyroscope and barometric altimeter plus  GPS, GLONASS and Galileo.
  • Battery performance: up to 7 days in smartwatch mode and 8 hours in GPS mode with music
  • Pre-installed activity profiles for all your sports and adventures with a few new activities.
  • Wifi and Bluetooth enabled along with Garmin Connect Mobile support
  • Numerous FirstBeat functions eg training status, training load, VO2max and recovery advisor
  • ANT+ support for power meters, cadence sensors, chest HR straps, etc.
  • Integrated 24×7 pulse measurement.
  • GroupTrack and LiveTrack – your groups can track each other or your family at home can track you via a smartphone connection
  • Fiber-reinforced polymer case + silver stainless steel bezel and back
  • Fiber-reinforced polymer case + Rose gold bezel and white case
  • Fiber-reinforced polymer case + black stainless steel bezel and black case
Garmin Fenix 5 plus

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Garmin Fenix 5 Plus – Details

The Garmin Fenix 5 Plus has design options: black with black stainless steel bezel; and titanium bezel and titanium back plate – both with a sapphire crystal screen. Battery is reduced to 12 days from 14 days.

 

 

  • Case size 47mm
  • Weight 87g (titanium version – weight 76g)
  • 1.2-inch display and 240 for 240 pixels
  • Sapphire crystal domed glass
  • 22mm QuickFit bands. The Fenix 5 Plus has a black band and the titanium variant an orange band
  • Stainless steel buttons
  • Waterproof up to 10 ATM
  • Smart notification with quick answers directly from the watch (you can reply to SMS messages with pre-canned responses eg ‘Yes’ ‘No’ ‘In meeting call back’)
  • Storage: 16GB for maps and activities, 4GB for music
  • Built-in navigation sensors include three-axis compass, gyroscope and barometric altimeter plus  GPS, GLONASS and Galileo.
  • Battery performance: up to 12 days in smartwatch mode and 8 hours in GPS mode with music
  • Pre-installed activity profiles for all your sports and adventures with a few new activities.
  • Wifi and Bluetooth enabled along with Garmin Connect Mobile support
  • Numerous FirstBeat functions eg training status, training load, VO2max and recovery advisor
  • ANT+ support for power meters, cadence sensors, chest HR straps, etc
  • Integrated 24×7 pulse measurement
  • GroupTrack and LiveTrack – your groups can track each other or your family at home can track you via a smartphone connection
  • Fiber-reinforced polymer case + stainless steel bezel and back
  • Fiber-reinforced polymer case + titanium bezel and back
Garmin Fenix 5 plus

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Garmin Fenix 5x Plus – Details

The Garmin Fenix 5x Plus has black stainless steel bezel with a black case. Also there is an onboard pulse oximeter to measure blood oxygen levels tht is built into a modified ELEVATE sensor unit. An impressive 20-day battery also boasts 33 hours on GPS in extended life modes.

 

  • The pulse oximeter is NOT the same as MOXY which measures muscle oxygen. Pulse oximetry is also a ‘health’ feature as well as an athletic feature with some uses whilst stationary at altitude
  • Case size 51mm
  • Weight 96g (2g lower than Fenix 5x)
  • 1.2-inch display and 240 for 240 pixels
  • Sapphire crystal domed glass
  • 26mm QuickFit bands. The Fenix 5X Plus has a black band only
  • Stainless steel buttons
  • Waterproof up to 10 ATM
  • Smart notification with quick answers directly from the watch (you can reply to SMS messages with pre-canned responses eg ‘Yes’ ‘No’ ‘In meeting call back’)
  • Storage: 16GB for maps and activities, 4GB for music
  • Built-in navigation sensors include three-axis compass, gyroscope and barometric altimeter plus  GPS, GLONASS and Galileo.
  • Battery performance: up to 20 days in smartwatch mode and 33 hours in GPS mode (see next section for details)
  • Pre-installed activity profiles for all your sports and adventures with a few new activities.
  • Wifi and Bluetooth enabled along with Garmin Connect Mobile support, of course!
  • FirstBeat built-in with training status, training load, VO2max and recovery advisor
  • ANT+ support for power meters, cadence sensors, chest HR straps and others.
  • Integrated pulse measurement on the wrist you have the full overview of your current heart rate, the course during the last 4 hours, as well as the average daily and 7-day value.
  • GroupTrack and LiveTrack built into the Fenix 5s Plus
  • Fiber-reinforced polymer case + Black stainless steel bezel and back

Garmin Fenix 5X Plus – Battery Life

You might expect that the 5 Plus series has ‘better’ battery life than before. Generally it does NOT have better battery life than the Fenix 5, although the Fenix 5X Plus is the exception with some highly credible battery stats, as shown below.

Smartwatch ModeGPS ModeGPS+MusicUltraTrac
Fenix 5S9 days14 hours35 hours
Fenix 52 Weeks24 hours60 hours
Fenix 5X12 days20 hours35 hours
Fenix 5S Plus7 days11  hours4.5 hours25 hours
Fenix 5 Plus12 days18 hours8 hours42 hours
Fenix 5X Plus20 days32 hours13 hours70 hours

I guess we don’t need to know why battery life is slightly worse but it will be linked to factors like: new battery; new processor; better power management components. The 4.5 hours with the 5S Plus and music is maybe a tad too low for comfort from experiecne with similar devices. But the 32 hours of Best GPS mode in the 5X Plus is market leading for UltraRunners. Even looking at the 18 hours of GPS use with the 5 Plus then that’s probably enough for many people in an Ironman (18 hours will be less in reality once sensors are paired and features enabled)

 

Garmin Fenix 5 plus

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Garmin Fenix 5 Plus – Is it worth it ? Hold Off? Or Buy now ?

Garmin Fenix 5 Plus – Pricing and Availability

Fenix 5 Plus series starts from £599.99 rising to £999.99 for the most expensive Fenix 5X Plus model.

That’s $700 to an eye-watering $1,150

US$ Base (Eu)US$ Sapphire/titanium£ Base£ Sapphire/titanium
Fenix 5S plus700800600700
Fenix 5 plus700800-850600700-750
Fenix 5X plus1150750

Garmin Fenix 5 Plus – Opinion

We now have what appears to be the most complete sports smart watch – for a price.

Very many of the big boxes that were previously unticked have now been ticked. OK there is not a true, cellular, live-streaming from the Spotify service but Garmin have made very significant strides towards such goals.

The enhanced and expanded navigation-related and mapping-related functions look highly promising. Course creation in Garmin Connect, as with many competing offerings, is somewhat flaky. Let’s see what happens there as well. The Group Track and Live Track functionalities are fine but the former relies on your friends having compatible watches and the latter relies on your having a smartphone connection with mobile data.

Galileo has the potential to be a game-changer with positional accuracy and a knock-on effect of this could be to improve INSTANT PACE when running. I have a nagging doubt about this as, apparently, dual-band Galileo and a redesigned antennae are both required and the former appears NOT to be implemented in the 4 plus.

There are also many nuances waiting to be highlighted with a full review to follow. Will instant pace accuracy be improved? Are there any new screens, like in the 5X image above? Will the 5S be able to power mapping functionality with CIQ3 apps?

Putting those caveats aside, these are 3 awesome watches.

Garmin Fenix 5 plus

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Sources: garmin.com via appelmoessite, activejr

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Luís Pinto

Will you test this device? People would like to know which gps chipset will be present and the accuracy of GPS+Galileo solution.

active JR
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You could have at least credited me if you decided to use images I put together and created

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Garmin have collectively lost their minds with these price points. OMG.

JRe
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JRe

What are the aesthetic details that have been changed?

I don’t really think the prices are that crazy. The “real” price is the base model, which seems fair considering how much more they’re offering than the previous Fenix and the fact that no competitor is anywhere in the ballpark. I see the higher prices for the more expensive materials versions as a just a way of charging more to people who for whom cost is irrelevant.

Will
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Will

From Garmin’s website it looks as if the Sapphire glass is a £100 option on all but the 5X Plus where it’s then standard.

I really like the idea of maps in a smaller format watch (5S Plus) but at £600 I’ll be many years waiting for that price to be reduced to my threshold limit.

In the meantime by 920 is working very well for me.

Luís Pinto
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If Garmin 645 have support for Galileo there I will buy it. Fenix 5 plus is impossible to me. So have to wait for further models like 245, 745 or 945. At this point every next models will have Galileo. Anyway, anybody knows the gps chipset of Fenix 5 plus?

Luís Pinto
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Luís Pinto

Network has boring stuff … By the end of 2016 Garmin claimed that many of its products were capable of receiving Galileo support:

“Will Garmin devices work with this new network?
We at Garmin have been tracking the development of Galileo for over a decade and will continue to track its development. Many of our products are Galileo capable, and now that the Galileo system has reached its initial operational capability, we will carefully test and validate our Galileo capable products and provide selected updates at a future date. We are committed to delighting our customers with best in class positioning capabilities, and look forward to integrating the Galileo service into many of our products. ” – https://support.garmin.com/en-US/?faq=gwhwlwegEx3iAUBY9UEbd9&searchType=noProduct&utm_source=faqSearch

This was even noticeable since many models integrate Mediatek 3333: https://labs.mediatek.com/en/chipset/MT3333. Arrived in the middle of 2018, fenix 5 plus is released with support. But firmware for the other models, zero.
Did you read the same? Where is the true?

Tim
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Tim

Have you tried out Garmin Pay yet? I am curious how convenient it is with the required button presses etc.
If you don’t have one of the (5!) cards that are supported in the UK, can I recommend Starling, where you can open an account very easily via the phone app in minutes.

JRe
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JRe

I use it all the time. It’s like a rotary telephone, so it helps to have a pin with the numbers close together. The time lost punching in the numbers is made up by how quickly it scans.

Tom
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Tom

do i have to type in the pin every time? that would be hugely annoying in many situations (e.g. underground barriers). can’t i use it like a contactless debit card?