Garmin Fenix 6 Specifications, Opinion, 5 Plus Comparison

The new Garmin Fenix 6 comes only 14 months after the significantly updated Fenix 5 PLUS range. The updates to the 5 PLUS were mostly software+hardware fixes and, this time round the updates we see in the Fenix 6 DO include some new smart & sport features but, most crucially, we are seeing the Fenix play catch-up with decently powered hardware to match the MARQ and the Forerunner 945.

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Garmin fenix 6 specifications review

Now that you can get your hands on the Fenix 6, here we look at

  • Is it worth the upgrade? ie What is new compared to the Fenix 5 Plus
  • What are the differences in specs between Fenix 6 models?

Let’s start off with the differences between the new models

Garmin Fenix 6 Model Comparison

Here we have the 3 new models (6s, 6, 6X) with their Base, PRO, Sapphire and SOLAR variants.

Fenix 6s Fenix 6s Pro (Optional Sapphire) No solar model
Fenix 6 Fenix 6 Pro (Optional Sapphire) No solar model
No base model
Fenix 6x Pro (Optional Sapphire) Fenix 6x Solar (Sapphire)

Here are the headline differences, simplified slightly for readability

  • Pro Version – Each ‘Pro’ version has STREAMING MUSIC and to make streaming work it needs WiFi. You only get the maps on the Pro version too as well as up to 4g of added weight.
  • Pro Version Sapphire – This just adds in a more scratch-resistant Sapphire Screen over the lower model’s Gorilla Glass
  • Solar – You guessed it, this adds solar charging which is claimed to increase all battery life in all modes by about 10%. This requires a new type of solar screen construction.
  • The 6S is the small version, 6 the medium and 6X the large and yes bigger can be better
    • Screen Resolution – 6s is 240x240px, 6 is 260x260px, 6X is 280x280px. Larger screens are the same pixel density BUT support readability with more data fields per screen – 6 on the F6 and 8 on the F6X)
    • Case Size – 6s is 42 x 42 x 13.8 mm, 6 is 47 x 47 x 14.7 mm, 6X is 51 x 51 x 14.9 mm
    • Weight – 6s is 62g, 6 is 83g, 6X is 93g (individual models vary)
    • Battery Life – 6s 25 hours GPS and 6 hours GPS+Music and 60 UltraTrac, 6 36 hours GPS 10 hours GPS+Music 72 hours Ultratrac,  6X 60 hours GPS, 15 hours GPS+Music, 120 hours UltraTrac (+10% with Solar)
    • Price – Fenix 6X ($749.99$1,149.99),  Fenix 6 (599.99$999.99), Fenix 6s ($599.99$899.99) Eu/£ similar

Garmin fenix 6 specifications review

The more you spend, the bigger and more durable watch you will get and the longer the battery life will be. Screens on the larger models will NOT look better per se…just bigger with more screen real estate.

The decision between models is simple. If you have small wrists you go for the small one. Everyone else gets the regular Fenix 6 whose battery life and physical size is great. If you want maps or music or bang your screen around a lot you get the PRO and Sapphire options respectively. However, I can only see the 6X Pro model and the 6X Solar model being suitable for people with very specific size and battery needs – having said that you guys are probably just going to get the most expensive one…because you can.

The detailed hardware specs and detailed comparisons are further below

Garmin Fenix 6 vs Garmin Fenix 5 Plus Comparison

Last year, I wholeheartedly recommended everyone to skip the Fenix 5 series and go to the more superior 5 Plus series. I will still recommend the now mostly bug-free 5 Plus series to most people. But if you are on the Fenix 3 or are just itching to upgrade your 5 Plus then Q: what will the Fenix 6 give you over and above the current Fenix 5 Plus?

A: Quite a lot

I have slightly generalised this Fenix 6 to Fenix 5 Plus comparison due to the complexity of the number of variants (further below the comparison to the Fenix 5 is also added in the detailed comparison).

There are new features for all key sports as well as new smart, physiological and hardware features.

  • PacePro – This is only available on courses/routes and conceptually you might think it’s like graded pace. I guess it sort of is, but it’s more like a tweaked pace tool to account for yoru planned changes in effort over gradients and also to account for whether you want a positive or negative split. 
  • FIRSTBEAT – The Fenix 6 catches up with all the features on the Forerunner 945 namely
    • Training Load Focus – the ability to look below the surface of your training load to understand the degree to which high-intensity aerobic efforts, low-intensity aerobic efforts, and anaerobic efforts contributed to your total training load.
    • An updated Activity Summary screen that includes a label that describes the primary benefit of your workout (recovery, endurance base, VO2max, lactate threshold, tempo, anaerobic threshold, and speed) and also reveals the specific number that corresponds to the Training Load contribution of your finished workout.
    • Race Time Predictions were updated to incorporate insight from trends in your Training Load, weekly mileage, and the presence of long runs in your training history. These elements combine to improve on the more traditional, less personalized predictions that relied solely on your current fitness level (VO2max) and general references regarding the sustainability of various intensity levels over time.
    • Body Battery is a popular addition that combines All-day Stress data, physical activity, and the restorative power of sleep into a single easily understood metaphor. Among other things you can instantly see when a bad night’s sleep or an unusually stressful day at work will make a hard workout less beneficial than normal.
    • The impact of environmental factors is brought into focus with the addition of acclimatization tracking. You will be able to watch as your physiology adapts to help you perform better in higher elevations or in ways that help you manage the effects of hotter, more humid climates. This information is also factored into your performance analytics so that a decrease in performance capability attributable to your environment isn’t mistakenly attributed to unproductive training activities or poor recovery.
    • Recovery Time estimates have been updated based on the “latest sports science”. This means adjustments are made based on your acute/chronic training load ratios and additional care is given to ensure adequate recovery after workouts that produced Training Effect scores that significantly exceed those of your normal training efforts.

Garmin fenix 6 specifications review

  • Storage is doubled to 32Gb for Music + Maps + Activities and this includes double the amount of space for music (approx 2000 songs). You can get extra free maps and there is now support for Spotify and Amazon music.
  • Weight – broadly similar
  • Battery Life – Generally about double the time for GPS usage, about 2 hours more for Music+GPS and at least 50% more in UltraTrac mode. Expedition Battery Mode takes you even further between charges by further compromising on the GPS points recorded.
  • Power Management – The Suunto 9 stole a march on this many months ago and now Garmin has caught up and arguably overtaken them. There are pre-canned battery modes and you can also customise and view changes on-the-fly but the bottom line of this is that battery life is mostly about managing GPS and the screen. However, the normal battery life on the Fenix 6 is SO GOOD that I can’t see these extra modes being useful except for highly specific athlete use-cases and those occasional times where you’ve just simply forgotten to charge it up properly.
  • ClimbPro is not new to the Fenix but the new 2019 styling that was introduced on the Edge 530/830 is included.
  • Topo maps, golf courses and ski runs are added and updated. Are you on La Face at Val d’Isere?…the F6 knows that. Tip: Skiing dynamics will be introduced with the HRM-PRO soon (probably in time for winter 😉 )
  • Screen – The 5S and 6S have the same screen size but you get a bigger screen for the new Fenix 6 and for the new Fenix 6X.
  • Incident detection and alerting – or just simply alerting someone that you have a problem
  • PulseOx – Mostly useless, except for acclimation, but now you have it. This is NOTHING to do with MOXY/Humon‘s SmO2.
  • Body Battery – this is a nice feature on the 945 and you will love it on the Fenix 6. HRV-enabled readings give you a steer towards understanding your 24×7 energy reserves.
  • Swimming sees the implementation of oHR (finally!) and of CSS (critical swim speed – sweet…#later).
  • Sensors – The ELEVATE oHR sensor is updated as well as the now-ubiquitous Sony GNSS chip, there are probably many other sensors and component updates inside, including the faster processor. In some ways, sensors are one of the most important aspects for athletes considering an upgrade. All the reviewers tend to say how wonderful the latest greatest Garmin oHR and GPS tend to be but, after LONG and detailed looks I tend to agree with the experiences of MANY USERS and have a ‘meh’ moment. I then usually say “accuracy is about the same as before” and recommend the athlete back to their old chest strap and running pod. Nevertheless, I’m going to torture myself and do months of testing all over again but honestly folks, the end recommendation WILL be the same. Although to be fair to Garmin the new Elevate sensor IS more accurate than the previous one but I’ll need to wait until the reduced circulation experienced in my COLD WINTER runs to see REALLY how much better it is.

Garmin fenix 6 specifications review

Advice

These are nice watches and a notable set of upgrades even over the Fenix 5 Plus series. You’ll get some bugs but the earlier MARQ and Forerunners from 2019 share much of the same firmware and so will have mostly ironed the obvious bugs out by now.

For sports usage, the 935 is awesome and for outdoors usage, the Fenix 3 is cool enough. If like me, you want to get a few more features then the 5 Plus, Forerunner 945 and Fenix 6 series all deliver those. It all comes down to how much money and inclination you have for the latest, truly-greatest gadget. Although, of course, the MARQ range are EVEN better, so maybe that is the truly greatest gadget

If you have a small wrist or want music playback, then your intended watch choice becomes more obvious. Very, very few of you will need the uber-battery of the Fenix 6X…and you’re just getting what is perhaps a too-big watch for your normal-sized wrists.

At these prices, it’s worth spending a bit more either on an insurance policy or the sapphire glass. Otherwise get the Fenix 6 base model or Pro.

Garmin fenix 6 specifications reviewPrice, Availability & Discounts

Fenix 6X ($749.99$1,149.99),  Fenix 6 (599.99$999.99), Fenix 6s ($599.99$899.99) Eu/£ similar

One of the problems now is that there are just too many Feinx 6 options for retailers to stock all of them. So unless you go for the bigger retailers like Amazon, Power Meter City, Wiggle or REI (and some others) then you may well find the precise watch you want is out of stock.

Immediate Availability: Amazon seems to have REALLY got their hands on some stock this time USA ONLY FOR THE TIME BEING. For the 945 they took orders and effectively were less than truthful about the delivery dates. Another “well-known retailer” in the UK also had significant issues with credit card payments for the recent Edge/Forerunner releases, also not having stock. Wiggle in the UK have an exclusive on the Fenix 6X Pro.

I’ll do my best to steer you once again towards PowerMeterCity in the USA (super-high Trust Pilot Rating) and Wiggle in the UK and EU to help this site (thank you!). Click on the following image or HERE for a choice of retailers in your country.

Click to a choice of local retailers – I’ll add Amazon UK here when available

Garmin Fenix 5 Comparison: Garmin Fenix 5 Specifications vs Garmin Fenix 5 Plus specifications vs Garmin Fenix 6 Specifications

This is worth a close look at. It’s sourced from Garmin and thus may contain errors. However it might also give an insight into some mini-features that are not YET in the device but which soon will be through later announcements. (Comparisons between the Fenix 6 models are further below)

 

fēnix® 5 fēnix® 5 Plus fēnix® 6 – Pro and Sapphire Editions
$499.99 USD and Up $599.99 USD and Up $699.99 USD and Up
Premium multisport GPS watch with wrist-based heart rate Premium multisport GPS smartwatch with wrist-based heart rate, maps, music and Garmin Pay™ contactless payments Premium multisport GPS watches with wrist-based heart rate, Pulse Ox, pace guidance, routable maps, music and more
General
Lens Material chemically strengthened glass or sapphire crystal domed chemically strengthened glass or sapphire crystal Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3 or Sapphire Crystal
Bezel Material stainless steel stainless steel or titanium stainless steel or Diamond-like Carbon (DLC) coated steel
Case material fibre-reinforced polymer with stainless steel rear cover fibre-reinforced polymer with metal rear cover fibre-reinforced polymer with metal rear cover
QuickFit™ watch band compatible included (22 mm) included (22 mm) included (22 mm)
Strap material silicone or steel silicone, leather or titanium silicone, leather, titanium or nylon
Physical size 47 x 47 x 15.5 mm 47 x 47 x 15.8 mm 47 x 47 x 14.7 mm
Fits wrists with the following circumference: Fits wrists with the following circumference:
Silicone band: 163-249 mm Silicone band: 125-208 mm
Leather band: 166-229 mm Leather band: 132-210 mm
Metal band: 166-242 mm Fabric band: 132-210 mm
Metal band: 132-215 mm
Display size 1.2” (30.4 mm) diameter 1.2” (30.4 mm) diameter 1.3” (33.02 mm) diameter
Display resolution 240 x 240 pixels 240 x 240 pixels 260 x 260 pixels
Display type sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP) sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP) sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP)
Weight 85 g 86 g Steel: 83 g (case only: 60 g)
Titanium version: 76 g Titanium: 72 g (case only: 49 g)
Battery life Smartwatch mode: Up to 2 weeks Smartwatch: Up to 12 days Smartwatch: Up to 14 days
GPS/HR mode: Up to 24 hours GPS: Up to 18 hours GPS: Up to 36 hours
GPS and Music: Up to 8 hours GPS and Music: Up to 10 hours
UltraTrac™ mode: Up to 60 hours without wrist heart rate UltraTrac™ mode: Up to 42 hours Max Battery GPS Mode: 72 hours
Expedition GPS Activity: 28 days
Battery Saver Watch Mode: 48 days
Water rating 10 ATM 10 ATM 10 ATM
Colour display
Memory/History 64 MB 16 GB 32 GB
Clock Features
Time/date Yes Yes Yes
GPS Time Sync Yes Yes Yes
Automatic daylight saving time Yes Yes Yes
Alarm clock Yes Yes Yes
Timer Yes Yes Yes
Stopwatch Yes Yes Yes
Sunrise/sunset times Yes Yes Yes
Yes Yes Yes
Sensors Yes Yes Yes
Yes Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes Yes
GLONASS Yes Yes Yes
Galileo Yes Yes Yes
Garmin Elevate™ wrist heart rate monitor Yes Yes Yes
Barometric altimeter Yes Yes Yes
Compass Yes Yes Yes
Gyroscope Yes Yes Yes
Accelerometer Yes Yes Yes
Thermometer Yes Yes Yes
Pulse Ox No No yes (with Acclimation)
Connectivity
Connect IQ™ (downloadable watch faces, data fields, widgets and apps) Yes Yes Yes
Smart notifications Yes Yes Yes
Text response/reject phone call with text (Android™ only) Yes Yes Yes
Connectivity Bluetooth® Smart, ANT+®, Wi-Fi® with sapphire editions Bluetooth®, ANT+®, Wi-Fi® Bluetooth®, ANT+®, Wi-Fi®
Calendar Yes Yes Yes
Weather Yes Yes Yes
Battery Saver – customizable low power watch No No Yes
Controls smartphone music Yes Yes Yes
Plays and controls watch music Yes Yes Yes
Music Storage No Up to 1000 songs up to 2,000 songs
Find My Phone Yes Yes Yes
Find My Watch Yes Yes Yes
VIRB® Camera Remote Yes Yes Yes
Smartphone compatibility iPhone®, Android™ iPhone®, Android™ iPhone®, Android™
Compatible with Garmin Connect™ Mobile Yes Yes Yes
Garmin Pay™ No Yes Yes
Safety and Tracking Features
Incident Detection during select activities No Yes Yes
Assistance No Yes Yes
LiveTrack Yes Yes Yes
Group LiveTrack Yes Yes Yes
Live Event Sharing No No Yes
Tactical Features
Dual grid coordinates Yes Yes Yes
Activity Tracking Features
Step counter Yes Yes Yes
Move bar (displays on device after a period of inactivity; walk for a couple of minutes to reset it) Yes Yes Yes
Auto goal (learns your activity level and assigns a daily step goal) Yes Yes Yes
Sleep monitoring (monitors total sleep and periods of movement or restful sleep) Yes Yes Yes
Calories burned Yes Yes Yes
Floors climbed Yes Yes Yes
Distance traveled Yes Yes Yes
Intensity minutes Yes Yes Yes
TrueUp™ Yes Yes Yes
Move IQ™ Yes Yes Yes
Fitness Age yes (in app) yes (in app) yes (in app)
Body Battery™ Energy Monitor No No Yes
All-day Stress Tracking Yes Yes Yes
Gym & Fitness Equipment
Available gym activity profiles Indoor Rowing, Strength Training and Cardio Training Strength, Cardio and Elliptical Training, Stair Stepping, Floor Climbing, Indoor Rowing and Yoga Strength, Cardio and Elliptical Training, Stair Stepping, Floor Climbing, Indoor Rowing and Yoga
Cardio workouts Yes Yes Yes
Strength workouts Yes Yes Yes
Automatic rep counting Yes Yes Yes
Training, Planning and Analysis Features
GPS speed and distance Yes Yes Yes
Customizable data pages Yes Yes Yes
Customizable activity profiles Yes Yes Yes
Auto Pause® Yes Yes Yes
Interval training Yes Yes Yes
Advanced workouts Yes Yes Yes
Downloadable training plans Yes Yes Yes
Power Modes – customizable in-activity battery settings No No Yes
Auto Lap® Yes Yes Yes
Manual lap Yes Yes Yes
Configurable lap alerts Yes Yes Yes
Heat and altitude acclimation Yes Yes Yes
V02 max Yes Yes Yes
Training Status (lets you see if you’re training effectively by tracking your training history and fitness level trend.) Yes Yes Yes
Training Load (your total training load for the last 7 days calculated from estimated EPOC) Yes Yes Yes
Training load focus No No Yes
Training Effect (aerobic) Yes Yes Yes
Training Effect (anaerobic) Yes Yes Yes
Primary benefit (Training Effect labels) No No Yes
Custom alerts Yes Yes Yes
Audio prompts Yes Yes Yes
Finish time Yes Yes Yes
Virtual Partner Yes Yes Yes
Race an Activity Yes Yes Yes
Auto multisport activities Yes Yes Yes
Manual multisport activities Yes Yes Yes
Course guidance Yes Yes Yes
Garmin Live Segments Yes Yes Yes
Strava Live Segments Yes Yes Yes
Round-trip course creator (running/cycling) No Yes Yes
Trendline™ Popularity Routing No Yes yes (available as a wearable map theme)
Touch and/or button lock Yes Yes Yes
Hot keys Yes Yes Yes
Auto-scroll Yes Yes Yes
Activity history on watch Yes Yes Yes
Physio TrueUp Yes Yes Yes
Heart Rate Features
HR zones Yes Yes Yes
HR alerts Yes Yes Yes
HR calories Yes Yes Yes
% HR max Yes Yes Yes
% HRR Yes Yes Yes
Recovery time Yes Yes Yes
Auto max HR Yes Yes Yes
HRV stress test (measures your heart rate variability while standing still, for 3 minutes, to provide you with an estimated stress level; the scale of this is 1 to 100; low scores indicate lower stress levels) yes (with compatible accessory) yes (with compatible accessory) yes (with compatible accessory)
HR Broadcast (broadcasts HR data over ANT+™ to paired devices) Yes Yes Yes
Running Features
Available run profiles Running, Treadmill Running, Trail Running Running, Treadmill Running, Trail Running Running, Treadmill Running, Indoor Track Running, Trail Running
GPS-based distance, time and pace Yes Yes Yes
Running dynamics yes (with compatible accessory) yes (with compatible accessory) yes (with compatible accessory)
Vertical oscillation and ratio (the degree of ‘bounce’ in your running motion and the cost-benefit ratio with stride length) yes (with compatible accessory) yes (with compatible accessory) yes (with compatible accessory)
Ground contact time and balance (shows how much time, in the running motion, your foot is on the ground rather than in flight and lets you check your running symmetry) yes (with compatible accessory) yes (with compatible accessory) yes (with compatible accessory)
Stride length (real time) yes (with compatible accessory) yes (with compatible accessory) yes (with compatible accessory)
Cadence (provides a real-time number of steps per minute) Yes Yes Yes
Performance condition (after running 6–20 minutes, compares your real-time condition to your average fitness level) Yes Yes Yes
Lactate threshold (through analysis of your pace and heart rate, estimates the point where your muscles start to rapidly fatigue) yes (with compatible accessory) yes (with compatible accessory) yes (with compatible accessory)
PacePro™ Pacing Strategies No No Yes
Run workouts Yes Yes Yes
Race predictor Yes Yes Yes
Foot pod capable Yes Yes Yes
Golfing Features
Preloaded with 41,000 courses worldwide No Yes Yes
Yardage to F/M/B (distance to front, middle and back of green) Yes Yes Yes
Yardage to layups/doglegs Yes Yes Yes
Measures shot distance (calculates exact yardage for shots from anywhere on course) Automatic Automatic Automatic
Digital scorecard Yes Yes Yes
Custom targets No No Yes
Stat tracking (strokes, putts per round, greens and fairways hit) Yes Yes Yes
Garmin AutoShot™ Yes Yes Yes
Full vector map No No Yes
Auto CourseView updates No Yes Yes
Green View with manual pin position Yes Yes Yes
Hazards and course targets Yes Yes Yes
PinPointer No No Yes
PlaysLike distance No No Yes
Handicap scoring No No Yes
TruSwing™ compatible Yes Yes Yes
Round timer/odometer Yes Yes Yes
Automatic club tracking compatible (requires accessory) Yes Yes Yes
Outdoor Recreation Features
Available outdoor recreation profiles Hiking, Climbing, Mountain Biking, Skiing, Snowboarding, XC Skiing, Stand Up Paddleboarding, Rowing, Jumpmaster, Tactical Hiking, Climbing, Mountain Biking, Skiing, Snowboarding, XC Skiing, Stand Up Paddleboarding, Rowing, Kayaking, Jumpmaster, Tactical Hiking, Climbing, Mountain Biking, Skiing, Snowboarding, XC Skiing, Stand Up Paddleboarding, Rowing, Kayaking, Jumpmaster, Tactical
Point-to-point navigation Yes Yes Yes
Bread crumb trail in real time Yes Yes Yes
Back to start Yes Yes Yes
TracBack® Yes Yes Yes
UltraTrac mode Yes Yes Yes
Around Me mode No Yes Yes
Elevation profile Yes Yes Yes
Distance to destination Yes Yes Yes
Barometric trend indicator with Storm Alert Yes Yes Yes
ClimbPro™ Ascent Planner No Yes Yes
Trail run auto climb Yes Yes Yes
Vertical speed Yes Yes Yes
Total ascent/descent Yes Yes Yes
Future elevation plot No Yes Yes
Preloaded topographical maps No Yes Yes
Preloaded ski resort maps No No Yes
Downloadable cartography support No Yes Yes
Compatible with BaseCamp™ Yes Yes Yes
GPS coordinates Yes Yes Yes
Projected waypoint Yes Yes Yes
Sight ‘N Go Yes Yes Yes
Area calculation yes (via Connect IQ™) yes (via Connect IQ™) yes (via Connect IQ™)
Hunt/fish calendar yes (via Connect IQ™) yes (via Connect IQ™) yes (via Connect IQ™)
Sun and moon information yes (via Connect IQ™) yes (via Connect IQ™) yes (via Connect IQ™)
XERO™ Locations No Yes Yes
Expedition GPS Activity No No Yes
Cycling Features
Available cycling profiles Biking, Indoor Biking, Mountain Biking, Triathlon Biking, Indoor Biking, Mountain Biking, Triathlon Biking, Indoor Biking, Mountain Biking, Triathlon
Courses Yes Yes Yes
Bike lap and lap maximum power (with power sensor) Yes Yes Yes
Race an activity Yes Yes Yes
Time/distance alerts (triggers an alarm when you reach goal) Yes Yes Yes
FTP (Functional Threshold Power) yes (with compatible accessory) yes (with compatible accessory) yes (with compatible accessory)
Cycle Map (routable cycling-specific street map) No Yes Yes
Compatible with Vector™ (power meter) Yes Yes Yes
Power meter compatible (displays power data from compatible third-party ANT+™-enabled power meters) Yes Yes Yes
Compatible with Varia Vision™ (head-mounted display) Yes Yes Yes
Compatible with Varia™ radar (rear-facing radar) Yes Yes Yes
Compatible with Varia™ lights Yes Yes Yes
Speed and cadence sensor support (with sensor) yes (ANT+® and Bluetooth® Smart sensors) yes (ANT+® and Bluetooth® Smart sensors) yes (ANT+® and Bluetooth® Smart sensors)
Swimming Features
Available swim profiles Pool Swimming, Open Water Swimming, Swimming/Running Pool Swimming, Open Water Swimming, Swimming/Running Pool Swimming, Open Water Swimming, Swimming/Running
Open-water swim metrics (distance, pace, stroke count/rate, stroke distance, swim efficiency (SWOLF), calories) Yes Yes Yes
Pool swim metrics (lengths, distance, pace, stroke count/rate, swim efficiency (SWOLF), calories) Yes Yes Yes
Stroke type detection (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly) (Pool Swim Only) Yes Yes Yes
Drill logging (Pool Swim Only) Yes Yes Yes
Basic rest timer (up from 0) Yes Yes Yes
“Repeat on” rest timer Yes Yes No ??
Pacing Alerts (pool swim only) Yes Yes Yes
Countdown start Yes Yes Yes
Pool swim workouts Yes Yes Yes
Critical swim speed No No Yes  
Underwater wrist-based heart rate No No Yes  
Heart rate from external HRM (real-time during rests, interval and session stats during rests, and automatic heart rate download post-swim) yes (with HRM-Tri™ and HRM-Swim™) yes (with HRM-Tri™ and HRM-Swim™) yes (with HRM-Tri™ and HRM-Swim™)

 

Garmin Fenix 6s Specifications vs Garmin Fenix 6 Specifications vs Garmin Fenix 6x Specifications

This has to be the most boring features comparison table ever….play “spot the difference”.

 

Product Comparison:
fēnix® 6S – Pro and Sapphire Editions fēnix® 6 – Pro and Sapphire Editions fēnix® 6X – Pro and Solar Editions
$699.99 USD and Up $699.99 USD and Up $749.99 USD and Up
Smaller-sized multisport GPS watches with wrist-based heart rate, Pulse Ox, pace guidance, routable maps, music and more Premium multisport GPS watches with wrist-based heart rate, Pulse Ox, pace guidance, routable maps, music and more Premium multisport GPS watches with wrist-based heart rate, Pulse Ox, pace guidance, routable maps, music and more
General
Lens Material Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3 or Sapphire Crystal Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3 or Sapphire Crystal Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3 or Sapphire Crystal
Bezel Material stainless steel or Diamond-like Carbon (DLC) coated steel stainless steel or Diamond-like Carbon (DLC) coated steel stainless steel or Diamond-like Carbon (DLC) coated steel
Case material fibre-reinforced polymer with metal rear cover fibre-reinforced polymer with metal rear cover fibre-reinforced polymer with metal rear cover
QuickFit™ watch band compatible included (20 mm) included (22 mm) included (26 mm)
Strap material silicone, suede or nylon silicone, leather, titanium or nylon silicone, leather, titanium or nylon
Physical size 42 x 42 x 13.8 mm 47 x 47 x 14.7 mm 51 x 51 x 14.9 mm
Fits wrists with the following circumference: Fits wrists with the following circumference: Fits wrists with the following circumference:
Silicone band: 108-182 mm Silicone band: 125-208 mm Silicone band: 127-210 mm
Suede band: 108-175 mm Leather band: 132-210 mm Leather band: 135-213 mm
Fabric band: 108-189 mm Fabric band: 132-210 mm Fabric band: 135-213 mm
Metal band: 108-180 mm Metal band: 132-215 mm Metal band: 135-225 mm
Display size 1.2” (30.4 mm) diameter 1.3” (33.02 mm) diameter 1.4” (35.56 mm) diameter
Display resolution 240 x 240 pixels 260 x 260 pixels 280 x 280 pixels
Display type sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP) sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP) sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP)
Weight Steel: 61 g (case only: 44 g) Steel: 83 g (case only: 60 g) Steel: 93 g (case only: 66 g)
Titanium: 72 g (case only: 49 g)
Battery life Smartwatch: Up to 9 days Smartwatch: Up to 14 days Smartwatch: Up to 21 days
GPS: Up to 25 hours GPS: Up to 36 hours GPS: Up to 60 hours
GPS and Music: Up to 6 hours GPS and Music: Up to 10 hours GPS and Music: Up to 15 hours
Max Battery GPS Mode: 50 hours Max Battery GPS Mode: 72 hours Max Battery GPS Mode: 120 hours
Expedition GPS Activity: 20 days Expedition GPS Activity: 28 days Expedition GPS Activity: 46 days
Battery Saver Watch Mode: 34 days Battery Saver Watch Mode: 48 days Battery Saver Watch Mode: 80 days
Water rating 10 ATM 10 ATM 10 ATM
Color display
Memory/History 32 GB 32 GB 32 GB
Clock Features
Time/date Yes Yes Yes
GPS Time Sync Yes Yes Yes
Automatic daylight saving time Yes Yes Yes
Alarm clock Yes Yes Yes
Timer Yes Yes Yes
Stopwatch Yes Yes Yes
Sunrise/sunset times Yes Yes Yes
Sensors
GPS Yes Yes Yes
GLONASS Yes Yes Yes
Galileo Yes Yes Yes
Garmin Elevate™ wrist heart rate monitor Yes Yes Yes
Barometric altimeter Yes Yes Yes
Compass Yes Yes Yes
Gyroscope Yes Yes Yes
Accelerometer Yes Yes Yes
Thermometer Yes Yes Yes
Pulse Ox yes (with Acclimation) yes (with Acclimation) yes (with Acclimation)
Connectivity
Connect IQ™ (downloadable watch faces, data fields, widgets and apps) Yes Yes Yes
Smart notifications Yes Yes Yes
Text response/reject phone call with text (Android™ only) Yes Yes Yes
Connectivity Bluetooth®, ANT+®, Wi-Fi® Bluetooth®, ANT+®, Wi-Fi® Bluetooth®, ANT+®, Wi-Fi®
Calendar Yes Yes Yes
Weather Yes Yes Yes
Battery Saver – customizable low power watch Yes Yes Yes
Controls smartphone music Yes Yes Yes
Plays and controls watch music Yes Yes Yes
Music Storage Up to 2,000 songs up to 2,000 songs up to 2,000 songs
Find My Phone Yes Yes Yes
Find My Watch Yes Yes Yes
VIRB® Camera Remote Yes Yes Yes
Smartphone compatibility iPhone®, Android™ iPhone®, Android™ iPhone®, Android™
Compatible with Garmin Connect™ Mobile Yes Yes Yes
Garmin Pay™ Yes Yes Yes
Safety and Tracking Features
Incident Detection during select activities Yes Yes Yes
Assistance Yes Yes Yes
LiveTrack Yes Yes Yes
Group LiveTrack Yes Yes Yes
Live Event Sharing Yes Yes Yes
Tactical Features
Dual grid coordinates Yes Yes Yes
Activity Tracking Features
Step counter Yes Yes Yes
Move bar (displays on device after a period of inactivity; walk for a couple of minutes to reset it) Yes Yes Yes
Auto goal (learns your activity level and assigns a daily step goal) Yes Yes Yes
Sleep monitoring (monitors total sleep and periods of movement or restful sleep) Yes Yes Yes
Calories burned Yes Yes Yes
Floors climbed Yes Yes Yes
Distance travelled Yes Yes Yes
Intensity minutes Yes Yes Yes
TrueUp™ Yes Yes Yes
Move IQ™ Yes Yes Yes
Fitness Age yes (in app) yes (in app) yes (in app)
Body Battery™ Energy Monitor Yes Yes Yes
All-day Stress Tracking Yes Yes Yes
Gym & Fitness Equipment
Available gym activity profiles Strength, Cardio and Elliptical Training, Stair Stepping, Floor Climbing, Indoor Rowing and Yoga Strength, Cardio and Elliptical Training, Stair Stepping, Floor Climbing, Indoor Rowing and Yoga Strength, Cardio and Elliptical Training, Stair Stepping, Floor Climbing, Indoor Rowing and Yoga
Cardio workouts Yes Yes Yes
Strength workouts Yes Yes Yes
Automatic rep counting Yes Yes Yes
Training, Planning and Analysis Features
GPS speed and distance Yes Yes Yes
Customizable data pages Yes Yes Yes
Customizable activity profiles Yes Yes Yes
Auto Pause® Yes Yes Yes
Interval training Yes Yes Yes
Advanced workouts Yes Yes Yes
Downloadable training plans Yes Yes Yes
Power Modes – customizable in-activity battery settings Yes Yes Yes
Auto Lap® Yes Yes Yes
Manual lap Yes Yes Yes
Configurable lap alerts Yes Yes Yes
Heat and altitude acclimation Yes Yes Yes
V02 max Yes Yes Yes
Training Status (lets you see if you’re training effectively by tracking your training history and fitness level trend.) Yes Yes Yes
Training Load (your total training load for the last 7 days calculated from estimated EPOC) Yes Yes Yes
Training load focus Yes Yes Yes
Training Effect (aerobic) Yes Yes Yes
Training Effect (anaerobic) Yes Yes Yes
Primary benefit (Training Effect labels) Yes Yes Yes
Custom alerts Yes Yes Yes
Audio prompts Yes Yes Yes
Finish time Yes Yes Yes
Virtual Partner Yes Yes Yes
Race an Activity Yes Yes Yes
Auto multisport activities Yes Yes Yes
Manual multisport activities Yes Yes Yes
Course guidance Yes Yes Yes
Garmin Live Segments Yes Yes Yes
Strava Live Segments Yes Yes Yes
Round-trip course creator (running/cycling) Yes Yes Yes
Trendline™ Popularity Routing yes (available as a wearable map theme) yes (available as a wearable map theme) yes (available as a wearable map theme)
Touch and/or button lock Yes Yes Yes
Hot keys Yes Yes Yes
Auto scroll Yes Yes Yes
Activity history on watch Yes Yes Yes
Physio TrueUp Yes Yes Yes
Heart Rate Features
HR zones Yes Yes Yes
HR alerts Yes Yes Yes
HR calories Yes Yes Yes
% HR max Yes Yes Yes
% HRR Yes Yes Yes
Recovery time Yes Yes Yes
Auto max HR Yes Yes Yes
HRV stress test (measures your heart rate variability while standing still, for 3 minutes, to provide you with an estimated stress level; the scale of this is 1 to 100; low scores indicate lower stress levels) yes (with compatible accessory) yes (with compatible accessory) yes (with compatible accessory)
HR Broadcast (broadcasts HR data over ANT+™ to paired devices) Yes Yes Yes
Running Features
Available run profiles Running, Treadmill Running, Indoor Track Running, Trail Running Running, Treadmill Running, Indoor Track Running, Trail Running Running, Treadmill Running, Indoor Track Running, Trail Running
GPS-based distance, time and pace
Running dynamics yes (with compatible accessory) yes (with compatible accessory) yes (with compatible accessory)
Vertical oscillation and ratio (the degree of ‘bounce’ in your running motion and the cost-benefit ratio with stride length) yes (with compatible accessory) yes (with compatible accessory) yes (with compatible accessory)
Ground contact time and balance (shows how much time, in the running motion, your foot is on the ground rather than in flight and lets you check your running symmetry) yes (with compatible accessory) yes (with compatible accessory) yes (with compatible accessory)
Stride length (real-time) yes (with compatible accessory) yes (with compatible accessory) yes (with compatible accessory)
Cadence (provides real-time number of steps per minute) Yes Yes Yes
Performance condition (after running 6–20 minutes, compares your real-time condition to your average fitness level) Yes Yes Yes
Lactate threshold (through analysis of your pace and heart rate, estimates the point where your muscles start to rapidly fatigue) yes (with compatible accessory) yes (with compatible accessory) yes (with compatible accessory)
PacePro™ Pacing Strategies Yes Yes Yes
Run workouts Yes Yes Yes
Race predictor Yes Yes Yes
Foot pod capable Yes Yes Yes
Golfing Features
Preloaded with 41,000 courses worldwide Yes Yes Yes
Yardage to F/M/B (distance to front, middle and back of green) Yes Yes Yes
Yardage to layups/doglegs Yes Yes Yes
Measures shot distance (calculates exact yardage for shots from anywhere on course) Automatic Automatic Automatic
Digital scorecard Yes Yes Yes
Custom targets Yes Yes Yes
Stat tracking (strokes, putts per round, greens and fairways hit) Yes Yes Yes
Garmin AutoShot™ Yes Yes Yes
Full vector map Yes Yes Yes
Auto CourseView updates Yes Yes Yes
Green View with manual pin position Yes Yes Yes
Hazards and course targets Yes Yes Yes
PinPointer Yes Yes Yes
PlaysLike distance Yes Yes Yes
Handicap scoring Yes Yes Yes
TruSwing™ compatible Yes Yes Yes
Round timer/odometer Yes Yes Yes
Automatic club tracking compatible (requires accessory) Yes Yes Yes
Outdoor Recreation Features
Available outdoor recreation profiles Hiking, Climbing, Mountain Biking, Skiing, Snowboarding, XC Skiing, Stand Up Paddleboarding, Rowing, Kayaking, Jumpmaster, Tactical Hiking, Climbing, Mountain Biking, Skiing, Snowboarding, XC Skiing, Stand Up Paddleboarding, Rowing, Kayaking, Jumpmaster, Tactical Hiking, Climbing, Mountain Biking, Skiing, Snowboarding, XC Skiing, Stand Up Paddleboarding, Rowing, Kayaking, Jumpmaster, Tactical
Point-to-point navigation Yes Yes Yes
Bread crumb trail in real-time Yes Yes Yes
Back to start Yes Yes Yes
TracBack® Yes Yes Yes
UltraTrac mode Yes Yes Yes
Around Me mode Yes Yes Yes
Elevation profile Yes Yes Yes
Distance to destination Yes Yes Yes
Barometric trend indicator with Storm Alert Yes Yes Yes
ClimbPro™ Ascent Planner Yes Yes Yes
Trail run auto climb Yes Yes Yes
Vertical speed Yes Yes Yes
Total ascent/descent Yes Yes Yes
Future elevation plot Yes Yes Yes
Preloaded topographical maps Yes Yes Yes
Preloaded ski resort maps Yes No (?) Yes
Downloadable cartography support Yes Yes Yes
Compatible with BaseCamp™ Yes Yes Yes
GPS coordinates Yes Yes Yes
Projected waypoint Yes Yes Yes
Sight ‘N Go Yes Yes Yes
Area calculation yes (via Connect IQ™) yes (via Connect IQ™) yes (via Connect IQ™)
Hunt/fish calendar yes (via Connect IQ™) yes (via Connect IQ™) yes (via Connect IQ™)
Sun and moon information yes (via Connect IQ™) yes (via Connect IQ™) yes (via Connect IQ™)
XERO™ Locations Yes Yes Yes
Expedition GPS Activity Yes Yes Yes
Cycling Features
Available cycling profiles Biking, Indoor Biking, Mountain Biking, Triathlon Biking, Indoor Biking, Mountain Biking, Triathlon Biking, Indoor Biking, Mountain Biking, Triathlon
Courses Yes Yes Yes
Bike lap and lap maximum power (with power sensor) Yes Yes Yes
Race an activity Yes Yes Yes
Time/distance alerts (triggers alarm when you reach goal) Yes Yes Yes
FTP (Functional Threshold Power) yes (with compatible accessory) yes (with compatible accessory) yes (with compatible accessory)
Cycle Map (routable cycling-specific street map) Yes Yes Yes
Compatible with Vector™ (power meter) Yes Yes Yes
Power meter compatible (displays power data from compatible third-party ANT+™-enabled power meters) Yes Yes Yes
Compatible with Varia Vision™ (head-mounted display) Yes Yes Yes
Compatible with Varia™ radar (rear-facing radar) Yes Yes Yes
Compatible with Varia™ lights Yes Yes Yes
Speed and cadence sensor support (with sensor) yes (ANT+® and Bluetooth® Smart sensors) yes (ANT+® and Bluetooth® Smart sensors) yes (ANT+® and Bluetooth® Smart sensors)
Swimming Features
Available swim profiles Pool Swimming, Open Water Swimming, Swimming/Running Pool Swimming, Open Water Swimming, Swimming/Running Pool Swimming, Open Water Swimming, Swimming/Running
Open-water swim metrics (distance, pace, stroke count/rate, stroke distance, swim efficiency (SWOLF), calories) Yes Yes Yes
Pool swim metrics (lengths, distance, pace, stroke count/rate, swim efficiency (SWOLF), calories) Yes Yes Yes
Stroke type detection (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly) (Pool Swim Only) Yes Yes Yes
Drill logging (Pool Swim Only) Yes Yes Yes
Basic rest timer (up from 0) Yes Yes Yes
Pacing Alerts (pool swim only) Yes Yes Yes
Countdown start Yes Yes Yes
Pool swim workouts Yes Yes Yes
Critical swim speed Yes Yes Yes
Underwater wrist-based heart rate Yes Yes Yes
Heart rate from external HRM (real-time during rests, interval and session stats during rests, and automatic heart rate download post-swim) yes (with HRM-Tri™ and HRM-Swim™) yes (with HRM-Tri™ and HRM-Swim™) yes (with HRM-Tri™ and HRM-Swim™)

 

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77 thoughts on “Garmin Fenix 6 Specifications, Opinion, 5 Plus Comparison

    • i’m making the move to music from the Fenix 5 so I hope the battery lives up to expectations in the 6. if there are 2 hours more of music and training time in the battery on the 5plus then this will be enough for me. let’s see what you can do wiggle, button pressed, visa maxxed and hopeing for a ‘hands on’ tomorrow.

      • thank you for the support.
        battery will take a hit when you have higher powered gnss modes enabled and when maps and re-routing are involved my understansding also is that an external hrm uses more juice in the ble conenction than the battery required for the oHRM.

    • the F6 is gobbling the battery for me.
      I’ve not looked at why. No doubt it will be the bluetooth connection to the phone , the spo2 the xyz. all the little bells and whistles add up to a stonking big bell.
      perhaps the battery management modes will be useful after all 😉

      • Thats crazy. I have everything turned on I can on my 6x sapphire . Did a 6+ mi run this am with an HRMTRI and 1s recording. SpO2 recording all day. Only lost 10% in roughly 20 hours… That includes the initial setup and updates and all that. Still show 6 days left.

  1. Surely that solar technology needs to be moved to the Edge units asap? Nice big screen, good light exposure on long rides – that’s almost a better fit than it’s use on a watch

    • awesome point. I hadn’t thought of that.
      Putting my thinking hat on, the method/size of implementation around a much larger bike unit screen should mean better battery boost than the extra 10% the small watch gets.

      • Yes and no. The bigger size of the Edge units would allow for much more solar collection, but pretty sure they also use a lot more energy with the bigger screen an faster processor. So additional run time may not be that different compared to a watch. The orientation, though, would definitely be more ideal than a watch, with the face always pointing up.

  2. That new pacepro feature looks really nice. Do you think garmin will add that to the current line of newer forerunner watches in a firmware update?

    Also, I wonder if this is a statement from garmin to not integrate running power with the upcoming rd-pod?

    • hmmm. that’s a good one as well.
      I think the clue is in the name pace*PRO*. so it might hit the high end forerunner range WILL mean the 945 and MAYBE the 645. But woudl it trickle down to the 245….touch and go, I reckon.

          • Nice to have you back.

            I can’t see much of a reason to upgrade. To your two points I would add the case quality for social wearing.

            there are a few small differences.as with the PacePro point, I’m assuming most firmware updates will trickle across to the 945 at some point eg the quick-look widgets. even if they don’t trickle across they are minor

  3. Don’t think that there is an exclusive for the UK this time. Amazon UK are showing it released tomorrow, Cotswold Outdoor are showing it available now, as are Wiggle.

  4. Just a typo in your “Garmin Fenix 6 Model Comparison” table: Fenix 6x Pro Solar is non Sapphire. You can’t have Solar and Sapphire together. And there is no Fenix 6x Solar edition (ATM).

  5. Also, it hasn’t been mentioned a lot but these watches are “tested to U.S. military standards for thermal, shock and water resistance”

  6. Just ordered 6X from Wiggle. expensive but hopefully worth it. Clever Training UK don’t seem to be showing anything. I think they burned Grrrmin and some customers last time

    I want to know more about the PRO HRM.

    • CT UK has the 6X in stock. I don’t doubt that customers were burned in CTUK last time with the FR945 launch, though, I’d be cautious on who exactly to blame there between the Garmin/CTUK relationship. Though either way, customers got hosed.

      Wiggle doesn’t have any exclusives for the Fenix series.

      Cheers!

        • Yup, I checked with CT and they sent me over the current in-stock list. They have three different 6X SKU’s (including Solar, Pro, Sapphire variants) in-stock.

          One weird quirk of Garmin UK/EU though is that sometimes they give ‘exclusives’ on a particular bezel variant. But even more interestingly – often a UK variant not available in the US. It’s plausible they have something like that. With 19 or so different Fenix 6 SKU’s, I’m too lazy to lookup which one might be missing.

          • Wiggle have refined their claim. They say they have UK exclusivity for the “6X PRO” which should only be stocked elsewhere in the UK by Garmin. Having said that it is on CT’s UK site.

            I have other fish to fry.

        • Cotswold outdoors has Fenix 6x Pro and Fenix 6x Pro Solar. They have the Fênix 6 Sapphire Titanium on exclusive. Does not look like Wiggle has any exclusive as the Fenix 6x Pro is the only model they have.

          • Wiggle have the 6s and the 6 and the 6x in stock now. I can see them.

            *THEY* still think they have an exclusive on the 6x PRO … hey don’t shoot the messenger!
            for the others selling them maybe it’s grey market stuff or shipped from elsewhere in europe

  7. So does anyone else see a discount for the fenix 6 watches like I do? I goto the garmin store, and see every watch with a discount. If I do the same in incognito mode, I dont see the discount.

    I didnt buy a watch, but I did buy a new band that shows to be discounted and I got it at the discounted price so it seems to work.

    Heres a screen shot of the 2 browser windows:
    https://imgur.com/ZTPojx4

    • as much as I’d like you to go to powermetercity if you really can get that discount i’d go for it direct from garmin

      hint: it’s not there any more. you can click it all you want, it still won’t be there!

  8. Does anyone know if this is the first time Garmin have used black DLC coating on a Fenix, like they’re saying for the Fenix 6 sapphire? Or can we assume all black Fenix variations are DLC?

  9. Solar seems backordered everywhere until Oct, wonder if anyone got one or if everyone has to wait. I was able to get a $100 discount on CT, when it said “no coupons” so that’s pretty sweet.

  10. Here’s my track record:

    Fenix 3HR – cracking heart rate sensor.

    Fenix 5S – two models with corroding charging pins and full product refund.

    Both these issues are widespread and represent serious product flaws.

    Garmin is edging the price up and throwing in new features but I’m a user who wants to know – will the heart sensor hold up and will the charging pins not corrode?

    I have zero interest in new features until I can be confident these watches match their premium price tag.

    The expansion is rapid and product quality and reliability eroding.

    • fair points.
      I pointed out the sweat retention issue of the charging port AGES ago when it first appeared. I specifically get the sweat out before plugging the cable in but I agree it is a design failure.

      I believe it is being designed out of all garmin products over time to the one they use for the DIVE computers (so, YES, another charging cable)

    • I bought some of those tpu charging port covers for mine, have used them since I got it and mine are pristine on my 5+. I know some say they aren’t needed and may actually retain moisture but they “seem” to work (though I’d have no idea what they’d be like without them of course).

    • I have been told that Garmin have made all variants. I don’t know about country-specific availability nor volumes.
      If Garmin/retailers predict demand incorrectly for specific SKUs (likely) then there will be gluts and shortages of certain SKUs.

  11. Can you use standard watch bands (non QuickFit)? Fenix 5 plus has screws to remove the strap pin, but the Fenix 6 hasn’t.

    • These are traditional springbars, but you’ll still need a tool to remove them if you put a conventional band on, so I’m not sure that this makes it that much more flexible than the old torx pins. I would not recommend using standard quick release springbars because the bars on the F6 are pretty heavy gauge. I slipped a quick release leather strap on mine to see how it worked, and while it technically stayed on and looked nice, the pins were so thin that they were rattling around in the holes. A good yank would probably have removed the straps.

  12. Thoughts on Fenix 6 vs. Marq Expedition? I’ll be honest, can’t see a huge difference and I like the solar option and battery specs.

    • there are some other differences.
      However give the firmware a few months to even out and those differences will be even less (except the golf features on the 6)
      so, yes the battery stuff, but dont forget the 6x solar is bigger with a bigger screen.
      oh. one more thing…kerching $$$$$$$ that’s WAAAAY different
      good luck with the MARQ

  13. Does anyone know if the limitation of 2 garmin IQ fields at the same time continues though 6 series watches have more memory and a faster processor?

    • I can only get two on. #Sigh
      Many data fields are not yet working (eg STRYD, Humon, etc) as they have not been enabled for the F6…probably next week. (I have side-loaded some with some success – copy the prg from /garmin/apps)
      There are some interesting built-in special fields like a TRAINING EFFECT (AnTE + AeTE) which can be used in addition to the 2 fields.

      someone chip in if there is anything else on this topic of interest.

      • Thanks for the answer. So the main reason for that limitation should be different in 6 series case (faster processor, more memory..) In your case, with Humon and Stryd you cannot use any other interesting IQ field.

          • Only 2 iq fields posible. The same I have in the 5x. I asked in garmin forums why that limitation and they answered me that the main reason was memory capacity and power processor. But these two have been improved in 6 series and the limitation continues.

  14. Since Fenix 6 comes with Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3 , is it necessary to get the Sapphire edition? Just wanted to save money if you think the Gorilla Glass is durable. Thanks!

  15. I’m already seeing skiing dynamics for my previous cross country ski activities (3 & 5X+) in Garmin connect, reporting stats like glides per minute and average glide length without HRM. Any idea how the upcoming HRM-PRO will enhance Ski Dynamics?

  16. the 6S has arrived thank you wiggle. question, why are all the watchfaces absolutely rubbish aand there is hardly any choise.

    • thank you for the support.
      the watch faces that are available on other watches will appear soon once they are flagged as supported by the F6 or you can copy them from an existing watch

      • Copying ones to the 6s will probably work OK. Copying them for the 6 and 6X probably won’t look very good given the difference in screen size. It shouldn’t be long before an SDK is available to create F6 CIQ apps.

  17. I have the orange 5 plus and love it. I’m aging and my eyes aren’t what they used to be.
    Will I notice the difference in screen size?
    Also, I bought a bunch of bands for my 5, will they fit the 6?

    Thank you!

    • I don’t think you will notice much difference in screen size in reality
      the bands will fit if you upgrade on a like for like model eg 5splus to 6s.
      band sizes should be listed above

  18. I have Fenix 5. I swim quite a lot. Because Fenix 5 does not meausere HR during swimming, swimming activy is not counted into intensity minutes. Because Fenix 6 has measuring HR during swimming, how is it with intensity minutes now?

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