Garmin Fenix 6 Specifications, Opinion, 5 Plus Comparison

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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 6sFenix 6s Pro (Optional Sapphire)No solar model
Fenix 6Fenix 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), Garmin 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 AmazonMusic.
  • 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.

Immediate Availability:  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

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® 5fēnix® 5 Plusfēnix® 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 ratePremium multisport GPS smartwatch with wrist-based heart rate, maps, music and Garmin Pay™ contactless paymentsPremium multisport GPS watches with wrist-based heart rate, Pulse Ox, pace guidance, routable maps, music and more
General
Lens Materialchemically strengthened glass or sapphire crystaldomed chemically strengthened glass or sapphire crystalCorning® Gorilla® Glass 3 or Sapphire Crystal
Bezel Materialstainless steelstainless steel or titaniumstainless steel or Diamond-like Carbon (DLC) coated steel
Case materialfibre-reinforced polymer with stainless steel rear coverfibre-reinforced polymer with metal rear coverfibre-reinforced polymer with metal rear cover
QuickFit™ watch band compatibleincluded (22 mm)included (22 mm)included (22 mm)
Strap materialsilicone or steelsilicone, leather or titaniumsilicone, leather, titanium or nylon
Physical size47 x 47 x 15.5 mm47 x 47 x 15.8 mm47 x 47 x 14.7 mm
Fits wrists with the following circumference:Fits wrists with the following circumference:
Silicone band: 163-249 mmSilicone band: 125-208 mm
Leather band: 166-229 mmLeather band: 132-210 mm
Metal band: 166-242 mmFabric band: 132-210 mm
Metal band: 132-215 mm
Display size1.2” (30.4 mm) diameter1.2” (30.4 mm) diameter1.3” (33.02 mm) diameter
Display resolution240 x 240 pixels240 x 240 pixels260 x 260 pixels
Display typesunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP)sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP)sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP)
Weight85 g86 gSteel: 83 g (case only: 60 g)
Titanium version: 76 gTitanium: 72 g (case only: 49 g)
Battery lifeSmartwatch mode: Up to 2 weeksSmartwatch: Up to 12 daysSmartwatch: Up to 14 days
GPS/HR mode: Up to 24 hoursGPS: Up to 18 hoursGPS: Up to 36 hours
GPS and Music: Up to 8 hoursGPS and Music: Up to 10 hours
UltraTrac™ mode: Up to 60 hours without wrist heart rateUltraTrac™ mode: Up to 42 hoursMax Battery GPS Mode: 72 hours
Expedition GPS Activity: 28 days
Battery Saver Watch Mode: 48 days
Water rating10 ATM10 ATM10 ATM
Colour display
Memory/History64 MB16 GB32 GB
Clock Features
Time/dateYesYesYes
GPS Time SyncYesYesYes
Automatic daylight saving timeYesYesYes
Alarm clockYesYesYes
TimerYesYesYes
StopwatchYesYesYes
Sunrise/sunset timesYesYesYes
YesYesYes
SensorsYesYesYes
YesYesYes
GPSYesYesYes
GLONASSYesYesYes
GalileoYesYesYes
Garmin Elevate™ wrist heart rate monitorYesYesYes
Barometric altimeterYesYesYes
CompassYesYesYes
GyroscopeYesYesYes
AccelerometerYesYesYes
ThermometerYesYesYes
Pulse OxNoNoyes (with Acclimation)
Connectivity
Connect IQ™ (downloadable watch faces, data fields, widgets and apps)YesYesYes
Smart notificationsYesYesYes
Text response/reject phone call with text (Android™ only)YesYesYes
ConnectivityBluetooth® Smart, ANT+®, Wi-Fi® with sapphire editionsBluetooth®, ANT+®, Wi-Fi®Bluetooth®, ANT+®, Wi-Fi®
CalendarYesYesYes
WeatherYesYesYes
Battery Saver – customizable low power watchNoNoYes
Controls smartphone musicYesYesYes
Plays and controls watch musicYesYesYes
Music StorageNoUp to 1000 songsup to 2,000 songs
Find My PhoneYesYesYes
Find My WatchYesYesYes
VIRB® Camera RemoteYesYesYes
Smartphone compatibilityiPhone®, Android™iPhone®, Android™iPhone®, Android™
Compatible with Garmin Connect™ MobileYesYesYes
Garmin Pay™NoYesYes
Safety and Tracking Features
Incident Detection during select activitiesNoYesYes
AssistanceNoYesYes
LiveTrackYesYesYes
Group LiveTrackYesYesYes
Live Event SharingNoNoYes
Tactical Features
Dual grid coordinatesYesYesYes
Activity Tracking Features
Step counterYesYesYes
Move bar (displays on device after a period of inactivity; walk for a couple of minutes to reset it)YesYesYes
Auto goal (learns your activity level and assigns a daily step goal)YesYesYes
Sleep monitoring (monitors total sleep and periods of movement or restful sleep)YesYesYes
Calories burnedYesYesYes
Floors climbedYesYesYes
Distance traveledYesYesYes
Intensity minutesYesYesYes
TrueUp™YesYesYes
Move IQ™YesYesYes
Fitness Ageyes (in app)yes (in app)yes (in app)
Body Battery™ Energy MonitorNoNoYes
All-day Stress TrackingYesYesYes
Gym & Fitness Equipment
Available gym activity profilesIndoor Rowing, Strength Training and Cardio TrainingStrength, Cardio and Elliptical Training, Stair Stepping, Floor Climbing, Indoor Rowing and YogaStrength, Cardio and Elliptical Training, Stair Stepping, Floor Climbing, Indoor Rowing and Yoga
Cardio workoutsYesYesYes
Strength workoutsYesYesYes
Automatic rep countingYesYesYes
Training, Planning and Analysis Features
GPS speed and distanceYesYesYes
Customizable data pagesYesYesYes
Customizable activity profilesYesYesYes
Auto Pause®YesYesYes
Interval trainingYesYesYes
Advanced workoutsYesYesYes
Downloadable training plansYesYesYes
Power Modes – customizable in-activity battery settingsNoNoYes
Auto Lap®YesYesYes
Manual lapYesYesYes
Configurable lap alertsYesYesYes
Heat and altitude acclimationYesYesYes
V02 maxYesYesYes
Training Status (lets you see if you’re training effectively by tracking your training history and fitness level trend.)YesYesYes
Training Load (your total training load for the last 7 days calculated from estimated EPOC)YesYesYes
Training load focusNoNoYes
Training Effect (aerobic)YesYesYes
Training Effect (anaerobic)YesYesYes
Primary benefit (Training Effect labels)NoNoYes
Custom alertsYesYesYes
Audio promptsYesYesYes
Finish timeYesYesYes
Virtual PartnerYesYesYes
Race an ActivityYesYesYes
Auto multisport activitiesYesYesYes
Manual multisport activitiesYesYesYes
Course guidanceYesYesYes
Garmin Live SegmentsYesYesYes
Strava Live SegmentsYesYesYes
Round-trip course creator (running/cycling)NoYesYes
Trendline™ Popularity RoutingNoYesyes (available as a wearable map theme)
Touch and/or button lockYesYesYes
Hot keysYesYesYes
Auto-scrollYesYesYes
Activity history on watchYesYesYes
Physio TrueUpYesYesYes
Heart Rate Features
HR zonesYesYesYes
HR alertsYesYesYes
HR caloriesYesYesYes
% HR maxYesYesYes
% HRRYesYesYes
Recovery timeYesYesYes
Auto max HRYesYesYes
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)YesYesYes
Running Features
Available run profilesRunning, Treadmill Running, Trail RunningRunning, Treadmill Running, Trail RunningRunning, Treadmill Running, Indoor Track Running, Trail Running
GPS-based distance, time and paceYesYesYes
Running dynamicsyes (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)YesYesYes
Performance condition (after running 6–20 minutes, compares your real-time condition to your average fitness level)YesYesYes
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 StrategiesNoNoYes
Run workoutsYesYesYes
Race predictorYesYesYes
Foot pod capableYesYesYes
Golfing Features
Preloaded with 41,000 courses worldwideNoYesYes
Yardage to F/M/B (distance to front, middle and back of green)YesYesYes
Yardage to layups/doglegsYesYesYes
Measures shot distance (calculates exact yardage for shots from anywhere on course)AutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
Digital scorecardYesYesYes
Custom targetsNoNoYes
Stat tracking (strokes, putts per round, greens and fairways hit)YesYesYes
Garmin AutoShot™YesYesYes
Full vector mapNoNoYes
Auto CourseView updatesNoYesYes
Green View with manual pin positionYesYesYes
Hazards and course targetsYesYesYes
PinPointerNoNoYes
PlaysLike distanceNoNoYes
Handicap scoringNoNoYes
TruSwing™ compatibleYesYesYes
Round timer/odometerYesYesYes
Automatic club tracking compatible (requires accessory)YesYesYes
Outdoor Recreation Features
Available outdoor recreation profilesHiking, Climbing, Mountain Biking, Skiing, Snowboarding, XC Skiing, Stand Up Paddleboarding, Rowing, Jumpmaster, TacticalHiking, Climbing, Mountain Biking, Skiing, Snowboarding, XC Skiing, Stand Up Paddleboarding, Rowing, Kayaking, Jumpmaster, TacticalHiking, Climbing, Mountain Biking, Skiing, Snowboarding, XC Skiing, Stand Up Paddleboarding, Rowing, Kayaking, Jumpmaster, Tactical
Point-to-point navigationYesYesYes
Bread crumb trail in real timeYesYesYes
Back to startYesYesYes
TracBack®YesYesYes
UltraTrac modeYesYesYes
Around Me modeNoYesYes
Elevation profileYesYesYes
Distance to destinationYesYesYes
Barometric trend indicator with Storm AlertYesYesYes
ClimbPro™ Ascent PlannerNoYesYes
Trail run auto climbYesYesYes
Vertical speedYesYesYes
Total ascent/descentYesYesYes
Future elevation plotNoYesYes
Preloaded topographical mapsNoYesYes
Preloaded ski resort mapsNoNoYes
Downloadable cartography supportNoYesYes
Compatible with BaseCamp™YesYesYes
GPS coordinatesYesYesYes
Projected waypointYesYesYes
Sight ‘N GoYesYesYes
Area calculationyes (via Connect IQ™)yes (via Connect IQ™)yes (via Connect IQ™)
Hunt/fish calendaryes (via Connect IQ™)yes (via Connect IQ™)yes (via Connect IQ™)
Sun and moon informationyes (via Connect IQ™)yes (via Connect IQ™)yes (via Connect IQ™)
XERO™ LocationsNoYesYes
Expedition GPS ActivityNoNoYes
Cycling Features
Available cycling profilesBiking, Indoor Biking, Mountain Biking, TriathlonBiking, Indoor Biking, Mountain Biking, TriathlonBiking, Indoor Biking, Mountain Biking, Triathlon
CoursesYesYesYes
Bike lap and lap maximum power (with power sensor)YesYesYes
Race an activityYesYesYes
Time/distance alerts (triggers an alarm when you reach goal)YesYesYes
FTP (Functional Threshold Power)yes (with compatible accessory)yes (with compatible accessory)yes (with compatible accessory)
Cycle Map (routable cycling-specific street map)NoYesYes
Compatible with Vector™ (power meter)YesYesYes
Power meter compatible (displays power data from compatible third-party ANT+™-enabled power meters)YesYesYes
Compatible with Varia Vision™ (head-mounted display)YesYesYes
Compatible with Varia™ radar (rear-facing radar)YesYesYes
Compatible with Varia™ lightsYesYesYes
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 profilesPool Swimming, Open Water Swimming, Swimming/RunningPool Swimming, Open Water Swimming, Swimming/RunningPool Swimming, Open Water Swimming, Swimming/Running
Open-water swim metrics (distance, pace, stroke count/rate, stroke distance, swim efficiency (SWOLF), calories)YesYesYes
Pool swim metrics (lengths, distance, pace, stroke count/rate, swim efficiency (SWOLF), calories)YesYesYes
Stroke type detection (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly) (Pool Swim Only)YesYesYes
Drill logging (Pool Swim Only)YesYesYes
Basic rest timer (up from 0)YesYesYes
“Repeat on” rest timerYesYesNo ??
Pacing Alerts (pool swim only)YesYesYes
Countdown startYesYesYes
Pool swim workoutsYesYesYes
Critical swim speedNoNoYes  
Underwater wrist-based heart rateNoNoYes  
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 Editionsfēnix® 6 – Pro and Sapphire Editionsfēnix® 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 morePremium multisport GPS watches with wrist-based heart rate, Pulse Ox, pace guidance, routable maps, music and morePremium multisport GPS watches with wrist-based heart rate, Pulse Ox, pace guidance, routable maps, music and more
General
Lens MaterialCorning® Gorilla® Glass 3 or Sapphire CrystalCorning® Gorilla® Glass 3 or Sapphire CrystalCorning® Gorilla® Glass 3 or Sapphire Crystal
Bezel Materialstainless steel or Diamond-like Carbon (DLC) coated steelstainless steel or Diamond-like Carbon (DLC) coated steelstainless steel or Diamond-like Carbon (DLC) coated steel
Case materialfibre-reinforced polymer with metal rear coverfibre-reinforced polymer with metal rear coverfibre-reinforced polymer with metal rear cover
QuickFit™ watch band compatibleincluded (20 mm)included (22 mm)included (26 mm)
Strap materialsilicone, suede or nylonsilicone, leather, titanium or nylonsilicone, leather, titanium or nylon
Physical size42 x 42 x 13.8 mm47 x 47 x 14.7 mm51 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 mmSilicone band: 125-208 mmSilicone band: 127-210 mm
Suede band: 108-175 mmLeather band: 132-210 mmLeather band: 135-213 mm
Fabric band: 108-189 mmFabric band: 132-210 mmFabric band: 135-213 mm
Metal band: 108-180 mmMetal band: 132-215 mmMetal band: 135-225 mm
Display size1.2” (30.4 mm) diameter1.3” (33.02 mm) diameter1.4” (35.56 mm) diameter
Display resolution240 x 240 pixels260 x 260 pixels280 x 280 pixels
Display typesunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP)sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP)sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP)
WeightSteel: 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 lifeSmartwatch: Up to 9 daysSmartwatch: Up to 14 daysSmartwatch: Up to 21 days
GPS: Up to 25 hoursGPS: Up to 36 hoursGPS: Up to 60 hours
GPS and Music: Up to 6 hoursGPS and Music: Up to 10 hoursGPS and Music: Up to 15 hours
Max Battery GPS Mode: 50 hoursMax Battery GPS Mode: 72 hoursMax Battery GPS Mode: 120 hours
Expedition GPS Activity: 20 daysExpedition GPS Activity: 28 daysExpedition GPS Activity: 46 days
Battery Saver Watch Mode: 34 daysBattery Saver Watch Mode: 48 daysBattery Saver Watch Mode: 80 days
Water rating10 ATM10 ATM10 ATM
Color display
Memory/History32 GB32 GB32 GB
Clock Features
Time/dateYesYesYes
GPS Time SyncYesYesYes
Automatic daylight saving timeYesYesYes
Alarm clockYesYesYes
TimerYesYesYes
StopwatchYesYesYes
Sunrise/sunset timesYesYesYes
Sensors
GPSYesYesYes
GLONASSYesYesYes
GalileoYesYesYes
Garmin Elevate™ wrist heart rate monitorYesYesYes
Barometric altimeterYesYesYes
CompassYesYesYes
GyroscopeYesYesYes
AccelerometerYesYesYes
ThermometerYesYesYes
Pulse Oxyes (with Acclimation)yes (with Acclimation)yes (with Acclimation)
Connectivity
Connect IQ™ (downloadable watch faces, data fields, widgets and apps)YesYesYes
Smart notificationsYesYesYes
Text response/reject phone call with text (Android™ only)YesYesYes
ConnectivityBluetooth®, ANT+®, Wi-Fi®Bluetooth®, ANT+®, Wi-Fi®Bluetooth®, ANT+®, Wi-Fi®
CalendarYesYesYes
WeatherYesYesYes
Battery Saver – customizable low power watchYesYesYes
Controls smartphone musicYesYesYes
Plays and controls watch musicYesYesYes
Music StorageUp to 2,000 songsup to 2,000 songsup to 2,000 songs
Find My PhoneYesYesYes
Find My WatchYesYesYes
VIRB® Camera RemoteYesYesYes
Smartphone compatibilityiPhone®, Android™iPhone®, Android™iPhone®, Android™
Compatible with Garmin Connect™ MobileYesYesYes
Garmin Pay™YesYesYes
Safety and Tracking Features
Incident Detection during select activitiesYesYesYes
AssistanceYesYesYes
LiveTrackYesYesYes
Group LiveTrackYesYesYes
Live Event SharingYesYesYes
Tactical Features
Dual grid coordinatesYesYesYes
Activity Tracking Features
Step counterYesYesYes
Move bar (displays on device after a period of inactivity; walk for a couple of minutes to reset it)YesYesYes
Auto goal (learns your activity level and assigns a daily step goal)YesYesYes
Sleep monitoring (monitors total sleep and periods of movement or restful sleep)YesYesYes
Calories burnedYesYesYes
Floors climbedYesYesYes
Distance travelledYesYesYes
Intensity minutesYesYesYes
TrueUp™YesYesYes
Move IQ™YesYesYes
Fitness Ageyes (in app)yes (in app)yes (in app)
Body Battery™ Energy MonitorYesYesYes
All-day Stress TrackingYesYesYes
Gym & Fitness Equipment
Available gym activity profilesStrength, Cardio and Elliptical Training, Stair Stepping, Floor Climbing, Indoor Rowing and YogaStrength, Cardio and Elliptical Training, Stair Stepping, Floor Climbing, Indoor Rowing and YogaStrength, Cardio and Elliptical Training, Stair Stepping, Floor Climbing, Indoor Rowing and Yoga
Cardio workoutsYesYesYes
Strength workoutsYesYesYes
Automatic rep countingYesYesYes
Training, Planning and Analysis Features
GPS speed and distanceYesYesYes
Customizable data pagesYesYesYes
Customizable activity profilesYesYesYes
Auto Pause®YesYesYes
Interval trainingYesYesYes
Advanced workoutsYesYesYes
Downloadable training plansYesYesYes
Power Modes – customizable in-activity battery settingsYesYesYes
Auto Lap®YesYesYes
Manual lapYesYesYes
Configurable lap alertsYesYesYes
Heat and altitude acclimationYesYesYes
V02 maxYesYesYes
Training Status (lets you see if you’re training effectively by tracking your training history and fitness level trend.)YesYesYes
Training Load (your total training load for the last 7 days calculated from estimated EPOC)YesYesYes
Training load focusYesYesYes
Training Effect (aerobic)YesYesYes
Training Effect (anaerobic)YesYesYes
Primary benefit (Training Effect labels)YesYesYes
Custom alertsYesYesYes
Audio promptsYesYesYes
Finish timeYesYesYes
Virtual PartnerYesYesYes
Race an ActivityYesYesYes
Auto multisport activitiesYesYesYes
Manual multisport activitiesYesYesYes
Course guidanceYesYesYes
Garmin Live SegmentsYesYesYes
Strava Live SegmentsYesYesYes
Round-trip course creator (running/cycling)YesYesYes
Trendline™ Popularity Routingyes (available as a wearable map theme)yes (available as a wearable map theme)yes (available as a wearable map theme)
Touch and/or button lockYesYesYes
Hot keysYesYesYes
Auto scrollYesYesYes
Activity history on watchYesYesYes
Physio TrueUpYesYesYes
Heart Rate Features
HR zonesYesYesYes
HR alertsYesYesYes
HR caloriesYesYesYes
% HR maxYesYesYes
% HRRYesYesYes
Recovery timeYesYesYes
Auto max HRYesYesYes
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)YesYesYes
Running Features
Available run profilesRunning, Treadmill Running, Indoor Track Running, Trail RunningRunning, Treadmill Running, Indoor Track Running, Trail RunningRunning, Treadmill Running, Indoor Track Running, Trail Running
GPS-based distance, time and pace
Running dynamicsyes (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)YesYesYes
Performance condition (after running 6–20 minutes, compares your real-time condition to your average fitness level)YesYesYes
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 StrategiesYesYesYes
Run workoutsYesYesYes
Race predictorYesYesYes
Foot pod capableYesYesYes
Golfing Features
Preloaded with 41,000 courses worldwideYesYesYes
Yardage to F/M/B (distance to front, middle and back of green)YesYesYes
Yardage to layups/doglegsYesYesYes
Measures shot distance (calculates exact yardage for shots from anywhere on course)AutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
Digital scorecardYesYesYes
Custom targetsYesYesYes
Stat tracking (strokes, putts per round, greens and fairways hit)YesYesYes
Garmin AutoShot™YesYesYes
Full vector mapYesYesYes
Auto CourseView updatesYesYesYes
Green View with manual pin positionYesYesYes
Hazards and course targetsYesYesYes
PinPointerYesYesYes
PlaysLike distanceYesYesYes
Handicap scoringYesYesYes
TruSwing™ compatibleYesYesYes
Round timer/odometerYesYesYes
Automatic club tracking compatible (requires accessory)YesYesYes
Outdoor Recreation Features
Available outdoor recreation profilesHiking, Climbing, Mountain Biking, Skiing, Snowboarding, XC Skiing, Stand Up Paddleboarding, Rowing, Kayaking, Jumpmaster, TacticalHiking, Climbing, Mountain Biking, Skiing, Snowboarding, XC Skiing, Stand Up Paddleboarding, Rowing, Kayaking, Jumpmaster, TacticalHiking, Climbing, Mountain Biking, Skiing, Snowboarding, XC Skiing, Stand Up Paddleboarding, Rowing, Kayaking, Jumpmaster, Tactical
Point-to-point navigationYesYesYes
Bread crumb trail in real-timeYesYesYes
Back to startYesYesYes
TracBack®YesYesYes
UltraTrac modeYesYesYes
Around Me modeYesYesYes
Elevation profileYesYesYes
Distance to destinationYesYesYes
Barometric trend indicator with Storm AlertYesYesYes
ClimbPro™ Ascent PlannerYesYesYes
Trail run auto climbYesYesYes
Vertical speedYesYesYes
Total ascent/descentYesYesYes
Future elevation plotYesYesYes
Preloaded topographical mapsYesYesYes
Preloaded ski resort mapsYesNo (?)Yes
Downloadable cartography supportYesYesYes
Compatible with BaseCamp™YesYesYes
GPS coordinatesYesYesYes
Projected waypointYesYesYes
Sight ‘N GoYesYesYes
Area calculationyes (via Connect IQ™)yes (via Connect IQ™)yes (via Connect IQ™)
Hunt/fish calendaryes (via Connect IQ™)yes (via Connect IQ™)yes (via Connect IQ™)
Sun and moon informationyes (via Connect IQ™)yes (via Connect IQ™)yes (via Connect IQ™)
XERO™ LocationsYesYesYes
Expedition GPS ActivityYesYesYes
Cycling Features
Available cycling profilesBiking, Indoor Biking, Mountain Biking, TriathlonBiking, Indoor Biking, Mountain Biking, TriathlonBiking, Indoor Biking, Mountain Biking, Triathlon
CoursesYesYesYes
Bike lap and lap maximum power (with power sensor)YesYesYes
Race an activityYesYesYes
Time/distance alerts (triggers alarm when you reach goal)YesYesYes
FTP (Functional Threshold Power)yes (with compatible accessory)yes (with compatible accessory)yes (with compatible accessory)
Cycle Map (routable cycling-specific street map)YesYesYes
Compatible with Vector™ (power meter)YesYesYes
Power meter compatible (displays power data from compatible third-party ANT+™-enabled power meters)YesYesYes
Compatible with Varia Vision™ (head-mounted display)YesYesYes
Compatible with Varia™ radar (rear-facing radar)YesYesYes
Compatible with Varia™ lightsYesYesYes
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 profilesPool Swimming, Open Water Swimming, Swimming/RunningPool Swimming, Open Water Swimming, Swimming/RunningPool Swimming, Open Water Swimming, Swimming/Running
Open-water swim metrics (distance, pace, stroke count/rate, stroke distance, swim efficiency (SWOLF), calories)YesYesYes
Pool swim metrics (lengths, distance, pace, stroke count/rate, swim efficiency (SWOLF), calories)YesYesYes
Stroke type detection (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly) (Pool Swim Only)YesYesYes
Drill logging (Pool Swim Only)YesYesYes
Basic rest timer (up from 0)YesYesYes
Pacing Alerts (pool swim only)YesYesYes
Countdown startYesYesYes
Pool swim workoutsYesYesYes
Critical swim speedYesYesYes
Underwater wrist-based heart rateYesYesYes
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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Fenix 6X ($749.99$1,149.99),  Fenix 6 (599.99$999.99), Fenix 6s ($599.99$899.99) Eu/£ similar

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Dante

Let’s see how 6 can handle battery. 5 Plus was a big disappointment for me.

Firecrest86

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.

John

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.

stripeyhorse

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

ekutter

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.

Mathias

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?

DCR

The FR245/FR245M/FR945/MARQ Series will all get PacePro.

Lee K

I also found PacePro in my 645M today, which was a nice surprise!

Łukasz Tatys

What is the reason to change from 945 to 6x+
I see better battery
bigger screen

Dom

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.

Dom

Ah! I obviously didn’t look at enough of the 57 varieties of 6 🙂

Chris

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).

Odie

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

Guaco97

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.

DCR

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!

DCR

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.

Jon @ Active JR

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.

John

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

snowy_fell

the 6x is only at wiggle and I get mine tomorrow !!!—!!! 5X on ebay

mitch w

snagged a used 5x plus today on the Bay. Looked pristine in the pics. For the $650 discount off the MSRP I’m taking the gamble! Hopefully I can live without color on my climbpro segments 😉

CuseRunner

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?

DCR

It’s messy (at best). I started typing out which are which, and then gave up. Here’s a text listing they sent me with all the nuanced details of each SKU:comment image

CuseRunner

Thank you, messy indeed. I guess I have to assume the sapphire black is DLC, whereas the pro is not. Kind of weird. I think I’ll probably wait to see what happens over the next month beore deciding on the titanium or black sapphire.

Thanks again, much appreciated

Jason

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.

Shane

How does this new Fenix compare to the 945?

Nadav

Which would you pick, 945, 6s pro or 6 pro?

Łukasz Tatys

i have the same question and answer bigger screen and better battey+solar

Matthew

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.

Jason

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).

yannis

Any info on the titanium edition’s availability?

Bas

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

Bas

I guess it is possible to use traditional watch bands. If you look at this video, the Fenix 6 seems to have traditional pins, like in traditional watches, that can be removed: https://youtu.be/hsI5aehCTHI?t=137

JR

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.

RT Wright

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.

Alberto

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?

Alberto

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.

Alberto

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.

Romeo

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!

DS

Any idea when Stryd will be supported through Connect IQ? Is this a Garmin issue or a Stryd issue?

Mark

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?

Jan

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

ekutter

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.

Cliff

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!

Antonin Haas

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?

Antonin Haas

Thank You for quick answer.
And what about training load? Is it possible to see the swimming in the training load for last seven days?

Melissa

Do you know the weight difference between the 6S pro and the 6S Sapphire? It looks like it’s the same, but i thought sapphire was heavier? Do you know how the extended battery life works?

Tim

Can anybody comment on the clarity of the display with the differing glass types? I currently have an F3HR Sapphire and an F5X+ Sapphire and I am sick of the dim and dingy display indoors without backlight. I love the durability, but would struggle to invest in Sapphire glass in the future unless there have been substantial improvements in clarity/brightness/contrast.

Personally I think the solar feature is too feeble (especially in the UK) to offer much value to me, unless the glass has the best clarity of all, but examples I have seen online show a rather ugly blue colour cast to “black” backgrounds and less contrast than other examples – not sure if those examples are sapphire or standard – but I want the best display possible, I just don’t know which one has it. Assuming I even upgrade to a 6 series it would be a 6X Pro without doubt. The question is only over which glass to choose for maximum visual clarity with and WITHOUT the backlight. Thoughts?

Dave Swanson

Check youtube. There is a great video comparing the daylight and night time displays of the glass and sapphire lenses. Pretty start differences.

Tim

Dave, I have checked YouTube extensively and seen the examples demonstrated. But I have also gained conflicting impressions from those videos. There are times when sapphire looks dreadful, as expected, but other times when the clarity seems amazingly good. Concerns I have for the backlight conditions is that only sapphire glass shows true blacks, with higher contrast than Gorilla/solar glass, which has a strong bluish haze instead of deep black.

I have also seem comments that variance may be due to different LCD suppliers or maybe different LED lighting colour/angle rather than the glass itself.

Basically I have not been convinced that there is a single best solution regarding display clarity and it’s too much money to spend for marginal gains and maybe even losses. I would spend the money for certainty, but I am unconvinced that certainty exists.

I do not know of any local stockists where I could compare for myself so I’d be at the mercy of online ordering. I guess I could order one of each and return those which fail to make the grade, but that seems unfair on the suppliers to have to restock opened products.

Tim

https://youtu.be/J8XZ_lsGGtI

In this video you can see that Gorilla glass has the edge in natural light indoors and out, although not a huge advantage in this example, but, with the backlight on, the sapphire glass looks way better.

In other videos – e.g. https://youtu.be/my3VUh8UW6E – the 6X solar glass completely owns the sapphire glass on the 5X (I have 5X+) for clarity in natural light, with well controlled reflections and a brighter screen, but the backlit solar examples I’ve seen look awful (blue glow instead of pure blacks) compared to sapphire.

Is that the glass or some other variable in play? Is 6X sapphire much improved over 5X sapphire, I wonder.

Tim

It looks like the issue is with the LCD and possibly the backlight, not the glass.

https://forums.garmin.com/outdoor-recreation/outdoor-recreation/f/fenix-6-series/174384/two-sapphire-fenix-6-pro-s-backlight-contrast-issues

I would not accept a watch with the blue glow. At this price level (or any price for that matter) it is just rubbish, IMHO.

Svante

I have the 935 now and had it for about 2years – 920 before. Soo.. should I buy the 6/6X? I want the music – is it good? For triathlon I dont really miss anything now.. but there is some new features that sounds cool. I get it – its not really worh the cash to switch.. but I kinda want it anyway. Any thoughts? And how should I chose between the 6 and the 6X – there isnt a shop nearby who have them to show. Thnx!

Svante

Thanx for the reply.
Yeah – I want to be both faster and happy.. and if Im gonna buy a new watch even if I dont really need one.. I think f6x is the ‘good enough change’ for me. 945 is a little boring upgrade from 935 and the f5x+ is still so expensive so its not really an option. In fact its about $50 MORE than the f6x here because there is no non-sapphire option on the f5x+..
Maybe I wait for black friday and hope for the best – or just buy myselfe an early xmas present.

Svante

Yeah no I dont have high hopes for black friday. I guess time will tell if I go with the f5 or f6.. or stick with the 935 another year or two.

Thnx again.

Svante

I got an -30% offer on the 6X so I couldnt resist.. so far its my new best friend!

Thnx again for all the good reading!

tfk, the5krunner

that’s unusually good. nice job.

Joao Ricardo Pinho

I went from Fenix 3 to Apple Watch S4 44mm. TERRIBLE MISTAKE! Awful watch, a lot of smart features that you don’t really need (bank apps, siri, calculator, awful sleeping tracking, pita to transfer mp3 music [had to use iphone], really annoying having to recharge every 36hours (2 exercises per day), poor native sports apps, NFC payments with few banks supporting it, it doesn’t fix your gps position before you start running, touch screen is horrible when I’m all sweaty in the gym or running, just the two buttons and touch screen feels awful when compared to five buttons design from Garmin, very fragile, if it falls: goodbye screen!) for me, Garmin (Fenix, Forerunner, Vivoactive and others) it’s the way to go, whether you are a sports person or no, Apple Watch it’s just design…. (fugly square design tho loool). Now I’ve bought an Fenix 6X Pro and am very anxious waiting for it to arrive.

Joao Ricardo Pinho

Not really, and I don’t recommend it to anyone. Spent 5 months with it, and hating it. That’s why I’m back to Garmin. The main reason that led me to change to AW was oHR, Onboard music and Apple’s ecosystem, now I rather spend a few more bucks and stay with Garmin.

Andy

Hey! I am buying a new watch comming from Suunto Traverse. Now i have to pick between 6X/6 or Suunto 9. I know the differences in features and i am wondering if i really need all that more what Garmin is offering for 200€ more than i would pay for Suunto 9. The only thing i would want to have on my Suunto are maps for example. Do not need all the widgets like weather since it do not work if i leave phone at home anyway. In addition i think Suunto have better implementation of the sensors & logic behind it to give you better accuracy when tracking in gps mode. Also battery is still much better on Suunto 9 compare to 6/6x if i understand all the numers correctly. What would be your advice how to pick a watch? Thank you!