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Reading Time: 10 minutesGarmin Fenix 7 – Garmin reveals its hand   Garmin has revealed its hand with the launch of the Garmin Enduro as well as earlier plays from late 2020 that mostly went unnoticed. Here’s what’s going to happen with the Fenix 7 in 2021.   Current State-of-Play The Garmin Fenix is the money-spinner for Garmin. It is expensive to buy and highly profitable for Garmin to sell but it’s also THE best-featured sports or outdoors watch. Nothing comes close. To keep that market position, Garmin needs to maintain innovative superiority. With a large R&D budget you might…

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What to expect from the Fenix 7 in 2021

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Bene

I became (finally) a member because of this post. Just to see that your members point of view is plastered with ads like the free version.
It got worse 1-2 months ago. If you use an iPhone, its really annoying to visit your site.

Conclusion: After seeing the ad pest, I cancelled the subscribtion as fast as I enabled it.

Bene

When I go from the start page (google banner) into this article, I get a full page popup. When I scroll down to the comment section and want to read your comment, another popup „advertising“ other articles blocks the view full screen. Attached is the first popup.

Im honest I don’t know how hard removing advertising is because I didn’t use any on my blog I had.

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Chris Hague

I’ll start saving my pennies for this one. If native running power finally comes, I will be the first to buy.

Bene

Oh yes: Fenix with Oled and let’s say 5 days of batterie would be mine.
Alternative Im thinking about: use the Forerunner 945 for sports until the buttons fail out of warranty (im on my second replacement) and buy a Apple Watch for day to day use.

Endo

Man I would kill for Google Voice Assistant for making calls or sending texts on an LTE Garmin. No way it’s gonna happen. My perfect watch really is sitting right in that no man’s land between dedicated running watches, with their battery life and accurate data and the Samsung/Apples of the world. If only the Suunto 7 were any good, or if Google/Fitbit would get off their butts and fix Android Wear.

For now though, I’ll continue to prioritize the running stuff. Hoping any Garmin LTE features will at least allow for texting so I can stay in touch with the family when I’m on a long run.

tfk, the5krunner

AndroidWear (WearOS) is ‘fixed’ in the sense that the next gen of hardware is already being released on new models (started Q4.2020). I’ve not had a go with one yet tho. what’s wrong with the Suunto WearOS app…I think it’s quite good now and the hardware is good quality…it’s just the battery life…no?

Endo

Yes, just battery life. I don’t want to constantly stress about low battery or worry about it running out when I’m out on a run! If I could design my ideal watch it would be one that was attractive enough for everyday use, had physical buttons instead of a touch screen, had at least 5 days of battery life, LTE with the ability to send and receive text via a microphone, impeccable running stats and performance. Suunto 7 and Garmin are close but no one is quite there yet.

The health stats are all so gimmicky, I find them to be a distraction from everyday life. Very dismaying that all the tech companies are spending so much effort on them.

Chris

Thoughts on whether an updated MARQ will appear before the F7? I recall there was some sort of FCC filing that was hinting at a March release with high-end features.

Osupeterson

A few weeks and this should all be a lot clearer…

hkat14

So is there a chance that any of the features listed in your take out will make it to the 955? I’m holding out for it so hope it’s got a few new features. Coming from a 645.

Osupeterson

I’d say in a few weeks there will be an LTE device announcement at minimum.

tfk, the5krunner

the 955 software featues will be pseudo-identical to the fenix eg native running power will even come to the FR255. you mean will it have lte?

Osupeterson

Not sure on the specific device (955 v fenix), but there should be some thing (pretty sure it’s a watch) offering lte connectivity announced/launched in a few weeks.

Rui Pereira

Enduro is for testing the new battery plataform AND check what’s the user perception for a long lasting watch. If the reception is lukewarm (doesn’t cannibalize normal Fenix sales too much), then Garmin knows it can split the line in two: Super sexy Fenix with amoled and whatnot, and Enduro for the small hardcore crowd that just wants the “basics”. If Enduro sells too well, then maybe is too soon to go full steam for Fenix 7.

Chris

I suspect 99% of their market (myself included) is people who run recreationally 3-5 days a week for an hour or so, and maybe run a couple 1/2 or full marathons a year. 8 hours of GPS battery life is just fine for that group, I’m happy to charge my watch once or twice a week while I’m in the shower.

I have a Fenix because I also want a watch that looks good (not plastic) on a date night or at the office, otherwise the 245 or 745 would be perfect. Right now there isn’t really a device for that market. Fenix + AMOLED would have huge appeal I think, and we now have the Enduro for the .01% of ultra athletes out there. Seems like a win-win.

Osupeterson

The odd thing is that the more hardcore ultra runners I know are pretty anti tech. They don’t trust anything with batteries past a casio stopwatch. It’s the weirdest thing ever.

John Kissane

I know the person who holds the Irish 48 hour road record, think the only time I heard him mention a watch was when one his sponsors gave him a Suunto Ambit 3 Peak for his attempt on the record for running the length of Ireland (Malin to Mizen). He did use one of the Garmin GPS handheld units for the Spine race (which he’s won in the past).

tfk, the5krunner

yes, there is some truth in that for swimmers too. However I would say as the younger generations gradually come through, then tech-uptake will also come.

Endo

Btw, if you look at the band colors listed on page 13 of the FCC report whose confidentiality runs out March 8th (https://fccid.io/IPH-03898/RF-Exposure-Info/SAR-Report-pt-1-of-4-5074292)

You’ll see a bunch of unique bands that have all been part of the Fenix line and not anywhere else. Carrara White, Shale Grey Leather, Black Nylon with Rose Gold Hardware — all Fenix 5 or 6. This is looking more and more like a Fenix watch to me, definitely not a Forerunner.

Osupeterson

I believe you are right on that one. Now the question is whether 3949 is going to be an LTE Fenix and it was just submitted as a different FCC ID or if its going to be a Forerunner LTE. I’m thinking its a Forerunner LTE since you don’t see any testing with different bands, although Garmin could just have a single band option for the LTE version.

tfk, the5krunner

don’t forget there was always a leak for 945lte, 955lte and 955. and sport version of fenix 6. I always discounted the 945lte. i guess those straps wouldn’t be for the 945/955 tho!

Endo

Yeah, I was SLIGHTLY mistaken. Those colors are for the quickfit bands, which fit the Fenix and Forerunner lines and are sold separately. So now I’m feeling pretty confident that this is a 945 or 955 LTE.