Garmin has always been a name to trust when it comes to health tracking. It used to be known only for GPS and navigation but now it’s also one of the more popular brands for fitness tracking. It’s been over a decade since we heard of the company ever since Garmin decided to launch its own Android-powered device in 2008. Back then, Garmin worked with ASUS to launch the Garminfone. We’ve seen more Garmin products over the past decade but most of them can now be used on the wrist, if not, on vehicle dashboards.
Just recently, the Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music was announced, ready to add music to your workout. This was after learning Garmin Navigon apps would be discontinued. We also remember the Garmin Charlie GPS watch and the Forerunner 645 Music released earlier this year.
This week, we learn about the Garmin fēnix 5 Plus as a new addition to the fēnix 5 series first launched at the CES 2017. A new model of GPS multisport watches has been added and made ready to offer routable topographical maps, Garmin Pay, music playlists, wrist-based Pulse Oximeter, and more health tracking functions. The Garmin fēnix 5 Plus is more than just a smartwatch because it delivers a lot of features for athletes and health buffs–only they can understand.
The Garmin fēnix 5 Plus is a new rugged watch that boasts a 1.2-inch display that is readable under bright sunlight. The screen is slightly bigger compared to the fēnix 5S Plus. It also offers a wrist-based Pulse Oximeter, making the watch a first of its kind.
Garmin’s Global Consumer Sales VP Dan Bartel said: “We are thrilled to bring exciting new features to our most popular outdoor GPS wearable series. We’ve added some of our most sought-after features like built-in mapping, music and contactless payments to each new model in the fēnix 5 Plus series, and with the introduction of the Pulse Ox feature in the fēnix 5X Plus, our customers can now have more confidence taking their adventures to even greater heights.”
The new fēnix 5 watch features the standard smart connectivity features Garmin is known for. Special functions include the heart rate sensor, built-in map data, location tracking, Trendline popularity routing, Garmin Connect data, on-device music storage, and Garmin Pay wallet. The watch is available three different sizes.
Each unit is already packed with training features like running dynamics and physiological metrics that may help fine-tune your form, measure training progress, and track workout stats. The wearable device can tell you if you are peaking, maintaining, or overtraining. As with most Garmin devices, this one is also Connect IQ compatible.
The watch works with QuickFit bands that are available in new colors: solar flare orange, frost blue, and seafoam. Price starts at $699.99 and can go as high as $1,149.99.