Garmin Announces Fenix 6 – The Next Generation Outdoor GPS Smartwatch with Solar Charging

Garmin Fenix 6

Garmin announced its newest Fenix series watch – the next generation GPS multisport smartwatch Fenix 6. The series is led by a flagship model with solar charging.

The appropriately named Fenix 6X Pro Solar Edition is the company’s first GPS watch to feature solar charging. It uses a transparent solar charging lens called Power Glass™, a transparent solar charging lens that uses the sun’s energy to extend battery life. It can boost battery life up to 24 days in smartwatch mode and 16 hours in GPS mode.

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“We are thrilled to introduce solar charging into the new fēnix 6X Pro Solar edition, giving users all of the features, they’ve come to expect from the fēnix lineup with increased battery life and larger displays,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales. “In addition to our brand-new solar technology, we’ve built the fēnix 6 to redefine expectations, with enhanced features and design elements to appeal to adventurers of every kind.”

Both the fēnix 6X, and fēnix 6X Pro Solar feature a rugged, sophisticated design with a large 1.4” sunlight-readable display, which is 36 percent bigger than previous fēnix 5X models. Users can quickly check the latest solar input right on the wrist, so they know in real-time how much solar energy the Power Glass has been exposed to. The battery performance on the fēnix 6X Pro Solar in smartwatch mode is 21 days plus an additional 3 days when utilizing the solar charging capabilities, reports Business Wire.

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If you feel unsafe or if your watch senses that an incident occurred, assistance and incident detection features³ send your location to emergency contacts (Image: Garmin)

Fenix 6 Series – Pro & Sapphire

The fēnix 6 and fēnix 6X multisport GPS watches are constructed for a trimmer, more comfortable fit on the wrist, while increasing the display size to 1.3″ and 1.4″ respectively from the existing fēnix 5 Plus series. In addition to bigger display sizes, Garmin has introduced new QuickFit™ nylon bands and silicone colors. Sapphire editions add the quality and durability of a scratch-resistant sapphire lens and other high-performance premium materials.

The fēnix 6 series introduces a first-of-its-kind PacePro feature, which keeps a runner’s pacing strategy on track with grade-adjusted guidance as they run a course.

All models include enhanced wrist-based heart rate3 for all-day stress tracking, underwater wrist-based heart rate for swimming and Pulse Ox4 blood oxygen saturation to support advanced sleep monitoring and altitude acclimation. Plus, the innovative Body Battery™ energy monitoring feature lets users see their body’s energy levels at any given moment, which can help with scheduling workouts, rest times and sleep.

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The Fenix series comes with topographic maps for outdoor adventures, ski maps for over 2,000 ski resorts worldwide, and 41,000 golf courses.

The Fenix 6X Pro Solar has a starting price of $1,149.99. The models that exclude solar charging starts at $599.99.