It’s been on the grapevine for the last month or so now and the Garmin Fenix 5 Plus series was finally announced today. With cashless payment slowly effected since the Vivoactive 3, and music playing capabilities introduced via the Forerunner 645 Music, it seems a no brainer for Garmin to push those features into their premium Fenix 5 line in the form of a minor upgrade instead of calling it the Fenix 6.
Most of the improvements are expected based on weeks of rumours; cashless payment, song storage, different hardware model between the 5S Plus, 5 Plus and 5X Plus model and so on. Those of you who are familiar with the Fenix 5 series will understand the performance of the premium multi-sport watches. Well Garmin has gone ahead and added more magic.
Here are the more obvious upgrades with the announcement:
- The Fenix 5S Plus display is the same size as the Fenix 5 Plus even thought the former is smaller. To put in perspective, the 5S Plus has the identical display size as the Forerunner 645 Music.
- The Fenix 5 Plus series will have the Trendline popularity routing feature which was previously available on Garmin’s cycling computers only.
- The presence of wrist-based Pulse Oximeter, “which is especially useful for higher altitude activities.” This is the new red light on the back of the watch alongside the green optical HR sensors. Only available for Garmin Fenix 5X Plus.
- Galileo navigation satellite system on top of GPS and GLONASS.
- All 3 variations of the Garmin Fenix 5 Plus watches can now store and display full colour maps.
- Some minor aesthetic tweaks.
Lastly the price also underwent an upgrade with the Garmin Fenix 5 Plus ranging from $699.99-$1149.99. The 5S Plus and 5 Plus are essentially priced the same.
As of publication, the wearables are available for sale at major online retailers. So hoping to get my hands on a unit soon.