Garmin revamps its outdoorsy Fenix 7 and Epix smartwatches

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The new series from Garmin is called the Fenix 7.

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The no-show of the Garmin Fenix 7 series was not a surprise. The new multisport gps watch from Garmin will be announced separately today. The Epix is a rugged outdoors wristwatch with an always-on color display that is being launched by Garmin.

The new Fenix 7 will be familiar to fans of the company. There are three different sizes: the 42mm Fenix 7S, the 47mm Fenix 7 and the 51mm Fenix 7X. The regular versions of the 7 and 7 are made of fiber-reinforced polymer, but there are also Solar Editions and Sapphire Solar Editions for the other two models. The materials for the solar edition are upgraded to titanium and a sapphire display.

The names suggest that the company is adding solar charging capabilities to all three sizes. The Fenix 6X Pro has a solar surface area that is 54 percent less than the watches from Garmin. The max battery for the 7S is 90 hours with solar charging, according to the company. The number goes up from 136 hours to 289 hours with solar. The 7X will give you 578 hours with solar. These are estimates, and what you actually get will depend on your usage.

The Fenix 7 watches will support every major satellite system, but also add the L5 range for better accuracy in challenging gps environments. The US government says that L5 is one of three modernizedGPS signals that have higher power, greater bandwidth, and advanced signal design. The lineup also has touch screen capabilities, but don't worry, buttons aren't going away. Adding button guards to the start and stop buttons will minimize accidental presses. The idea is to offer multiple ways of navigating through the menu, such as scrolling through settings or zooming in on maps.

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A red light and arobe mode can be used.

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The 7X has a flashlight feature with a red or white light to help athletes see during nighttime activities. It works for both left- and right-handed users. It has an optional strobe mode, where the flashlight matches a runner's cadence. When your arm swings down and up, it will flash red. It functions like head and tail lights on cars to give others a better idea of where a person is going.

The Real-Time Stamina tool is added to the software to help you compare the potential stamina you have at moderate intensity versus your current effort level. The company is adding a new feature called Up Ahead, which tells users the location of aid stations, elevation climbs, water, and other points of interest on a particular course.

Seven years after it was first introduced, the Epix is finally being refreshed. If you took the Fenix 7 and asked, "What if I swapped out the transflective screen for a 1.3-inch always-on AMOLED display?" the Epix would be what you would get. It comes in three 47mm models and has many of the same features as the Fenix 7. The Epix doesn't have the new flashlight or support for solar charging, which is the main difference between the two lineups. The Epix can last up to 16 days on a single charge, and six days with the always-on display enabled, according to the company.

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The new Epix lineup has a 1.3-inch, always-on color touchscreen display.

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Push notifications, music storage, and safety features are supported by both smartwatch lineups. They come with a variety of health features, like heart rate monitoring, respiration, stress tracking, body battery, fitness age, and sleep tracking.

The Fenix 7 series costs a pretty penny, but that is par for the course for the flagship gps watch. The price of the Garmin Fenix 7S and 7 starts at $699.99 and goes up to $899.99, depending on the model you choose. The 7X models range in price from $899.99 to $9999.99. The Epix is a premium multisport gps watch. The slate and steel model costs $899.99, while the white and black titanium model costs $999.99.