Garmin refreshes its premium fitness-tracking smartwatch series with the Fenix 5 Plus. The new models boast internal music storage, NFC payments, upgraded sensors, and more.

Prepared For Anything

Consumers already know that the Apple Watch is already a pricey option for a smartwatch, but Garmin's multisport models come with top-shelf costs. For comparison, the Cupertino company's offer comes with features like contactless payments, water-resistance, smartphone connectivity, and most recently LTE. However, Garmin's device launches with even more functions and sensors.

Moreover, the latter touts a more rugged construction and a familiar round-faced design. Just like other models offered by the manufacturer, these watches are made for outdoor use and are equipped with the brand's signature GPS connectivity components.

Design And Construction

The smartwatch showcases its premium construction with two options. The first one is a PVD-coated stainless steel bezel, while the other is made out of titanium, which makes it lighter but still sturdy like the former. Buyers also have the option to choose between the regular scratch-resistant mineral glass display cover or a sapphire one.

There are a total of three case sizes available, the Garmin Fenix 5 Plus is the designated model name for the 47mm variant, the 5S Plus is for the 42mm, and the 5X Plus marks the 52mm model. Various wristband materials such as silicone, suede, and metal can be selected. The case itself is made out of fiber-reinforced polymer to reduce weight.

Features, Functions, Battery Life, And Price

The circular screen on the Garmin Fenix 5 Plus is 1.2-inch MIP (memory-in-pixel) panel with a 240 x 240 display resolution. The device flaunts a 10 ATM ingress protection that keeps it safe in depths of up to 100 meters.

Its upgraded optical heart rate sensor can now detect the oxygen levels of its user during a workout or trek. The 16 GB internal memory can store up to 500 songs and wirelessly stream these via Bluetooth to a compatible headset. The smartwatch can likewise function as a wireless remote for Garmin's VIRB action camera.

A collection of sensors enables the device to track multiple workouts such as running, swimming, hiking, golfing, and others. Garmin Pay is also on board to make it convenient for owners to make contactless payments with supported merchants.

Battery life varies depending on the usage with the longest listed as 12 days in smartwatch mode only. GPS tracking narrows it down to 18 hours, while GPS with music playback pushes it lower to eight hours. Price ranges from $700 to $1,150 depending on the size and materials.

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