Garmin debuts the fēnix 5 Plus

Garmin today announced the fēnix 5 Plus series, its next generation of GPS multisport watches with built-in routable topographical maps, storage for music playlists, Garmin Pay contactless payment solution and wrist-based Pulse Oximeter for altitude acclimation awareness. Like other fēnix 5 watches, the fēnix 5S Plus, fēnix 5 Plus and fēnix 5X Plus are built for athletes and adventures of all sizes. These rugged yet premium crafted watches range in size from 42-51mm and all boast a bright, sunlight-readable display. The fēnix 5S Plus features a 1.2-inch display, which is almost a 20% increase over the fēnix 5S, meaning users don’t have to sacrifice screen size for a watch fit for smaller wrists.

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The fēnix 5X Plus is Garmin’s first wearable to offer a wrist-based Pulse Oximeter, which is especially useful for higher altitude activities.


“We are thrilled to bring exciting new features to our most popular outdoor GPS wearable series,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales. “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.”


Featuring wrist-based heart rate and all of the multisport and smart connectivity features of the previous fēnix 5 models, each of the watches in the Plus series will also include built-in map data optimized for at-a-glance navigation and location tracking. These maps can be used with the round-trip course creator that allows runners and cyclists to enter a distance they would like to run or ride, then select a route from a list of appropriate courses to choose from. First introduced in our premium cycling computers, the Trendline™ popularity routing feature will use Garmin Connect data to help users find and follow the best trails and running routes based on billions of miles logged by previous Garmin users. Runners can feel more comfortable knowing they’re going down a path or trail that has been previously explored by others.



The fēnix 5S Plus, fēnix 5 Plus, and fēnix 5X Plus will also offer on-device music storage, up to 500 songs, for phone-free listening. Download offline playlists from select music streaming services like iHeartRadio, Deezer, and more, or transfer music from a computer directly to the watch. Once the playlist is loaded, simply pair the device with compatible Bluetooth headphones (sold separately) and start listening. All sizes of the Plus series will also include Garmin Pay, a contactless payment solution, meaning fēnix Plus wearers can leave their cash and credit cards at home, but still be able to grab a beverage or bite after a long day on the mountain. Utilizing their Garmin Pay wallet, users have the same rewards and benefits of the physical cards, with the convenience of having them right on the wrist.


Each fēnix 5 Plus model is packed with sophisticated training features to help monitor form and performance. Users can tap into physiological metrics, running dynamics and more to track workout stats, measure progress and fine-tune form. Training status automatically evaluates recent exercise history to let users know if they’re overtraining, maintaining or peaking. The fēnix 5 Plus series are Connect IQ compatible, so users customize their watch with widgets, data fields, watch faces and apps. When paired with a compatible smartphone4, users can get call, text and email notifications right on their wrist. Additionally, users can customize the look of their watch with QuickFit bands. Simply swap a silicone band for a leather or titanium strap, no tools necessary. New colours of the QuickFit bands have been added to the Plus series including but not limited to frost blue, seafoam, and solar flare orange.


Every fēnix 5 Plus watch features multinetwork satellite reception, now including Galileo to track in more challenging environments than GPS alone. This is particularly helpful when adventuring in places without a clear view of the sky like deep canyons or urban environments.


Constructed with premium-grade materials, the fēnix 5 Plus series is built tough for challenging environments. Available in two distinctive finishes, users can choose between a PVD-coated stainless-steel bezel with silicone watch band, or for a lighter material, a high-performing titanium bezel version with brushed titanium bracelet. Each version features a full-color Garmin Chroma Display with LED backlighting to assure sunlight readability and is water-rated to 100 meters. The fēnix 5S Plus can get up to 7 days in smartwatch mode and up to 4 hours in GPS and Music mode;6 the fēnix 5 Plus can get up to 10 days of battery life in smartwatch mode and 8 hours in GPS and Music mode; and the fēnix 5X Plus can get up to 20 days of battery life in smartwatch mode and 13 hours in GPS and Music mode. Users can also take advantage of the UltraTrac™ power saver mode to extend battery life even more.


Available in Q2 2018, the fēnix 5 Plus series will have suggested retail prices ranging from $699.99 to $1,149.99.


shaper, Jun 18 2018 01:36

Been rumoured on the interweb for a couple of months.  Looks like an evolution to the F5 as was the Edge 520 plus

Jacquers, Jun 18 2018 03:18

Looks pretty nice!



2wieltjies, Jun 20 2018 07:05

Lets hope they got this right, Garmin last few new products was a big stuff up.

TCTG, Jun 20 2018 04:43

Nice! SA retail price and stockists?

hansolo, Jun 21 2018 07:53

Really nice but I'm sure it will be pricey. Why don't they update software on "older" units to make some of these functions available to current owners?

pista, Jun 21 2018 02:08

Lets hope they got this right, Garmin last few new products was a big stuff up.

What makes you say that?I have an Edge 820 and the Fenix 5 and both are great products.

shaper, Jun 22 2018 10:51

What makes you say that?I have an Edge 820 and the Fenix 5 and both are great products.

Not sure on the 820 but with the Fenix 5 there are connection issues both with BLE and ANT+ with sensors, in particular power meters.  Do a online search of F5 and connectivity issues.  Here is one https://the5krunner....rmin-right-now/


These issues have even been highlighted by DC Rainmaker.


The Fenix 5 also has GPS issues in open water swimming, which the Fenix 3 never had.


Also the OHR is not the best on the F5 and can be way off at times.


For cycling I have gone back to using my Edge 520 with HR strap and for running back using the HRM-Tri strap as the OHR was way off.


I have had the F3 and currently have the F5.  If price permits will consider the F5 plus, but at a starting price of USD700, it going to be expensive locally.