Garmin Launches Solar-Powered Fenix 7 Smartwatches Alongside Epix Gen 2

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Garmin Launches Solar-Powered Fenix 7 Smartwatches Alongside Epix Gen 2

The latest in Garmin’s flagship Fenix smartwatch line has been released. The Fenix 7 series has the brand’s most advanced sports and activity tracking GPS smartwatches, which have fancy solar panels, sapphire and titanium materials, and an LED flashlight.

The Epix Gen 2 is a little more affordable choice with a robust shell and an always-on AMOLED display that includes Garmin’s health and sports monitoring functions.

Fenix 7 Series

There will be three models in the series: the Fenix 7S, a vanilla Fenix 7, and the Fenix 7X. The smartwatches will be available in four sizes: 42mm, 44mm, 47mm, and 51mm, and will be made of a range of materials including fiber-reinforced polymer and stainless steel.

The Solar and Sapphire Solar variants will have sapphire glass protection and solar charging panels, as well as titanium casings.

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On the 42mm variants, all Fenix 7 models include 1.2-inch transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP) colour touchscreens, 1.3-inch on the 47mm model, and 1.4-inch on the 51mm model.

The smartwatches have haptic controls on five side-mounted buttons. The versions also include a built-in LED fl ashlight to help runners see during night runs and climbers navigate through dark areas.

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Storage & Other Features

The solar Fenix 7S devices have 32GB of storage, while the regular Fenix 7S models have 16GB.
Wrist-based heart-rate readings, SpO2, stress, breathing, and sleep tracking are all included in all Fenix 7 versions, which are also 10ATM waterproof. The smartwatches also contain a plethora of sports and activity tracking profiles, including specific information for running, cycling, skiing, swimming, strength training, and a variety of other activities.

Topoactive and ski maps can be downloaded directly to smartwatches for improved navigation during climbing and skiing sessions.

All GNSS positioning standards, as well as the L5 standard for improved accuracy, are supported by the smartwatches. NFC and Garmin Pay are also supported in all versions.

Battery & Price

The battery life of the lowest 7S model with GPS is anticipated to be 90 hours, while the high-end solar models can last up to 120 hours.

The base 42mm solar-less Garmin Fenix 7 and 7S start at $700 and go up to $900 for the sapphire solar editions.

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The price of the 7X model ranges from $900 to $1,000. All models are available for purchase on Garmin’s official website.

Epix Gen 2

In 2015, the first Epix series smartwatch was released. The Gen 2 has been improved and now offers significant enhancements over its predecessor.

Display & Design

Both variants come with a single 47mm fiber-reinforced polymer case and a 1.3-inch always-on AMOLED touchscreen.

The Epix Gen 2’s entry-level model includes Gorilla Glass DX protection, a passivated stainless steel bezel, and a steel back cover.

The Epix 2 Sapphire Edition, the top-tier model, features a sapphire crystal display lens, a titanium bezel, and a titanium back cover.

Storage & Other Features

Depending on the trim level, the Epix Gen 2 has storage options of 16GB and 32GB.

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The smartwatches are waterproof to 10 ATM and support all GNSS locating systems. In addition, the wristwatch has health tracking functions as well as more than 60 sports and wellness monitoring modes.

The Epix Gen 2 does not, however, include solar charging or a flashy LED lights.

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