Garmin Fenix 5 Plus range offers new music, payment and fitness features

Doris Richards
June 20, 2018

The three watches - the Fenix 5S Plus, the Fenix 5 Plus, and the Fenix 5X Plus - are upgrades to Garmin's Fenix 5 line, which it launched previous year.

The new Garmin Fenix 5 Plus series could really be called the Fenix 6 series since there are so many updates over the Fenix 5 series launched a year ago. Each model has a different battery life too: The Fenix 5S Plus can get up to 7 days in smartwatch mode and up to 4 hours in GPS and Music mode; the Fenix 5 Plus has up to to 10 days of battery life in smartwatch mode and 8 hours in GPS and Music mode; and finally, the Fenix 5X Plus provides up to 20 days of battery life in smartwatch mode and 13 hours in GPS and Music mode. The 5X, on the other hand, is the first wearable from Garmin to offer a Pulse Oximeter for blood oxygen measurements, which will come in handy for folks who tend to engage in high altitude activities. Galileo satellite support is also provided in these new watches for environments when Global Positioning System is not accurate, such as in large cities or deep canyons. The Fenix 5S Plus also manages to sport a sufficiently large screen measuring an impressive 1.2-inches while being comfortable for slimmer wrists. The Plus models pack the music, payments and maps you'd expect from Garmin's latest watches. You can also select from routes taken by the entire Garmin community. Trendline popularity routing is also provided to help you find the best courses, trails, and routes based upon billions of miles logged by Garmin users. And while you're on your long runs or other adventures, you can stay entertained with the Plus watches' music storage. You can store up to 500 songs on the watches and download tracks and playlists from iHeartRadio, Deezer and more, or copy files across from your computer.

Not only can you leave your phone at home, but you can also forget your wallet. And if you leverage your Garmin Pay wallet, you'll be able to reap the same loyalty rewards that you'd enjoy from plastic cards, all without having to worry about carrying them around.


Here's everything you need to know about Garmin's new Fenix 5 Plus smartwatches.

You'll be able to get calls, texts, and email notifications on all three watches. The Fenix 5 Plus range is even more expensive than the original with prices ranging from $700 to an eye-watering $1,150. The wearables boastmultinetwork satellite reception, which now includes Galileo to help track you in environments where Global Positioning System alone may not cut it, including canyons or other rural environments. You can choose from heavier, PVD-coated stainless steel models or lightweight titanium models for all three of the Fenix 5 Plus watches, which range from 42mm to 51mm in case size.

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