There’s a reason why the new Garmin Fenix 5 Plus watches aren’t named the Fenix 6 to last year’s Fenix 5. Garmin sees them as complementary products and will continue selling the Fenix 5 family alongside this year’s Fenix 5 Plus watches.
The new Fenix 5 Plus series come with impressive updates to an excellent product. All the three variants get color maps, Garmin Pay, offline music, and multi-network satellite reception. Garmin Pay currently works here with OCBC cards. The Fenix 5 Plus series can now receive Galileo, as well as GPS and GLONASS signals. The watches work with iOS and Android smartphones.
The largest of the three new watches, the Fenix 5X Plus, also gets a new Pulse OX Acclimation feature. A new sensor measures pulse oxygen saturation levels or SO2. It provides a percentage value and is especially helpful for climbers or trailer runners, who have to worry about SO2 as they ascend. The 5X Plus also gains a ClimbPro page, which provides real-time information on climbs.
The Fenix 5 Plus watches range in size from 42-51mm — they’re big. They’re also thick. The smallest Fenix 5S Plus has a depth of 15.4mm and weighs 65g, and the largest Fenix 5X Plus has a depth of 17.5mm and weighs 96g (the titanium version is 87g). These are rock-solid watches that you’ll want to try on for fit and comfort before you buy. In comparison, a 42mm Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) has a depth of 11.4mm and weighs 34.9g.
The watches feature Garmin’s quick-change bands, or what the company calls QuickFit. They’re easy to snap on and swap out, and there is a multitude of extra bands to choose from.
The Fenix 5 Plus and 5X Plus are now available in a new diamond-like carbon (DLC) titanium finish, in addition to stainless steel. The titanium bezel variant is lighter and comes with a brushed titanium bracelet. The titanium versions look both rugged and ready for the boardroom, akin to a high-end divers’ watch. They also cost the most.
The Fenix 5 Plus watches cost more than the Fenix 5 watches did at launch. The 5S, for example, launched at US$600, while the 5S Plus starts at US$799.99 (their local prices are below). Part of that, Garmin says, is because of the new features.
The Fenix 5 Plus series are expected to be available in Singapore from 1st July. Here’s how much you can expect to pay:
The Fenix 5S Plus rose gold, Fenix 5 Plus DLC titanium, and Fenix 5X Plus DLC titanium variants will also come with an extra silicone band.