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Garmin expands outdoor smartwatch range with solar-powered variants of Instinct, Fenix 6, and Fenix 6S

By Liu Hongzuo - on 17 Jul 2020, 2:38pm

Garmin expands outdoor smartwatch range with solar-powered variants of Instinct, Fenix 6, and Fenix 6S

Solar versions of the Fenix 6S, Fenix 6, and Instinct from left to right.

Garmin's interesting solar-powered approach for their Fenix 6X - Pro Solar smartwatch worked well enough for them to that sunny feature to other models under their portfolio. Today, Garmin announced the availability of Instinct Solar, Fenix 6 Pro Solar, and Fenix 6S Pro Solar outdoor smartwatches.

Garmin Instinct Solar.

The Instinct Solar series, which includes regular Instinct Solar watch models, Instinct Solar Surf Edition, and Instinct Solar Tactical Edition all come with generous battery uptimes. Their smartwatch mode comes with 24 days of battery life, and it can go beyond 50 days if the solar mode is enabled. The built-in Power Manager in these watches also makes it easier for users to swap between energy modes to fit their needs.

The Surf Edition of Instinct also gets specialised, surfing-related features like tide data and a dedicated surfing activity tracker (number of waves surfed, highest speed achieved etc.), on top of 10 ATM water rating that's safe for use up to a depth of 100 metres. The Surf Edition also packs regular Instinct features like Pulse Ox (blood oxygen tracker), stress tracking based on your heart rate, and sleep monitoring.

Garmin Fenix 6S Pro Solar Edition.

The Fenix 6 Pro Solar Edition and Fenix 6S Pro Solar Edition offers Power Manager on top of all the perks of their non-solar counterparts. Noteworthy features include its advanced sleep tracking monitor that breaks down the user's light, deep, and REM sleep stages. The watch also comes with topographic maps for hiking, ski maps across 2,000 ski resorts and 41,000 golf courses, out of the box. Both models also retain their unique looks, with the Fenix 6S Pro Solar Edition being lifestyle-friendly and the Fenix 6 Pro Solar Edition offering a more rugged, steely appearance.

Fenix 6 Pro Solar Edition.

The Fenix 6S Pro Solar Edition offers nine days of indoor battery life, with up to 10.5 days via its solar mode. On the other hand, the Fenix 6 Solar Edition has 14 days of indoor battery life that goes up to 16 days with solar charging enabled.

 

Pricing and availability

Instinct Solar is available now in Graphite, Tidal Blue, Orchid, Sunburst and Flame Red colourways. Instinct Solar Tactical Edition comes in Black, Moss, Graphite Camo and Lichen Camo. Finally, the Instinct Solar Surf Edition will only be available from 18 September 2020 onwards, and they will come in Pipeline and Cloudbreak designs. The watches from this line-up starts at S$629.

The Fenix 6 Pro Solar Edition is available in Black with Slate Gray Band and Cobalt Blue with Whitestone Band, and the Fenix 6S Pro Solar Edition is available in Light Gold with Shale Gray Band and Purple with Shale Band. Watches from these line-ups start at S$1,299.

From now until 16 August, the Fenix 6S Pro Solar Edition is exclusively found in KrisShop. All other currently available models can also be found on the official Garmin store pages at LazadaShopee, as well as physical Garmin brand stores and all authorised retailers of these smartwatches.