By Jesper Petersen
Here, you can read everything worth knowing about the new Fenix 6 top models by Garmin. Read about the changes from the Garmin Fenix 5 Plus, for example, and get to know all the differences!
Garmin Fenix 6 in general
The watches in Garmin’s Fenix collection are generally regarded as being the best all-round multisport and outdoor watches on the market. The new Garmin Fenix 6 certainly live up to this, as they are full of advanced functions and made of premium materials. Generally speaking, they are watches that can do everything and that can easily tolerate being used!
Garmin Fenix 6 – an overview of the different models
As was the case with the Garmin Fenix 5 and Garmin Fenix 5 Plus, the Garmin Fenix 6 is really a whole collection of watches. The watches in the Garmin Fenix 6 collection have different physical sizes, and there are small differences that we shall take a look at in a moment.
Garmin Fenix 6 is available in three different physical sizes:
Garmin fenix 6S is the smallest and is 42 mm in its diameter.
Garmin fenix 6 is of a medium size and is 47 mm in its diameter.
Garmin fenix 6X is the largest and is 51 mm in its diameter.
Garmin Fenix 6X has the largest screen and the longest battery life. Garmin Fenix 6S has the smallest screen and the shortest battery life. Garmin Fenix 6 is in between.
Garmin Fenix 6 is available in five different models
In addition to the three different sizes, the watches also come in different models. What is written after the 6S/6/6X in the name of the watch represents the model.
Here are the five models:
Silver – The Silver model is the light edition of the Garmin Fenix 6. Silver has the basic functions, but it does NOT have Garmin Pay, Garmin Music, WiFi, built-in map, or the most advanced training functions.
Pro – The Pro model is the standard edition of the Garmin Fenix 6. It has all the advanced functions, and it is equipped with the same type of glass that you find in most the Garmin watches – what is called the Corning Gorilla Glass.
Sapphire – The Sapphire model has all the same functions as the Pro model. But the Sapphire model is instead equipped with scratch-free sapphire glass.
Sapphire Titanium – The Sapphire Titanium model is almost identical to the Sapphire model. The only difference is that the crown is made in titanium, making the watch a bit lighter.
Pro Solar – The Pro Solar model has the same functions and the Pro and Sapphire models. But the Pro Solar is the only model equipped with Solar Power Glass, which can extend its battery life by the use of solar energy.
Here is the complete list of watches in the Garmin Fenix 6 collection that Garmin expects to release. Notice that not all models will be available from day one.
Fenix 6S Silver w/ Black Band (no MAP/Music/Pay)
Fenix 6S Silver w/ White Band (no MAP/Music/Pay)
Fenix 6 Silver w/ Black Band (no MAP/Music/Pay)
Fenix 6S PRO Rose Gold w/ White Band (Glass)
Fenix 6S PRO Black w/ Black Band (Glass)
Fenix 6 PRO Slate Gray w/ Black Band (Glass)
Fenix 6X PRO Slate Gray w/ Black Band (Glass)
Fenix 6S Sapphire Rose Gold w/ Gray Band
Fenix 6S Sapphire Carbon Grey w/ Black Band
Fenix 6S Sapphire Rose Gold/Black w/ Nylon Band
Fenix 6S Sapphire Champagne w/ Shale Band
Fenix 6 Sapphire Black w/ Black Band
Fenix 6 Sapphire Black DLC w/ Ntl Nylon Band
Fenix 6X Sapphire Black w/ Black Band
Fenix 6X Sapphire Black w/ Brwn Leather Band
Fenix 6 Sapphire Titanium Gray w/ Orange Band
Fenix 6 Sapphire Titanium Gray w/ Ti Band
Fenix 6X PRO Solar Carbon Gray DLC w/ Black Band
Fenix 6X PRO Solar Titanium w/ Ti Band
What is new in the Garmin Fenix 6? – See the changes relative to the Garmin Fenix 5 Plus
In this section, we will go through what is new with the watches in the watches of the Garmin Fenix 6 collection.
In the table below, you can see the differences between the Fenix 6S, the Fenix 6, and the Fenix 6X. All functions or properties that are marked as NEW are new relative to the watches in the Garmin Fenix 5 Plus collection.
Larger display - NEW
Garmin Fenix 6 and Garmin Fenix 6X have a larger display. The screen on the Fenix 6 has been made 17% larger and is now 1,3″. The screen on the Fenix 6X is 36% larger and is now 1,4″. Garmin Fenix 6S is still 1,2″.
Garmin Fenix 6 and Garmin Fenix 6X also have a better screen resolution – 260x260 px and 280x280 px, respectively.
The screens on the watches in the Garmin Fenix 6 collection are always on. They are optimized for outdoor use, so that you can easily read them under all lighting conditions.
Power Manager and improved battery life - NEW
All the watches in the Garmin Fenix 6 collection now have a markedly improved battery life both in the smartwatch mode, GPS mode, and GPS+Music mode.
The GPS mode is, for example, doubled from the Fenix 5/5S Plus to the Fenix 6/6S. Garmin Fenix 6 also has a completely new Power Manager that tells you how much battery life is left, among other things – and this is noticeably in HOURS rather than PERCENTAGE. Power Manager also makes it super easy to change from different Power Modes, so that you can control its battery use and save power when you do not need all the functions of the watch.
Solar Charging – Extend the battery life with solar energy - NEW
This ONLY applies to the Garmin Fenix 6X PRO SOLAR.
Thanks to the revolutionizing new screen technology called Power Glass, Garmin Fenix 6X Pro Solar can now harvest the energy of the sun and in that way extend its battery life. In battery saver mode, the Solar function can potentially extend the battery life with more than 50%. A clever solar indicator and widget will, whenever you need it, tell you how much solar energy your watch is gathering.
Reduced lug-to-lug distance - NEW
The lug-to-lug distance (that is, the distance between the two spots where your strap is fixed to the case of the watch) is reduced on both the Garmin Fenix 6S and the Garmin Fenix 6, so that they now appear slimmer and more elegant.
Tested to military standards - NEW
The watches in the Garmin Fenix 6 collection are ultradurable and have been tested in regard to military standards (MIL-STD-810G). Garmin believe that the watches can be certified at the highest standard when it comes to Height (Low Pressure), Rain, Humidity, Drop and Freeze/Thaw. (At this time, the test has yet to be finished).
Garmin Fenix 6 is waterproof down to 100 meters.
New user-interface - NEW
The user-interface on all of the watches in the Garmin Fenix 6 collection has been updated, so that it appears more structured and refined. If you have used a Garmin watch before from the midclass or higher, then you will quickly be comfortable with the menu structure – there is not that big a difference. The greatest difference is found under Widgets, where you will now get information from different widgets at the same time. On the Garmin Fenix 5 Plus, each widget had its own page. It is now also possible to show more and more nuanced information under activities and navigation.
More data fields and gauges - NEW
To enhance the user experience during activities, Garmin has changed the way Fenix 6 presents data. It is now possible to have up to 8 data fields at the same time, just as it is possible to combine the use of gauges and normal data fields on the same page.
You will find examples of new data pages below.
32GB memory - NEW
Garmin Fenix 6 has double the memory capacity than the Garmin Fenix 5 Plus. This means that there it has space for more maps and more music.
Updated map function - NEW
Garmin Fenix 6 comes with a pre-installed topographical Europe map with a real turn-by-turn navigation that we know from a driver’s navigation.
To help you find the best routes (no matter if you are running or biking), Garmin Fenix 6 will pick out the popular routes and roads that other Garmin users use.
The maps have different looks during different activities (running, bicycling, skiing, walking, etc.), so that you by a single glance will get the information that you need the most for the kind of activity you are doing.
Piste maps for more than 2000 ski areas - NEW
As a new feature, Garmin Fenix 6 comes equipped with a piste map from more than 2000 ski areas. The maps are so easy to read that, with even a quick glance, you will see the names of the lifts, the pistes, and their difficulties.
PacePro – dynamic pace guidance - NEW
One of the new training functions in the Garmin Fenix 6 is called PacePro. PacePro is a new and intelligent function that helps you keep your optimal pace for the full route. It will be a great idea to use this for half marathons or full marathons, for example.
On a run, it typically goes up and down, so that it can be hard to keep the same pace throughout the distance. Some kilometers will be faster (downhill) and some kilometers will be slower (uphill). PacePro calculates the altitude profile of the route and tells you exactly how fast you should be running each section of the route to reach your goal.
This is how it works in practice:
1. You pick a predetermined route. (Can be chosen/created on your watch, smartphone, or computer).
2. You tell it the desired pace that you wish to complete it with.
3. The Garmin Fenix 6 then calculates the altitude profile of the route and tells you the pace for each segment of the route.
4. The watch also provides you with pace guidance in real-time, so that you know how fast you should be running of the different parts of the route.
It is also possible to chance the pace strategy, so that the watch guides you to run with a Negative Split, that is, that the second part should be run faster than the first part.
VO2 Max adapts relative to heat and altitude - NEW
Heat and altitude affect how well you can performance, your VO2 Max, and your training status. To give you the best possible indication of your how well you actually can perform, the Garmin Fenix 6 shows you your VO2 Max adapted to heat and altitude.
The watch also keeps an eye on how quickly your body adapts to new surroundings. This function is especially useful for runners, bicyclers, and triathletes who often travel for the sake of competitions. The watch can tell you when you are acclimated and ready to do your best.
New wrist-based heart rate monitor with PulseOx – also works under water - NEW
Garmin Fenix 6 is equipped with the newest wrist-based heart rate monitor. The monitor can register your heart rate during activities and everything else, 24/7.
As a new feature, this wrist-based monitor also works under water – so now you can use it for swimming as well!
All watches in the Garmin Fenix 6 collection also have the so-called PulseOx sensor, which can measure the oxygen level in your blood. This function is especially important for mountain hikers and everyone else who is up high. What it can indicate is how well your body adapts to the lower oxygen level when you are up high, which helps indicate how fast you can climb upwards.
New training functions – training status, training load - NEW
Compared to the Garmin Fenix 5 Plus, the Garmin Fenix 6 is updated with the newest training function that were released with the Garmin Forerunner 945.
The Garmin Fenix 6 tracks your training status and keeps an eye on how your training affects your shape, be it in a negative or a positive direction. The watch also classifies your training and provides you with an overview of how much stress you are putting your body through – that is, how much of your training is anaerobic, highly aerobic, or slightly aerobic. Based on this, the watch can recommend you what kind of training you should do to improve your shape in a positive direction.
Garmin Fenix 6 also comes with recommended recovery times, which can help you avoid straining your body too much.
The watch can also give you the advanced Running Dynamics and Cycling Dynamics measurements that we know from the Garmin Fenix 5 Plus. But this requires some extra equipment like the HRM-Run/HRM-Tri Heart Rate Strap, FootPod, or Garmin Vector pedals.
Garmin Music with Spotify pre-installed - NEW
Garmin Fenix 6 has a built-in music function, which makes it possible to play music or podcasts directly from your watch and without needing your smartphone in the vicinity. The watch comes with the Spotify app pre-installed, so all you need to do is to download your offline playlists and songs directly on your watch from your smartphone or computer (requires a SPOTIFY PREMIUM subscription).
You can also transfer your mp3 files or music from the streaming service Deezer.
You need to have a pair of wireless Bluetooth headphones to play music from your Garmin Fenix 6.
Garmin Fenix 6 - Additional functions
In this section, we go through the additional functions of the watch. These are functions you will also find in the Garmin Fenix 5 Plus.
Garmin Fenix 6 has Garmin Pay, which is a clever function that allows you to pay directly with your watch on all contactless machines. You just add you card on the Garmin Connect app on your smartphone, and you are ready. Garmin Pay only works with certain banks and credit cards. View the list her: Garmin Pay - Banks & Cards
Barometric altitude meter and 3-axis compass
Garmin Fenix 6 is equipped with a barometric altitude meter and a 3-axis compass, which is automatically calibrated, so that you are always sure that you have the most accurate information about your current position and direction.
Crash detection and tracking function
Garmin Fenix 6 has a built-in safety function that will send messages to your next of kin, if you are in an accident.
In the Garmin Connect app you can register 1 to 3 contacts, who will get a message or mail in the case of an accident.
The way the function works is to register any powerful force (as when you fall) followed by a period of no movement. It will then send a message to your contacts, telling them that an accident has happened. There will be a live-track GPS-link with your exact location in the message, so they can see exactly where you are – even if you have been picked up by an ambulance.
You can also send the message manually, if you suddenly feel unwell. This is done by simply holding down the upper left button for 5 seconds until the watch has vibrated 3 times.
NB: The function only works if you have your smartphone nearby and it is paired with your watch.
SPORTS AND ACTIVITY PROFILES
Garmin Fenix 6 has tons of dedicated training, sports, and activity apps pre-installed. These apps make it easy to track your activities, follow your progression, and optimize your performance. The Garmin Fenix 6 has a new Off-Piste/Backcountry Skiing app. Otherwise, it has the same activity profiles as the Garmin Fenix 5 Plus. Some of the are: Running, Trail, MTB, Bicycling, Triathlon, Fitness, Strength, Sailing, Golf, Swimming, Skiing, Snowboard, Cross-Country Skiing, Rowing, Outdoor, Hiking, Climbing, Tactical, and lots more.
Activity tracking and smart notifications
Garmin Fenix 6 tracks all of your most vital data and provides you with meaningful insight into your actual activity state. The Fenix 6 measures your stress level, steps, heart rate, calories, and sleep quality, among other things.
You can also receive smart notifications from your smartphone on your Garmin Fenix 6, so that you can see calls, messages, mails, notifications from social media, the weather, traffic alarms, calendar reminders, and much, much more.