Complete Series of Fenix 5 Plus pictures.

A new week starts with the release of the Fenix 5 plus watches.

All specifications, photos and manuals are released.
No less than 15 different models of the Fenix 5 plus series are launched.
(3x Fenix 5X plus, 5x Fenix 5 plus and 7x Fenix 5S plus.)
If not listed on the Garmin site please wait a moment for the sites to update during the day.
I’m not relisting all data just the photo’s as that’s the easiest part.
(if the sites aren’t updated yet i will answer the questions until they are (if i find the time))

Garmin Fenix 5S plus
Garmin Fenix 5 plus
Garmin Fenix 5X plus

 

Fenix 5X Plus

NEW sensor (Pulse Ox sensor) clearly seen on the rearview

Fenix 5 Plus

Fenix 5S Plus

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Just some Fenix 5 Plus pictures

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It seems all specs and a lot of pictures have been available for a while. I was waiting for someone to publish the complete set of the Fenix 5 plus series (front / left / right / back). However for some reason nobody has has done so. It could be they are afraid of the “invisible” watermarks which could be used to track down the leaks.

I always like a nice overview of the watches next to each other so i created one from the pictures. Feel free to use it. I will not publish all of them just this front view so you can compare. Above are the Fenix 5s plus, Fenix 5 plus and Fenix 5X plus. The major changes are inside, invisible for the normal user.

No time to show all specifications all i can say the info out there is right. (CIQ3.0/Maps/Music/Size/Pricing/Availability)

 

Below are the first two official released pictures Garmin published on their own site to promote payments. Again two of the three new Fenix 5 plus variants.

Garmin Forerunner 645 Music

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The “old” renders of the FR645 Music (the last one “Cerise” is listed on the Garmin site)

Black Friday has passed, Cyber Monday has passed and many couldn’t resist and bought the old FR235 or FR735XT. Stocks are now low so Garmin announced the Forerunner 645 Music (449.99 USD). (use your fantasy for the FR245 version.)

Going through the specifications it seems that “all” basic sports are included,  Running, Cycling and Pool Swimming. However it comes with limited Multisport and little less “extra’s” (No Golf, FTP etc) compared to the Forerunner 935 / Fenix 5s. With music playback now added i see Garmin didn’t include one of their items being tested. Perhaps they keep that for the next update of the Forerunner 935, after all the more expensive models must have some extra’s. For the same reason power meter support  and sports like open water swimming are not included.

edit: the listed delivery time was 5-8 weeks.

(All information from Garmin)

GPS Running Watch with Music and Contactless Payments

  • Easily download up to 800 songs to your watch, and connect with Bluetooth® headphones (sold separately) for phone-free listening
  • Syncs music from select streaming services for offline listening¹
  • Garmin Pay™ contactless payment solution² lets you make convenient payments with your watch, so you can leave your cash and cards at home
  • Provides advanced running dynamics³, including ground contact time balance, stride length, vertical ratio and more
  • Uses wrist-based heart rate4 to offer performance monitoring features, including evaluating your current training status
  • Battery life5: up to 7 days in smartwatch mode; 5 hours in GPS mode with music

 

Running is more than just exercise — it’s a performance. And Forerunner 645 Music has the tools to help you put on an outstanding show every time you lace up your shoes. It features on-device music storage — so you can run with your favorite tunes — and contactless payments that let you buy what you need without missing a beat. With all those features plus advanced running dynamics and performance monitoring tools, this GPS running watch is the instrument you need to refine the performance.

Music

With up to 800 songs worth of music storage built right into your watch, we’re putting the “beat” in your daily mission to beat yesterday. It’s easy to transfer music from your computer and then queue up your favorite playlist for easy listening through Bluetooth headphones. You can even sync your carefully crafted playlists from select music streaming services¹ to your watch for more ad-free listening. Now you really can leave your phone behind when you head out for a run, because the music that helps keep you moving is right there on your wrist.

 

Paying Made Easy

Always on the run? Feel free to leave your phone and wallet behind. Forerunner 645 Music features Garmin Pay contactless payment solution² which lets you pay for purchases with your watch. Use it just about anywhere you can tap your card to pay. A bottle of water here, a bite to eat there — just pay, and keep on moving.

Tune up Your Training

We’re making it easier to get the data you need to improve your form. Let Forerunner 645 Music measure crucial running metrics³ that you can use to analyze your performance. Biomechanical measurements, such as cadencestride lengthground contact time and balancevertical oscillation and vertical ratio, are the key to understanding your form so you can bring your best on race day. These metrics are available with the addition of a compatible heart rate strap³ or the compact Running Dynamics Pod, which clips right onto your waistband. Also, take advantage of feature sets to help with cycling and even swim training. In the pool Forerunner 645 Music will track your distance, pace, stroke count and more.

Monitor Your Performance

Just how effective is your current training plan? Forerunner 645 Music will help you monitor your training and recovery so you can better prepare for a race or training cycle. Training status is a performance monitoring tool that automatically evaluates your recent exercise history and performance indicators to let you know if you’re training productively, peaking or overreaching. The anaerobic training effect metric opens a window of insight to a critical dimension of training, telling you how your training is improving your ability to push the limits. You can even view your overall training load, which measures your exercise volume from the last 7 days and compares it to the optimal range for your fitness and recent training history.

 

More Ways to Customize

Check out the Connect IQ™ store, where you can add personality to Forerunner 645 Music by downloading apps, widgets, watch faces and more. It’s easy and — even better — it’s free. New apps are added every day, so you can keep tabs on when your Uber is arriving, turn on your lights at home with the SmartThings app, and even use the AccuWeather MinuteCast app to find out when the rain will start. With the Face It™ watch face app, choose any image from your photo library, make some tweaks, and set it as your watch’s face.

Stay Connected on the Run

Forerunner 645 Music makes it easy to run without leaving important smart features behind. Once paired with your compatible smartphone, you’ll be able to receive and even respond7 to text messages and see social media updates, emails and more right on your wrist. Find your phone, access music controls, and let friends LiveTrack your runs.

Share and Compete

Syncing your activities to Garmin Connect is for more than just storing your data. Garmin Connect is a thriving online community where people on the go can connect and compete by joining challenges, encourage each other’s successes and even share their triumphs via social media. Garmin Connect is free and available on the web or on your smartphone with the Garmin Connect™ Mobile app.

Train Your Way

Your routine is anything but routine. Forerunner 645 Music lets you change things up with ease, thanks to built-in activity profiles for running (indoor/outdoor), cycling (indoor/outdoor), swimming (pool), elliptical, paddle sports, strength training and many more. Create your own custom workouts, and download for free from our Garmin Connect online fitness community. Then review your past efforts on the app, or share them with family and friends for added motivation.

Love the Look

Feel free to take this watch outside in all kinds of weather. Not only is it safe for swimming and showering, its Garmin Chroma Display™ is easy to read — even in direct sunlight — and housed under extra-durable Corning® Gorilla® Glass. When you want to change it up, swapping bands is fast and doesn’t require tools. The perfect everyday companion, this lightweight watch is rated to 5 ATM (50 meters) to be safe for swimming and showering. And with up to 7 days of battery life in smartwatch mode and 5 hours in GPS mode with music playback, Forerunner 645 Music is the running partner that can keep up with you.

iHeartRadio: All Your Favorite Music. All our Favorite Stations

iHeartRadio has unlimited music and thousands of radio stations all in one app. Sign up for a free trial of iHeartRadio All Access today to take your favorite radio stations, music, news, podcasts, sports, talk and comedy shows offline while you run. Get your 30-day trial here.

Experience Wireless Audio

Method Wireless by Skullcandy is an ultra stable, sweat resistance sports earbud with 9 hours of battery life. Pair it with your Forerunner 645 Music and experience wireless audio with a bud that stays put, regardless of activity. Take advantage of a 50% discount when you purchase a Forerunner 645 Music.

 

General

Lens Material Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3
Bezel Material stainless steel
Quick Release Bands yes (20 mm, Industry standard)
Strap material silicone
Physical size 42.5 x 42.5 x 13.5 mm
Weight 42.2 g
Water rating 5 ATM
Display type sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP)
Display size 1.2″ (30.4 mm) diameter
Display resolution 240 x 240 pixels
Color display
Battery life Smartwatch Mode: Up to 7 days
GPS mode with music: Up to 5 hours
Memory/History 200 hours of activity data

Links below did work, however the product is taken offline (nov 28, 2017) so it is possible it will not show until release.

Compare the FR645 Music, FR735XT and FR935 (Link to Garmin)

Compare the FR235, FR630 and FR645 Music (Link to Garmin)

 

(it seems most sites have picked up the news, Looking at the timeframe i see the earliest person mentioning the news was done by Traxzero on GPSrunours  )

Finally: The Garmin Descent Dive watch

Descent

Yes, finally after appearing more than a year ago, Garmin released their first dive watch based on the Fenix.
This again shows it’s no secret to know which products are coming or even spot them in the wild, but the timeframe of announcement is much more difficult. Even functions and features tested and working on prototypes can be turned off and hold back for future versions.

The post from last year: Descent, Garmin’s next Fenix4 model?

Descent_Mk1

More information (Garmin): Garmin Descent Mk1

Press release

Garmin® debuts its first dive computer, the Descent Mk1, featuring surface GPS in a sleek, everyday wearable design

 

 Tuesday, October 31, 2017 6:00 am CDT
“The Descent Mk1 was built by divers, for divers and we are so excited that our passion for engineering purpose-built devices, now supports the passion of underwater explorers.”

OLATHE, Kan.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Garmin International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today announced the Descent™ Mk1, a dive computer housed in a watch-style design offering surface GPS navigation with rich color mapping. Designed for recreational, technical and free divers, the Descent Mk1 allows divers to plan their underwater adventure right on the watch and use GPS waypoints to automatically mark dive entry and exit points. The Descent Mk1 also offers multiple dive modes, 3-axis compass, in-dive data, as well as multi-sport functions like wrist-based heart rate, activity profiles and automatic dive log uploads via the Garmin Connect Mobile app to Garmin’s online dive community. The Descent Mk1 is being launched in conjunction with DEMA in Orlando, Florida, Nov. 1-4, booth #2234.

“No matter what kind of diver you are, the Descent Mk1 is the intuitive dive computer you won’t want to take off. And with features built for in and out of the water, packed into a watch form factor, you don’t have to,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales. “The Descent Mk1 was built by divers, for divers and we are so excited that our passion for engineering purpose-built devices, now supports the passion of underwater explorers.”

The Descent Mk1 includes an Apnea mode for recreational and competitive free divers, and Apnea Hunt mode for spear fishers. When the diver submerges, the device will automatically start the dive, and when the diver surfaces from the water, it will automatically stop the dive. The Descent Mk1 supports up to six gases including air, nitrox and trimix. While enjoying their dive under the water, useful information such as depth, dive time, temperature, NDL/TTS, ascent/descent rates, gas mix, PO2, N2 loading, decompression/safety stop information, time-of-day, and more can be viewed on a crisp 1.2-inch color display. The diver can switch to the dive compass and additional data pages with the push of a button, or with a quick double tap on the screen.

The dive computer utilizes the Bühlmann ZHL-16c algorithm with configurable conservatism settings. Choose from three pre-set conservatism settings, or enter custom Gradient Factors. Selectable tone and vibration alerts help keep divers informed throughout their dive. When worn over a divers bare wrist, the Garmin Elevate™ wrist-based heart rate technology1 will monitor pulse and track exertion levels. The Descent Mk1 will automatically upload dive logs to Garmin Connect™ for post-dive analysis. Divers can name their dive, and go back in app to review dive data such as type of dive, temperature, entry and exit points and more.

Topside, the Descent Mk1 features a high-sensitivity GPS and GLONASS satellite tracking for map-based surface navigation including ABC (altimeter, barometer and compass) sensors. Beyond the full range of diving functions, the Descent Mk1 offers a complete feature set of sports/training, fitness and outdoor navigation tools. Preloaded with activity profiles for swimming, running, biking, hiking, skiing, rowing, paddle boarding and more. The Descent Mk1, when paired with a compatible smartphone2, allows a user to receive and view text messages, emails and smart notifications right on the watch. Users can customize the watch display with free watch faces, apps and data fields from our Connect IQ  store.

Crafted with premium materials, the Descent Mk1 dive computer will be available in two styles. A stainless-steel bezel with silicone watch band or a premium version with titanium bezel and greater scratch-resistant brushed DLC titanium bracelet. Using QuickFit bands, the diver can easily change between regular and longer QuickFit bands, for use over thick wetsuits or dry suits. QuickFit bands also allow the diver to tailor their wrist-worn style for any daily activity or special occasion — no tools required. Both models feature a domed sapphire lens for scratch resistance, and a bright, high-resolution full color 1.2-inch display with LED backlighting, assuring readability in all lighting conditions, above or below the water. Dive rated up to 100 meters3 (EN13319) the Descent Mk1 has a battery life of up to 40 hours in dive mode, 19 days in watch mode, 10 days in smartwatch mode, 20 hours in GPS/HR activity mode, and up to 30 hours in UltraTrac™ mode.

The Descent Mk1 is expected to be available in Q4 2017 for a suggested retail price of $999.99 for the stainless-steel and $1,499.99 for the premium version. To learn more, visit www.garmin.com/descent.

The Descent Mk1 is the latest solution from Garmin’s expanding outdoor segment, which focuses on developing technologies and innovations to enhance users’ outdoor experiences. Whether hiking, hunting, geocaching, golfing or using satellite communication, Garmin outdoor devices are becoming essential tools for outdoor enthusiasts of all levels. For more information about Garmin’s other outdoor products and services, go to www.garmin.com/outdoors.

For decades, Garmin has pioneered new GPS navigation and wireless devices and applications that are designed for people who live an active lifestyle. Garmin serves five primary business units, including automotive, aviation, fitness, marine, and outdoor recreation. For more information, visit Garmin’s virtual pressroom at garmin.com/newsroom, contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200, or follow us at facebook.com/garmin, twitter.com/garmin, or youtube.com/garmin.

1 See Garmin.com/ataccuracy

2 When paired with a compatible smartphone; see Garmin.com/ble

See Garmin.com/waterrating

FCC Notice: The Descent Mk1 has not been authorized as required by the rules of the Federal Communications Commission. This device is not, and may not be, offered for sale or lease, or sold or leased, until authorization is obtained.

Garmin – Forerunner 645?

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Edit: 2017-nov-28:  Forerunner 645 specifications: Specifiactions

It seems there are some pictures available of the Garmin Forerunner 645.
It also seems the name “music” is associated with it.
The watch looks similar to a Garmin Vívoactive 3 however this one has 5 buttons.

No time to look into it but will keep you updated on this one.
It doesn’t show up in the listings but that is no guarantee it wouldn’t be released already.

Buttons

The 5 buttons have names in text on top of the watch bezel like the Foreruner 935, they don’t have the small icons like the previous FR735XT or FR920XT.
The button placement is the same as the current Fenix and Forerunner 935 series, meaning the Up and Down button are moved apart and not placed together as in the previous Forerunner series.

  • Start – Stop
  • Back
  • Down
  • Up
  • Light

Colors

  • Forerunner 645 “Sandstone”
  • Forerunner 645 Dark Gray
  • Forerunner 645 Marsala Red

Colors based on previous (old) information and picture

Garmin Forerunner645 Dark Gray

Suunto – Spartan Trainer

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Late 2016 the Suunto Spartan Trainer appeared shortly in a few online shops with some specifications. Based on those specifications i couldn’t wait to get my hands on one. It would however take more than 8 months before Suunto decided to official announce it’s existence with the sale starting soon after. Because two of my watches didn’t like the Finish training grounds (Suunto Voodoo) and where getting unreliable it was a good opportunity to try the Spartan trainer until spring 2018.

This post contains the specification while the following posts will be about the usage during multiple training sessions or Moves as Suunto names them.

Spartan Trainer – Specs

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At the moment there are 9 different Suunto Spartan Trainer versions:

REF  SS022668000  Suunto Spartan Trainer Wrist HR Black
REF  SS022669000 Suunto Spartan Trainer Wrist HR White
REF  SS022670000 Suunto Spartan Trainer Wrist HR Ocean Mint
REF  SS022671000 Suunto Spartan Trainer Wrist HR Coral
REF SS023002000 Suunto Spartan Trainer Wrist HR Blue
REF SS023426000 Suunto Spartan Trainer Wrist HR Steel Gold (white band)
REF SS023425000 Suunto Spartan Trainer Wrist HR Steel Black
REF SS023408000 Suunto Spartan Trainer Wrist HR Steel Amber
REF SS023409000 Suunto Spartan Trainer Wrist HR Steel Sandstone

(White & Coral Official don’t exist online, however they seem to be available in very limited supply in some shops)

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Key Features

Measurements 46  x  46  x  15.7  mm (Polyamide) / 46  x  46  x  14.9  mm (Steel)
Weight 56 g (Polyamide) / 66 g (Steel)
Measurements 1.81  x  1.81 x  0.62 ” (Polyamide) / 1.81 x 1.81 x 0.59 ”  (Steel)
Weight 1.98 oz  (Polyamide) / 2.33 oz (Steel)
Bezel material: Glass fibre reinforced polyamide / Steel
Glass material: Polyamide / Mineral crystal  (Steel)
Case material: Glass fibre reinforced polyamide
Strap material: Silicone
COMPACT AND DURABLE
  • Battery life 10h with best GPS accuracy (up to 30h with power saving options)
  • 14 days battery life in time mode
  • Convenient wrist HR measurement
  • Compact size and optimal fit for sports and daily wear
  • 50 m water resistant
FOR VERSATILE OUTDOOR AND INDOOR TRAINING
  • Ready to go: swimming, running, cycling, gym, hiking, and more
  • GPS tracking with speed, pace and distance
  • Customizable sport modes with graphs and automatic laps
  • Create intervals on watch and follow on-screen guidance
  • Planned Move **
  • Find back safely with breadcrumb view of traveled route
  • Route navigation with Points of Interest (POI) and Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA)*
  • Sunrise/sunset times *
ACTIVITY TRACKING & MOBILE NOTIFICATIONS
  • 24/7 tracking of your daily steps, calories and sleep
  • Track your daily rest-HR value to know if you are stressed or over-trained
  • Personalize your watch with customizable watch faces
  • Get incoming calls, text and calendar notifications to your watch

*Available via Software Update on 17 October.
** Coming to Spartan (2018+)

 

 


Less pre-announcements/rumors in the future.

nextgen-suunto-garmin-polar-blur300You might have seen very little news on the this site lately, well there are many reasons for that: personal, work, exiting products and mostly the reorganized “leak” management of some big firms.

All information shared on this site was available of public or told to me with no restrictions of any kind.
Times have changed! While until a year and a half ago it was no problem getting information, now all information being shared to and with is carefully documented and for digital files are only shared to people on whitelists. Clear instruction not to talk or respond to information “leaked”, report it and then if possible it gets removed.

Looking at new products this leads to thing seen in my last post (april 2017): We knew Garmin had a new bike computer Edge 1030  (working name 1010) with battery pack and mount, Vector 3 and Varia Tail Light with Radar and Camera ready but no time when it would be released. Now in September everything has been released except the Tail light.
Same is true for the new Forerunners and Fenix series, we know the working names and most likely features but not the time and features at time of release (Forerunner 645, Fenix 5s plus, Fenix 5 plus and Fenix 5X plus).

During the summer it was clear Suunto was working on their 6th! version of the Spartan series. But not being able to share more information doesn’t make it an interesting story.
On the day i left Finland they finally announced the set back Spartan Trainer and this week the Spartan Sport Baro. The sixth variant similair to the trainer won’t take to long.

And finally Polar had an announcement that the next V800 would be announced next year (2018).

All single lines with no additional information until perhaps a week before the announcement takes place, for that reason i will post very little about pre-product announcements or rumors in the future. There are sites that are specialized in that.

The future.

While leaving Finland this summer i had a new record of 7 failing items (multiple watches, navigation devices, loggers and even a totally drowned full waterproof bike computer)
While having tried multiple devices in the past none of them where better that what i had before:

  • FR235, failing oHR, “bad” GPS and swim functionality
  • Fenix3, Size, GPS
  • Fenix5x, the one i loved but failing oHR (weight/bounce), GPS, size and so-so mapping. not making it my sports watch (should have known this on forehand because the Fenix 3 was the same)
  • Edge820, nice but i think mine didn’t have a touchscreen.

It’s always easy to return a product if you have other devices being just as good of better.

But know i needed another sportswatch, but which one would it be (private purchase)

  • Forerunner 935:
    pro: size and functions
    con: value for money, swim oHR, (again GPS?)
  • V800:
    pro: GPS, great value for money
    con: replacement in 6 months, no oHR
  • Spartan Trainer
    pro: price, “has it all?”
    con: functions.

I bought the Spartan Trainer for a very nice price with the idea that i would use it for 6 months. Next spring i will take a look on how the firmware has evolved and decide which real tri watch it will be (the Garmin FR935, new Polar V8xx or a smaller high end Spartan:-) )

Result: The next posts will be about the Suunto Spartan Trainer. My experiences and opinion after multiple moves. Not a one day hands-on review with a single move.
It’s got 6 months to prove itself!

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