Garmin 2017 announcements

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Garmin will release a large amount of products in 2017.
At CES2017 they released the first few: The Fenix 5 series.

What will follow:

  • PGA show 2017
    PGA show 2017 is starting with the PGA Show Demo Day on 24 January on which Garmin will release their new Approach series golf related products.
    Not a multisport show but techwise the new Approach laser rangefinder maybe one of the finest Garmin products around.
    Post on this show next week with the lineup.
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  • Bike
    In the first half of april we will see the latest announcements related to biking.
    I do find it a little late so personal i would expect it a little earlier.
    Partial lineup ready, post: march.
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  • “The end of an era” / “Le roi est mort, vive le roi!
    O, YES! For those who found the CES with only the Fenix 5 series a bit unsatisfied and would rather have something else. Can’t wait reading the user reaction in the forums once it gets announced (hints: Childproof and you got to read)
    No exact date but based on the other two, expect the announcement in February or March (before Fenix 5 shipping starts).
    Full specs available, post ?? (possible partial post in advance)
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  • Other
    There are many other Garmin products coming which can’t be grouped so they will receive an announcement on their own.
    Many of them are updates on previous products and some will just be an offspring of the current just announced products.
    Partial lineup ready, posts likely after announcement if no additional info is received.

All Garmin announcements can shift forward and backwards as it has been the case in the past. I have almost the same information as all of you have, i only collect it on one page. If more than one (independent) source points to the same direction the probability increases. I have no connection with Garmin. In fact even i had to put my name on the pre-sales list end december to be  sure i was on the top of the list to buy a Fenix 5X. I expect my own in march. Based to the first results i will take a good look at the final map functions. If i buy a top end product with maps i would expect it to be usable, the first thing i would do with the current European maps is delete them. Garmin has the best maps, putting on maps which are unusable because the lack of detail (or the ability to display it) is a slap in the face. I’m not buying this product to navigate on the highway, i want to navigate in the mountains, in the forest or riding a bike. If none of these three is currently possible why do you include the maps?  I know the final firmware is not on the current watches but the maps should be ready.

CES2017 – A week later

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CES 2017 closed about a  week ago.
What was announced and what did we expect to see.
I will cover only the biggest sports(watch) products as that’s my main interest.

Garmin

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Garmin released their Fenix 5 series of which the information already was released two months ago, nothing new and nothing added to that list.
I thought there might some golf products, but they where kept for later with a good reason. No other products where expected and  this seemed to be true.
Garmin will receive a own post with 2017 news shortly after this one, as there is to much. (see CES 2017 for small hints (more products and sooner!!))

Suunto

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Suunto (re)released their Spartan Sport Wrist HR, which should have been available last year but due to the unfinished firmware and large amount of bugs this watch was put back a little while.
Expected to see the Spartan Trainer but that didn’t happen.
Guess we will have to wait for that one a little longer.

Polar

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Polar gave us a fantastic new HR with internal memory so we can log our swimming HR and read it out later. However it’s a bluetooth HR sensor with a non standard log protocol so the logged data can only read out by with Polar software or Polar products (for the moment).
Expected something more as there are small “facts”, but maybe Polar did learn after all these years and saw the impact of last years Suunto release. It sill will be a a colorful year for Polar.

TomTom

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No new products for now, but a big update to their platform and software. The new TomTom Sports App is a huge step forward. This is better news than a product launch as it gives room for better and higher end products in the short future.
New products are expected later this year as has happened the past years.

Other

Multiple Android and Android Wear related watches, technical none of them with huge improvements over the previous generations and all waiting for the first mayor update to Android Wear 2.0 in February. In my eyes these are all smartwatches which can do sport but are not sport watches. Thing will change in time but not for the moment.

Suunto unveils the Spartan Sport Wrist HR GPS watch

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Press release (5 January 2017)

The Spartan Collection grows with a multisport watch featuring best-in-class optical HR technology by Valencell 

Suunto unveils today the Spartan Sport Wrist HR, Suunto’s first GPS sports watch with optical heart rate measurement for multisport racing and training. To provide its customers the strongest solution available, Suunto partnered with U.S.-based Valencell, the leading innovator in wearable biometric data sensor technology.

The Suunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR watch complements the Suunto Spartan collection launched in the summer 2016, combining Suunto’s hallmark robust design with convenient wrist-based heart rate measurement. The Spartan Sport Wrist HR offers athletes the same multisport features as the original Suunto Spartan Sport and will become available in the spring 2017.

Wrist heart rate technology from the industry leader Valencell

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Spartan Sport Wrist HR blueThe new Spartan Sport Wrist HR uses Valencell’s patented PerformTek biometric measurement technology, the industry leader in sensor technology accuracy. With a growing demand for easy-to-use sport tracking solutions, Suunto endeavored to combine the convenience of optical heart rate measurement with the full set of Suunto sport expertise and accurate tracking, including possibility to use the watch with a traditional heart rate sensor when needed.

“We are excited to be partnering with Valencell, the leader in wearable biometric sensor technology, to bring to market the next generation of our Spartan GPS watch models, featuring accurate heart rate monitoring on the wrist,” says Sami Arhomaa, Suunto’s Performance Business Unit Director. “Valencell’s PerformTek technology is the gold standard in biometric accuracy for wearables. We know that by choosing Valencell we can be confident that the product will meet expectations, and enable a solid user experience.”

Spartan Sport Wrist HR watches come in three colors

Spartan Sport Wrist HR watches come in three colors

Full product details will be released later. The Suunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR is part of the Suunto Spartan solution and benefits from the community powered tools available in the Suunto Movescount service and Movescount App. The Spartan Sport Wrist HR will be available in three colors: Black, Blue and Sakura, and its RRP is 599 €.

Read more about Valencell OHRM technology and their testing procedures here

The Garmin Fenix 5 Hires – CES 2017

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latest update:
4 jan 2017: All 3 Fenix 5 series have been released by Garmin (full information on the Garmin sites around the world).
3 jan 2017: I have bike info but i don’t believe bike products will launch at CES2017 so it’s not included.
2 jan 2017: Removed screen sizes and prices ()
1 jan 2017: Received a full set of hires pictures of the to be announced Fenix 5 series attached at the bottom of this post.

CES 2017 (Fenix 5 now official released)

A few post the last days (thanks!) which all point to CES2017 and upcoming Garmin product launches. I received some information about the screens of the Fenix 5 but that couldn’t be true (needs clarification).
Again mainly (old) info on the updates of the Forerunner 630 and the Forerunner 920XT (a new source with info regarding the design which does fit in Garmin’s policy). Don’t know how and if they will arrive with the triple Fenix 5 launch.
Received some launch prices that seemed to good to be true, but could be true if we look back on the two month Garmin “discount” in november and december.

Fenix 5S – $599

Fenix 5 – $599

Fenix 5X – $699

Compare the Fenix 5S, 5, 5X and 3

The Vivo-series (VivoSmart, VivoActive, VivoPet, VivoFit Jr.) is not my main focus but i haven’t seen any products that aren’t released yet. All already 3rd generation with HR as far as i know.

If you like golf and CES is the normal place to launch golf devices. Garmin  will probably announce both a wearable Approach and a handheld Approach (or 2). One of the (handheld) Approach’s will be a “normal” update but the second will be the first Garmin of a new series with a laser rangefinder combined with GPS. Love to see that one at work. However only one of the two is production ready so we might have to wait for the laser guided golf balls.

The Fenix 5, Fenix 5S and Fenix 5X

As wrote earlier the new Fenix is ready to launch (Hires pictures at bottom of this post).

Not the Fenix 4 but the Fenix 5, Fenix5S and Fenix5X it seems to be. We could give them names like the Fenix 5 casual, Fenix 5 Sport/Slim and Fenix 5 Xtreme but lets wait until we receive the full text of the press release.
The three series have no less than  11 13 different versions, not counting the bundles.

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What about the “Fenix 4”?

Number 4 is considered an unlucky number in Chinese because it is nearly homophonous to the word “death”. Due to that, many numbered product lines skip the “4”  ( wikipedia: Tetraphobia). And it looks Garmin is one of them.

Update: even Garmin has announced:

Garmin: we are not planning on releasing a fēnix 4

Normal Garmin doesn’t respond to rumors if they are true or false but i have never seen them responding on them with lies. So if Garmin says NOT i will believe them. (Yes Garmin’s response in the quotes can be verified by everyone as it’s on the web)

 

Fenix 5S

While the Fenix 5S has similarities with the recent launched Chronos they are not the same. On the back you will seen the again rotated optical HR and the charging connector has been reduced in size.

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  • White fenix 5S with Carrara White Band
  • Silver fenix 5S with Tourquoise Band
  • Silver fenix 5S with Black Band
  • Black fenix 5S Sapphire with Black Band
  • Champagne fenix 5S Sapphire with Gray
  • Champagne fenix 5S Sapphire with Metal Band

Quickfit strap size: 20mm

Text on the back is depending on model “Fenix 5s – 100 meters – Sapphire crystal – Stainless steel – Fiber reinforced polymer – Taiwan –  S/N 123456789”  or “Fenix 5s – 100 meters –GPS/Glonass – Stainless steel – Fiber reinforced polymer – Taiwan –  S/N 123456789”

https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/p/552237

Fenix 5

The Fenix 5 has similarities with the “old” Fenix 3 HR but on the back you will notice the same changed position of the optical HR and smaller charging connector.

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  • Black fenix 5 Sapphire with Black Band
  • Slate Gray fenix 5 Sapphire with Metal Band
  • Slate Gray fenix 5 with Black Band
  • Slate Gray fenix 5 with Amp Yellow Band
  • Silver fenix 5 with Granite Blue Band

Quickfit strap size: 22mm

Text on the back is depending on model “Fenix 5 – 100 meters – Sapphire crystal – Stainless steel – Fiber reinforced polymer – Taiwan –  S/N 123456789”  or “Fenix 5 – 100 meters – GPS/Glonass – Stainless steel – Fiber reinforced polymer – Taiwan –  S/N 123456789”

https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/p/552982

 

Fenix 5X

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The Fenix 5X has similarities with the “old” Fenix 3 HR but on the back you will notice the same changed position of the optical HR and the missing? charging connector. Could it be wireless charging or is the connector just hidden behind the (wide) band?

  • Slate Gray fenix 5X Sapphire with Black Band
  • Slate Gray fenix 5X Sapphire with Metal Band

Quickfit strap size: 26mm

Text on the back is ” S/N 123456789 – Taiwan – Fiber reinforced polymer – Stainless steel – Sapphire crystal – 100 meters – ???”

 

https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/p/560327

Strap

All Fenix 5 models seem to have a new type of strap quick release button system.
This new quick release system is called QUICKFIT, Garmin’s latest trademark.

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Hires Renders

Below are the hires renders of the 3 lines of Fenix watches which are about to be launced.
I examined the pictures and they seem to be the same as the original renders only a few more pictures, all single and at higher quality.
Someone took quite some time making the so my best gest is they are real. (1 or 2 extreme small details don’t match but for thay i’ll have to compare it to a real watch)

The Full specs of the Fenix 5 are under NDA/embargo i will add them as soon as allowed.

Fenix 5S – Hires

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Fenix 5 – Hires

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Fenix 5X – Hires

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Press release

Garmin® Introduces the fēnix® 5 series – Multisport GPS Watches for Fitness, Adventure and Style

Wednesday, January 4, 2017 6:01 am CST

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OLATHE, Kan.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today announced fēnix 5, fēnix 5S and fēnix 5X, adding three watches designed with adventurers of all sizes in mind to its popular line of multisport GPS wearables. The fēnix 5S is lighter, sleeker and smaller than previous models – perfect for small wrists without sacrificing multisport functionality. The fēnix 5X boasts preloaded wrist-based mapping; and the compact fēnix 5, like other fēnix watches, is feature-packed and ready to take on any adventure with an all-new industrial design. All of the fēnix 5 models are 24/7 wearable with extended battery life, daily activity tracking1, Garmin Elevate™ wrist heart rate technology, and a host of connected features2. And users can easily switch between stylish leather and metal accessory bands to sporty silicone in seconds and without tools, thanks to the new QuickFit™ bands. With the new fēnix 5 lineup, users now have a watch that compliments their style and adventures.

The fēnix 5, 5S and 5X are announcing in conjunction with the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nev., and will be showcased at the Garmin booth #35811. Additionally, fēnix 5S has been named a CES 2017 Innovation Awards Honoree in the wearable technologies category. Products entered in this prestigious program are judged by a preeminent panel of independent industrial designers, independent engineers and members of the trade media to honor outstanding design and engineering in cutting edge consumer electronics products across 28 product categories.

“After years in the wearables market, Garmin knows that athletes and adventurers come in all sizes, which is why we have designed the new line of fēnix 5 watches to fit every wrist and every workout,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of worldwide sales. “This is the first time Garmin has created a variety of sizes for one product so now users don’t have to choose between getting the features they want and wearing a watch that fits.”

Measuring 47mm, the fēnix 5 has a brand new industrial design and is more compact than previous models like the fēnix 3HR, but is still packed with multisport features. All of the new fēnix 5 models are available in a variety of colors and finishes with more accessory bands available (sold separately), which makes the new QuickFit bands a great addition. Users can mix and match between their choice of leather, metal or silicone watchbands and switch between them in seconds with no tools needed. Easier than changing clothes for different occasions, fēnix 5 users just need to swap, click and go to change out their band.

The first fēnix designed with a focus on female adventurers, the fēnix 5S is a sleek, smaller-sized watch. At 42mm, fēnix 5S is small and comfortable for petite wrists, without compromising any multisport features. Both stylish and functional, fēnix 5S is available in silver with either a white, turquoise or black silicone band with a mineral glass lens. The fēnix 5S Sapphire has a scratch-resistant sapphire lens and is available in black with a black band, champagne with a water resistant gray suede band or champagne with a metal band. The fēnix 5S Sapphire units also come with an extra silicone QuickFit band.

Preloaded with TOPO US mapping, routable cycling maps and other navigation features like Round Trip Run and Round Trip Ride, the fēnix 5X measures at 51mm. With these features, users can enter how far they’d like to run or ride, and their watch will suggest appropriate courses to choose from. Users can also get at-a-glance guidance from their fēnix 5X. During an activity, easy-to-read guidance cues for upcoming turns are displayed as banners on the watch so users are always aware of their route. Additionally, fēnix 5X users can use the Around Me map mode to see different points of interest, waypoints and other map objects within the user’s range to help users be more aware of their surroundings. Users can configure their fēnix 5X to see data overlays on mapping screens, and to see highlight key information without having to switch screens during an activity. The fēnix 5X is available with a scratch-resistant sapphire lens.

All of the new fēnix 5 models come preloaded with the full multisport toolset for running, hiking, swimming, biking and more that has made the fēnix line one of Garmin’s bestselling wearables. Whether users are on an adventure, or just in the gym, Garmin Elevate wrist heart rate technology gives users 24/7 heart rate monitoring, without needing a chest strap. In addition to the wide variety of sport profiles, all three fēnix 5 models have daily activity tracking, so users can wear their fēnix as a daily timepiece and a rugged training tool. Built-in navigation features include a 3-axis compass, gyroscope and barometric altimeter, as well as GPS and GLONASS support to track in more challenging environments than with GPS alone. Users can also keep their training stats right at their fingertips with a performance widget that shows training status, training load and more.

In addition to the multiport features, the fēnix 5, 5S and 5X boast a variety of connected features. When paired with a compatible smartphone, users can get call, text and email smart notifications right on their wrist. All fēnix 5 models are compatible with Connect IQ so users can customize their watch with apps, widgets, data fields and watch faces. To take watch faces one step further, fēnix 5 watches are compatible with the Face It app, so users can set their favorite photo as their watch face. Sapphire models are Wi-Fi® Enabled, so users can connect their watch to their home network for automatic uploads to Garmin Connect™ when within range.

Each of the new fēnix 5 models is water rated to 100 meters3, and is built to withstand the elements with a stainless steel bezel, buttons and rear case. The fēnix 5 can get up to two weeks of battery life in smartwatch mode and 24 hours in GPS mode. The fēnix 5X can get up to 12 days of battery life in smartwatch mode and 20 hours in GPS mode. The fēnix 5S can get up to eight days in smartwatch mode and up to 13 hours in GPS mode.4 Users can also take advantage of the UltraTrac™ power saver mode to extend battery life even more.

The fēnix 5, 5S and 5x will be available in Q1 2017. The fēnix 5 and fēnix 5S will have a suggested retail price of $599.99; the fēnix 5 Sapphire, fēnix 5S Sapphire and fēnix 5X will have a suggested retail price of $699.99. To learn more, visit garmin.com/fenix.

The fēnix 5 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 http://www.garmin.com/outdoorswww.garmin.blogs.com and http://twitter.com/garmin.

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 for more details.
2 When paired with compatible smartphone. See Garmin.com/ble for more details.
3 See Garmin.com/waterrating for more details.
4 Depending on settings.

 

Suunto – Sport HR delayed? and full ahead

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Suunto has silently removed the text:

New Suunto Spartan Sport models featuring wrist HR measurement will be introduced for Christmas.

Which was placed below the Suunto Spartan Sport header on the Suunto Spartan Collection site.
When will the official release be? I don’t know.

All i know Suunto planned 4 watches this year and only 2 have been released official until today:

  • The Suunto Spartan Ultra (Amsterdam)(released)
  • The Suunto Spartan Sport (Brighton) (released)
  • The Suunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR (Cairo)
  • The  Suunto Spartan Trainer (Dubai)(short presale)

The reason behind this could be that Suunto has learned a very basic lesson:

You never get a second chance to make a first impression

Almost every reviewer who had the Suunto Spartan Ultra wrote the same story: Nice piece of hardware but lousy firmware and back-end. Most of these reviews will remain unchanged even after Suunto kills the thousands of bugs and releases the features which will make this watch the Ultra watch.

With that in mind it is to be believed that when released both the Suunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR and Suunto Spartan Trainer Black Wrist HR will be more mature than the previous two Suunto Spartan’s where.

Back to the summer of 2016, Amsterdam & Brighton

Way before the summer it became clear Suunto was working on the next generation of sports watches based totally new hardware and firmware wise build with a new toolkit.
The first two watch had the names: Amsterdam and Brighton and should go on sale just after summer.

The Amsterdam became the Suunto Spartan Ultra and Brighton was launched as the Suunto Spartan Sport.

However from the very beginning there was something strange about these watches.
It all started with the magazine advertorial which was leaked / placed to early.
The very first official announcement was about a month later and only revealed some very basic specifications. And another month later some of the details were shared and (pre) ordering started.
The first Ultra watches that were sold had a limited function set of what will eventually be an Ultra watch. I have since seen and read various reviews and talked with engineers about both the Suunto Spartan Ultra and Suunto Spartan Sport and i finally (for now) must agree with the conclusion of Ray Maker about the Suunto Spartan Ultra.

Simply put: The watch should have never shipped in this state.  Not back in August, not now, and probably not even in January or March 2017.

By every objective measure, this watch has less features than every watch Suunto has ever made in the segment, yet costs more.  It also works more poorly than every multisport watch they’ve ever made.

If you have a look functionality, at the bugs and backlog of the first released firmware versions no one with a little commons sense could make another conclusion.

In my eyes it looks like every employee of Suunto got a brand new Spartan Ultra to test and review  but the only way they all used it was as an activity tracker without ever giving feedback.

I know its very difficult building a new product almost from scratch with new hardware, supporting toolboxes and back-end, it’s the combination that has to work, but this was insane.

The good news is that it believe Suunto got the point and tries to do anything they can do to make the Spartan Ultra a real Ultra watch.

Next before christmas, Cairo & Dubai

The next two watches had the names: Cairo and Dubai and should follow way before christmas.
The Cairo is still in the race for the name Spartan Sport Wrist HR and we have seen Dubai appear shortly in the shops as Suunto Spartan Trainer.

At the moment it’s unclear when we will see the official release of both watches. It all has to do with the progress made on the first two watches.

Currently supported by Suunto Movescount

 

Suunto Spartan Ultra    The GPS watch with color touch screen and heart rate monitoring for athletic and adventure multisport

REF SS022654000    Suunto Spartan Ultra All Black Titanium (HR)
REF SS022656000    Suunto Spartan Ultra Stealth Titanium (HR)
REF SS022658000    Suunto Spartan Ultra Black (HR)
REF SS022660000    Suunto Spartan Ultra White (HR)
REF SS022944000    Suunto Spartan Ultra Copper Special Edition (HR)

Suunto Spartan Sport    Sleek and strong multisport GPS watch with color touch screen and heart rate monitoring
REF SS022652000    Suunto Spartan Sport Blue (HR)
REF SS022648000    Suunto Spartan Sport Black (HR)
REF SS022673000    Suunto Spartan Sport Sakura (HR)
REF SS022650000    Suunto Spartan Sport White (HR)

Suunto Spartan Trainer
REF  SS022668000    Suunto Spartan Trainer Black Wrist HR
REF  SS022669000    Suunto Spartan Trainer White Wrist HR
REF  SS022670000    Suunto Spartan Trainer Mint Wrist HR
REF  SS022671000    Suunto Spartan Trainer Coral Wrist HR

 

 

 

Garmin trademark: QUICKFIT

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Yesterday Garmin showed the world their press renders of the new Fenix 5 product series  The missing part was the text of the press release announcement which of course won’t be available until Garmin’s own full  press release has taken place.

QUICKFIT

One of the new developments we did see in the new watches was the watch strap.
Not the strap itself but the method of connection and release is new.
Garmin calls this QUICKFIT which is now a trademark of Garmin.

Garmin got their Notice Of Allowance on Tuesday, October 25, 2016, the status on the QUICKFIT trademark changed to “Notice Of Allowance – issued”.
About 6 months earlier a U.S. federal trademark registration was filed.
The trademark is filed in the category of Jewelry Products . The description provided for this trademark is watchbands; watch straps; parts and fittings therefor.

Garmin’s quick release

There are quick release systems around the world in many variations

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Apple Watch slide in strap mechanism

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Huawei (and others) quick release pins, these have a tiny handle that allows you to press the spring bar with your fingers without the need of any tool.

Another type is the screw type bar pin. With this type of release the bar is screwed on. Garmins QUICKFIT also uses this in the new Fenix 5 series. As you can see in the top picture.

What we can see is that the screw bar pin can be removed (on the Fenix5) (with a screwdriver) but this is not the quick release method trademarked.
The Garmin quick release has a latch which can be lifted and the strap can be removed. The mechanical latch part seems to be  screwed on the band and could be replaced if needed. The mechanical part is scalable to the needed strap width as we saw on the Fenix 5, 20mm, 22mm and 26mm are already available.

My guess is QUICKFIT straps will be included on every new Garmin watch released from now on.

 

 

 

The Garmin Fenix 5, Fenix 5S and Fenix 5X

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latest update: 1 jan 2017: Hires pictures added to new CES2017 post.
15 nov 2016: Garmin (verified) responded this weekend with two questions, A) where did you find this information? (short version of the answer: another sports watch fan page, multiple sources available (among Garmin forums!). B) Can you remove this content? (short version of answer: Yes, no problem, please  tell which part has to be changed (added/removed). Silence from Garmin since then?
update: 9-nov-2016 (QUICKFIT & strap sizes added)

! New Post on Fenix 5 at CES 2017 added in January 2017 with new images!

4 januari 2017: Garmin site update with Garmin 5 series.

Fenix 5S – $599

Fenix 5 – $599

Fenix 5X – $699

As wrote earlier the new Fenix is ready to launch.

Not the Fenix 4 but the Fenix 5, Fenix5S and Fenix5X it seems to be. We could give them names like the Fenix 5 casual, Fenix 5 Sport/Slim and Fenix 5 Xtreme but lets wait until we receive the full text of the press release.
The three series have no less than  11 13 different versions, not counting the bundles.

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What about the “Fenix 4”?

Number 4 is considered an unlucky number in Chinese because it is nearly homophonous to the word “death”. Due to that, many numbered product lines skip the “4”  ( wikipedia: Tetraphobia). And it looks Garmin is one of them.

Fenix 5S

While the Fenix 5S has similarities with the recent launched Chronos they are not the same. On the back you will seen the again rotated optical HR and the charging connector has been reduced in size.

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  • White fenix 5S with Carrara White Band
  • Silver fenix 5S with Tourquoise Band
  • Silver fenix 5S with Black Band
  • Black fenix 5S Sapphire with Black Band
  • Champagne fenix 5S Sapphire with Gray
  • Champagne fenix 5S Sapphire with Metal Band

Quickfit strap size: 20mm

Text on the back is depending on model “Fenix 5s – 100 meters – Sapphire crystal – Stainless steel – Fiber reinforced polymer – Taiwan –  S/N 123456789”  or “Fenix 5s – 100 meters – GPS/Glonass – Stainless steel – Fiber reinforced polymer – Taiwan –  S/N 123456789”

Fenix 5

The Fenix 5 has similarities with the “old” Fenix 3 HR but on the back you will notice the same changed position of the optical HR and smaller charging connector.

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  • Black fenix 5 Sapphire with Black Band
  • Slate Gray fenix 5 Sapphire with Metal Band
  • Slate Gray fenix 5 with Black Band
  • Slate Gray fenix 5 with Amp Yellow Band
  • Silver fenix 5 with Granite Blue Band

Quickfit strap size: 22mm

Text on the back is depending on model “Fenix 5 – 100 meters – Sapphire crystal – Stainless steel – Fiber reinforced polymer – Taiwan –  S/N 123456789”  or “Fenix 5 – 100 meters – GPS/Glonass – Stainless steel – Fiber reinforced polymer – Taiwan –  S/N 123456789”

Fenix 5X

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The Fenix 5X has similarities with the “old” Fenix 3 HR but on the back you will notice the same changed position of the optical HR and the missing? charging connector. Could it be wireless charging or is the connector just hidden behind the (wide) band?

  • Slate Gray fenix 5X Sapphire with Black Band
  • Slate Gray fenix 5X Sapphire with Metal Band

Quickfit strap size: 26mm

Text on the back is ” S/N 123456789 – Taiwan – Fiber reinforced polymer – Stainless steel – Sapphire crystal – 100 meters – ???”

All Fenix 5 models seem to have a new type of strap quick release button system.
This new quick release system is called QUICKFIT, Garmin’s latest trademark.

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Garmin press-release

Original source of most information has vanished i was to late in copying the (pre) “press release” text . More information and specifications will be added in a new post when available.