The Garmin Fenix 5 Hires – CES 2017


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.


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.


  • 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.


  • 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


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.


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


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

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 and

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, contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200, or follow us at,, or

1 See for more details.
2 When paired with compatible smartphone. See for more details.
3 See for more details.
4 Depending on settings.



6 thoughts on “The Garmin Fenix 5 Hires – CES 2017

  1. Pingback: The Garmin Fenix 5, Fenix 5S and Fenix 5X – Appelmoessite

    1. You are talking about the Garmin Descent which i reported about earlier. Well the basic watch will be similar like the Garmin Chronos or now Fenix 5X. Building a free-dive or skydive watch means you must be able to rely on it 200% of the time. Failing watches will lead to serious injury or death (in “normal” (multi)sport this is not an issue). The watch will only be released when more than extensive test have been made and at this moment this is NOT the case. You don’t want to be 50m deep or 1000 feet high when you run into issues with the Altimeter/Barometer like the Fenix3 is now having. Results of the new unit inside the Chronos have to be verified thorough before launched. As Garmin also needs this high reliable and accuracy to serve a new target area i think things can go very fast. But safety first!


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