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.

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.

 

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.

Fenix 4, Alphabet

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When i was writing about the Fenix Descent, i noticed with the other Fenix 3 models in my mind many of them had an unique name.
I looked at the variants of the Fenix 3 released and came to a nice ABC of the Fenix 4 models Garmin could launch during the product live-cycle of the Fenix 4.

Approach – The Golf series currently exists of series G & ? (handheld) and  S & X (wearable/wrist)

Bravo – Bravo series, current models are the Tactix Bravo and D2 Bravo pilot watch

Chronos – The first one in the Fenix 4 series, a “premium” watch

Descent – A diving watch

Epix -a relaunch of the buggy classic “first-of-its-kind” Epix mapping watch with maps and touch?

Fenix 4 – The classic

Quatix – Designed for Water

While most of them would just need a different or more rugged housing (Descent). One of the units didn’t fit in the row.

The Epix!

I don’t know the sales of the current Epix but they could have been higher if Garmin stood behind the product. Better marketing and real firmware support with bug fixes would lead to more sales. The Fenix has a real good toolkit so using this for the Epix would give much easier maintenance and much better support.

Two big differences between the current Epix and a Fenix:

  1. Touchscreen

    While a touchscreen is no new feature for a Garmin watch, no version of the Fenix has received one, adding one is a relative easy job (see FR230 vs FR630).

  2. Memory

    Second is the memory, maps on a device need a fair amount of memory (Epix 8GB), semiconductors are getting smaller and smaller every year and with the current reduction of other components Garmin might squeeze in one of the latest ultra small eMMC memory IC’s which are available at much smaller sizes than the type used in the current Epix.
    A updated version of the current Chronos PCB is needed but this is a not a thing that would stop Garmin from doing so. They could save this for the major update planned after a year (like Fenix 3 vs Fenix 3HR) but it would no problem using the new same PCB in all the Fenix 4 versions, just with minimal or no hardware mounting changes (FR230 vs FR 630 and FR235 vs FR735)

Fenix M (Music Maestro)

When writing about the Fenix Epix i realized that once a Fenix with a large amount of flash would exist, it had tot sell.
Garmin would not be Garmin if they wouldn’t use the same hardware in a “different” product. A nice use for the gigabytes of space would be music storage, so to increase sales they would release the Fenix M. Add the audio player part (MP3 decoder) and let it stream to your Bluetooth headset.

Chronos, GPS finally done right?

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The biggest fault in the Fenix 3 in my eyes is the medium accuracy of the GPS. After the timing part of a sports watch, GPS is the second item which has to be perfect. Most watches nowadays have no problems with timing anymore. However GPS reception remains a big issue for most companies. Results from the past give no clue on how the quality and speed is in new or updated devices.

Garmin is no exception. Announced with big marketing slogans like “Omni-directional EXO™ stainless steel antenna” one would expect the best reception ever. This was the opposite, having had watches with better reception in the past the Fenix 3 clearly missed the boat. Garmin tried to improve reception by implementing various firmware updates to increase accuracy but updates like averaging and path prediction remain palliatives. Some tracks got better while other got worse, the real cause was not addressed.

After the Fenix came the Fenix 3 HR and all it’s offspring’s but the GPS remains unchanged.

Bringing out the Chronos first looked like yet another Fenix 3 but nothing is less true. Two years after the first Fenix 3, Garmin has made changes to the GPS reception part.
Not just small changes, no every item which has to do with the reception of GPS signals has been evaluated over and over again. The result is that every single item has been modified. Starting from the  EXO™ antenna al the way down to the micro controller.

I don’t know where the EXO™ antenna official starts and stops but the next list describes the mayor changes made in simple language.

  1. Redesigned EXO™ stainless steel bezel, screws moved to the bottom leaving a nice round bezel on top.
  2. Redesigned EXO™ “spacer” / real antenna. Inside the Chronos is the antenna which has the shape of a smile which someone once called the “spacer”
  3.  Antenna mounted on main PCB board. No big springs to make contact with the antenna, everything has made smaller which better controlled connections.
  4. Redesign of “1st stage” electronics to better match the antenna and receiver IC.
  5. Redesign of “2nd stage” electronics, receiver IC (MTK) with corresponding passives.
  6. EMC shielded compartment for “2nd stage” electronics. In the previous Fenix models this part was in the same shielded room as all the remaining electronics (processor, power supply, memory and other digital I/O chips)
  7. Second shielded main room for all the other electronics.
  8. Redesigned ANT+ / Bluetooth antenna which is on the other far end of the PCB so the influence on the GPS is minimal.

With al these changes (some of them back to the Fenix1/ 2 style)  it hope the real cause of the problem has been addressed and the Chronos will have a GPS performance which matches the expectations of the product, which is high end after all.

After all if the Chronos is perfect so will the Fenix 4 be.

Descent, Garmin’s next Fenix4 model?

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Descent, Garmin’s Dive watch ready to launch?

Short version

As seen in the Chronos there are changes which could be designed with a dive watch in mind. Reliability under water, water-tightness and accuracy needed to be changed.
In the Chronos the following diving related items have been changed compared with the Fenix 3.

  • Opening on the back side with 4 evenly placed screws (increased ATM)
  • New barometric module (increased accuracy )

Until launch you can decide which version will fit you best. The Descent or the Descent Titanium (But maybe they can already be found in your local WalMart near the Xiaomi Mi Box :-)) Bands: 26mm posts, the screws use a torx t6.

Long version

The information that Garmin was going to release a diving watch is not a big secret. Plans have been around for a long time. The development team “diving” worked close with the Fenix team and tests where made with the Fenix 3.

In the mean time (April-2015) divers discovered the Fenix 3 and its possibility to use Garmin Connect IQ to create a nice app. To be sure it was allowed they even asked Garmin for permission: “I talked to the ConnectIQ team, and a depth measurement app will be approved, they are quite relaxed on approving apps.”

A year later,  July 2016 the app was taken offline by the Garmin Connect IQ Team with the following reason:

“Thank you for submitting IQ Dive Computer to the Connect IQ store. Your app has generated a lot of interest at Garmin, but there are also concerns.

The fenix 3 series of devices were not designed as dive watches. For example the altimeter is not a suitable replacement for a true depth sensor and may relay inaccurate depths, and the buttons are not rated for high pressure button presses and may fail at depth. Because these can present safety-of-life issues, we have decided to remove your app from the store.

We typically try to encourage as much creativity and innovation in Connect IQ apps, and are reluctant to remove apps unless they contain offensive material or are subject to DMCA takedown. In addition, we know that you have time and effort invested in this app, so it is with our apologies that your app is removed.”

Strange but i sounds plausible.

October 2016,  On the Connect IQ forums there is a sticky topic with the next title:

Diving-related Apps

Garmin has been as permissive as possible when approving apps for inclusion on the Connect IQ app store. Aside from apps that contain offensive material or are subject to DMCA take-down requests, we’re happy to allow pretty much anything else that our app developers would like to share with the Garmin community.

Late last week, however, we decided that apps designed for scuba diving or free diving activities will no longer be approved on the app store (any existing apps supporting these activities will be removed).

The reason is straight-forward: we do not currently have any watches or devices that are designed for expressly for these purposes. While some of our devices have water ratings that allow for water sports activities, scuba diving and free diving are not currently suitable activities for our devices (see http://www.garmin.com/en-US/legal/waterrating). Garmin designs and tests its products for their intended use to ensure safe operation and a positive customer experience.

If you have developed or are currently developing apps to support these activities, we apologize and do not want to be a source of discouragement. You may still continue to build and distribute these apps as you wish outside of the Connect IQ app store, but until Garmin produces a device which explicitly supports scuba diving and free diving, we cannot allow diving apps to be placed on any Garmin affiliated app resource.



The original app

IQ Dive Computer

IQ Dive Computer is a Garmin IQ App for compatible Garmin watches that provides real-time decompression information. It computes and displays no-decompression time limits in real time, along with current depth and total immersion time. It also supports decompression dives. When no decompression times are exceeded, the app will begin to display and compute the decompression depth ceiling in real-time. The decompression algorithm is Buhlmann’s ZH-L16. A dive planning feature allows the diver to determine allowable bottom times at different depths based on current saturation levels.

Download it from www.diveiq.com