Garmin – Forerunner 935 – All pictures

Garmin FR935 owners manual

Note: The link in the above picture is not working at the moment, it’s a part of the FCC-label document
Update: 2017, 22 march: Added scan from advertisement  Triathlete magazine (thanks: Webvan (Larry Lansford))

FR935 Adv crops

It seems the release a getting real close now.  The device was FCC-tested and the Federal Communications Commission published the report last Friday.
Last week we had the Clever Training in which Nick Chase showed the FR935.
Together with a complete set of pictures that got released by Garmin i think it could  be this week. On the other side a lot of people mention the Boston marathon (4 weeks from now) as a launch day.

(Remember:  i know nothing, wild guesses and everything found is floating on the web, for the best information you’ll have to find somebody with inside information (and then report it to me))

Some points from the documents

  • Transmitting methods:  ANT+, BLE & Wi-Fi
  • One of the samples is named 635, coincidence or will we see exact the same FR635  watch with less functionality ?


In the last picture are the side views of the Forerunner 935 and all 3 Fenix 5 watches. Not scaled to the right dimensions!


Previous posts about the FR935

ELEMNT BOLT & Garmin FR935 Video

Garmin – Forerunner 935 update

Garmin – Forerunner 935 / 635


ELEMNT BOLT & Garmin FR935 Video

Update: 2017, 15 march: Video removed from YouTube, placed some stills from that video
Update: 2017, 19 march: New set of pictures added to Garmin – Forerunner 935 – All pictures

While watching some of the video’s on the Wahoo ELEMNT BOLT i saw a video of Clever Training in which Nick Chase, USAT certified coach and pro triathlete, takes a look at the new ELEMNT BOLT cycling computer from Wahoo Fitness.

That part is interesting but the watch on his left hand is even more interesting as he’s wearing the new yellow version of Garmin Forerunner 935 which is released very soon :-).

It seems like the video is removed about a day after first reporting it. A lot of links where placed to the movie after reading this post so it was not a great surprise. I could just re-upload the whole video (100MB) but i don’t think some people would like that, in the meantime i will place some cropped and uncropped stills.
If some of you want more evidence just leave a comment and i will add more with tips on how to recognize a FR935.

FR935 total


Previous information on the FR935

Garmin – Forerunner 935 update

Garmin – Forerunner 935 / 635


Garmin – Forerunner 935 update


It seems we’re getting close to the official release as the pictures are becoming available.
They pop up, stay up and then get removed. However i got the first before they where withdrawn again.
The two versions seen in the picture above are the:

  • Forerunner 935 Black/Black
  • Forerunner 935 Yellow/Black


The firmware of the FR935 will be very close to the Fenix 5 series.

  • Advanced Performance Metrics
  • Advanced Running Dynamics
  • Compatible with Strava Live Segments
  • Outstanding Readability on the Run
  • Wrist-based Heart Rate
  • Dual Navigation Networks

Optical Swim HR NOT Disabled

update feb 15, 2017: Added Garmin confirmation quote.

Until now Garmin always turned off the optical HR when selecting a swim workout. With the release of the Forerunner FR935 this will NOT longer be the case.
Garmin does warn you to use a HRM-Tri or HRM-Swim for better results but the optical heart rate measurement  can be enabled during a swim workout.
This will also be the case for the Fenix 5 series which are about to be distributed.

Official Garmin quote:
Wrist heart rate accuracy during swimming is very limited. Garmin does not recommend using wrist heart rate during swimming activities and on some products, wrist heart rate monitoring is disabled while swimming. Garmin recommends using HRM-Swim™ or HRM-Tri™ heart rate monitors with compatible devices to track heart rate while swimming.

!! To the readers who can play with the Fenix 5 units at the various booths and shows they can verify the oHR is still/already working in swim mode on the demo units with certain firmware versions !!

(Advanced) Running Dynamics Pod (RDP)

update feb 15, 2017: It seems the pod was tested last week, picture added

Again it was no secret that Garmin was working on a new type of pod to update the existing one.
I didn’t pay any attention this unit as i thought it was a very advanced  future design not ready to be released. Then someone told me he would be more interested  in new/better/useful metrics than another new watch. I forwarded the mail and got some nice answers the last few weeks. Last info as of today (feb.15) is not to expect a too “advanced” pod.

I would think that with the launch of the Forerunner FR935 this would be a great combination to sell as bundle. Another reason for assuming the unit would be released already is the full support of this unit in the upcoming Fenix 5 series.

Technical Specifications
Physical size:L × W × H: 35 mm × 25 mm × 7.5 mm (excluding clip)
Weight: 11 g (including battery)
Battery: User replaceable CR2032

Garmin shop buy me now links (offline/removed for now)

Forerunner 935 (FR935): offline
Running Dynamic Pod (RDP): offline

Previous Forerunner 935 post

Read all about the Forerunner 935 in my previous post: FR935

Suunto, Garmin or Polar?


We already saw the Suunto Spartan Trainer months ago, recently followed by the Garmin FR935 but until now we didn’t see much of the “new V800”. The big question is: who will be first? All three watches are aimed at a higher sports watch level but the none of them has been announced. Suunto  will almost certain win on price, Garmin on features and Polar on the combo?

Garmin – Forerunner 935 / 635


update: added latest news and pictures in new post: Garmin – Forerunner 935 update


Round, Not square, Just another Fenix or “The end of an era” & “Le roi est mort, vive le roi!” as i called the announcement earlier. In this post we assume the FR635 is based on the same hardware as the FR935 we describe here, names and colors have been released but not a side by side or differences overview.

The first thing you will think about when seeing the Forerunner 935 is a Fenix.
Size, shape, buttons and text all very similar with a Fenix 3 or Fenix 5.

On the front the main differences are the start/stop button and the round bezel. No screws on the front like the most Fenix series, just an almost flat bezel with the texts engraved in it.

From the side the you notice the round buttons with icons on it and the flatness of the watch when compared to the Fenix 5 series.
Between the watch body and the front bezel is a ring in the same color as the strap, the ring is similar to the one found on the Fenix Chronos only thinner.

On the back there is only the oHR sensor and the charging connector.


The 5 buttons have names in text on top of the watch bezel like the Fenix3, they don’t have the small icons like the previous FR735XT or FR920XT.
On the side of the round buttons there is a icon, except the Start-Stop button which has a flat surface and has a different look than the other buttons.
The button placement is the same as the current Fenix 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


  • Forerunner 935 Black/Black
  • Forerunner 935 Yellow/Black
  • Forerunner 635 Black/Gray
  • Forerunner 635 Marsala/White
  • Forerunner 635 Purple/White

Bundles with HR straps will be available at launch.

Optical HR

The FR935 comes with optical HR, this time not the old Fenix3 HR sensor but the latest version which is also included in the Fenix 5 series. Meaning a very small smooth optical bump on the back of the watch.


The new Forerunner doesn’t come with the QuickFit bands introduced with the Fenix 5 series. These watched just comes with same style silicon bands the Fenix 3 series used.


Charging  is done through the same new USB cable that Garmin has been delivering with the Fenix 5 series. This new charging cable should have been introduced in some 2016 products but due a small delay was first added in the 2017 products.
The main reason for introducing this new cable was avoiding new charging clamps needed for almost every new product in the past. The new USB cable uses  the thickness of the always needed battery in every watch to create a insert in the watch itself in which the cable fits.
The “insert” is located on the left / three button side of the watch just like the Fenix 5X

Special thoughts!

  • Barometric altimeter is nowhere found, not in the very limited description, not in any of the screens and not in any visual inspection of the watch.
  • The different colored start/stop button is unlike the Fenix not surrounded by the protection bumps the Fenix models had. This way the button seems more susceptible to damage.
  • We have a price of 499.99 but we have NO currency. This means it could be $499.99/€549.99 or $449.99/€499.99 or ? (watch only/no bundle). We had the same issue with the Fenix 5 watches but then decided to remove the prices.
  • We got one announcement week: Feb 20-Feb 24. But not a good source to confirm.
    extra information will be available begin march if this turn out wrong.
  • As noted earlier it is to be believed the FR935 and FR635 have the same base. In all information both pop up together. This is however not confirmed.

Forerunner 230/235/630 replacements.

First a little background.
When these 3 watches where introduced in the second half of 2015 they looked like a FR230 / FR235 pair and a 630.
This was not how they where designed, the combination Fr230/FR630 was designed together. And the FR235 was rushed in with Garmins own optical HR replacing the FR225 only introduced a few months earlier.

The FR230/FR630 internally use the same main PCB on which some components are left out for the cheaper FR230. These components are the Wifi chip and the ones needed for the touchscreen. The rest of the differences are made by blocking them in firmware.

If the FR635 is based on the same hardware as the FR935 they will disable multi-sport and other high-end functions and leave the rest untouched. Personally i think the FR230 will disappear, every new watch has oHR even the cheaper ones (FR35/ Vívoactive HR)

The FR235 was the first Forerunner with Garmins own oHR sensor. It was a great success from start. However it was a running watch, a few months later (the replacement for the 920XT would still take months) Garmin decided that it would be smart to launch a “mini” multi-sport watch. They took the FR235 and mounted a slightly higher clocked processor (*1), replaced the oHR with their latest version and enabled the multi-sports firmware options. 99% FR235 + 1% new would make a FR735XT.
(*1, some say the processor was not even changed, only the frequency was increased)

This means that at no cost Garmin could tomorrow release a FR240.
Take the FR735XT disable the multisport options and you have a “new” watch with the latest oHR and CIQ2.x.
Personally i think there will be a new developed FR240 with the combo FR240/FR740 in mind.

As from the hardware side, take a look at the what can be bought for $200


The Vivoactive HR was sold the last month for $199.99 (now back to $249.99)
For this price we got all the hardware available:

  • Color display with touchscreen
  • Wrist-based Heart rate monitor
  • Barometric altimeter
  • Electronic compass
  • Vibration alert

Garmin – PGA show 2017

Art impression Approach Laser Rangefinder (Virb+G8)


update: 30 jan 2017 post PGA2017.
The Approach Rangefinder Handheld did not appear meaning it will be quite a time before it will show.
In the mean time the Approach S60 did appear on various places, not announced but getting close.
the 4 versions will be:
* Approach S60 Golf Black
* Approach S60 Golf White Premium
* Approach S60 Golf Standard Dark
* Approach S60 Golf Standard Light

From January 24 till 28

At CES2017 Garmin didn’t show any Golf related devices, which with the PGA show only a few weeks later was not a big surprise.

With the PGA merchandise show starting next week we sum down the products we expect from Garmin. We would love to include other sportswatch makers as Polar and Suunto but they don’t don’t have a golf division and the TomTom watches are tech-wise not very interesting.

Continue reading “Garmin – PGA show 2017”

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.