Pictured above: epix
Garmin continues to challenge the fearless spirit of adventurers who take on challenges across all fields, launching fēnix 7 Series. Compared with the previous generation, fēnix 7 features enhanced solar cell efficiency and longer battery life.
Together with the fēnix 7 series, Garmin also introduced the epix, a device designed to set the spirit of adventure to a new urban rhythm. epix supports multisport functions, featuring a high-definition vibrant AMOLED touch screen with exceptional battery life.
According to Garmin’s third-quarter financial report, it reported a 26% growth in outdoor GPS devices over the first three quarters, indicating increased participation of people in outdoor sports. In the Philippines, outdoor GPS devices have grown 30% YOY in 2021. Based on Garmin’s user data locally, the number of outdoor sports series watch users increased by 164% from 2019 to the present, which shows a yearly increase in the population engaged in outdoor sports.
“Since we launched the first fēnix smartwatch ten years ago, we have insisted on our pursuit of innovation and delivered outstanding products for the outdoor enthusiasts that ensure safety and reliability,” said Scoppen Lin, assistant general manager, Garmin Asia. “With the launch of the new fēnix 7 series and epix, we have engineered the ultimate outdoor smartwatch with improved safety functions, advanced health and wellness features that supports limitless possibilities.”
By expanding the solar panels’ surface and optimizing the solar cell’s configuration and conductive materials, solar efficiency with fēnix 7 has increased by 200%, compared with the previous generation. The Power Manager function has been upgraded, allowing the overall battery life of fēnix 7X to increase by nearly 300 percent, achieving up to 24 days of battery life under UltraTrac Mode.
With more than 40 advanced built-in sports modes suitable for mountaineering, triathlon, bouldering, cross-country running, etc, the new Real-Time Stamina function allows users to understand their current physical strength and adjust their speed and intensity in real-time. In long-distance races, it helps athletes to strategize and manage their own efforts at different intervals.
epix, the first in the outdoor series to be equipped with a built-in AMOLED high-definition touch screen, also features a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal lens and 45mm lightweight titanium alloy bezel, designed for the modern urban adventurer in mind. To challenge the athletic spirit, it offers more than 40 built-in outdoor and indoor sports modes, supporting over 42,000 golf course maps and 2,200 ski resorts around the world. In addition to the upgraded sports modes, health functions and smart features, the watch still maintains an exceptional battery life for long hours of use. It can continuously record data for 30 hours under GPS sports mode, has an ample 16-day battery life under smartwatch mode, and up to 21 days when the Power Manager function is activated.
The newly launched fēnix 7 Series and epix are built to US Military MIL-STD-810 specifications, at the same time, support Multi-GNSS positioning (GPS, GLONASS, and Galileo). The new Multi-Band frequency setting greatly increases positioning speed and accuracy in challenging conditions from downtown to the mountaintop.
New functions include the Up Ahead tool and Real-Time Stamina, enabling outdoor enthusiasts to set the best route beforehand and keep track of their physical strength in real-time. For the first time, epix offers the flexibility to switch between touchscreen and physical button usage and supports free global maps, giving users full control in tough outdoor environments to venture on adventures.