Garmin today announced the development of their new outdoor explorers watch the Garmin Fenix. Its early days and little is known about the specific features apart from their own press release and website but what we do know is that is will be closely compared to the Suunto Ambit in both design, features and even pricing.
This from the official Garmin website:
fēnix™ -the game changing outdoor GPS watch for mountaineers and outdoor enthusiasts
Garmin fēnix™ is the first GPS navigator + ABC (Altimeter, Barometer & Compass) wristwatch to include comprehensive Garmin GPS navigation. Developed together with professional mountain guides and designed for the serious expeditionist and outdoor enthusiast, fēnix is the hands-free outdoor navigation tool that guides you with confidence through demanding mountain environments, allowing you to make your own way to the summit and back to the safety of a mountain shelter. With self-calibrating ABC sensors and Garmin quality navigation features such as TracBack™ it provides a new standard for navigation in mountain environments.
You can create and follow routes and mark up to 1,000 waypoints which you can navigate with ease. In addition fēnix can store up to 10,000 track points. Share data wirelessly with other compatible Garmin GPS units and smartphones*. Naturally, as a navigating GPS+ABC watch, it also includes altimeter, barometer, 3-axis electronic compass and temperature sensor. Rugged, stylish and waterproof to 50 m (164 ft), it’s as comfortable to wear everyday in the city or off the beaten path while having one of life’s greatest adventures.
Navigation by Garmin
No other navigator GPS+ABC wristwatch offers you the GPS navigation capabilities of Garmin — The world’s most trusted name in navigation. fēnix tracks where you have been, but it can also guide you into the wilderness and, more importantly, guide you back out again so you can feel 100% confident and safe with every step you take.
It records a track log, creating a GPS “bread crumb trail” as you move. It also allows you to mark waypoints, such as your vehicle location, safety shelter, great viewpoints and other POIs (points of interest). With fēnix, you can create and follow routes, mark up to 1,000 waypoints and store up to 10,000 track points. You even can create your trip data on BaseCamp™, the free desktop trip-planning software from Garmin. Plan your trip at home, download all data to fēnix and follow the navigation arrow to waypoints or the clearly visible track line to your destination. Use TracBack™ to show you the way home.
Rugged and attractive, the fēnix is also a highly accurate timepiece that can be worn everyday. It includes settings for alarms, chimes and vibration alerts. It also functions as a timer, stopwatch and world clock. But above all it is the ultimate statement for your mountain and outdoor lifestyle.
fēnix has a built-in barometric altimeter that provides accurate elevation information along your way. This enables you to keep track of your ascent and descent, so you always know how high you climb from base to summit. With automatic calibration, altimeter accuracy is improved thanks to fēnix continuously monitoring and recalibrating the sensor. So you will always know how far you have to climb until you reach your destination.
The built-in barometer can help you monitor and predict weather changes by showing you short-term changes in the barometric air pressure. As an example, if the barometric pressure begins a steady decline, this is an indication for an impending storm.
fēnix includes a 3-axis electronic compass that keeps your bearing in any position and also whether you’re moving or not. Sight a bearing and be confident fēnix will keep you headed toward your goal. The compass sensor can alternatively be set to automatic calibration ensuring you always hit your destination point.
Similar to Garmin’s world leading GPS running watches, fēnix provides comprehensive real-time performance monitoring for athletes such as trail runners and ski mountaineers. With lap and autolap function and important performance data e.g. distance, vertical speed and pace, ambitious mountaineers can keep track of their progress during their outdoor training or other fitness activities. fēnix is also compatible with Garmin’s optional premium heart rate monitor for heart rate information or with a speed/cadence sensor for distance, speed and cadence while on a bike. All displayed data fields are fully customisable right off the wrist.
Accurate Temperature / tempe™
You can gain insight into temperature trends from the built-in temperature sensor. With tempe™ Garmin has once again broken new ground in terms of accuracy for outdoor watches. Tempe™ is Garmin’s new ANT+ temperature sensor which gives you precise ambient temperature reading without influence of body temperature. Knowing how rapidly the temperature is rising or falling can help you determine clothing and shelter needs, and whether it’s time to turn back.
Wireless Unit-to-unit Communication
You can easily share tracks, waypoints, routes and paperless geocaches wirelessly with other compatible Garmin GPS units and smartphones*. fēnix is equipped with both ANT+™ capabilities and Bluetooth® technology.
Physical & Performance:
|Unit dimensions, WxHxD:||1.9″ x 1.9″ x .7″ (4.9 x 4.9 x 1.7 cm)|
|Display size, WxH:||1.2″ x 1.2″ (3.1 x 3.1 cm)|
|Display resolution, WxH:||70 x 70 pixels|
|Display type:||transflective, monochrome LCD|
|Weight:||2.6 oz (141.7 g) with batteries|
|Battery life:||16-50 hours (GPS mode); 3 weeks (sensor mode); 6 weeks (watch mode)|
Maps & Memory:
|Ability to add maps:||no|
|Built-in memory:||20 MB|
|Accepts data cards:||no|
|Track log:||10,000 points, 100 saved tracks|
Features & Benefits:
|Automatic routing (turn by turn routing on roads):||no|
|Electronic compass:||yes (tilt-compensated, 3-axis)|
|Custom maps compatible:||no|
|Photo navigation (navigate to geotagged photos):||no|
|Outdoor GPS games:||no|
|Sun and moon information:||yes|
|Custom POIs (ability to add additional points of interest):||yes|
|Unit-to-unit transfer (shares data wirelessly with similar units):||yes|
|Garmin Connect™ compatible (online community where you analyze, categorize and share data):||yes|
|Additional:||Watch functions: time, date, alarm, timer, chronograph, chimes and vibrationFitness functions include: user profiles for running and cycling, Auto Pause®, Auto Lap®, alerts, customizable data fields such as heart rate, distance, pace, calories, laps and more|