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That the Garmin Fenix 7 is already close to launch is somewhat obvious. Garmin is faithful to their release cycle, and the usual renewal period for its Fenix series has usually been every two years. The Garmin Fenix 6 series were released in August 2019, while in summer 2020 the range was slightly renewed with the inclusion of Garmin Fenix 6 Solar, adding the solar charge that was previously only available in the top of the range Fenix 6X Pro Solar.

So it's been two years without a major renovation of Garmin's most successful watch, and a year without having had a “refreshment” of the range. As the market works today (for better or worse), it is quite a long term.

Through all this time Garmin has launched different products that can give us a good idea of where they are heading. Probably all eyes are focused on the latest two high-end models, of which we are likely to be able to see things in the new Fenix 7 series: LTE connection that premiered with the Garmin Forerunner 945 LTE and brutal autonomy, as they showed with the Garmin Enduro.

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But they are not the only ones to look at... Recently the Garmin Venu 2 has also been released, with a breakthrough with respect to the AMOLED display and battery life, changes in the UI that improve its use...

In short, there are many possibilities if we look at what Garmin has been working on in these two years. And knowing that the American manufacturer usually “reuses” many of the features in different ranges, the most logical thing is that what we have been seeing, will be present in the new model.

Garmin Fenix 7 specifications

Below I will detail the possible new additions we can find in the future Garmin Fenix 7, ordered by what I consider most likely to greater doubts about it.

LTE conectivity

100% probability

I have no doubt that LTE connectivity is coming to the Fenix 7. Maybe not to the whole range (keeping it for Pro models), but much of it.

It is clear that with LTE, Garmin has a differentiating element with all its rivals. None of them have the ability to offer something like that and it's another factor that they can exploit perfectly. The launch of the Garmin Forerunner 945 LTE took place very recently and it is the one that has opened and consolidated all the necessary structure of contracts with the different operators in each country, features offered thanks to this connectivity, etc.

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Garmin Forerunner 945 LTE

Garmin has worked hard on this feature and it is obvious that it will gradually reach all the high-end models of the manufacturer. That's the top of the range Forerunner and the Fenix watches, and in the Edge range of cyclocomputers it won't take long to see the Garmin Edge 1040 LTE.

Adventure Race activity profile

100% probability

This is a safe bet, because that is what has just been added to the beta version of the Fenix 6. It is a specific profile for orientation-type races in which the use of a GPS is not allowed to know navigation data, distance traveled, positioning, etc.

However, it does allow us to have all the data of the activity, track and absolutely all the details.

As I say, it has just been incorporated into the August 5 beta, coming soon on your nearest Garmin Fenix 7 (and of course in the official version of the Fenix 6).

New optical heart rate sensor

100% probability

Another safe bet. The Garmin Fenix 7 will come with the Garmin Elevate v4 sensor that premiered with Venu 2 and is also present on the Forerunner 945 LTE. It's a no-brainer.

Garmin Venu 2S - Optical sensor

Solar charging throughout the Fenix 7 range

85% Probability

That's what the Garmin trend shows us with all the models it has been launching. What was the premiere of the highest model in the range (the X), in the next generation was adopted by the entire range. Let's go back in time...

  • Garmin Fenix 5X: It added maps for navigation. It became standard on all Fenix 5 Plus.
  • Garmin Fenix 5X Plus: New sensor with blood oxygen saturation estimation. Again, it's something that in the Fenix 6 was added to the entire range.
  • Garmin Fenix 6X Pro Solar: It was the first Garmin watch with solar charge. It arrived last year to the rest of the range under the commercial name “Solar”, for all models and paying an extra fee.

Really the change was the last year's launch of the Solar range to the entire family, something that had not occurred before. But I think you can clearly see what the trend is and what we can expect in Fenix 7.

My bet is they will remove the name Solar and become part of the feature sheet for all models. On one hand because it is no longer “so new”. And on the other hand, to lighten the load of SKUs, because currently considering the different sizes, functions, features and colors there are a total of 28 different Garmin Fenix 6 models. Totally unacceptable for any distribution channel other than Garmin directly.

Dual-frequency GNSS chipset in Garmin Fenix 7

75% Probability

The chipset has been on the market for a year, so Garmin has had time to test it and adapt it to its new model. It's just a matter of time before it's a feature we're seeing in the new models that are being introduced in the near future. And the truth is, the Garmin Fenix 7 is the perfect base to be the first Garmin to use it.

What are the benefits of dual-frequency? Dual-frequency systems allow improved positioning in locations with hard reception such as forests, cities where the signal bounces off buildings, etc. By receiving information from more than one radio signal from each satellite, the device can differentiate between real and bounced signal.

By using it (obviously with higher battery consumption) we will have better records of satellite data. It's not just that we're going to have nicer tracks after syncing our activity, both pace and distance during the workout will be more reliable as we are not exposed to so many reception errors in more complicated reception areas.

Smaller size and weight

75% Probability

The reduction in size is the trend we are seeing in the latest models of all brands. It can make you think that the reason is to make the watch more comfortable on the wrist. And yes, that is one of the reasons, but above that is the weight.

With lower weight, the optical HR sensor works better because there are fewer parasitic movements produced by vibrations. The technology of heart rate estimation through photoplethysmography is already highly developed, as can be seen in external pulse sensors such as the Polar Verity Sense. It is a very reliable option within external HR sensors both for it's location and weight.

The aim of manufacturers is to achieve lighter watches in which the optical sensor operation, within the difficulties of the wrist, is more accurate. And one way to achieve this is by making them smaller.

But this size reduction is not done at the cost of making the screen smaller, but by reducing the bezel of the watch. We've already seen it with the Garmin Forerunner 945 LTE (same screen as the 945 but 2.6 mm millimeters less in diameter), and also with the Fenix since the 5S Plus (same screen as the 5 Plus, but much smaller diameter).

Nylon strap

75% Probability

And continuing with weight reduction, another point where you can save a few grams and improve the fit on the wrist is with the nylon strap. And Garmin already has experience in this regard, with the strap found on the Garmin Enduro.

Garmin Enduro - Buttons

It would be no wonder if we could see such a strap in one of the versions of the new Garmin Fenix 7.

Higher battery life

65% Probability

That Garmin is able to offer brutal battery life has become clear after the Garmin Enduro. What I'm not so sure is that the intention is to take those changes to other models in the range or to reserve that feature exclusively to that Enduro family that they have released this year.

Here Garmin has two options: continue with a product family focused on maximizing battery life or applying those changes to other products in other ranges, leaving the Enduro as the source.

AMOLED screen

30% Probability 

It's something that has been rumored on many occasions and that came out again with the launch of the Garmin Venu 2 and all the work Garmin did for its user interface.

Garmin Venu 2 - Final activity

More than technical needs, the reason would be because of the pressure exerted by smartwatches like Apple Watch. Many would like to have a quality display on a watch with the sporting features of a Garmin Fenix. And the changes Garmin has made with Connect IQ4 regarding AMOLED displays indicate that it will not be reduced to a single model within the range.

Look, It's not a matter of whether it will come or not, but rather when will it do it. Although I think it is still too early for the entire Fenix range to go on to offer an AMOLED display, mainly for battery life reasons.

What I don't rule out is that they can release a version with a screen that uses this technology.

Others

There are many other things we can think about... but they already fall deeper into the elucubrations or remote possibilities. Running power, voice assistant...

There are a lot of things that Garmin could add to their new product, but obviously they are not going to add everything at once. The Fenix 7 is not going to be a revolution, it will be a simple evolution of the current model.

Garmin Fenix 7, release date and price

If it is useful to give a clue of the arrival of the Garmin Fenix 7 to the market, the Garmin Fenix 6 was launched during the UTMB Mont Blanc celebration, a race of which Garmin is a sponsor.

This year it will be held again from Monday, August 23. However, Garmin doesn't make presentations on Mondays (nor on Fridays), so my first date marked in the calendar would be August 24, 2021. And from there... any day could be good, especially if it's Tuesday.

As for its price, I'll pull back on memories again. I have no doubts that it will be more expensive than the Fenix 6 when it first came to the market, that's what has happened with all the models of the brand. Garmin justifies it by adding more and more features, and I don't think it's any different this time.

The Garmin Forerunner 945 LTE has risen 50€ compared to the original FR945, justified by the inclusion of the LTE connection (which Garmin will also take advantage of thanks to the monthly subscription). So I think that 50€ extra is a good idea of what we can expect with the new model.

So I don't think the prices of the Garmin Fenix 7 are going to be far from this:

  • Garmin Fenix 7S: 699,99€
  • Garmin Fenix 7: 699,99€
  • Garmin Fenix 7X: 749,99€

These would be the prices for versions with LTE and probably solar charging, what we now know as the Pro version. I am not sure that Garmin launches, at least for now, a cheaper version to rival the cheaper models of other brands because for that you can still have the Fenix 6 on the market (fighting Polar Grit X, Suunto 9 Baro, COROS APEX Pro, etc.).

If you think there's anything else that might come or you have some feature that you'd like the new model to have... you know, leave your comments below!

Disclaimer: These opinions are mere speculation, there has been no leaks so far

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47 Comments

  1. Thank you Eduardo for the article
    Bad news about the price increase (again), but I guess that's the way it is.

  2. Do you consider it a mistake to buy now a Fenix 6 or a vivoactive 4 since the new models are supposed to be launched soon?
    I mean can the current models still last long enough or is it better to wait and get the latest model rather than one that is close to obsolescence?
    Thank you for your work. The information is very helpful.

    1. Thank you Raul.

      I don't think it's a mistake to buy a Fenix 6. When the Fenix 7 comes out it won't have any kind of discount and, if the possible new features are not going to be useful to you, we are talking about saving around 300€.

      As for a Vivoactive 5, it's not clear to me that with the Venu SQ and Venu 2 that a new Vivoactive makes sense. I think Garmin's bet for that range is LCD and OLED displays, though of course I could be wrong.

      1. Thank you for your response!
        And between Fenix 6 and Fenix 6Pro, is it really worth paying extra for the Garmin maps? The use would be mtb and mountain running, the latter normally on known trails.

        A salute.

        1. Undoubtedly with maps. Even if it is in known areas, having a trail map will allow you to discover new routes that you might not have considered before because you didn't know if that little trail was really going to take you somewhere...

  3. Eduardo, as always, very accurate in my opinion.
    Why don't we have a Nordic Walking profile on the Garmin?
    I believe that working with the upper body makes a difference in effort ...

    1. Am I the only one who thinks that at the outdoor activity level there are no advantages to OLED screens? If I use Garmin it is precisely because of the transflectives.

      1. It all depends on the nits capacity of the screen, and the truth is that they have improved a lot. At the level of representation of graphics, maps, etc. the difference is substantial. An Apple Watch in broad daylight looks perfect, what they have to find is the point between screen and autonomy.

        That in the future there will be Fenix with AMOLED display I have no doubt. What I don't know is in which generation it will happen.

  4. With maps if or if, when you leave your usual area is a joy. I have the 945 and I am delighted.

    Now to wait for fenix 7...

  5. For me, I've been thinking about this watch for a couple of years now:
    - Very important: LTE connectivity and services.
    - Important: The lowest weight and (I add one of my own), maximize the use of the sphere.
    - Appreciable: The AMOLED screen if you do not sacrifice too much battery, and especially for the maps. Also the nylon strap.
    - Irrelevant: The bigger battery (the one it has already seems to me to be cannon), solar charging, any new profile or new sensor.
    - Rejected: The smaller size, I prefer the current size of the S to be maximized on the screen, as I mentioned before.

  6. I hope you are right Eduardo and the F7 comes out soon, but seeing how the brands are working in recent times without releasing new models, but bringing out updates of those on the market (945 LTE. Suunto 9 peak. Vatange V2) I have the feeling that until February 2022 the f7 will not be on sale or rather there will be no units in stock in Spain. I hope I'm wrong ; )

    1. Sure it is not, but given that no major launches are being made for the CES show in Las Vegas (and with the pandemic, in any other), it would be logical to have it for before that date and take advantage of that sales campaign.

  7. Hello, Eduardo.

    I just saw the presentation of the Coros Vertix 2 and I immediately thought of entering to see your opinion. I'm already anxious, but it seemed to me, a priori, a great watch at a great price, knowing how Coros works.
    Since it's a bit of a "Fenix killer", I'm putting the post here, which is the most recent one you have.

    A salute.

  8. For me what they have to improve at least a little is the smart functions, you can listen and send whatsapp audios for example would be a tremendous goal,

  9. bonjour
    Perso, je pense qu'une amélioration du suivi cardio, notamment avec quelque chose qui s'apparenterait à un électrocardiogramme, n'est pas impossible. Eventually an HRV monitoring integrated to the monitor with native data.
    Je suis par contre troublé du peu de fuites actuelles, me demandant si la date de sortie est finalement si proche que cela... Même si une période de forte remise actuelle pourrait au contraire laisser entendre l'arrivée prochaine de la fénix 7... A suivre donc!

  10. My Fenix 3HR is still in use😎 Hahaha
    Strong and tough and reliable 💪although it is OLD🤣
    I'll wait for the discount of 6 series after 7 is released 🤔 Hope there will be some sweet prices😩

    THANK YOU FOR THE IMFOAMTION❤️

    1. Your right, the fenix 3HR (sapphire), is bomb proof. Replaced it last year and now using a fenix 6 sapphire. Great piece of kit.

  11. I've been waiting all this week of the UTMB waiting to see if the Fenix 7 could come out at once, but it seems that it has not come out, and I am strongly considering buying the vertix 2 and not wait any longer, I do not know what you think. Basically because I need a mountain watch now!

  12. I think the other thing the pro has its Pro Pace. This is very useful when working out, I'm told it helps with keeping with the pace more efficiently.

    I'm looking forward to buying my 1st fenix, I waited and saved for the 7 to come out.

  13. I Hope they release it soon. I'm due to upgrade my Fenix 3. I would like to see solar charging capability to at least maintain and possibly increase charge in basic watch mode. If this isn't available, i'll gladly get the discounted 6X solar.

  14. Thank you Eduardo very interesting article.

    When domyou think they will release Marq 2?

    Many thanks

    Alex

    1. I have absolutely no idea... Garmin MARQ was a new product line to see how it would work in the market, and they only released it once, so we don't really have any clue as to how long does Garmin estimate it's life time.

  15. We are in September and no words on release. Internet is full of multiple information about the release of fenix 7 in August(past), September, Spring 2022.

  16. Good to see some nice features and upgrades. I love my Fenix5 plus, however the HR monitor is so unreliable it skews my workout intensity massively. I hope the upgrade is much improved on the Fenix7

  17. Well, I bought a Fenix 5x a month before Fenix 6 released. Why not buy a Fenix 6 right before Fenix 7. This way I'm always two years behind. 😂

    1. Hey I bought a Fenix 6X Pro Solar yesterday and I read this post today fuck hahaha I'm two years behind too!!!

  18. I really hope no AMOLED screen for the Fenix 7, I have a Venu 2, the AMOLED screen is trash, utter garbage, and completely useless. On top of that, it’s tacky, reminding me of a JDM tuned car with underglow lights. I am sorry but for a smartwatch costing upwards of $700 I’d rather have a Mercedes-type understated screen feel and not a tacky overexposed color. Lastly, I don’t like it because when I work out, I cannot see the screen and I have to turn the arm to turn on the screen, which works about 50% of the time during an activity like running or weight lifting. I am thinking of getting the Fenix 6 Pro today just to ditch the awful Venu 2 screen, even though the Venu 2 is the newer watch with the more accurate Elevate 4 sensor. Just to give you a hint of how bad AMOLED is for a smartwatch, so far I only know the Apple watch that managed to do well, by always having it always on, but that comes at the price of battery life.

  19. Hola Eduardo. Excelente artículo como siempre.
    Al final la posible fecha de lanzamiento no se cumplió. Tengo que renovar más o menos urgentemente mi reloj (Fenix 3) y estoy aguantando como puedo porque pensaba que saldría el 7 pronto pero parece que no.
    ¿Se rumorea alguna otra fecha? He leído en algunas webs que incluso podría demorarse hasta 2022. En ese caso, ¿merece la pena aún comprar el Fenix 6?
    Thank you

    1. Gracias José Luis.
      No, no hay más noticias al respecto. Completo secreto.
      Comprar el Fenix 6 sigue siendo una buena opción, teniendo en cuenta sobre todo la diferencia de precio que va a existir cuando el 7 salga al mercado.

  20. I bought the Forerunner 55 instead of getting the Fenix 6 Pro today. I will wait for the 7. It doesn’t make sense to pay so much for a 2 year old watch for someone just getting into smart watches. Do you agree?

    1. It’s totally different market the one you have in the US to the one we have in Europe. In the States you have MSRP, so I totally agree that, without discounts, it’s kind of risky to buy a Fenix 6 Pro right now. Meanwhile in Europe retailers can set the price they want, so Fenix 6 is way cheaper than it was once it was first released. So the price difference between the Fenix 6 Pro now and the Fenix 7 when it’s released is going to be quite significant.

      Bottomline, I think you made the right move specially if you are just a beginner. Use the Forerunner 55, get to know it and what features you need, and then decide what is right for you.

  21. Hi Eduardo,

    Very interesting article & thanks for writing. My fenix 3 has finally kicked the bucket and wont charge. Of course garmin will replace it but for a nice €154 charge!!! Looking at buying the 6x pro sonar as want a nice titanium strap for work reasons (in a suit all day!) but know once i purchase the 7 will have a release date. Any updates/timelines you might have picked up ??? Thanks 🙂
    Kevin

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