But let's take a closer look at what's been added to the Fenix 3.
- Color screen: similar to the one we can see on the 920xt, but instead of square it's circular
- WiFi connectivity: Something that premiered in the Forerunner 620 It was to be expected and of course the Fenix 3 also features this option. Now you can synchronize the clock and update it directly via WiFi.
- ANT+ and Bluetooth connectivity simultaneously: The Fenix 2 used a communications chip that did not allow you to use Bluetooth and ANT+ simultaneously. As expected this has been solved in the Fenix 3, so now you can perform training sessions, streaming them on the Garmin website through LiveTrack, while you track your heart rate with the ANT+ sensor.
- New GPS antenna: The Fenix 3 introduces a new EXO antenna, and as in the 920xt, with support for GLONASS (the Russian satellite network).
- Connect IQ: The new platform to allow third party applications will also be present in the Fenix 3. This will allow you to download applications to the clock as well as settings or screen images.
- Activity monitor: It couldn't be less, as activity monitors will be the star product in 2015. It will monitor steps, sleep, and generally any activity you do (or don't do) throughout the day.
So the Fenix 3 is getting closer and closer to the Forerunner line, and I think it may even overshadow them. And of course it moves away from the military type aesthetic, to focus more on a perfect design for a daily use watch. Also with a lot of options that we find more often in Smart Watch, such as watch notification or customizable watch covers. And in fact, I think the Fenix 3 is what many 920xt buyers expected, at least in terms of aesthetics and materials.
Of course everything wasn't going to be pretty, and the Fenix 3 comes with a price increase, being more expensive than the Fenix 3 it replaces and of course the 920xt, which it upgrades. Whether Garmin will be able to sell many of these watches in this price range will depend not only on their own product, but on what other manufacturers are able to offer in the different smart watches that are being introduced right now.
Other partners for the Garmin Fenix 3
The Fenix 3 didn't just arrive in Las Vegas, Garmin took the opportunity to present other products: the Garmin EpixThe Fenix 3 is a GPS watch with the same features as the Fenix 3 and full colour maps for the more adventurous. Garmin VívoactiveA GPS smartwatch that is far from what we have seen so far, since its training programs will be through apps.
Availability and price
Garmin will have three different configurations. In silver with a red strap, or in grey with a black strap, priced at £449, or £499 with an HRM-Run sensor. In addition, Garmin will offer a third option with a sapphire crystal and metal strap, priced at £549 without a pulse sensor, or £599 if included.
As for its availability, it can already be purchased in stores. Fenix 3 test you have a specific section where I collect the best prices to buy it.
Garmin Fenix 3 on video
While you wait for me to complete the full test of the Garmin Fenix 3, I leave you with this video of the unpacking where I also tell you some of its features.