Garmin’s range of sport watches are made for the most dedicated of fitness folks, and the company’s latest products, the Fenix 6 series, are now available in Malaysia. However, given the pedigree of these sport watches, they cost quite a bit of money: one even retails at a whopping RM5,699.
That, of course, is the highest-end Garmin Fenix 6X Pro Solar, which – as its name suggests – supports solar charging. In the right condition, the solar charging can extend the watch’s battery life by up to three days in smartwatch mode. This is on top of the already impressive quoted battery life of up to 21 days.
Besides that, the Fenix 6X Pro Solar also comes with a 1.4-inch 280 x 280 transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP) display, which is actually more visible under harsh sunlight, though the viewing angle isn’t particularly great. This is not your typical display technology; on its own, this screen is not even illuminated, relying instead on a more traditional backlight system. Basically, think of G-Shock’s lighting system.
There are two variants of the Fenix 6X in Malaysia: the standard Carbon Grey model (without solar charging, of course) with sapphire glass retails at RM4,199, while the Pro Solar variant in Titanium Carbon Grey goes for RM4,699. So where’s the RM5,699 Fenix 6X? Well, that’s the Pro Solar model with a titanium bracelet instead of a silicone strap.
If you want something smaller, there’s the Fenix 6, which shares many features of the Fenix 6X. In fact, all sport watches in this series have similar features, with the size of each watch – and, in turn, battery life – being the most obvious difference. Well, except for the Fenix 6X Pro Solar; that’s the only model here that has solar charging.
Okay, moving on: the Fenix 6 has a slightly smaller 1.3-inch 260 x 260 MIP display, along with up to 13 days of battery life in smartwatch mode. Much like the Fenix 6X, this particular sport watch is also rated for 10 ATM; it can be submerged up to 100m underwater with no issue.
Two models of the Fenix 6 are available here. The standard Silver model with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 is priced at RM2,999, while the Carbon Grey variant with sapphire glass carry a RM3,950 price tag.
Last but certainly not least is the smallest sport watch in the series, the Fenix 6S. Depending on which colour you get, it’s a decidedly more feminine-looking sport watch. it also comes with a 1.2-inch 240 x 240 MIP screen, up to nine days of battery life in smartwatch mode, and of course, 10 ATM water resistance rating.
As many as three variants of the Fenix 6S are sold here, with the Silver model with Gorilla Glass 3 retailing at RM2,999. Both the Rose Gold and Carbon Grey colourways with sapphire glass, on the other hand, go for RM3,950.
At these price points, the Fenix 6 watches are definitely not meant for “regular” consumers. Instead, they are meant to appeal to consumers with an active lifestyle; those who would want to track their activities with utmost accuracy, among other things. Also, don’t think of these as “traditional smartwatches” – they don’t even have touch screens.
That’s right, you navigate through the user interface of the Fenix 6 with the five buttons around the watch case. Given that these watches are primarily meant for outdoor use (especially if you’re swimming), a touch screen isn’t the most ideal feature to have.
The Garmin Fenix 6 series of sport watches can now be purchased in Malaysia, but the Fenix 6X Pro Solar with a titanium bracelet is not available just yet. That model will be arriving on our shores at a later date.