May 24, 2022

the new high-end sports watch goes touchscreen and breaks battery life records

The American sports specialist, Garmin, has unveiled its new Fénix 7. The top-of-the-range watch in its catalog has new features and slightly changed its design. A multisport watch par excellence, the Fénix is ​​Garmin’s spearhead. Each of its developments marks a turning point for the manufacturer. This 7th edition is no exception to the rule.

Robust as always, tactile as ever

The first of the changes concerns the aesthetics of the tocante. This takes up the characteristic features of the Fénix but significantly changes them with a thinner bezel (by 2 mm) and bezel screws now positioned on the lugs of the case. The latter is always composed of reinforced fibers to gain strength. As on the previous version, it meets the military standard MIL-STD-810G, the most demanding classification for equipment outdoor.

The other major novelty concerns the screen of the watch. This one keeps its three sizes depending on the level of finish, we will come back to this, but becomes tactile regardless of the model. Garmin, which already had several touchscreen sports watches, had so far refused to bring this development to its model dedicated to trail running, arguing that it is not very useful and a risk of mishandling on events that can last several dozen. of hours. It is therefore a 180° turn that Garmin has undertaken on the subject, but in order to satisfy all uses and prevent unfortunate accidents, the touch functions can be deactivated at any time and with a single gesture. Of course, this addition of touch does not call into question the existence of physical buttons. They are still four in number and their position and role do not change.

Solar on all floors

If Garmin changes the situation on its Fénix 7, it does not necessarily change the range. Like the previous series, the new one will be available in three trim levels (7S, 7 and 7X). But unlike years past, there are fewer possible hardware variations depending on the size of the watch. In short, each of these versions is available in steel or titanium for the case. As for the glass, there are three possibilities: classic Gorilla Glass, Gorilla Glass + Power Glass (which adds Solar, the solar energy charging technology) and, the great novelty, the Power Sapphire, in other words a Sapphire glass finally compatible with the Solar technology from the manufacturer. These box combinations are valid for the three range levels:

  • Fénix 7S: the smallest format of Fénix remains on a 42 mm case and a 1.2 inch screen (240 x 240)
  • Fénix 7: the core range moves to a 47 mm case and a 1.3 inch screen (260 x 260)
  • Fenix ​​7X: the largest model has a 51 mm body and its screen increases to 1.4 inches (280 x 280)

A shower of new features

Garmin’s multisport watch is not content with hardware evolution. In addition to integrating a complete map (regardless of the level of finish), it adds some new features, some of which combine the capabilities of the different sensors (altimeter, barometer, compass, accelerometer, temperature and heart rate sensor). ) with the house algorithm.

On the health part, the Fénix 7 will be able to count on a new Oximeter, the addition of a sleep score (on the Fitbit model) or the creation of profiles specific to each user which concentrate the main indicators of physical form and the result of which can be exported to PDF.

In terms of sports, the watch has around thirty activity profiles to which it adds a Hiit activity (for Crossfit enthusiasts) as well as surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing. But most of the changes concern training programs and performance analysis. From now on, it will be possible to follow training directly on your Fénix 7, thanks to various small animations. The watch will also have a Race Predictor Trend function, which relies on current physical condition and level of training to set performance goals over 10 km, half or marathon.

The feature that seems to us the most ambitious is none other than Stamina. This proposes to define the real level of endurance of an athlete. In concrete terms, this is an indicator that would make it possible to predict the energy that the runner or cyclist would have available at a time t and on a particular type of effort. The objective is obviously to indicate to the athlete if he is able to finish his race at the pace at which he is engaged. This very advanced function still requires wearing the watch daily for eight weeks and performing certain exercises, but its promise is interesting to say the least.

Finally, one last feature is worth a look, but it will be reserved for the Fénix 7X. This is a torch or flashlight function that could approach what our smartphones offer. Applied to a watch, it not only allows you to see in the dark without taking out your phone, but also to be seen thanks to race-specific lighting that relies on a strobe mode and lights up white in front and red behind. depending on the pace of the runner.

The interface evolves, not the application

All of these features are accessible directly on the watch, but also on their smartphone, via the Connect application. Garmin has not particularly changed its software for the arrival of the Fénix 7, however, it now allows you to customize your profiles and screens in the application and export them to your watch.

What about autonomy? This is undoubtedly one of the key arguments of the manufacturer, which holds all the records in this area thanks to its solar charging technology. On this new edition, Garmin has managed to further improve the autonomy of its products. There is of course the integration of the Solar with the Sapphire crystal, but it is above all a new process which makes it possible to very finely engrave the bezel and to integrate a larger solar filter (+54% of surface). As a result, autonomy increases (up to 105% more) for all types of use. For example, the manufacturer communicates on 37 days of autonomy and 135 hours with the GPS activated.

The Fénix 7 is available for sale today. Its price starts at 699 euros for the 7S and 7 versions, it is at least 899 euros for the 7X version and can climb to 1199 euros in its Titanium plus Sapphire finish.

Finally, alongside the announcement of its Fénix 7, Garmin also unveiled another flagship model, the Epix series. This is a model that incorporates all the characteristics of the Fénix 7, including its design, but in a case only available in 47 mm and, above all, with an Amoled screen (1.3 inches and 454 x 454) . The Epix game starts at 899 euros.