Garmin Introduces New Flagship Outdoor Solar-Powered Smartwatch Series
Building on the success of the debut of its patented solar charging technology in fēnix 6X Pro Solar, Garmin announced on August 6 the extension of this technology into two of its flagship outdoor smartwatch series—the Instinct and fēnix series, introducing the Instinct, fēnix 6 and 6S Solar.
Unlike other solar-powered watches that converts the solar energy into electrical energy for single functions such as time, Garmin’s solar charging technology is the only watch that converts electrical energy to support various sports activity modes and health monitoring features such as heart rate, GPS, various sensors and data calculation.
This solar charging technology not only brings about an overall improved power performance, but it also reduces carbon emissions by up to 59 percent compared to other smartwatches due to the reduced power charging frequency.
With the enhanced battery life, added sports activities, and comprehensive health data monitoring, Garmin hopes to motivate and inspire users to continue their outdoor adventures and explore infinite possibilities together.
“In 2019, Garmin pioneered a breakthrough in solar charging technology, introducing the Power Glass™ to launch the world’s first solar-powered multisport GPS smartwatch, fēnix 6X Pro Solar. This year, we extend this proprietary technology into our well-loved Instinct and the complete fēnix 6 series, catering to the needs of outdoor adventurers and athletes, accompanying them to truly do what they love, longer,” said Garmin Asia Director Mr. Scoppen Lin.
Instinct Solar for the rugged, outdoor enthusiast
Garmin has incorporated the solar lens technology into its Instinct range of GPS smartwatches to cater to the urban sports enthusiast. With the Power Manager feature, users can toggle to the Battery Saver mode to enjoy unlimited battery life on the Instinct Solar and Instinct Solar–Camo Edition, up to 24 days in smartwatch mode indoors and over 54 days with sufficient solar exposure.
(Upper left) Instinct Solar in Graphite, (Lower left) Instinct Solar Flame Red, and (Right) Instinct Solar–Camo Edition in Graphite Camo.
Instinct Solar series now also includes the Body Battery feature which analyzes heart rate variability, stress level, sleep quality, and activity data to determine overall energy levels.
Another newly added feature is the Pulse Ox (SpO2)2, a technology which measures blood oxygen saturation, a useful health indicator to monitor during this time of pandemic as the COVID-19 virus can lead to pneumonia infection in which the lung’s air sacs are filled with fluid, leading to a drop in blood oxygen level. A sudden drop in SpO2 levels can indicate the early onset of symptoms.
Instinct Solar is available in Graphite and Flame Red and the Instinct Solar–Camo Edition is available in Graphite Camo.
fēnix 6 Solar Series: The Ultimate Solar Powered Smartwatch
The fēnix 6 Pro Solar and fēnix 6S Pro Solar are the newest members of the Garmin flagship outdoor GPS smartwatch line.
Featuring Garmin Power Glass™ solar charging lens and a customizable Power Manager mode, fēnix 6 Solar Series harness the power of the sun to stay on and remain performance-ready for weeks, so users will have more on-wrist time to enjoy their activities, training features, onboard mapping, music streaming and much more.
fēnix 6S Pro Solar
fēnix 6S Pro Solar
Expanding the robust activity profiles included in the fēnix series, the fēnix 6 and 6S Solar Series are surf, mountain bike, and indoor climb-ready:
- Surf: Using a Surf Activity profile, fēnix surfers can track total waves, surf time, total time, max speed, and their longest wave. When surfing in front of a Surfline® camera, users wearing fēnix 6 Solar Series can upload their surf data to their Surfline account and later view the video of that surfing activity through Surfline Sessions™.
- Mountain Bike: Track the details of every ride with mountain biking metrics plus specialized grit and flow measurements that rate trail difficulty and how smoothly a user descends, giving a score to beat next time.
- Indoor Climb: The indoor climb activity profile allows climbers to track their sessions at indoor facilities. Metrics include the number of routes, vertical distance climbed, climbing time, difficultly of each route, and more.
The fēnix 6S Pro Solar battery performance in smartwatch mode is up to nine (9) days indoors and up to 10.5 days with sufficient solar exposure, while battery performance for the fēnix 6 Pro Solar in smartwatch mode is up to 14 days indoors and up to 16 days with sufficient solar exposure.
The fēnix 6 Pro Solar is available in Black with Slate Gray Band and Mineral Blue with Whitestone Band, and the fēnix 6S Pro Solar is available in Light Gold with Shale Gray Band and Amethyst Steel with Shale Gray Band.
The Garmin Solar series retail at Php 24,995 for Instinct Solar and Php 27,995 for Instinct Solar Camo Edition; and Php 52,995 for fēnix 6S Pro Solar and fēnix 6 Pro Solar.
It is available on kinetic.com.ph, Lazada, Shopee, all authorized retailers, and at Garmin official brand stores in Metro Manila including Glorietta 5, SM Megamall, SM Mall of Asia, Uptown Bonifacio, Alabang Town Center, SM Aura, SM North EDSA, The Podium, Ayala Malls Vertis North, and Shangri-La Plaza.
For more information, you may visit ph.garmin.com.
This is a press release. Edits were made prior to publishing.
Images courtesy of Garmin Solar