Garmin Fenix 5!

UPDATE – Screenshots added from another site.

Sorry I don’t really have time to investigate right now but take a look at this link in the mean time. I can’t see it being true myself but I’ve been wrong before. To my eye this looks too similar to Fenix 3 so there’s no reason to skip 4 and move to 5. The USB c connector might happen, but I’d rather see a magnetic connector which doesn’t have an irritating post in the middle of it. Garmin have learned this lesson before with connector comfort so unlikely to repeat so soon.

Garmin seem to be trying to remove the leak, and some bloggers who deal with them have been asked to take down the story. This site doesn’t deal with Garmin and I never post their copyright pictures, only screenshots of interesting things I see on the web so we should be safe here 🙂

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  1. Three Fenix 5 series (13 watches!).
    Fenix 5s (looks like Chronos)
    Fenix 5 (looks like the Fenix 3)
    Fenix 5x (looks like the Fenix 3, robust and wireless charging?)

  2. Agreed, it seems not quite real to me. Telling is the HR sensor itself. Why would the LEDs be obscured by a semi-opaque cover like that? They look like mocked-up Chronos and F3s.

    • I actually think the frosted glass might help make the light more even for the sensor. Obviously wild speculation though!

  3. Except Garmin asked 5krunner to remove. No reason to if they are fake.

    • Killing Xmas sales is a good reason. Garmin have stock to clear before the new Fenix launches in full swing in January. That’s why this site exists though, to help people avoid a purchase just before a launch.
      Garmin don’t seem to understand that they ruin Xmas gifts by making them obsolete a week later!

  4. Unrelated question.. do you have any speculations as to why Tomtom still is alone with music support on hrm/gps-watches?

    • I wouldn’t need to speculate. It’s a pointless feature. The iPod Shuffle is cheap, light, clips to your clothes and works with $2 headphones. It’s the perfect source of music for workouts and the battery never runs out. Music in a watch makes the battery in your watch run down and requires the use of expensive Bluetooth headphones which also need charging regularly. Just because you can do something with technology doesn’t mean you should.
      I’m sure there are people that love this feature but they are massively outnumbered by people who don’t care 🙂

  5. hmmmmm. LOTS of runners wear headphones. LOTS. Certianly in TT’s target demographic
    I don’t.
    Polar M600 and by inference Androidwear (Adidas micoach is discontinued)

    maybe the question should be if/when garmin will introduce it.

    • Lots of runners do wear headphones. How many are willing to invest in expensive Bluetooth ones though? I’m not even willing to try in case they don’t fit my ears well.
      Music while running is a solved problem, Garmin might introduce it if they bump up the storage just because it doesn’t cost them anything to add it, but I think you’re overestimating how many people are actually requesting it as a feature compared to the overall number of people buying the devices. I’d go as far as to say there are more requesting the indoor rowing stuff, and that’s pretty niche!

  6. Does anyone have new information regarding the chronos? Is it likely that the new Fenix 4/5 will outdate the Chronos, or will it probably just be a cheap Chronos with roughly the same specs inside? It would be pretty much annoying to buy a Chronos now which becomes outdated in January.

    • It’s likely to be a cheaper Chronos with the same internals. All images I’ve seen of the new Fenix line look basically the same as the current ones so I think it’ll be a minor update at best. That said, given the cost of Chronos I’d probably hold off until CES unless you’re desperate for a watch today.

  7. It seems that number 4 has bad karma in the Chinese/Asian region (lots and lots of potential customers), it might have something to do with the skipping…

  8. If you believe these images, the 3rd from the left picture of the 5X has a music symbol. Could be music support, but that isn’t in Chronos… interesting.

    • Surely that’s just the ability via Bluetooth to control the music player on your phone. Just like the Fenix 3 (and I assume the Chronos)?

      Not a specific music feature on the watch itself.

      • Why not music on the watch? Bluetooth, plenty of storage, might shorten the battery life from ultra-running, but should still last a 5 hour run. Pair that with some bluetooth earbuds and no need to carry a music player too.

        Convergence is the name of the game. Bluetooth, Wifi, HR, GPS, Cadence, ABC, all day tracking, music all in one and continually getting smaller and better battery. Will keep Garmin from falling into a commodity trap for another 2-3 years.

  9. Andrew – not everybody listens to music while running. I appreciate in Fenix 3 long lasting battery. I appreciate if Fenix 5 can keep same level.
    Otherwise you can buy iWatch and charge it everyday…

  10. Do you remember the days of mechanical watches, you had to wind up the spring twice a day? The point is: you knew it and you were very happy with it.

    Today we do not wind up watches anymore (never mind some over $ 100k exceptions) – we charge them!

    Dinosaurs did not extinct. We just call them birds today!

  11. HI all first time contributor. I have been waiting for a long time for the garmin 4/5 to come out. Searhing every other day for any bloggs that could shed any new piece of information of specs or release date.I’m not a marketing person but what Garmin has done so far just doesn’t make any sence to me. I understand there may be stock of P3 to sell but if the G5 is comng out in Jan, nobody in the know will be buying a fill prices P3 so why not launch before Xmas. furthermore why lauuch a Chronus version only months before the P5 launch and at an absurd price. If the P5 comes in Jan it has to be at least the same price if not more expensive else down speced. If the former, who is going to afford it if thelater, why launch a new device inferior to one that is currently out?

    As Pauline says, “Please explain” because nothing makes sence.

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