Garmin is launching an entire range of new wearable fitness watches at this years CES Show in Las Vegas, but the one we find the most interesting is the Fenix 3. Garmin watches and GPS units have always been among our favorites for collecting trail data. They are very accurate, work great under any condition and most are priced fairly. The Fenix 3 is their first GPS antenna watch boasting a new smartphone display that connects to your iPhone or Android phone.
The Fenix 3 comes in three variations: Silver ($499), Grey ($499) and the premium Sapphire ($599), which features a scratch-resistant sapphire lens. A brand new stainless steel, EXO GPS + GLONASS antenna inside supports a full range of multipart activities, from general fitness training, to mountain biking, trail running, alpine skiing, snowboarding, hiking, climbing and much more. Using Garmin’s Connect IQ Store, you can download apps to customize how your Fenix 3 works and looks for you.
The 1.2-inch Chroma display is perfectly readable in bright sunlight. Other features include; outdoor map navigation, 3-axis compass, altimeter, barometer, Vo2 max estimator, recovery advisor, heart rate monitor support (HRM), ANT+ friendly, swimming profiles, bluetooth ready, BaseCamp software preloaded and external temperature sensors. Like other smart watches, you can setup the Fenix 3 to receive email and test messages as well. Battery life is said to be upwards of 6 weeks in phone mode.
It looks like you can already purchase the new watch, however there is a 3-5 week lead time on delivery. Head to Garmin for more.