Garmin releases new Solar models of the popular Fenix Pro and Instinct SmartWatches

2020 Garmin Solar Fenix 6

Garmin announced a range of new Solar powered Smartwatches today expanding its footprint in the wearables space.

Building on the success of Garmin’s first solar-charging adventure watch, the fēnix 6X – Pro Solar, these new solar editions allow customers to “Do What They Love Longer” through significantly increased battery life and new purpose-built functionality including surf, mountain biking, and climbing activities.


Garmin’s multisport GPS watches are the choice for athletes and adventurers willing to push themselves through the next mile or over the next mountain. Using our solar capabilities. the new Instinct, fēnix 6 and 6S, and tactix Delta solar watches provide extraordinary battery life and give customers the ability to follow their passion to the sunset and further,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales.”

2020 Garmin Solar Fenix 6

2020 Garmin Instinct Series

The instinct series of solar-powered smartwatches have been refreshed for Surfers with the Surf edition.

Instinct Solar – Surf Edition is purpose-built with specialized surf features such as tide data and a dedicated surfing activity to help customers make the most of every wave.

Water rated to 100 meters, the Instinct Solar – Surf Edition is also a multisport water-recreation watch. 

The new Instinct Solar – Tactical Edition, popular with military personnel, is equipped with tactical-specific features such as night-vision goggle compatibility and Stealth mode.

2020 Garmin Fenix 6S series

Garmin also expanded upon its most popular SmartWatch product line, “Garmin Fenix” series.

The fēnix 6S Pro Solar and fēnix 6 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 Series – Solar Editions 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. 

There are new activity profiles for Surfing, Mountain biking, and indoor climbing on the new Fenix 6 series launched today.

The fēnix 6S Pro Solar battery performance in smartwatch mode is up to nine 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.

In differentiating its feature offerings from Apple, Garmin has included its ‘advanced Sleep Tracking’ features on the new Fenix S Pro series announced today.

The fēnix 6 Series – Solar Editions also includes Advanced Sleep Monitoring, which provides a detailed breakdown of a user’s light, deep and REM sleep stages as well as Pulse Ox and respiration data. View this data on a dedicated widget that includes your stress score and sleep insights.

The fēnix 6 series features Garmin Pay™ and on-device music storage of up to 2,000 songs, allowing users to sync playlists from several of the most popular music services. You may need a subscription depending on service. And best of all, no phone required!

Will you be getting yourself one of these upgraded Fenix models or will you rather wait for the next-gen Fenix 7 Models to hit the shelves?

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Sudz Niel Kar
I am a technologist with years of experience with Apple and wearOS products, have a BS in Computer Science and an MBA specializing in emerging tech, and owned the popular site AppleToolBox. In my day job, I advise Fortune 500 companies with their digital transformation strategies and also consult with numerous digital health startups in an advisory capacity. I'm VERY interested in exploring the digital health and fitness-tech evolution and keeping a close eye on patents, FDA approvals, strategic partnerships, and developments happening in the wearables and digital health sector. When I'm not writing or presenting, I run with my Apple Watch Ultra or Samsung Galaxy Watch and closely monitor my HRV and other recovery metrics.


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