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Garmin fenix 7 Pro and Epix 2 Pro with solar introduced

Garmin today introduced the Pro versions of its fenix 7 and Epix 2 series. The new Epix 2 Pro models remain at the same price.
Garmin Fenix 7 Pro series

Garmin today introduced the Pro versions of its fenix 7 and Epix 2 series. The new Epix 2 Pro models remain at the same price, while the fenix 7 Pro has become more expensive. The good news is that the Garmin Epix 2 Pro now comes in three sizes (the Epix 2 was only available in 47mm). There are 42, 47 and 51 mm models with 1.2, 1.3 and 1.4 inch displays to choose from.

Garmin fenix 7 Pro

The Garmin Epix 2 Pro and fenix 7 Pro are pretty similar in their capabilities – the main difference is the display. The Epix series uses AMOLED displays, while Garmin uses memory-in-pixel (MIP) displays for the fenix watches, which are more energy-efficient, especially in always-on mode. However, the differences have become smaller due to the energy saving AMOLED displays, which also offer better color fidelity.

With the 47 mm models, the Garmin Epix 2 Pro lasts up to 16 days in smartwatch mode, and 6 days are still possible with the always-on display mode activated. With activated GPS, the battery lasts 42 hours, in the more accurate multi-band mode you get 32 hours. The Garmin fenix 7 Pro promises 22 days of battery life, 73 hours of GPS tracking or 48 hours with multi-band activated.

All new Garmin smartwatches now have a solar cell on the front and 32GB of storage that can be used for offline maps as well as offline music. In addition, multi-band GPS is available on all models. Previously, multi-band and 32GB of storage were reserved exclusively for the Sapphire versions.

Garmin Epix 2 Pro

In addition to more durable front glass, the Sapphire Edition also has a titanium bezel on board. But the frame is made of plastic. Another change is that all models now have a flashlight, including the 42mm models. The two white LEDs and one red LED can also be used as a strobe light when going for a run at night. The flashlight was previously only available with the large fenix 7X in 51 mm.

Other notable changes include an all-new optical heart rate sensor (Elevate V5). And there’s unconfirmed information that ECG hardware is on board. However, this has not yet been certified and Garmin is therefore legally prohibited from talking about it. There are also some software changes. For example, you get maps with shaded relief, weather overlays, a split-screen mode (displaying a map and performance metrics), new endurance and mountain ratings, and so on.

The Garmin fenix 7 Pro starts at $800 in the US for the 42 and 47mm models. That’s $100 more than the fenix 7/7S. The solar versions cost the same. The 51mm watch is priced at $900. Including the sapphire crystal, you have to budget 100 US dollars more for each. The Garmin Epix 2 Pro starts at $900 for the 42 and 47mm models, while the 51mm model is $1,000. Again, you pay $100 more for sapphire crystal.

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