Featured in this comparison chart are 3 generations of GPS smartwatches from Garmin; the Garmin Fenix 5 vs 5 Plus vs 6 Pro – three outstanding fitness smartwatches, and with each release, witnessed addition of newer features. Compare the specifications and features of these three fine watches to find out the differences and which is right for you.
The new Fenix 6 Pro features the best of Garmin yet, 32GB onboard storage, longer battery life and lots of newer fitness tracking features.
Garmin Fenix 5 vs 5 Plus vs 6 Pro: Specifications Compared
Garmin Fenix 5 Specifications, Features and Price
Garmin Fenix 5 Plus Specifications, Features and Price
Garmin Fenix 6 Pro Specifications, Features and Price
|ABOUT DEVICE||ABOUT DEVICE||ABOUT DEVICE||ABOUT DEVICE|
|Device name||Garmin Fenix 5||Garmin Fenix 5 Plus||Garmin Fenix 6 Pro|
|Device type||Fitness/Sport smartwatch||Fitness/Sport smartwatch||Fitness/Sport smartwatch|
|Release date||March, 2017||June, 2018||September, 2019|
|Predecessor||Garmin Fenix 3||Garmin Fenix 5||Garmin Fenix 5 Plus|
|Successor||Garmin Fenix 5 Plus||Garmin Fenix 6||—|
|Versions||Garmin Fenix 5, Garmin Fenix 5S, Garmin Fenix 5X||—||—|
|Dimension||47 x 47 x 15.5 mm||47 x 47 x 15.8 mm||47 x 47 x 14.7 mm|
|Weight||85 grams||76g (titanium), 86 grams||83 grams|
|Case material||Fiber-reinforced polymer||Fiber-reinforced polymer||Fiber-reinforced polymer|
|Strap material||Silicone, Stainless steel||Leather, Silicone, Stainless steel||Leather, Nylon, Silicone, Titanium|
|Bezel material||Stainless steel||Stainless steel, Titanium||DLC, Stainless steel, Titanium|
|Strap size||22 mm||22 mm||22 mm|
|Screen protection||Chemically strengthened glass, Sapphire glass||Chemically strengthened glass, Sapphire glass||Corning Gorilla Glass DX, Sapphire glass|
|Water resistance||10 ATM||10 ATM||10 ATM|
|Swim-proof||Yes, recommended||Yes, recommended||Yes, recommended|
|Display size||1.2 inches||1.2 inches||1.3 inches|
|Display type||LCD, Memory-in-pixel (MIP), transflective||LCD, Memory-in-pixel (MIP), transflective||LCD, Memory-in-pixel (MIP), transflective|
|Display resolution||240 x 240 px||240 x 240 px||260 x 260 px|
|Custom watch face||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Input type||5 Physical buttons||5 Physical buttons||5 Physical buttons|
|Bluetooth||ANT+, Bluetooth||ANT+, Bluetooth||ANT+, Bluetooth|
|GPS||Galileo, GLONASS, GPS||Galileo, GLONASS, GPS||Galileo, GLONASS, GPS|
|Wi-Fi||Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n||Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n||Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n|
|Memory card slot||No||No||No|
|CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY||CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY||CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY||CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY|
|Third-party apps alert||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Pulse oximeter (SpO2)||No||No||Yes|
|ACTIVITY TRACKING||ACTIVITY TRACKING||ACTIVITY TRACKING||ACTIVITY TRACKING|
|Heart rate monitoring||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Incidental fall detection||No||Yes||Yes|
|Underwater heart rate tracking||No||No||Yes|
|Battery type||non-removable Lithium-polymer||non-removable Lithium-polymer||non-removable Lithium-polymer|
|Battery life||GPS/HR mode: Up to 24 hours, Smartwatch mode: Up to 2 weeks, Ultratrac: up to 60hrs||Smartwatch mode: up to 12 days||Battery saver mode: 48 days, Expedition GPS mode: 28 days, Smartwatch mode: up to 14 days|
|Charging type||Charging dock||Charging dock||Charging dock|
|Charging time||1-2 hours||1-2 hours||1-2 hours|
|Operating system||Proprietary OS||Proprietary OS||Proprietary OS|
|Companion app||Garmin Connect||Garmin Connect||Garmin Connect|
|Compatibility||Android 5.0+, iOS 11.0+||Android 5.0+, iOS 11.0+||Android 5.0+, iOS 11.0+|
|Payment system||None||Garmin Pay||Garmin Pay|
|Interchangeable strap||22 mm, Yes||22 mm, Yes||22 mm, Yes|
|Find my phone||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Box content||Charger, Garmin Fenix 5, Manual, Straps||Charger, Garmin Fenix 5 Plus, Manual, Straps||Charger, Garmin Fenix 6 Pro, Manual, Straps|
Garmin Fenix 5 vs 5 Plus vs 6 Pro: Fitness Tracking Features
|Garmin Fenix 5||Garmin Fenix 5 Plus||Garmin Fenix 6 Pro|
|Activity Tracking Features|
Steps counter, floors climbed, fitness age, Move IQ
intensity minutes and distanced traveled.
|Body Battery Energy Monitor|
Lets you see your body’s energy levels throughout the day so you can find the best times for activity and rest.
|Pulse OX Sensor|
The Pulse Ox sensor gauges your blood oxygen saturation during the day and as you sleep to show how well your body is absorbing oxygen.
Helps you find out if you’re having a calm, balanced or stressful day. Relax reminders will even prompt you to do a short breathing activity when you’re feeling stressed.
|Menstrual Cycle Tracking|
Lets you use the Garmin Connect™ app to track your cycle, log physical and emotional symptoms and learn about training and nutrition during each phase of your cycle. Even get cycle tracking information on your wrist.
Log your daily fluid intake as a reminder to stay hydrated. You can even have an auto goal for hydration that adjusts based on how much sweat you lose during activities — even underwater.
See how you’re breathing throughout the day, during sleep and during breath-work and yoga activities.
|Advanced Sleep Monitoring|
Get a full picture of how you’re sleeping, with a breakdown of your light, deep and REM sleep stages as well as Pulse Ox and respiration data
|Heart Rate Tracking|
The watch constantly samples your heart rate2 and will alert you if it stays high while you’re at rest. It also helps gauge how hard you work during activities even underwater.
When you want to relax or focus, you can start a breath-work activity, and this watch will track your stress and respiration to help you get a better understanding of how you’re breathing.
|On-Screen Animated Workout Modes|
Easy-to-follow, animated cardio, strength, yoga and Pilates workouts come preloaded on the watch, and you can download more from the Garmin Connect app.
|Preloaded Workout Modes|
Track all the ways you move with more than 20 preloaded GPS and indoor sports apps — including walking, running, cycling, pool swimming, golf and more.
Get a personal running coach on your wrist, for free, to help you train for your next 5K, 10K or half-marathon.
|Safety and Tracking Features|
When your watch and phone are paired, your live location can be sent to your contacts manually or — during outdoor activities — automatically with built-in incident detection.
Also Livetrack, Group LiveTrack and Live event sharing allow you to invite other to join you in your training.
|Yes, lacks Live event sharing and Assistant||Yes, lacks Live event sharing||Yes|
|Gym & Fitness Equipment|
Available gym profiles; Strength, Cardio and Elliptical Training, Stair Stepping, Floor Climbing, Indoor Rowing, Pilates and Yoga.
|Training, Planning and Analysis Features|
Available run profiles; Running, Treadmill Running, Indoor Track Running, Trail Running.
GPS speed and distance, customizable activity profiles, advanced training, VO2 Max., heat and altitude acclimation, training load, training effect, auto and manual mutisport activities, Garmin and Strava live segments.
Use ClimbPro ascent planner on downloaded courses to see real-time information on your current and upcoming climbs, including gradient, distance and elevation gain.
|Outdoor Recreation Features|
Outdoor recreational features include hiking, climbing, mountain biking, skiing, snowboarding, XC skiing, stand up paddleboarding, rowing, kayaking, jumpmaster, tactical
Access multiple global navigation satellite systems (GPS, GLONASS and Galileo) to track in more challenging environments than GPS alone.
Preloaded Topographical (TOPO) maps allow you use TOPO maps with Trendline Popularity Routing to find the best routes and navigate your adventures effortlessly
Preloaded Ski maps allow you view run names and difficulty ratings for 2,000 worldwide ski resorts.
Enter a distance you want to travel, and get suggested routes that will bring you back to your starting point. Trendline™ popularity routing helps you find the best local paths.
Follow a route or course with help from turn-by-turn directions, which let you know ahead of time when the next turn is coming.
Navigate your next trail with ABC sensors, including an altimeter for elevation data, barometer to monitor weather and three-axis electronic compass
Available run profiles include running, treadmill running, indoor track running, trail running
A first-of-its-kind PacePro feature helps keep you on pace with grade-adjusted guidance as you run a course.
Access full-color CourseView maps for more than 41,000 golf courses around the world, and get button targeting and the PlaysLike Distance feature.
Available swimming profiles; pool swimming, open water swimming, swimming/running.
Other features include; tracks metrics such as distance, pace, stroke count, stroke distance and SWOLF.
|Underwater Wrist-based Heart Rate Tracking|
Features underwater wrist-based heart rate tracking that helps you manage your swimming intensity.
Garmin Fenix 5 vs 5 Plus vs 6 Pro: Battery Life
|Fenix 5||Fenix 5 Plus||Fenix 6 Pro|
Smartwatch mode: Up to 2 weeks
GPS/HR mode: Up to 24 hours
UltraTrac™ mode: Up to 60 hours without wrist heart rate
| Smartwatch: Up to 12 days
GPS: Up to 18 hours
GPS and Music: Up to 8 hours
UltraTrac™ mode: Up to 42 hours
| Smartwatch: Up to 21 days
GPS: Up to 60 hours
GPS and Music: Up to 15 hours
Max Battery GPS Mode: 120 hours
Expedition GPS Activity: 46 days
Battery Saver Watch Mode: 80 days
Garmin Fenix 5 vs 5 Plus vs 6 Pro: The Differences And Which is Best?
Although slightly more expensive, the Fenix 6 Pro is the best choice. And for the following reasons;
- The 6 Pro also has a slight wider display than the 5 Plus and 5, yet same case sizes. This allow you see more at a glance. Moreover, its slimmer, sleeker and finer smartwatch thanks to the slimmer bezel.
- The 6 Pro with 32GB onboard storage capacity is twice that of the 5 Plus and far more than the 5 which lacks onboard storage.
- The 6 Pro has the most fitness tracking features with under-water heart rate tracking, onscreen workout mode, menstrual cycle tracking and a few more new activity tracking features which the 5 Plus and 5 lack.
- Moreover, the 6 Pro has a longer battery life than the other two which will see you go longer on a single charge.
However, if you’re tight on budget, the 5 Plus is a great alternative.
Garmin Fenix 5 vs 5 Plus vs 6 Pro: Editor’s Pick