Garmin Epix (Gen 2) Sapphire Specifications, Features and Price

$850.00

  • Release date:: January, 2022
  • Display:: 1.3 inches, Transflective (MIP) LCD
  • Body:: Silicone, Fiber-reinforced polymer
  • Battery Life:: 16 days
  • Storage:: 32GB ROM
  • Compatibility:: Android 7.0+ and iOS 13.0+

EDITOR’S RATING

Design:4.8 out of 5 stars (4.8 / 5)
Battery:4.8 out of 5 stars (4.8 / 5)
Fitness tracking:4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5)
Features:4.4 out of 5 stars (4.4 / 5)
Price:3.5 out of 5 stars (3.5 / 5)
Average:4.4 out of 5 stars (4.4 / 5)

Last updated on May 15, 2022 6:18 pm
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Description

Garmin Epix Sapphire Full Specifications, Features, Pros and Cons – Released alongside the Fenix 7 series is the Epix (GEN 2) which succeeds the Epix (Gen 1) released seven years ago. The Epix comes with the same features as the Fenix 7 series. However, the Epix units come with a more colorful and brighter AMOLED display compared to the transflective memory-in-pixel display of Fenix 7. It’s a fully equipped GPS smartwatch that comes with preloaded topographical, road/trail and ski maps. The base model comes with only preloaded ski maps with the option to download additional maps which can be done directly from the watch using the new map manager map.

The difference between the Epix and Fenix 7 is that the former comes with a more colorful display and it doesn’t have a solar model like the Fenix 7. Beyond this, both Fenix 7 and Epix series have the same features.

Garmin Epix Standard vs Epix Sapphire

The Epix Gen 2 comes in two units; Epix Sapphire and the base model. The difference between these two is that the Sapphire unit has a more durable build and comes with a higher 32GB storage as against 16GB of the base model. It also supports multi-band GPS and comes with a preloaded topographical map, road and & trail map, and ski resort map. The base model only comes with a preloaded ski resort map, but you can still download the other two and more using the map manager app on the watch.

Garmin Epix Sapphire – Design, display, media storage, activity tracking and more

The Epix (Gen 2) comes in two models; Epix Standard and Epix Sapphire. The difference between these two is that the Sapphire unit has a more durable build consisting of Sapphire glass protecting the display and a titanium bezel. It also comes with preloaded topographical, road/trail and ski resort maps, it also supports multi-band GPS for greater accuracy in location tracking, and has a higher 32GB storage capacity. The Base model comes with only preloaded ski resort maps, 16GB storage, has a Corning Gorilla Glass DX and stainless steel bezel. You can still download additional maps to the watch.

The Epix Sapphire has a very durable and premium build. It has a fiber-polymer case with a titanium rear cover, and a 22mm silicone straps that can be changed. The bezel is made of titanium while Sapphire glass protects the display. It has same 47 x 47 x 14.5mm size as the Fenix 7 units, and it’s rated 10ATM.

The main difference between the Epix and Fenix 7 is the display type. The Epix has AMOLED powering its 1.3 inches display just like the Venu 2 series. It supports touchscreen alongside 5 physical buttons and a revamped interface that makes it very easy to interact with the watch. You can always change the watch face as wish.

Beyond the premium build, Epix is very fitness-focused. With a handful of sensors built-in, it will track all the basics such as your heart rate, steps, sleep, calories, blood oxygen, floors climbed, respiratory rate and more.
New HIIT workout has been added as well as kiteboard, snowshoe and windsurfs sport profiles.

The Sapphire unit comes with preloaded topographical, road and ski resort maps. You can still download additional maps using the map manager app.

Epix Sapphire comes with a massive 32GB storage capacity with Spotify, Deezer and Amazon Music supported. You can download your playlists from any of these services (payment maybe required), then pair a Bluetooth headphone to listen to music.

Epix also has a decently long battery life of up to 16 days and up to 42hrs in GPS-only mode.

Garmin Epix Sapphire Features

  • 1.3 inches transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP) display, bright and easy to read outdoors. Touchscreen display with 5 physical buttons.
  • Clock features include time/date, GPS time sync, auto daylight saving, alarm, timer and stopwatch.
  • Download watch faces, widgets, data fields and apps from the Garmin Connect IQ Store.
  • Garmin Connect app now available on the watch. (NEW)
  • Features widget watch face that lets you add your favorite complications.
  • Calls reject/text response with preset texts (Android only). Also reply to notifications with preset replies.
  • Find my phone, watch, control music on smartphone and remote camera control.
  • Keeps you connected to all that matters to you, so you never get to miss important updates recieved on your phone.
  • Rated 10ATM (swim-proof).
  • 22mm interchangeable straps with quick release feature.
  • Compatible with both Android 7.0+ and iOS 13.0+ devices.
  • Sync and upload data from watch to the Garmin Connect community – a thriving community of fitness enthusiasts where you can connect and share.
  • 32GB onboard storage capacity with support for streaming services such as Spotify, Deezer and Amazon Music. You can also download playlists then listen via a Bluetooth headphone.
Garmin Epix Sapphire Activity Tracking Features
  • Safety and Tracking features include,
  • LiveTrack that lets you invite others to join in your training goals and group LiveTrack that lets you invite more people to join in your training activities. Others include incidental fall detection that enables the watch call a preset emergency contact (phone must be enarby), live event sharing that lets you share your training activities with members of the Garmin Connect community, plus Group LiveTrack and Assistance.

  • Tactical features include,
  • Dual-grid coordinates.

  • Activity Tracking features include ,
  • Steps counter, sleep monitoring, calories, floors climbed, distance traveled, intensity minutes, fitness age, TrueUp, Move IQ, and all-day stress tracking.

  • Gym and Fitness Equipment include ,
  • Cardio, strength. HIIT, and pilates workouts. Others include onscreen animated workouts and automatic rep counting. Available gym profiles are strength, HIIT, cardio and elliptical training, stair-stepping, floor climbing, indoor rowing, pilates and yoga.

  • Training, Planning, and Analysis features include ,
  • Downloadable training plans, respiration rate (during exercise), customizable activity profiles, VO2 max, activity history on watch, GPS speed and distance, create custom activity profiles, advanced workouts the new real-time stamina.

    Others are training load, training status, training effect, improved recovery time, daily suggested workouts, Trendline™ Popularity Routing, auto and manual multisport activities, Garmin live segments, course guidance, custom alerts and more.

  • Heart Rate Tracking features includes,
  • HR zones, HR alerts, HR calories, % HR max, %HRR, HRV stress test, recovery time and HR broadcast data to paired device.

  • Running features include ,
  • GPS-based distance, time and pace, run workouts, foot pod capable, cadence (real-time steps/min), stride length, running dynamics, race predictor, performance condition and lactate threshold that analysis HR and pace to estimate when the muscles begin to fatigue and PacePro.

    Available run profiles include running, track running, treadmill running, indoor track running, trail running, virtual running and ultra running.

  • Golfing features includes,
  • Yardage to layups, yardage to front/middle/back, measures short distance, digital scorecard, custom targets, full vector map, auto courseview updates, hazards and course targets, pinpointer, playslike distance, touch-targeting, handicap scoring, Truswing compatible, round timer, tournament legal and preloaded with 42000 courses worldwide.

  • Outdoor recreational features includes,
  • Point-to-point navigation, bread crumb trail in real-time, back to start, TracBack, UltraTrac mode, around me mode, up ahead, elevation profile, distance to destination, barometric trend indicator with storm alert, ClimbPro ascent planner, total descent/ascent, future elevation plot, preloaded topographical maps, preloaded road and trail maps, preloaded ski resort maps and more.

    Available outdoor recreational profiles include hiking, indoor climbing, bouldering, climbing, mountain biking, skiing, snowboarding, xc skiing, stand-up paddleboarding, rowing, kayaking, surfing, hunting, jumpmaster, tactical, kiteboard, windsurf and snowshoe.

  • Cycling features include ,
  • time/distance alerts, courses, cycle map (routable), MTB grit and flow, bike lap and lap max. power, race an activity, functional threshold power, compatible with Vector™, power meter compatible, advanced vector support, compatible with Varia Vision™, compatible with Varia™ Radar, compatible with Varia™ Lights and supports speed and cadence sensor.

    Available cycling profiles include biking, indoor biking, mountain biking and triathlon.

  • Swim tracking features includes,
  • Drill logging (pool swim only), basic rest timer (pool swim only), auto rest (pool swim only), time/distance alerts, pacing alerts (pool swim only), countdown start (pool swim only), pool swim workouts, critical swim speed and underwater wrist-based heart rate.

    Open-water swim metrics include distance, pace, stroke count/rate, stroke distance, swim efficiency (SWOLF) and calories.

    Pool swim metrics include lengths, distance, pace, stroke count, swim efficiency (SWOLF) and calories.

    Stroke type detection includes freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly (pool swim only). Available swim profiles include pool swimming, open water swimming and swimming/running.

Pros

  • Premium design, rugged, compact and stylish design.
  • Up to 16 days long battery life.
  • Bright and colorful AMOLED display.
  • A comprehensive activity tracker.
  • Rated (10ATM) Swim-proof.
  • Multi-band GPS support for better tracking accuracy.
  • Multisport GPS smartwatch with preloaded and downloadable maps.
  • Make payment on the go with Garmin Pay.
  • 32GB onboard music storage.

Cons

  • Lacks microphone and loudspeaker.
  • Quite expensive.
  • Quite heavy and thick.

Garmin Epix Review

Additional information

ABOUT DEVICE

ABOUT DEVICE

Device name

Garmin Epix (Gen 2) Sapphire

Device type

Gender

Release date

January, 2022

Predecessor

None

Successor

Versions

Epix (Gen 2) Sapphire, Epix (Gen 2) Standard

BODY

BODY

Dimension

47 x 47 x 14.5 mm

Weight

70g

Shape

Circular

Case material

Fiber-reinforced polymer, Titanium rear

Strap material

Silicone

Bezel material

Titanium

Strap size

22 mm

Screen protection

Water resistance

Durability test

MIL-STD-810G

Swim-proof

Color

Carbon-gray case/black-band, White case/white band

DISPLAY

DISPLAY

Display size

1.3 inches

Display type

AMOLED

Display resolution

416 x 416 px

Pixel density

452.5 PPI

Always on

Custom watch face

Yes

Input type

5 Physical buttons, Touchscreen

CONNECTIVITY

CONNECTIVITY

Bluetooth

ANT+, Bluetooth

Bluetooth calling

No

GPS

Galileo, GLONASS, GPS

NFC

Wi-Fi

Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n

MEMORY

MEMORY

RAM

ROM

Memory card slot

CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY

CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY

Technology

None

SIM type

Band

NOTIFICATIONS

NOTIFICATIONS

SMS alert

Calls alert

Email alert

Event reminder

Third-party apps alert

MEDIA

MEDIA

Audio

Bluetooth music

Music streaming

Loudspeaker

Microphone

Camera

Radio

SENSORS

SENSORS

Accelerometer

Altimeter

Yes

Ambient light

Barometer

Compass

ECG

Gyroscope

HRM

Pulse oximeter (SpO2)

Yes

Thermometer

Yes

Other sensors

ACTIVITY TRACKING

ACTIVITY TRACKING

Blood oxygen

Blood Pressure

Calories

Distance

ECG tracking

Heart rate monitoring

Sleep tracking

Steps

Floors climbed

Stress

Yes

Incidental fall detection

Menstrual cycle

VO2 Max

Swim-tracking

Underwater heart rate tracking

Yes

On-screen workout

Sport modes

Yes

BATTERY

BATTERY

Battery type

non-removable Lithium-polymer

Battery capacity

Battery life

GPS-only mode: Up to 42hrs (30hrs always-on), Smartwatch mode: Up to 16 days (6 days always-on)

Charging type

Charging dock

Charging time

1-2 hours

Solar power

PLATFORM

PLATFORM

Chipset

CPU

GPU

Operating system

Proprietary OS

MISC

MISC

Companion app

Garmin Connect

Compatibility

Android 7.0+, iOS 13.0+

Payment system

Interchangeable strap

,

Voice command

Find my phone

Box content

Charger, Garmin Epix Sapphire, Manual, Straps

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