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Last Updated on March 23, 2020 by Jude Simeone

The Garmin Fenix 6 series is here and it consists of 3 sets of multisport GPS smartwatches which include; the 6 and 6 Pro, 6s and 6s Pro, and 6x Pro and 6x Pro solar. These smartwatches will be succeeding in the Fenix 5 series; 5, 5S and 5X respectively. Each of these 6 is available with sapphire glass which will cost you more.

The Fenix 6 series is more compact and slimmer than the Fenix 5 series. The new Fenix 6 also has more activity tracking and battery saver features that will see these lots last a little longer. In this comparison though, we’re comparing the Garmin Fenix 5X Plus vs 6X Pro vs 6X Pro Solar specs and features – three of Garmin’s most outstanding premium GPS smartwatches and undoubtedly some of the very best for comprehensive activity tracking.

Garmin Fenix 5X Plus vs 6X Pro vs 6X Pro Solar – Specifications

 Garmin Fenix 5X PlusGarmin Fenix 6X ProGarmin Fenix 6X Pro Solar
garmin 5x plus specsgarmin fenix 6x pro full specsgarmin fenix 6x pro full specs

EDITOR'S RATING

Design:
4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Battery:
4.4 out of 5 stars (4.4 / 5)
Fitness tracking:
4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5)
Features:
4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Price:
3.2 out of 5 stars (3.2 / 5)
Average:
4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)
Design:
4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5)
Battery:
4.6 out of 5 stars (4.6 / 5)
Fitness tracking:
4.8 out of 5 stars (4.8 / 5)
Features:
4.4 out of 5 stars (4.4 / 5)
Price:
3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Average:
4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)
Design:
4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5)
Battery:
4.9 out of 5 stars (4.9 / 5)
Fitness tracking:
4.8 out of 5 stars (4.8 / 5)
Features:
4.4 out of 5 stars (4.4 / 5)
Price:
3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Average:
4.4 out of 5 stars (4.4 / 5)

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ABOUT DEVICE

Device nameGarmin Fenix 5X PlusGarmin Fenix 6X ProGarmin Fenix 6X Pro Solar
Device typeFitness/GPS/Classic smartwatchFitness/GPS smartwatchFitness/GPS smartwatch
PredessesorGarmin Fenix 5XGarmin Fenix 5X PlusGarmin Fenix 5X Plus
SuccessorGarmin Fenix 6X Pro----
Released dateJune, 2018August, 2019August, 2019
Ideal forMenMenMen

DISPLAY

Display typeTransflective memory-in-display (MIP)Transflective MIP LCDTransflective MIP LCD
Display size1.2 inch1.4 inch1.4 inch
Display resolution240 x 240 pixels280 x 280 pixels280 x 280 pixels
Pixel density------
Input type5 buttons (not touchscreen)5 buttons (Not touchscreen)5 buttons (Not touchscreen)
Always-onYesYesYes

BODY

ShapeCircularCircularCircular
Dimension51 x 51 x 17.5 mm51 x 51 x 14.9 mm51 x 51 x 14.9 mm
Weight96 g
Titanium: 87 g
93g (steel)82g (titanium)
Casing materialFiber-reinforced polymer with polymer rear coverFiber-reinforced polymer with polymer rear coverFiber-reinforced polymer with polymer rear cover
Strap/band materialSilicone
Leather
Titanium
Silicone
Leather
Titanium
Nylon
Silicone
Titanium
Bezel MaterialStainless steel
or Titanium
Stainless steel or
DLC coated steel
Titanium
DLC
Strap size26mm26mm26mm
Screen protectionDomed sapphire crystalCorning Gorilla Glass 3
Sapphire Crystal
Power Glass™
Water resistant/ProtectionYes, 10ATMYes, 10ATMYes, 10ATM
Swim-proofYes, recommendedYes, recommendedYes, recommended
Color(s)Black
Silver
BlackBlack, gray

MEMORY

RAM------
Internal storage16GB32GB32GB
Memory card slotNoNoNo

CONNECTIVITY

BluetoothYes, and ANT+ Yes, and ANT+ Yes, and ANT+
Bluetooth callingNoNoNo
Wi-FiYesYesYes
NFCYesYesYes
GPSGPS/GLONASS/GalileoGPS/GLONASS/GalileoGPS/GLONASS/Galileo

CELLULAR TECHNOLOGY

TechnologyNoNoNo
SIMNoNoNo
BandNoNoNo

NOTIFICATIONS

Email alertYesYesYes
SMS alertYesYesYes
Calls alertYesYesYes
Event reminderYesYesYes
WeatherYesYesYes
Third-party appsYesYesYes

FITNESS TRACKING

Sleep apneaNoNoNo
Sleep trackingYesYesYes
StepsYesYesYes
Floors climbedYesYesYes
Heart rate monitoringYesYesYes
CaloriesYesYesYes
DistanceYesYesYes
StressYesYesYes
VO2 Max.YesYesYes
Blood oxygenYesYesYes
Blood pressureNoNoNo
Menstrual cycle trackingYesYesYes
Swim trackingYesYesYes
Under-water heart rate trackingNoYesYes
Preloaded mapsYesYesYes
On-screen workout modesNoYesYes
Triathlon modeYesYesYes
ECG TrackingNoNoNo
Preloaded sport modesYesYesYes
Safety trackingYesYesYes

MEDIA

Audiomp3/mp4mp3/mp4mp3/mp4
Music streamingYesYesYes
Bluetooth musicYesYesYes
RadioNoNoNo
LoudspeakerNoNoNo
MicrophoneNoNoNo
CameraNoNoNo

SENSORS

AccelerometerYesYesYes
Barometer/AltimeterYesYesYes
Heart rate monitor (HRM)YesYesYes
CompassYesYesYes
Gyroscope YesYesYes
Ambient lightYesYesYes
Pulse Ox.YesYesYes
ECGNoNoNo
ThermometerYesYesYes
Other sensors--____

PLATFORM

Operating system (OS)Proprietary OSProprietary OSProprietary OS
Chipset------
CPU------
GPU------

BATTERY

Type of batteryNon-removable Li-ion batteryNon-removable Li-ion batteryNon-removable Li-ion battery
Battery capacity ------
Battery lifeSmartwatch: Up to 20 days
GPS: Up to 32 hours
GPS and Music: Up to 13 hours
UltraTrac™ mode: Up to 70 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
Smartwatch: Up to 21 days +3 days*
GPS: Up to 60 hours +6 hours
GPS and music: Up to 15 hours +1 hour
Max battery GPS mode: 120 hours + 28 hours
Expedition GPS activity: 46 days + 10 days
Battery saver watch mode: 80 days + 40 days
Charging typeUSB charging cableUSB charging cableUSB charging cable
Charging timeAbout 1-2 hoursAbout 1-2 hoursAbout 1-2 hours
Battery saver modeYesYesYes
Solar powerNoNoYes
Rapid chargingNoNoNo

CLOCK FEATURES

Time/DateYesYesYes
StopwatchYesYesYes
AlarmYesYesYes

OTHER FUNCTIONS

Control cameraYesYesYes
Music controlYesYesYes
Find phoneYesYesYes
Text responseYesYes, (Android Only)Yes, (Android Only)

MISC

Payment systemNoGarmin payGarmin pay
Compatibility Android and iOS
Check if your device is compatible
Android 4.4+
IOS 10.0+
Bluetooth 4.0+
Check if your device is compatible
Android and IOS
Bluetooth 4.0+
Check if your device is compatible
Companion appGarmin connect IQ storeGarmin connect IQ storeGarmin connect IQ store
Customizable watch faceYesYesYes
Interchangeable band Yes, 26mmYes, 26mmYes, 26mm
Voice commandNoNoNo

BOX CONTENTS

Garmin Fenix 5X PlusGarmin Fenix 6X ProGarmin Fenix 6X Pro Solar
StrapsStrapsStraps
USB charging cableUSB charging cableUSB charging cable
Quick start guideQuick start guideQuick start guide
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Features Compared

What’s the Difference?
The difference between the Fenix 5x plus and 6x pro is that the latter has a bigger display, comes with more activity tracking features that might not be coming to the 5x plus in future updates and as well has a longer battery life and higher storage capacity than the 5x plus.

  • Design

  • The Fenix 6x pro has a larger 1.4 inches display that represents a 36% increase compared to the 5x plus allowing you see more at a glance. The 6x pro is also slimmer than the 5x plus which leaves it with a more attractive display. It also weighs less than the 5x plus, thus making it a more comfortable wear.

    It appears the 6x pro is meant to succeed the 5x plus, so also is the 6x pro solar. However, the 6x pro solar is a more premium device built with the highest quality materials only. It comes with titanium or DLC coated steel straps compared to the other two that feature stainless steel.

    It also weighs a bit less and uses a power glass that can use solar energy to make the 6x pro solar last a little longer than the 6x pro and 5x plus.
    Garmin has also added a new widget to the 6x pro/pro solar that can take up to 8 different data fields. That’ll make it easier to access your favorite features. There are also new map display themes that include popularity, marine, dark and outdoor.

  • Storage

  • The Fenix 5x plus has 16GB storage capacity while the new 6x pro/pro solar have twice that capacity allowing you take more of favorite tunes with you.

  • Fitness Tracking

  • Just like all Garmin’s GPS smartwatches, the Fenix 6x pro, 6x pro solar and 5x plus are fitness focused and well equipped to offer you the most comprehensive activity tracking experience. These three are no doubt some of the best GPS smartwatches on the market.

    The Fenix 6x pro, 6x pro solar and 5x plus are well equipped to track your daily activities such as steps, calories, fitness age, distance, sleep monitoring, and all-day stress tracking.

    Each of these three also features indoor gym activities such as indoor rowing, strength training, and cardio training, including in-depth training and planning analysis features that include training load, training effect and activity history on the watch.

    You also get running features such as running, treadmill running and trail running, plus heart rate sensor that tracks your heart rate variability and capable of showing your heart rate zones, max heart rate and recovery time to help you manage the intensity of your training so that you can achieve more fitness goals without breaking down.

    The Fenix 6x pro, 6x pro solar and 5x plus have outdoor recreational features that include hiking, climbing, mountain biking, skiing, snowboarding, XC skiing, stand up paddleboarding, rowing, and jumpmaster. And cycling features such as biking, indoor biking, mountain biking, triathlon, including in-depth golf and swimming features.

    Also featured on these three is the presence of a pulse oximeter sensor that serves two functions; A. for altitude acclimation, where it can help you know when it’s not safe to continue climbing and B. sleep monitoring to help you see the quality of your sleep. The Pulse ox sensor achieves these functions by monitoring how well your body absorbs oxygen.

    There is the TOPO map feature with trendline popularity that can help you navigate the most difficult terrains with the option to choose from thousands of routes.

    Also available on these three is the body battery energy monitor feature that uses data from heart rate variability, stress, sleep, and other data to gauge when you’re ready to be active or when you may need to rest so that you train and achieve more without breaking down.

    Also added is the ClimbPro ascent planner which allows you to choose from downloaded courses to see real-time information on your current and upcoming climbs, including gradient, distance and elevation gain.

    However, the table below shows activity tracking features present on the 6x pro and 6x pro solar but not on the 5x plus.

    Garmin Fenix 5X Plus Garmin Fenix 6X Pro/6X Pro Solar
    Lacks trendline popularity routing visibility pro. Trendline popularity routing visibility pro available on the 6x pro and 6x pro solar adds more features to the TOPO map allowing for more visual and analytic features to help you find the best route.
    Lacks Pacepro. Garmin added PacePro to the 6 Pro sets which includes the 6x pro and pro solar. The PacePro feature enables grade-guidance that can improve your running experience.
    Lacks Ski resort maps. Skii resort maps is available on the 6x pro and 6x pro solar with over 2000 ski resorts worldwide to choose from.
    Lacks incident detection. The incident detection feature introduced to the Forerunner series is also available on the Fenix 6x pro and 6x pro solar which can help you get help when there’s an accidental fall. It sends your location to preset emergency contacts.
    Lacks wrist based swimming heart rate tracking. The Fenix 6x pro/6x pro solar has the ability to track your heart rate while you swim which can help you get better overview of your swimming activities.

  • Battery Life

Like other watches on the Garmin multisport GPS smartwatches lineup, the Fenix 5x plus and 6x pro/pro solar have impressive battery life that’ll see you through days on a single charge. However, the Fenix 6x pro and Pro solar have a longer battery life than the 5x plus thanks to the new battery management feature that elongates the battery life a little longer.

Moreover the 6x pro solar with the ability to convert solar radiation into electrical form has a slightly longer battery life than the 6x pro and even longer than the 5x plus.

The new battery saver features include power modes which allow you create custom battery saver modes, as well as the expedition mode featured on the MARQ series – an ultralow powered GPS reference that will keep the Fenix 6x pro/pro solar going for days. These new battery management features will see the Fenix 6x pro/pro solar last a little longer than the 5x plus which no doubt makes it a great choice for anyone involved in extreme sport activities.

Garmin Fenix 5X Plus Smartwatch mode: Up to 20 days
GPS: Up to 32 hours
GPS and Music: Up to 8 hours
Garmin Fenix 6X Pro. Smartwatch: Up to 21 days
GPS: Up to 60hrs
GPS and Music: Up to 15hrs
Max Battery GPS Mode: 120hrs
Expedition GPS Activity: 46 days
Battery Saver Watch Mode: 80 days
Garmin Fenix 6X Pro Solar Smartwatch: Up to 21 days +3 days
GPS: Up to 60hrs +6hrs
GPS and music: Up to 15hrs +1hr
Max battery GPS mode: 120hrs + 28hrs
Expedition GPS activity: 46 days + 10 days
Battery saver watch mode: 80 days + 40 days

Which is the Best?

These no doubt these are some of the very best GPS smartwatches on the market. These three are premium GPS smartwatches with design and features that define a true premium smartwatch.

It’s important to note that the 6x pro and 5x plus are almost the same price, despite the 6x pro having a wider display, yet same case size looks more attractive, has more fitness tracking features, higher storage capacity, and a longer battery life thanks to the battery saver feature. The 6x pro is clearly a better deal thus the 5X Plus.

On the other hand, the more expensive and premium 6x pro solar is the best choice. It has the most sophisticated design that truly defines a premium smartwatch.

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