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Garmin Fenix 6S Full Specifications and Features

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Last Updated on March 27, 2020 by Jude Simeone

The much talked about successor to the Fenix 5 series has been released. It’s the Fenix 6 series – the latest multisport GPS smartwatches from Garmin. Six members make up the Fenix 6 lineup which are; the 6, 6s, 6 pro, 6s pro, 6x pro, and 6x pro solar – that’s six outstanding GPS smartwatches.

These six are further divided into two; the Basic (6 and 6s) and Pro (6 pro, 6s pro, 6x pro, 6x pro solar) editions. The Basic editions lack onboard music storage, Wi-Fi and map, all of which are available on the Pro editions.

Below are new features added to the Fenix 6 series,

  • Garmin reduced the thickness size of the 42mm- 6s and 6s pro, 47mm-6 and 6 pro, and 51mm- 6x pro and 6x pro solar. The display size have also been increased except for the 42mm version which retained same display size as it predecessor.
  • Added a new widget feature that’s similar to the Apple watch Infographic watch face. The widget feature allow you add up to 6 of your favorite features to the Fenix 6s and 6s pro, while the 6, 6 pro, 6x pro, and 6x pro solar get up to 8 data fields. New map display themes have been added, but are only available on the Pro editions.
  • The Fenix 6 sets are more durable as they’ve been tested accordingly to the US military grade test standards for thermal, shock and water resistance.
  • Each Pro edition of the Fenix 6 has 32GB storage capacity which is twice that of the Fenix 5 Plus ( the Basic editions don’t have onboard music storage).
  • Pulse ox sensor is available on each member of the Fenix 6.
  • Map with trendline popularity routing, ski resorts and PacePro have been added to the Pro editions.
  • Incident detection introduced to the latest Forerunner series have also been added to all members of the Fenix 6.
  • Underwater wrist based heart rate tracking have been added to each member of the Fenix 6.
  • New battery management features that include the expedition mode seen on the MARQ series have also been added to the Fenix 6, including the battery saver mode that will see each member of the Fenix 6 last for weeks.Also new is solar charging supported on the 6x pro solar which uses solar energy to last a little longer.

Prices starts at $600 for the Fenix 6 and 6s, $700 for the 6 pro and 6s pro, goes up to$800 for the sapphire editions, $750 for the 6x pro and even higher for the 6x pro solar at $1000 and $1150 for the titanium edition.

Garmin Fenix 6S Full Specifications

Garmin Fenix 6S
garmin fenix 6s specs


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Device nameGarmin Fenix 6S
Device typeFitness/GPS smartwatch
PredessesorGarmin Fenix 5S
Released dateAugust, 2019
Ideal forWomen


Display typeTransflective MIP LCD
Display size1.2 inch
Display resolution240 x 240 pixels
Pixel density--
Input type 5 buttons, Not touchscreen
Customizable watch faceYes


Dimension42 x 42 x 13.8 mm
Weight58 grams
Casing materialFiber-reinforced polymer with polymer rear cover
Strap/band materialSilicone
Bezel MaterialStainless steel
Strap size20mm
Interchangeable band Yes, 20mm
Screen protectionCorning Gorilla Glass DX
Water resistant/ProtectionYes, 10ATM
Swim-proofYes, recommended


Internal storage__
Memory card slotNo


BluetoothYes, and ANT+
Bluetooth callingNo




Email alertYes
SMS alertYes
Calls alertYes
Event reminderYes
Third-party appsYes


Sleep apneaNo
Sleep trackingYes
Floors climbedYes
Heart rate monitoringYes
VO2 Max.Yes
Blood oxygenYes
Blood pressureNo
Menstrual cycle trackingYes
Swim trackingYes
Under-water heart rate trackingYes
Preloaded mapsNo
On-screen workout modesYes
Triathlon modeYes
ECG TrackingNo
Preloaded sport modesYes
Safety trackingYes


Music streamingNo
Bluetooth musicNo


Heart rate monitor (HRM)Yes
Gyroscope Yes
Ambient lightYes
Pulse OximeterYes
Other sensors__


Operating system (OS)Proprietary OS


Type of batteryNon-removable Li-ion battery
Battery capacity --
Battery lifeSmartwatch: Up to 9 days
GPS: Up to 25 hours
Max Battery GPS Mode: 50 hours
Expedition GPS Activity: 20 days
Battery Saver Watch Mode: 34 days
Charging typeUSB charging cable
Charging timeAbout 1-2 hours
Battery saver modeYes
Solar powerNo
Rapid chargingNo




Control cameraYes
Music controlYes
Find phoneYes
Text responseYes, (Android Only)


Payment systemGarmin pay
Compatibility Android 4.4+
IOS 10.0+
Bluetooth 4.0+
Check if your device is compatible
Companion appGarmin connect IQ store
Voice commandNo


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USB charging cable
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  • Premium Design
  • Garmin has overhauled the design of the Fenix 6 with each member being slimmer than its predecessor plus a wider display that lets you see more at a glance. The 51mm version- 6x pro and 6x pro solar have the biggest 1.4 inches display, 1.3 inches for the 47mm version, and 1.2 inches for the 42mm version which includes the 6s and 6s pro.

    Transflective memory-in-display (MIP) still powers the display of the various members of the Fenix 6 which is very bright and easy to read outdoors. Also, Fiber-reinforced polymer with metal rear cover has been used for the casing, while the bezel is stainless with the option of DLC coated steel for the Pro editions.

    Garmin still stick to non-touchscreen support as each of the Fenix 6 lacks touchscreen support, you’ll have to rely on the 5 buttons that still makes these lots very easy to navigate. And the new widget that allows you to add up to 6 or 8 data fields makes it even easier to find your favorite features.

    The Fenix 6 is now more durable with Corning Gorilla glass 3 manning the display on each member, and a more premium sapphire crystal glass for the Pro editions.

    Straps come in different sizes, 20mm for the 42mm version, 22mm for the 47mm and 26mm for the 51mm. Straps are interchangeable and are available in different materials.

    There are lots of watch face to choose from, you can as well create custom watch faces using the Garmin connect store.

  • Storage/Media
  • Garmin has increased the storage capacity of Fenix 6 with the Pro editions having twice the storage capacity of Fenix 5 Plus which means you can now take more music with you on the go. The Basic editions lack any significant storage capacity and as such don’t support onboard music storage.

  • Water Resistance Rating
  • Each member of the Fenix 6 is rated 10ATM which means water resistance up to 100 meters. Thus, it’s safe to wear the Fenix 6 under the rain, to the shower, pool or the ocean without worrying about the device getting damaged.

    Also, Fenix 6 has been tested accordingly to the US military grade standards for thermal, shock and water resistance which makes each member of the Fenix 6 a more durable device.

  • Impressive and Manageable Battery Life
  • The Fenix 6 series have longer battery life than the Fenix 5 series thanks to the new battery management features that include power manager, power modes, expedition mode, and ultra-low battery saver mode.

    The power manager feature will allow you to adjust features based on your preference, while the power mode feature allows you to create custom battery mode. The expedition mode introduced in the MARQ series will see the Fenix 6 last for weeks. It’s a low power GPS reference mode that ensures you can go longer.

    The ultra-low battery saver mode will deactivate heart rate tracking as well as other power-consuming features but will keep the Fenix 6 going for weeks.

  • Activity/Fitness Tracking
  • Like every other GPS multisport smartwatches from Garmin, each member of the Fenix 6 series is fitness-focused and well equipped to track your active life.

    Activity tracking features include;

    • Steps, calories, fitness age, sleep monitoring, and all day stress tracking.
    • Available indoor gym activities include; indoor rowing, strength training and cardio training.
    • Training and planning features include training load, training effect, and activity history on the watch.
    • Running features include running, treadmill running, and trail running.
    • Heart rate sensor tracks your heart rate variability to give you insight on 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.
    • Outdoor recreational features 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.
    • Loads of golfing features are also available.
    • In-depth swim tracking features including the newly added wrist-based heart rate tracking that enable the Fenix 6 sets to track your heart rate while swimming resulting in better insight into your swimming activities.
    • Also available is TOPO map with trendline popularity that can help you navigate the most difficult terrains with the option to choose from thousands of routes with the addition of trendline popularity routing visibility pro that adds more analytic features to help you find the best routes. (These features aren’t present on the Basic editions)
    • Also featured, is the body battery energy monitor 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.
    • Garmin added PacePro – a feature that enables grade-guidance that can improve your running experience. (Basic editions lack these feature)
    • Also added ski resort maps with over 2000 ski resorts worldwide to choose from ( the Basic editions lack these feature).
    • The incident detection feature introduced to the Forerunner 945 is also available on the Fenix 6 series which can help you get help when there’s a sudden fall. It sends your location to preset emergency contacts.
    • Pulse ox sensor introduced on the Fenix 5x plus is also available and 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 your quality of sleep. The Pulse ox sensor achieves these functions by monitoring how well your body absorbs oxygen.
    • Added ClimbPro ascent planner that allows you to choose from downloaded courses to see real-time information on your current and upcoming climbs, including gradient, distance and elevation gain.
    • Also added ABC sensor that can help you navigate your next trail run with an altimeter for elevation data, barometer to monitor the weather and three-axis electronic compass.
    • Notifications

      Each member of the Fenix 6 is equipped with Bluetooth and ANT+ to keep you connected to all that matters to you. Fenix 6 is compatible with both android and iOS devices which upon successful connection will keep you updated when there’s a new notification on your phone.

      You can respond with texts or reject phone calls with texts, but these features are only supported on Android devices. You can also control music on your phone.

      The Pro editions come with Wi-Fi which the Basic editions lack. NFC chip which supports Garmin Pay is available on each member of the Fenix 6 which allows you to make payment on the go directly from the watch.


      • Premium and rugged design.
      • Sturdily built.
      • Manageable and very impressive long battery life.
      • Comprehensive activity trackers.
      • Swim-proof.


      • Quiet expensive.
      • Lacks onboard music storage.
      • Lacks microphone.


      Garmin Fenix 6 review


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