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Garmin Quatix 5 Full Specifications and Features

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Last Updated on March 31, 2020 by Jude Simeone

The Garmin Quatix 5 smartwatch is a premium smartwatch specifically designed for the water ways. It’s a great choice for those who want a great companion to easily navigate and track their activities in the ocean.The device is also well equipped in both design and loaded with a host of fitness tracking features. It was released in January 2017 and runs on Garmin’s proprietary OS.

garmin quatix 5 full specifications and features
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Garmin Quatix 5 Full Specifications


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Device nameGarmin Quatix 5
Device typeClassic/sporty smartwatch
Released dateJanuary, 2017
Ideal forMen (will look good too on women.)


Display typeLED with
Transflective memory-in-display (MIP)
Display size1.2 inch
Screen resolution240 x 240 pixels
Input typeTouchscreen with 5 buttons


Dimension47 x 47 x 15.5 mm
Weight85 grams (silicon strap)
156 grams (metal band)
Casing materialFiber-reinforced polymer
Strap materialSilicone or steel
Bezel Materialstainless steel
Band size22mm
Screen protectionGlass or sapphire crystal
Water resistantYes, 10ATM


Internal storage 64MB
Memory card slot--




SIM slotNo


Email alertYes
SMS alertYes
Calls alertYes
Event reminderYes
Weather forecastYes
Facebook notifacationYes
Twitter notificationYes
Whatsapp notificationYes


Sleep trackingYes
Heart rate monitoringYes
Distance coveredYes
Steps climbedYes
Calories burntYes
Calories ConsumptionYes


Bluetooth musicYes


Accelerometer Yes
Magnetometer Yes
Heart rate monitor (HRM)Yes
Gyroscope Yes
Ambient lightYes


Operating system (OS)Proprietary OS


Type of batteryLithium-ion
Battery capacity --
Battery life12days+ on smartwatch mode , ~ 20 hours+ with GPS on
ChargingUSB charging cable
Charging timeAbout 2 hours


Payment system--
Compatibility Andriod 4.4 or later
IOS 10.0 or later
Bluetooth 4.0 or later
Check if your device is compatible
Companion appGermin connect IQ store
Customizable watch faceYes
Interchangeable band Yes,22mm
Voice commandNo


Garmin Quatix 5
USB charging cable
User manual

Germin Quatix 5 Features

  1. Design
  2. The Garmin Quatix 5 has a compact, stylish and classic design that makes it suitable for virtually any event. It is circular just like most Garmin smartwatches, features a 1.2inch screen size powered by high-resolution full-color Garmin chroma display with LED backlighting to make reading contents on the screen possible under all ambient conditions and as well a transflective technology that makes the screen visible even under intense sunlight.

    The body of the Quatix 5 is built for durability, the casing is made of fiber-reinforced polymer material while the bezel material is a stainless steel material. The strap comes in different varieties of materials, a silicone material that weighs 85 grams with the Quatix 5 and a metal strap that weighs 156 grams which is quite heavy, but its totally dependent on your choice. The Quatix 5 doesn’t support touchscreen, but has an additional 5 physical buttons to make navigating the 1.2-inch screen very easy.

  3. Battery
  4. With the enormous features built into the Quatix 5, it still surpassed our expectations. The battery life is quite impressive. It comes with a Li-ion battery type which on smartwatch mode can last up to 2 weeks while with the GPS on, you should expect a battery life of about a day. This surpasses the average battery life with GPS on when compared with other good smartwatches.

    The battery can be charged with a USB charging cable that comes with the device. It’s recommended that you use only Garmin chargers to charge the Quatix 5.

  5. Water Resistance/Protection
  6. The Quatix 5 is one of the few smartwatches with 10ATM rating, this is massive. This means you can wear the Quatix 5 under the rain, under the shower without worrying about damaging it. The device is specially crafted for those who want to go deep in water, like the pool and even more friendly the ocean as deep as 100 meters making it a perfect companion for a journey into the waterways.

    The screen is protected as well with good materials, a glass material or a sapphire material which is stronger and scratch resistant, however, it will cost you more money.

  7. Activity/Fitness tracking
  8. The Quatix 5 is loaded with all the required sensors which are really sensitive and ready to track all your activities both on land and in the sea. It can track your steps, calories burnt, heart rate, hiking and a host of other activities.

    The Quatix 5 is also one of the few smartwatches with lots of inbuilt activity tracking for swimming, boating, and other deep sea-related activities. There is a sail assist feature that lets you visualize all your sail racing activities. You can also monitor and track canoeing activities such as distance covered per stroke, total distance and a host of other interesting features that makes the Quatix 5 stand out as one of the best fitness smartwatches.

    There is a built-in activity profile ranging from treadmill, bike, pool, and swimming. You can decide to create your own custom activity profiles. There is built-in support for lots of sports activities such as hiking, skiing, golfing and a host of other fitness and sporting activities.

    You can add power data to your training by downloading the running power app from the Connect IQ store onto your compatible watch. Built by Garmin Labs, the Running Power app taps into metrics such as pace, vertical oscillation, grade and even local wind conditions to determine the amount of power you’re applying at the ground as you run.

    With the inbuilt GPS /GLONASS you can navigate both on land and waterways activities easily like track distances you covered, routes, locations even in difficult environments where the GPS lags.

  9. Notifications & Application

The Quatix 5 when connected to a compatible device is a great companion when it comes to is keeping you updated with latest notifications from your smartphone such as;

  • It alerts you when there is an incoming call or missed calls.
  • Stay updated with the event reminder features.
  • It is capable of updating you with weather forecast data.
  • It notifies you when you have a new text message alert.
  • It lets you receive email alerts on the go.
  • It alerts you instantly when there is a notification from different third-party applications such as Facebook alerts, Whatapp alert and Twitter alerts.

The Quatix 5 is customizable, you can customize the watch face simple by downloading your preferred choice from the Garmin connect IQ store. There are also different available straps that includes 22mm silicon and metal materials which you can choose from to customize to your choice.

The Quatix 5 is compatible with android 4.4 or later and iOS 10.0 or later devices. Check if your smartphone is compatible with the Quatix 5.

The Quatix 5 however doesn’t come with the NFC chip to support the Garmin pay a contactless payment system, which is quiet a draw back especially if you like to shop on the go. Another lagging end is the internal storage memory is also small.


  • It’s is a tough, sporty and classic smartwatch.
  • It’s built for durability.
  • It’s water and dust resistant up to 100 meters.
  • It has support for a huge list of fitness and sporting activities that help you stay fit and healthy.
  • The Straps and watch faces are customizable.
  • The battery life is quiet impressive.


  • Very little internal storage space.
  • No Garmin pay.
  • There is no loudspeaker.
  • No sim slot.

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