Looks like Garmin It is not yet ready to show the next flagship smartwatch as a recent leak shows that the company will first expand its old series.
This batch of information comes from the German tech news site WinFuture, and according to the report (Opens in a new tab), the new models are Garmin Fenix 7 Pro, Fenix 7X Pro, Epix Pro Gen 2, and Approach S70. Unfortunately, there isn’t much technical information or specs in the leak; but there are several images showing what the watches will look like and some hints at upcoming features.
The new watches
Starting with the Fenix 7 Pro and 7X Pro, it appears that these devices will follow the same path as the current one. Fenix 7 model with base, Solar, and Sapphire Solar versions. Solar, as you can easily guess, refers to the solar charging part of the device. If it’s anything like the Fenix 7, it could extend battery life to days, if not weeks. Sapphire Solar adds sapphire glass, a type of crystal material known for its exceptional hardness.
As said earlier, since we don’t have the specs, it’s unknown how different the two watches are. But if it’s like The Fenix 6 seriesthe Fenix 7X Pro has a longer battery life and better performance.
For the other two smartwatches, very little information is available. The leak reveals that the Epix Pro Gen 2 will be available in three different sizes: 42mm, 47mm, and 51mm. WinFuture claims that each will come with a variant sporting sapphire glass along with the base model. The Approach S70 is Garmin’s next golf watch, and, like other golf watches, the screen will display important information for your game such as wind speed and driving accuracy.
In terms of colors, it’s all pretty basic: shades of black, white, and gray with some including colored accents like the Approach S70.
WinFuture says that we can expect an “introduction” of new smartwatches near the end of May to June. interestingly, The Epix 2 Pro by Garmin (not to be confused with the Epix Pro Gen 2) is also set to be released in the same time period. Pricing is also unknown; although the WinFuture report predicts that the Epix Pro Gen 2 will cost at least 900 Euros (about $975 USD, £784, or $1,471 AUD).
Looking at everything in the leak, we can’t help but wonder why Garmin plans to continue with these series. The company has a habit of releasing revised versions in older smartwatches as seen in the Instinct 2.
You’d think the company would rather put its release efforts into Fenix 8, its upcoming flagship smartwatch. Not much is known about Fenix 8 apart from a few rumors so we want to know more about it. Although to be fair, we prefer the remakes to the originals. Compared to the original Instinctfor example, we found the Instinct 2 to be a better choice. Maybe Garmin is on to something targeting older devices first before moving on.
Be sure to check out TechRadar’s list of best smartwatches for 2023 if you are in the market.