Garmin announced an update to the fēnix 3 multisport watches that includes Garmin Elevate wrist-based heart rate technology, additional activity profiles and new watch bands. The three new sapphire-lens options include a premium version featuring a titanium bezel and band, a version with easily interchangeable leather and nylon straps, and a version with Garmin Elevate wrist-based heart rate. All watches are also getting a software update with new activity profiles for golf, stand up paddle-boarding and rowing, as well as the latest advanced running dynamics and physiological measurements.
"We're excited to bring Garmin Elevate technology to the fēnix line, and the updated leather and titanium versions will appeal to users no matter if they're hitting the trails, the boardroom, and now even the golf course," Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of worldwide sales, said in a statement.
Said Garmin Elevate technology enables 24/7 heart rate measurements at the wrist, with Fēnix 3 HR users getting credit for their workouts and extra effort with the Intensity Minutes. All fēnix 3 users will be able to utilize more data and physiological measurements, including Stride Length, Ground Contact Time Balance, Vertical Ratio, Lactate Threshold, Stress Score, and Performance Condition.
The new fēnix 3 models will be available in Q1 2016 — the fēnix 3 HR will have a suggested retail price of $599.99, the titanium fēnix 3 Sapphire – $799.99, and the fēnix 3 Sapphire with leather and nylon bands will have a MSRP of $599.99.
Garmin Connect Insights
In the other Garmin news, the company has unveiled what it calls the "Smart Coaching" platform that helps users beat yesterday and achieve their goals by tuning into millions of hours of sleep and billions of steps logged on a daily basis. The platform provides cues to help users reach health and wellness goals and shout-outs when milestones have been met. In addition, the smart insights also include relevant healthy tips from experts and show users how they are doing in comparison to people like them, based on their Garmin Connect data. Plus, there's educational content like videos and news articles.
Garmin Connect Insights will be available in January with additional Insight wellness features rolling out through 2016.