new Garmin Fenix 7 Pro, new Elevate, new features, new Epix
New leaks today from winfuture confirm some of the info posted on this site last month as well as allowing us to make a very good attempt at determining the major new hardware and software features. There are a fair few to note…see below.
The essence of what we see is a new mini-generation of hardware for the Fenix 7 and its AMOLED sibling the Epix 2. We also see the Epix become a fully-fledged offering, now available in all three Garmin sizes. As well as a couple of bits of new hardware, there is the obligatory new featurette that sounds great but which few people will end up using. That’s all packaged and sold under the PRO monicker, although it could equally have been called a PLUS version.
Here’s what we know so far
Garmin Epix 2 Pro
The Epix Pro Gen 2 is available in diameters of 42, 47 and 51m, each available with and without sapphire glass.
Garmin Fenix 7 Pro (7X Pro)
The Epix Pro Gen 2 is available in diameters of 42 (assumed), 47 and 51m, each available as a Solar or sapphire glass variant
New Features – Enhanced Hill Score
Back in March, I told you about the Enhanced Hill Score and as you can see from the image at the top of this article, that’s one of the new features released for the Fenix/Epix. It’s a notable feature only if you regularly run hills and the features give feedback and stats describing your hill running competencies.
Garmin to Add Enhanced Hill Score as a Notable New Feature to Forerunner Watches
New Hardware – new Elevate
All the PRO models WILL get a next Gen ELEVATE oHR sensor. It’s got lots of green LEDs on the back and will probably be as accurate or inaccurate for you as the previous generation.
The Start/Stop button still looks like an ECG lead. Just sayin’ 😉 (This time it WILL be used as one)
More on the ELEVATE 5.0 Sensor
Look again at the image to the right. This is definitely a new gen 5, ELEVATE HR sensor. There is some weird silver stuff going on around the LED’s. Normally you really do not want reflective materials anywhere near the light receivers. Garmin clearly hasn’t made such a basic mistake and so another new feature is at play here.
As the Elevate 5 has had ECG confirmed, the silver area is likely to be one of the electrodes of an electrical circuit to the Start/Stop button. It could also be linked to QI Charging or something else (below for what it really is!).
However, if we take a look at Garmin’s first QI charging on the Vivomove from January, working alongside an old Elevate 3 and standard charging cable, we can see that Garmin kindly added the ‘wireless’ writing on the rear on that occasion. We might have expected them to include the same writing on the Fenix 7 Pro – but it isn’t there. So maybe the silvered area has nothing to do with QI?
Even with ECG, QI is also an equally plausible option for the Fenix 7 Pro. As soon as the proper retailer fact sheets are leaked we will have that information well ahead of the official launch as those features would each be headline features.
Elevate 5.0 to get Skin Temp
This is the other headline feature that WILL be on the Elevate Gen 5 sensor. I wrote about this back in March and was under the impression is was to be released in March/April. Clearly, that wasn’t the case in hindsight and I alter heard that the feature had been delayed slightly. I’m not sure that intel was quite correct but I’m 99.9% sure that the leaks were all pointing to Skin Temperature on ELEVATE 5.
The only reason why it might not be announced at launch is because of minor technical issues that could delay it. The hardware IS temperature-capable.
Skin temperature is a health and sleep metric, improving the accuracy of the detection of components of each. It’s quite different from CORE temperature which is of more interest to athletes during performance (and it’s an illness metric as well). It *IS* possible to model very accurate core temperature from a skin sensor and HRM combined GreenTEG CORE’s product does this but its uptake and usage are quite niche so don’t expect CORE temp to appear next month on Fenix, if ever. (Even though Garmin/Fenix is supposedly for athletes).
Is Elevate 5 also a GSR?
A: Probably not. This is speculation.
Galvanic Skin Response (GSR) sensors, also known as Electrodermal Activity (EDA) sensors, first appeared on Consumer Wearables in 2014 and are devices used to measure the electrical conductivity of the skin. They are commonly employed in fields such as psychology and neuroscience to assess a person’s physiological response to various stimuli. they work based on the principle that the skin’s electrical conductivity changes when an individual experiences emotional or physiological changes. These changes are primarily influenced by the activity of the sweat glands, which are controlled by the autonomic nervous system. Whilst they do NOT measure HRV/ANS changes such data COULD be an input to recovery/readiness algorithms to improve their accuracy.
New Fenix 7 PRO Display Sizes
I’m speculating on this.
I’ve visually compared the Fenix 7 and Fenix 7 Pro display sizes ie the bit that actually shows something useful rather than being either wasted space, a solar charge ring or the infamous protective bezel. It looks like the proportions are broadly unchanged from what we’ve already seen but I still tentatively HOPE that we will get more useful space crammed into the good old case sizes.
Why? Remember that the Forerunner 965 got a 1.4″ display in the same case size as the 955’s which has a 1.3″ display area.
I’m guessing that Fenix 7X owners will be drooling uncontrollably over this IF, and I mean if, the 7X PRO gets a bigger display.
Why This Watchface Image of the Fenix 7 Pro?
The 10:10 watch face on the Fenix 7 PRO to the right is a pretty enough image. But why show it? Does it show anything new?
Speculating again, the VO2 number on the right-hand side will be a watchface complication. VO2max complications, IIRC, were one of the new aspects beefed up in CIQ6 (Oct 2022) that were clickable. Presumably, this will click through to more VO2max awesomeness (or randomness…depending on what you think of Garmin)
37-day battery life is also mentioned on the watch face. It’s highly likely that the new ELEVATE sensor will be more energy efficient and so the battery life could increase. Similarly, if there is new screen tech it should save energy compared to the last generation even with a larger display area.
Remember that some of the previous gen of Epix 2 watches didn’t get MultiBand and SatIQ….this time they all will.
Same or very slightly more than the existing Fenix 7 and Epix 2.
Release date: Unknown but fairly soon. I would be surprised if it’s released later than Tue 13 June.
These images finally enable me/us to pull together some disparate bits of information. This post is highly likely to be updated quite a bit so please come back if you’re interested in the next gen of F7.
- Elevate Gen 5 – 99% sure
- Elevate Gen 5 Skin Temp capability – 95% sure, tho maybe not at launch
- Elevate Gen 5 Core Temp capability – 5% sure, IDK.
- Elevate Gen 5 ECG – 95% sure, tho maybe not at launch (via @J)
- Elevate Gen 5 GSR – 5%, unlikely
- QI Charging – 50%.
- New Display Sizes – 5%, unlikely (via @Flo)
- CIQ6 – 100%
I don’t think there will be too much newness over and above what we’ve already seen here and leaked elsewhere. It’s still enough to get a bit excited about though.
I’ve been a bit busy with other things so may have missed something in the images. Please comment below if so.
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