What's the one thing your smart watch doesn't have? | Women's Running

What’s the one thing your smart watch doesn’t have?

Read Time:   |  July 21, 2020

We can tell you right now what it is: unlimited battery life. Sounds like science fiction? Garmin to the rescue!

Garmin has announced three new smartwatches – the Instinct Solar, the Fenix 6 Solar and the Tactix Delta Solar. The Instinct Solar is the leader of the pack, and is Garmin’s first watch to provide unlimited battery life. Unlimited battery life!


Instinct Solar

The flagship watch, the Instinct Solar, provides unlimited battery life with sufficient solar exposure in Battery Saver mode. Using Expedition Mode with sufficient solar exposure, Instinct Solar provides increased GPS functionality while still delivering over two months’ of battery life. The Instinct Solar series also boasts up to 24 days in smartwatch mode indoors and more than 50 days with sufficient solar exposure. You can make these battery-extending changes on the fly through Instinct Solar’s Power Manager.

There are two new editions available in this version of the Instinct, too: Instinct Solar – Surf Edition has specialised surf features such as tide data and a dedicated surfing activity, while Instinct Solar – Tactical Edition is equipped with tactical-specific features such as night-vision goggle compatibility and Stealth mode.

In addition to Instinct’s already robust outdoor activity and health tracking, Instinct Solar now also includes Pulse Ox2 to gauge how well an individual’s body is absorbing oxygen and Body Battery to optimise body energy reserves through health monitoring metrics.

fenix6X-ProSolarfēnix 6 Series – Solar Editions The fēnix 6S Pro Solar and fēnix 6 Pro Solar are the newest members of the Garmin flagship multisport GPS smartwatch line. Featuring Garmin Power Glass™ solar charging lens and a customisable Power Manager mode, fēnix 6 Series – Solar Editions harness the power of the sun to stay on and remain performance-ready for weeks. Expanding the robust activity profiles included in the fēnix series, the fēnix 6 and 6S Solar editions come surf, mountain bike and indoor climb-ready.

The fēnix 6S Pro Solar battery performance in smartwatch mode is up to nine days indoors and up to 10.5 days with sufficient solar exposure, while battery performance for the fēnix 6 Pro Solar in smartwatch mode is up to 14 days indoors and up to 16 days with sufficient solar exposure.


tactix Delta – Solar Edition The tactix Delta – Solar Edition is the fourth generation of the tactix family, which is developed on the fēnix series platform. Built to military standards, the tactix Delta – Solar Edition uses solar charging to extend battery life and Power Manager mode to provide up to 21 days indoors and up to 24 days with sufficient solar exposure.

The rugged, sophisticated design features an always-on 1.4” display, scratch-resistant sapphire lens, black DLC-coated steel bezel, black PVD-coated steel rear cover and all-new military-inspired black tactical nylon QuickFit® band with reinforced stitching and exposed black metal hardware.

With specialised tactical features as well as mapping, music, advanced training and the same smart features from the fēnix 6 family, the tactix Delta – Solar Edition is built for demanding field use and everyday wear.

Ready to sign up?

If you’re ready to part with your hard-earned, suggested retail prices start at £349.99 for Instinct Solar, £649.99 for fēnix 6 Series – Solar Editions and £999.99 for the tactix Delta – Solar Edition. Find out more by clicking here.

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Esther Newman

Esther Newman

Just completed her first virtual marathon

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