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Garmin Fenix 5S Plus vs 6S Pro – What’s New?

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Last updated on February 21st, 2020 at 05:38 pm

The Garmin Fenix 6s pro is one of the GPS smartwatches in the Fenix 6 lineup that’s supposed to succeed the quite popular and outstanding Fenix 5s plus just like the 6s – another member and a basic edition in the 6 series lineup succeeds the Fenix 5s.

The Fenix 6s pro comes in a more attractive design, and has more activity tracking features as well as a bigger storage capacity and longer battery, yet almost same price as its predecessor. We compare the Garmin Fenix 5S Plus vs 6S Pro specs and features – what’s is the difference?

Garmin Fenix 5S Plus vs 6S Pro – Specifications

 Garmin Fenix 5S PlusGarmin Fenix 6S Pro
garmin fenix 5s plus specsgarmin fenix 6s pro specs

EDITOR'S RATING

Design:
4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Battery:
3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Fitness tracking:
4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Features:
4.4 out of 5 stars (4.4 / 5)
Price:
2.5 out of 5 stars (2.5 / 5)
Average:
3.8 out of 5 stars (3.8 / 5)
Design:
4.6 out of 5 stars (4.6 / 5)
Battery:
4.2 out of 5 stars (4.2 / 5)
Fitness tracking:
4.8 out of 5 stars (4.8 / 5)
Features:
4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)
Price:
3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Average:
4.2 out of 5 stars (4.2 / 5)

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ABOUT DEVICE

Device nameGarmin Fenix 5S PlusGarmin Fenix 6S Pro
Device typeFitness/GPS/Classic smartwatchFitness/GPS smartwatch
PredessesorGarmin Fenix 5SGarmin Fenix 5S Plus
SuccessorGarmin Fenix 6S Pro--
Released dateJune, 2018August, 2019
Ideal forWomenWomen

DISPLAY

Display typeTransflective memory-in-display (MIP)Transflective MIP LCD
Display size1.2 inch1.2 inch
Display resolution240 x 240 pixels240 x 240 pixels
Pixel density----
Input type5 buttons (not touchscreen) 5 buttons, not touchscreen
Always-onYesYes

BODY

ShapeCircularCircular
Dimension42 x 42 x 15.4 mm42 x 42 x 13.8 mm
Weight65 grams61 grams
Casing materialFiber-reinforced polymer with polymer rear coverFiber-reinforced polymer with polymer rear cover
Strap/band materialSilicone
Suede
Steel
Silicone
Suede
Nylon
Bezel MaterialStainless steelStainless steel
DLC
Strap size20 mm20mm
Screen protectionDomed chemically strengthened glass
Or sapphire crystal
Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Sapphire Crystal
Water resistant/ProtectionYes, 10ATMYes, 10ATM
Swim-proofYes, recommendedYes, recommended
Color(s)Black
White
Rose-gold
Black

MEMORY

RAM----
Internal storage16GB32GB
Memory card slotNoNo

CONNECTIVITY

BluetoothYes, and ANT+ Yes, and ANT+
Bluetooth callingNoNo
Wi-FiYesYes
NFCYesYes
GPSGPS/GLONASS/GalileoGPS/GLONASS/Galileo

CELLULAR TECHNOLOGY

TechnologyNoNo
SIMNoNo
BandNoNo

NOTIFICATIONS

Email alertYesYes
SMS alertYesYes
Calls alertYesYes
Event reminderYesYes
WeatherYesYes
Third-party appsYesYes

FITNESS TRACKING

Sleep apneaNoNo
Sleep trackingYesYes
StepsYesYes
Floors climbedYesYes
Heart rate monitoringYesYes
CaloriesYesYes
DistanceYesYes
StressYesYes
VO2 Max.YesYes
Blood oxygenNoYes
Blood pressureNoNo
Menstrual cycle trackingYesYes
Swim trackingYesYes
Under-water heart rate trackingNoYes
Preloaded mapsYesYes
On-screen workout modesNoYes
Triathlon modeYesYes
ECG TrackingNoNo
Preloaded sport modesYesYes
Safety trackingYesYes

MEDIA

Audiomp3/mp4mp3/mp4
Music streamingYesYes
Bluetooth musicYesYes
RadioNoNo
LoudspeakerNoNo
MicrophoneNoNo
CameraNoNo

SENSORS

AccelerometerYesYes
Barometer/AltimeterYesYes
Heart rate monitor (HRM)YesYes
CompassYesYes
Gyroscope YesYes
Ambient lightYesYes
Pulse Ox.NoYes
ECGNoNo
ThermometerYesYes
Other sensors--__

PLATFORM

Operating system (OS)Proprietary OSProprietary OS
Chipset----
CPU----
GPU----

BATTERY

Type of batteryNon-removable Li-ion batteryNon-removable Li-ion battery
Battery capacity ----
Battery lifeSmartwatch: Up to 7 days
GPS: Up to 11 hours
GPS and Music: Up to 4.5 hours
UltraTrac™ mode: Up to 25 hours
Smartwatch: Up to 9 days
GPS: Up to 25 hours
GPS and Music: Up to 6 hours
Max Battery GPS Mode: 50 hours
Expedition GPS Activity: 20 days
Battery Saver Watch Mode: 34 days
Charging typeUSB charging cableUSB charging cable
Charging timeAbout 1-2 hoursAbout 1-2 hours
Battery saver modeYesYes
Solar powerNoNo
Rapid chargingNoNo

CLOCK FEATURES

Time/DateYesYes
StopwatchYesYes
AlarmYesYes

OTHER FUNCTIONS

Control cameraYesYes
Music controlYesYes
Find phoneYesYes
Text responseYesYes, (Android Only)

MISC

Payment systemGarmin payGarmin pay
Compatibility Android and iOS
Check if your device is compatible
Android 4.4+
IOS 10.0+
Bluetooth 4.0+
Check if your device is compatible
Companion appGarmin connect IQ storeGarmin connect IQ store
Customizable watch faceYesYes
Interchangeable band Yes, 20mmYes, 20mm
Voice commandNoNo

BOX CONTENTS

Garmin Fenix 5S PlusGarmin Fenix 6S Pro
StrapsStraps
USB charging cableUSB charging cable
Quick start guideQuick start guide

PRICE COMPARED

Estimated priceAbout $700About $800
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What’s the Difference?

Garmin Fenix 5S Plus vs 6S Pro Features Compared
The difference between the Fenix 5s plus and 6s pro is that the later is slimmer, has a higher storage capacity, comes with pulse ox sensor and more fitness tracking and has a longer battery life than the 5s plus thanks to its battery saver features.

  • Design

  • Just like other members of the Fenix 6 series, the 6s pro is more attractive with its slimmer design compared to the 5s plus which is quite bulky. The 6s pro also weighs slight less than the 5s plus which makes it a more comfortable wear all day long.

    In addition, the Fenix 6s pro is also more durable with Corning Gorilla glass 3 mounting the screen compared to chemically strengthened glass of the 5s plus. Although there’s a sapphire edition of the 5s plus, but that will cost you more.

    The 6s pro has a more durable and premium DLC carbon-coated steel bezel compared to the stainless steel bezel of the 5s plus. Moreover, the 6s pro has been tested based on U.S. military standards for thermal, shock and water resistance which makes it a more rugged smartwatch than the 5s plus.

    Garmin have also added a new widget to the 6s pro that can take up to 6 different data fields. This’ll make it easier to access your favorite features. There are also new map display themes that include popularity, marine, dark and outdoor.

  • Media/Storage

  • Garmin increased the storage capacity of the 6 pro series. As a result, the Fenix 6s pro has a 32GB storage capacity which is twice that of the 5s plus 16GB capacity. So you get to take more of your music with you on the go.

  • Fitness Tracking

  • Just like all Garmin’s GPS smartwatches, the Fenix 6s pro and 5s plus are fitness focused and well equipped to offer you the most comprehensive fitness tracking experience. These two are no doubt some of the best GPS smartwatches on the market.

    The Fenix 6s pro and 5s plus are well equipped to track your daily activities such as steps, calories, fitness age, distance, sleep monitoring, and all day stress tracking.

    Each of these three also features indoor gym activities such as indoor rowing, strength training and cardio training, including in-depth training and planning analysis features that includes training load, training effect and activity history on the watch.

    You also get running features such as running, treadmill running and trail running, plus heart rate sensor that tracks your heart rate variability and capable of showing your heart rate zones, max heart rate and recovery time to help you manage the intensity of your training so that you can achieve more fitness goals without breaking down.

    The Fenix 6s pro and 5s plus have outdoor recreational features that include hiking, climbing, mountain biking, skiing, snowboarding, XC skiing, stand up paddleboarding, rowing, and jumpmaster. And cycling features such as biking, indoor biking, mountain biking, triathlon, including in-depth golf and swimming features.

    Also featured on these two is the TOPO map feature with trendline popularity that can help you navigating the most difficult terrains with the option to choose from thousands of routes.

    Also available on these two is the body battery energy monitor feature that uses data from heart rate variability, stress, sleep and other data to gauge when you’re ready to be active or when you may need to rest so that you train more without breaking down.

    However, the table below shows activity tracking features present on the 6s pro but not on the 5s plus.

    Garmin Fenix 5S Plus Garmin Fenix 6S Pro
    Lacks trendline popularity routing visibility pro. Trendline popularity routing visibility pro available on the 6S Pro adds more features to the TOPO map allowing for more visual and analytic features to help you find the best route.
    Lacks Pacepro. Garmin added PacePro to the 6 Pro sets which includes the 6s pro. The PacePro feature enables grade-guidance that can improve your running experience.
    Lacks Ski resort maps. Skii resort maps is available on the 6s pro with over 2000 ski resorts worldwide to choose from.
    Lacks incident detection. The incident detection feature introduced to the latest Forerunner series is also available on the Fenix 6s pro which can help you get help when there’s an accidental fall. It sends your location to preset emergency contacts.
    Lacks wrist based swimming heart rate tracking. The Fenix 6s pro has the ability to track your heart rate while you swim. This makes it easier to track and get a better overview of your swimming activities.
    Lacks pulse ox sensor and features that comes with it. The Fenix 6s pro comes with pulse ox which serves two functions; A. for altitude acclimation, where it can help you know when it’s not safe to continue climbing and B. sleep monitoring to help you see your quality of sleep. The Pulse ox sensor achieves these functions by monitoring how well your body absorbs oxygen.
    Lacks ClimbPro. The Fenix 6s pro allows you access ClimbPro ascent planner on downloaded courses to see real-time information on your current and upcoming climbs, including gradient, distance and elevation gain.

  • Battery Life

The Fenix 5s plus and 6s pro have impressive battery life that’ll see you through days on a single charge. However, the Fenix 6s pro has a longer battery life than the 5s plus, thanks to the new battery saver management feature that elongates its battery life a little longer.

The new battery saver features include the power modes which allow you create custom battery saver modes, as well as the expedition mode featured on the MARQ series – an ultralow powered GPS reference that will keep the Fenix 6s pro going for weeks. These new battery management features will see the Fenix 6s pro last a little longer than the 5s plus which no doubt makes it a better choice for anyone involved in extreme sport activities.

Garmin Fenix 5S Plus Garmin Fenix 6S Pro
Smartwatch mode: Up to 7 days
GPS: Up to 11 hours
Smartwatch: Up to 9 days
GPS: Up to 25hrs
GPS and Music: Up to 6hrs
Max Battery GPS Mode: 50hrs
Expedition GPS Activity: 20 days
Battery Saver Watch Mode: 34 days
Which is Better?

No doubt these two are outstanding GPS smartwatches with remarkable designs, a long battery life and loaded with features that make any of these a comprehensive activity tracker. So, any of these two will make a great choice for serious minded fitness enthusiasts.

However, the Fenix 6s pro is clearly a better choice than the 5s plus. It’s a more comprehensive fitness tracker with pulse ox sensor and additional fitness tracking features that might not be coming to the 5s plus in future updates.

The Fenix 6s pro has a longer battery life thanks to its battery saver feature which will see you going for days. The 6s pro being slimmer is also more attractive smartwatch than the 5s plus, and more durable and rugged. While not forgetting it has twice the storage capacity of the 5s plus.

Despite all these additions to the Fenix 6s pro, it has almost same price as the 5s plus which no doubt makes it a better deal.

Our Pick

We choose the 6s pro – it’s a more attractive device with more activity tracking features and a longer battery.

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