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Garmin Fenix 5X Plus Full Specifications and Features 4/5 (1)

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The full specs of the Garmin Fenix 5X Plus – A premium GPS smartwatch with an outstanding aesthetics and a great deal of fitness tracking features. The Fenix 5X Plus is a comprehensive activity tracker which comes in a stylish and elegant design, while featuring a lot of fitness features that makes it fantastic timepiece for the great outdoors.

Garmin Fenix 5X Plus Full Specifications


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Device nameGarmin Fenix 5X Plus
Device typeFitness/Classic smartwatch
PredessesorGarmin Fenix 5X
Released dateJune, 2018
Ideal forMen (also a great choice for women.)


Display typeLED with
Transflective memory-in-display (MIP)
Display size1.2 inch
Screen resolution240 x 240 pixels
Input type5 buttons (not touchscreen)


Dimension51 x 51 x 17.5 mm
Weight96 g
Titanium version: 87 g
Casing materialFiber-reinforced polymer with metal rear cover
Strap materialSilicone, suede or steel
Bezel MaterialStainless steel or titanium
Band size26 mm
Screen protectionDomed sapphire crystal
Water resistantYes, 10ATM
Swim-proofYes, recommended
Color(s)Black, silver


Internal storage16GB
Memory card slot--


BluetoothYes, and ANT+


SIM slotNo


Email alertYes
SMS alertYes
Calls alertYes
Event reminderYes
Weather forecastYes
Facebook notifacationYes
Twitter notificationYes
Whatsapp notificationYes


Sleep trackingYes
Heart rate monitoringYes
Distance coveredYes
Steps climbedYes
Calories burntYes
Calories ConsumptionYes


Bluetooth musicYes


Accelerometer Yes
Heart rate monitor (HRM)Yes
Gyroscope Yes
Ambient lightYes
Other sensorsPulse Ox with acclimation


Operating system (OS)Proprietary OS


Type of batteryLithium-ion
Battery capacity --
Battery lifeSmartwatch mode: Up to 20 days
GPS: Up to 32 hours
ChargingUSB charging cable
Charging timeAbout 2 hours


Payment systemGarmin pay
Compatibility Andriod 4.4 or later
IOS 10.0 or later
Bluetooth 4.0 or later
Check if your device is compatible
Companion appGarmin connect IQ store
Customizable watch faceYes
Interchangeable band Yes, 26mm
Voice commandNo


Garmin Fenix 5X Plus
USB charging cable
User manual


Price (last checked)$800

Garmin Fenix 5X Plus Features

Premium Design and Nice Display

The Garmin Fenix 5X Plus has a an outstanding design, it features a stainless steel case which is not too bulky at 51mm while the straps comes in silicone which is also available in stainless steel or suede. The 26 mm straps are interchangeable which allows you to define your style for every occasion.

The 5X Plus is also available in DLC titanium bezel and straps which is stronger and lighter than stainless steel, but will cost you more, about $100.

On the display, is the full-color Garmin Chroma Display™ with LED backlighting that assures great readability in all ambient conditions. Chroma display is quite outstanding, although not as rich and interactive when compared to AMOLED, but it’s very bright and can easily be read outdoors offering such great comfort and convenience when you need to catch a glaze while working out.

The screen of the 5X Plus features domed sapphire crystal glass that’s scratch resistant, very strong and one of the strongest materials in the industry. It is available in black and silver.

The watch face of the 5X Plus can be changed, you can choose from preloaded watch faces or download one from the Connect IQ Store which has huge list of available watch faces.

Impressive Battery Life

The battery life of the 5X Plus is quite impressive, it surpasses our expectations for a smartwatch with so many features. Perhaps could be attributed to the display which consumes less power compared to AMOLED.

The 5X Plus on Smartwatch mode has Up to 20 days of battery life, while with GPS active, it’s Up to 32 hours. With GPS and Music on, it’s Up to 13 hours and on UltraTrac mode, it’s Up to 70 hours. These figures will vary among users.

Massive Storage Space

The Fenix 5X Plus comes with 16GB massive ROM for downloads and installations. This should be enough to contain all your favorite tracks which you can listen to via a Bluetooth enabled earbud on the go while working out, while at work or just recreating.

Waterproof Rating

With 10ATM water resistant rating, the 5X Plus is water resistant up to 100 meters. You can wear it to the pool or ocean while swimming and in addition to the swim tracking features makes it a great deal for professional and avid swimmers who like to track their activities while swimming.

While you can wear the 5X Plus to the shower, to the pool or ocean, it’s not recommended to dive with it as this will subject the watch to pressure that might cause it to acting funny.

Activity/Fitness Tracking

The highlights of the 5X Plus is the huge activity tracking features in one watch. With support for multi GPS satellite system which features a full-color TOPO mapping that comes preloaded with map data optimized for at-a-glance navigation and location tracking.

The TOPO maps features Trendline popularity routing which uses billions of miles of Garmin Connect™ data to help you find and follow the best trails and routes. Very helpful when you’re away from your home, this feature lets you quickly see the most-used, locally validated pathways. These makes the 5X Plus a great choice for adventurous activities.

Also onboard, are essential sensors, including a heart rate sensor and an exceptional pulse oximeter that tracks blood oxygen level – an important metrics in fitness tracking.

With support for three GPS satellite system makes the 5X Plus a great choice for navigating even the most difficult terrains and in addition are a combination of altimeter, barometer and compass.

The altimeter provides elevation data to accurately monitor ascent and descent for activities such as hiking, while the tilt-compensated three axis electronic compass keeps your bearing — whether you’re moving or not. Sport modes the 5X Plus can track includes;

  • Running
  • Treadmill
  • Trail running
  • Swimming
  • Cycling
  • Skiing
  • Golfing
  • Hiking
  • Snowboarding

…and even more activities.


With Bluetooth, ANT+ and Wi-Fi onboard, the 5X Plus is a great companion for your phone that can help you stay connected to what matters to you. When connected to a compatible device, the 5X Plus alerts you when there is a new notification on your phone from both third-party and native apps on your phone.

Although doesn’t have a microphone neither a loudspeaker, you can respond to text messages (only on Android devices).

The 5X Plus also comes with an NFC chip onboard that supports Garmin pay which allows you make payments on the go from the watch.

  • Sophisticated and outstanding design.
  • Full color TOPO map feature.
  • Multi satellite systems for navigating even the most difficult terrains.
  • It is swim-proof.
  • Built with the most durable materials.
  • A great choice for comprehensive activity tracking.
  • Huge list of native and third-party GPS tracking apps and features making it a great companion for adventurous activities.
  • There’s NFC chip onboard.
  • Impressive battery life.
  • Its quiet thick.
  • Its quite expensive.
  • It doesn’t connect so nice with iPhones.
Editor’s Ratings

Here is our rating on the Garmin Fenix 5X Plus smartwatch,

4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
3.3 out of 5 stars (3.3 / 5)
Fitness tracking:
4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5)
4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
3.2 out of 5 stars (3.2 / 5)
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
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