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Garmin Fenix 6 vs Garmin Fenix 7: Key Differences

By Amirah Z.
Published April 2022

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Garmin rolled out the Fenix 7 in January 2022, a highly anticipated addition to the line built to reach your peak in your daily and active life. With the introduction of the Garmin Fenix 7, retailers are now offering significant savings for the Fenix 6. If you've been eyeing Garmin watches, should you buy the Garmin Fenix 6 at a discounted price or grab the Garmin Fenix 7, the latest model?

We decide which is best for you by discussing the key differences between the two.

On our list

#1 Price

#2 Design and Display

#3 Battery Life

#4 Fitness Features

#5 Smartwatch Features

Garmin Fenix 7

Garmin Fenix 7

Worthwhile upgrade

Improved battery life and the convenience of a touchscreen.

Garmin Fenix 6

Garmin Fenix 6

Best multi-sport watch

Rugged and affordable wristwear for the more adventurous and sporty.

1. Price

Garmin Fenix 6

Garmin Fenix 6

First of all, it's important to note that the Garmin Fenix 6 and Fenix 7 are not individual watches. Rather, both lines contain a line-up of watches carrying different price tags and within these, you can opt for the Solar edition (which has solar charging capabilities) or the scratch-resistant Sapphire edition. 

Garmin Fenix 7 (47mm) watches start at S$1,339 with the Fenix 7S (42mm) and 7X (51mm) going at S$1499.

If price is a concern, the Garmin Fenix 6 is a better option. The Fenix 6 (47mm) watches are priced at S$929 and can go up to S$1059 for the Fenix 6X (51mm). Even the Fenix 6's Pro Solar models are cheaper than the Fenix 7 watches and range between S$998 for the Fenix 6S Solar Pro to S$1259 for the Fenix 6X Solar Pro.

2. Design and Display

Garmin Fenix 7

Garmin Fenix 7

Both the Fenix 6 and Fenix 7 look similar in that they have metal bezels and the customising ability to switch between Garmin's bands whenever you want. However, a noticeable design difference is the new metal guard around the Garmin Fenix 7's start button to prevent accidents and avoid accidental starts or pauses. Depending on the model of your Fenix 7, the lugs are made from metal (stainless steel or titanium), while the lugs on the Fenix 6 watches are resin.

On the surface, the display size of the Fenix 6 and Fenix 7 appear the same with a 1.2-inch screen. However, due to more premium metals used in the Fenix 7, this watch is lighter, weighing in at 73g compared to the Fenix 6 which is 83g.

Garmin Fenix 6

Garmin Fenix 6

Though both watches have colour memory-in-pixels, they aren't as bright on the AMOLED screen found on the Garmin Venu 2 and Garmin Epix. A trade-off is better battery life. Display-wise, the Fenix 7 has a touchscreen whereas the Fenix 6 is powered by buttons around the bezel. One thing to note is the Fenix'7 touchscreen is turned off by default when the watch is tracking an activity.

A cool addition only available on the Fenix 7X is the flashlight update. Containing both red and white LEDs, the flashlight shines out of the top of the watch case. It comes in handy when you don't have your smartphone's flashlight or to make yourself more visible when working out at night. Not to mention, there's a cadence visibility flashlight for running-specific instances and beacon flashlight mode for emergencies. Another design upgrade is it's a lot easier to tweak your watch's settings from your phone.

The touchscreen is a nice-to-have feature, it's not worth upgrading to the Fenix 7X just for it. Consider the Fenix 7X if you're planning on all-day wear.

3. Battery Life

Garmin Fenix 7

Garmin Fenix 7

Battery life is a game-changer especially if you're an outdoor person going on runs or hikes. To start, Fenix 7 watches offer a considerable better and longer battery life than the Fenix 6.

According to Garmin, in normal GPS mode, Fenix 7 watches can power for as long as 57 hours, which is extended to 73 hours in the Solar editions. The equivalent, Fenix 6 on the other hand, have up to 36 hours of battery life and this is extended to 40 hours with solar.

If you don't want to pack a charger with you, go for the Garmin Fenix 7.

4. Fitness Features

Garmin Fenix 6

Garmin Fenix 6

New tracking modes have been added to the Garmin Fenix 6 and Fenix 7. Some notable modes include adventure race, windsurfing, e-bike and cyclocross.

Two new features on the Fenix 7 worth mentioning are the Stamina (tracks and manages your exertion when you run or ride) and Up Ahead (shows ultrarunners a quick look at upcoming course points, exact locations of aid stations and turn-by-turn navigation).

The Garmin Fenix 7 watch's tracking ability is top-tier. To date, the Fenix 7 has the most accurate heart rate monitor and GPS. Unlike the Fenix 6 which requires you to purchase maps of regions you don't have for an additional cost, the Fenix 7 comes in pre-loaded with free maps. 

Garmin Fenix 7

Garmin Fenix 7

There's also a new and improved heart rate sensor with the Garmin Fenix 7. The watches in the Fenix 7 line use a 4.0 version of the pulse ox sensor which will provide more precise data than the older Fenix 6 that has the 3.0 sensor incorporated within.

Another feature that we love from the Fenix 7 is that you can check your training load with a tap on your wrist. More detail is available on the Garmin Connect app, but you get an overview bar chart showing your daily training load, what training you're engaged in by colour, and whether the activities you're tracking are boosting your overall fitness. There's even a number that informs you if you're at risk of under or overtraining.

5. Smartwatch Features

Garmin Fenix 6

Garmin Fenix 6

Not much has changed when it comes to smartwatch features. Both watches offer Garmin Pay, the ability to download and play songs from music streaming services and receive smartphone notifications including alerting you to incoming texts and calls. Wellness tools such as all-day heart monitoring, sleep tracking and women's health tools are also available. 

One difference is that the Garmin Fenix 7 provides access to the Garmin Connect IQ Store, allowing you to seamlessly add apps directly to your phone rather than having to use the mobile app. Plus, watches in the Fenix 7 line automatically sync settings between the watch and the Garmin Connect mobile app in real-time!

Though the Fenix 7 has a minor change, it makes using the watch easier and more convenient. 

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Final Thoughts

Here's our take on which Garmin watch is best for you before you go rushing to upgrade.Even if the core features are the same, the Garmin Fenix 7 is a pretty obvious winner when battery life and the touchscreen display are considered.

That said, the Garmin Fenix 6 is still a brilliant watch if you're looking for a more affordable alternative and don't mind foregoing features that the more expensive counterpart offer.

If you like to read more on Garmin smartwatches, check out our other relevant guides here:

Best Garmin Smartwatches

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Garmin Fenix 7 vs Garmin epix 2

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