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Garmin fenix 5X Sapphire smartwatch

The Garmin fenix 5X Sapphire is a smartwatch with a 1.2-inch color LCD display, compatible with iOS and Android and includes step counting, sleep tracking, and calories burned.

About

The Garmin fenix 5X Sapphire is a smartwatch compatible with iOS and Android and includes real-time heart-rate monitor, steps, sleep, and calories. Has 240 x 240 screen resolution and always-on display capability. It has an on-screen battery indicator and phone notifications using vibration/sound alerts. It includes inactivity alerts that remind you to move if you are sitting for a long time. It has a find my phone and find my watch feature, can control playback of music stored on your smartphone and can control playback of music stored on your watch. Has WiFi, GPS and. The manufacturer offers changeable straps and weather at-wrist. Connect IQ™ (downloadable watch faces, data fields, widgets and apps), VIRB remote for camera control, calendar, hunt/fish calendar, weather, timer, compass, stopwatch, smart notifications and QuickFit bands for changing bands quickly. It has multi-sport tracking features: running, strength training, cardio training, elliptical training, stair stepping, floor climbing, indoor rowing, yoga, golf, skiing, snowboarding, XC Skiing, paddle boarding, rowing, cycling, indoor biking, swimming, pool swimming metrics: lengths, distance, pace, stroke count/rate, calories, swimming stroke type detection for (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly), and swim efficiency (SWOLF). Its dimensions are 2.3 x 1.9 x 0.6 inches (LxWxD) and it weighs 3.1 ounces.

Specs

Diameter (in.) Diameter The diameter of the case, measured to nearest tenth of an inch.
1.9
Display size (in.) Display size Size of the active screen, to the nearest tenth of an inch.
1.2
Weight (oz.) Weight Weight of watch in ounces.
3.1
Thickness (in.) Thickness Thickness of the watch measured to the nearest tenth of an inch.
0.6
Case material Case material Primary material used to manufacture the case, excluding the display.
Fiber-reinforced polymer with stainless steel rear cover
Crystal type Crystal type The material used to protect the display. Often it’s made of a mineral such as sapphire or quartz, or other materials such as glass or plastic.
Domed sapphire crystal
Depth and duration (ft., min.) Depth and duration How resistant the watch is to submersion in water, as tested by subjecting the device to a water pressure equivalent to the depth the manufacturer claims the smartwatch can withstand.
330 feet for 10 minutes
Heart-rate monitor Heart-rate monitor Indicates what type of heart-rate monitor is used, if at all. The two main types are active and stationary. Stationary heart-rate monitors measure your pulse only at intervals you choose, mostly at rest. Active heart-rate monitors measure your pulse continuously, or automatically at variable intervals.
Active
Phone compatibility Phone compatibility Indicates which phones, either specific models or the operating system they use that works with the watch.
iOS and Android
Battery life (claimed) Battery life Claimed number days, often a range, manufacturer says the watch will function on a charge.
1 day
Touch screen Touch screen Indicates whether the watch can be controlled by touching its display.
No
Display type Display type Technology used by the display, such as OLED, AMOLED, Super AMOLED, LCD, or e-paper.
color LCD
NFC NFC A short-range wireless technology that triggers a transaction between the watch and another device, usually by bumping them together. On smartwatches, it’s most often used to initiate the pairing sequence with a new phone or tablet to authorize payments at a retailer’s pay terminal.
No
WiFi WiFi A long-range wireless communication technology that enables a smartwatch to pair with a smartphone and with other devices within a home network or remote location via the Internet.
Yes
Cellular Cellular Has the ability to connect to a cellular network without a smartphone.
no