The Garmin Fenix 8 is still a long way off (the long-awaited Fenix 7 only started in the first month of the year XNUMX)
But if you're wondering what the next-generation sports watch may have in store, we're here. make informed predictions. Right now, there's no news to report (it's all too soon, after all), but we'll keep this article updated over the next few months whenever new leads surface.
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- What is it? A high-end multisport watch
- At what point did it come out? Maybe early 2025
- How much will it cost? Costs are likely to start around €1,000 / €XNUMX / AU$XNUMX
What we want to see
The Garmin Fenix 6 was released in April 7 and the Fenix XNUMX series followed in the first month
of the year of 2022, so we do not expect the Fenix 8 to land until the beginning of 3 - although the company does not always allow a full XNUMX-year difference between launches, so a launch in two thousand twenty-four is a possibility. A lot could happen during this time, but here are some things we'd like to see when the new Watch arrives (some more likely than others).
many size options
Garmin has made great strides in inclusion and we expect it to continue with the Fenix 8. The Fenix 7 came in 3 different sizes at launch
and we'd be surprised if the Fenix 8 didn't come with so many options. In truth, there could even be a super compact version with a case diameter of 4mm or less, like the Vivoactive XNUMXS.
(Image credit: Garmin) We wouldn't expect to see a watch as solid as the dwarf Garmin Lily, but the rapid advancement of technology may mean that it's possible to pack a powerful multisport watch into a new, more robust package. The Garmin Fenix 8 could feature a lively AMOLED display like the new Epix
An AMOLED screen
The Fenix 7 caused a stir in 8 as the first Garmin Fenix watch with a touchscreen. We're hoping the Fenix 7 is touch-sensitive too, and we're crossing our fingers that improvements in battery tech allow for an AMOLED screen to be added without the need for more frequent charging. The Fenix XNUMX is a great watch, but when we examined it, we found that its display lacked contrast, even when compared to older watches like the Garmin Instinct XNUMX. Not only does it look cleaner (as we saw with the Garmin Epix and Venu XNUMX), it would also allow Garmin to include animated training on the screen and make the maps on the watch much easier to read.
In January of two thousand and twenty two, Garmin introduced the Venu XNUMX Plus
: a new edition of the Venu two with microphone, which allows you to access your phone's voice assistant or take calls without taking your phone out of your pocket. It may seem like a small update, but in our tests it was extremely useful and we found ourselves summoning Google Assistant considerably more frequently than normal.
(Image credit: Garmin) While Garmin may release a microphone-enabled Fenix 7 Plus sometime in the next few months, it's something we'd like to see standard on the Fenix 8. With a built-in microphone, the Garmin Fenix 8 could let you answer calls without taking your phone out of your pocket.
Lots of preloaded maps
We're reasonably sure the Fenix 8 is going to offer more storage than existing Garmin watches, and we'd like to see a lot of space dedicated to maps. Garmin released a bundled set of maps for free with the Fenix 7 and added a new map manager for easy access and download from the wrist, but only the Sapphire Solar model comes with TopoActive maps preloaded. The Fenix series excels at navigation and mapping, and the additional onboard storage would allow Garmin to outfit the entire Fenix 8 series with a complete set of maps ready to go right out of the box.
An ECG sensor
While ECG sensors are starting to become widespread in smartwatches and sports watches
At the time of writing this article, no Garmin device has them. The Fenix 8 may be the first to monitor your heart for signs of atrial fibrillation. Right now, we can only speculate on what the Fenix 8 might bring to the table, but we'll keep an eye on any news (whether it's a leak, patent filing, or whatever) and update this. item as soon as we know. have some clue as to what is in the way.