The Garmin Fenix Chronos, named after the Lord of the Rings and Ruler of Time can help you find your way around the mountains or to the cocktail bar at a dinner party..
The Fenix Chronos is essentially a jazzed up version of the GPS giant’s top-tier wearable, the Fenix 3 HR. The slick new multisport smartwatch is built using jeweler-grade materials and will be available in three versions: titanium with a brushed titanium strap ($1,499.99), stainless steel with brushed stainless steel strap ($999.99), and stainless steel with a premium leather strap ($899.99). Nylon and silicone straps will also be available.
It’s a good thing that as well as being a sports and fitness watch, the Fenix Chronos titanium doubles up as a stylish fashion accessory, because metal chain link straps aren’t ideal for working out in, unless you’ve got wrists like Odd Job.
Garmin’s new beast has a 1.2-inch 218 x 218 transflective MIP colour display protected with Sapphire crystal. It’s not touchscreen though.
In short, the Fenix Chronos basically has the full range of Garmin’s indoor and outdoor wearable tech features under one shiny hood. It has a built-in heart rate monitor, GPS/GLONASS, ANT+ and Wi-Fi support.
It has a full suite of features for running, cycling, swimming, golf, activity and sleep tracking, plus additional features for fishing, skiing, rowing and more. It also provides maps, waypoints, routes, UltraTrac, weather reports, calendars, music control and again, more.
The Garmin Fenix Chronos uses Bluetooth 4.0 LE connectivity. When your phone receives an incoming call, text, email or social media notification the watch will vibrate and show the information on its color display.
Garmin’s pricey new wearable is water-resistant up to 100-meters (10 ATM), which is a good thing because at 134.8 grams, the full titanium version might make you sink to bottom..
Its 300mAh rechargeable battery provides up to 25 hours in UltraTrac mode, up to 13 hours in GPS training mode, and up to 1 weeks in smartwatch mode.
The Garmin Fenix 3 HR, which is quite a bit cheaper than the Fenix Chronos offers a better battery life of up to 40 hours in UltraTrac mode, up to 16 hours in GPS training mode, and up to 2 weeks in smartwatch mode; so a little bit of battery love has been lost.
The Fenix Chronos works with the Garmin Connect app which is compatible with devices running Android 4.3 +, iOS iPhone 4S +, and Windows 10 +.
It also works with the Garmin Connect IQ platform which gives you access to different watch-faces, apps, widgets, data fields and more so you can customize the look and feel of the watch.
The Garmin Fenix Chronos will be available in the 3rd quarter of 2016.
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