Smartwatches have become an integral part of our lifestyle and even more so, for the ones who want to embark on an adventure. In the world of smartwatches where most of them majorly focus on being as tech-laden as possible, Garmin puts out smartwatches which are both, utilitarian and attractive at the same time! And did we mention rugged? Clocking on the success of the patented solar charging technology in fēnix 6X Pro Solar last year, Garmin India, has expanded its portfolio of solar-powered smartwatches with the launch of all-new Instinct Solar, fēnix 6 Pro Solar.
Designed and built to accompany the enthusiasts to ‘Do What They Love Longer’, the new solar-powered smartwatches utilize solar energy output to support various smartwatch functions like wrist-based heart rate, Pulse Ox, Body Battery, advanced sleep monitoring, stress tracking, giving health insights to users.
With these smartwatches, fitness enthusiasts can continue their fitness regimes with the new pre-loaded sports activities like indoor climbing, fishing, mountain biking along with other activities including as running, swimming, yoga, golf, Pilates, etc, pushing them to explore new challenges. Garmin’s multisport GPS smartwatches have been the leading choice for fitness enthusiasts and adventurers. Now with the proprietary breakthrough solar charging technology, allowing users to “Do What They Love Longer” through significantly increased battery life and new purpose-built functionality including surf, mountain biking and climbing activities.
Introducing the new solar-powered, feature-loaded smartwatch series, Mr. Ali Rizvi, Director, Garmin India said, “Garmin’s multisport GPS watches are the choice for athletes and adventurers willing to push themselves through the next mile or over the next mountain. Using our solar capabilities, the new Instinct and fēnix 6 solar watches provide extraordinary battery life and give customers the ability to follow their passion to the sunset and further. The Instinct solar and fēnix 6 Solar Series will help users to push their limits with enhanced features and exceptional battery life.”
Garmin has invested in over 30 patents that utilizes sophisticated technology to design a one-of-a-kind solar panel – Power GlassTM , made up of an ultra-thin multilayer structure which allows for continuous solar charging even when the panel is partially covered, extending the battery life of the smartwatch in all modes in the Power Manager feature. The improved power capacity allows users to enjoy their outdoor activities for longer periods of time.
Instinct Solar for the rugged, outdoor enthusiast
Garmin has incorporated the solar lens technology into its Instinct range of outdoor multisport watches to cater to the outdoor enthusiast. With the Power Manager feature, users can toggle to the Battery Saver mode to enjoy unlimited battery life on the Instinct Solar and Instinct Solar – Camo Edition.
In addition to Instinct’s list of outdoor activity and health tracking features, Instinct Solar series now also includes the Body Battery feature which analyzes heart rate variability, stress level, sleep quality and activity data to determine overall energy levels. Another newly added feature is the Pulse Ox (SpO2)2, a technology which measures blood oxygen saturation – a useful health indicator to monitor during this time of pandemic as the COVID-19 virus can lead to pneumonia infection in which the lung’s air sacs are filled with fluid, leading to a drop in blood oxygen level. A sudden drop in SpO2 levels may indicate an early onset of symptoms.
The Instinct Solar series boasts up to 24 days in smartwatch mode indoors and more than 50 days with sufficient solar exposure. Users can make these battery-extending changes on the fly through Instinct Solar’s incorporation of Power Manager.
fēnix 6 Series – Solar Editions
The fēnix 6 Pro Solar is the newest member of the Garmin flagship outdoor GPS smartwatch line. Featuring Garmin Power Glass™ solar charging lens and a customizable Power Manager mode, fēnix 6 Series – Solar Editions harness the power of the sun to stay on and remain performance-ready for weeks, so users will have more on-wrist time to enjoy their activities, training features, onboard mapping, music streaming and much more. Expanding the robust activity profiles included in the fēnix series, the smartwatches come with, mountain biking and indoor climb-ready.
- Mountain Bike:Track the details of every ride with mountain biking metrics plus specialized grit and flow measurements that rate trail difficulty and how smoothly a user descends, giving a score to beat next time.
- Indoor Climb: The indoor climb activity profile allows climbers to track their sessions at indoor facilities. Metrics include the number of routes, vertical distance climbed, climbing time, difficultly of each route and more.
The fēnix 6 Pro Solar in smartwatch mode is up to 14 days indoors and up to 16 days with sufficient solar exposure.
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