With months of rumors and speculation in the SmartWatch market, Garmin has finally released their new Garmin Fenix 7 Epix lineup, including a range of high-performance smartwatches for those looking to maximize their workout, optimize their active lifestyle, as well as look stylish on the street.
The Epix lineup of Garmin watches provides a more luxury aesthetic, compared to the previously released Fenix 7 lineup, and promotes a range of features that push the boundaries of what a SmartWatch can do.
Whilst the Fenix 7 lineup of Smart Watches was specifically targeting sports use, the Fenix 7 Epix promotes a much more flexible application. We are looking to appeal to people who also wish to pick up a fashionable fashion piece and take advantage of all of the defining features we’ve come to expect from Garmin watches.
Today we’ll be delving deeper into the Garmin Fenix 7 Epix, looking over what the lineup offers, comparing it to other watches on the market, as well as reviewing the price point you’ll be expected to pay.
Garmin Fenix 7 Epix 2022 – What’s New?
For anybody that has been paying close attention to the Garmin releases over the years, especially the new Epix lineup, likely, you’ve already got a Garmin Fenix Smart Watch.
So, what’s new about the 2022 release of the Garmin Fenix 7 Epix? Here is a list of specific improvements, and changes, that have been included with the 2022 Gen 2 release:
- HIIT workouts
- Automatic Run/Walk/Stand graphing within a workout
- Revamped user interface
- ‘Button guards’ around all buttons, which reduce accidental presses
- Metal/titanium (depending on model) lugs covers
- Garmin SkiView, includes resort names & slope names
- Cross Country Ski Trails to maps
- “Map Manager” feature for managing/downloading maps from your wrist
- ‘Up Ahead’ feature for distances to predefined markers like aide stations, climbs, etc.
- Realtime Stamina feature, which is used during runs & rides to try and leave nothing in the tank (or, properly manage a workout)
- Race Predictor historical trendlines (to see if you’re getting faster or slower)
- New Kiteboard Sport Type
- Epix units now get free worldwide downloadable TopoActive maps using WiFi
- Epix units now have pre-loaded Skiing & Golf Maps
- Epix units now have music, WiFi, and Garmin Pay support
- Full-color AMOLED Display
- Touchscreen support
- Multi-band (aka dual-frequency) GPS to Epix Sapphire units
- New Windsurf Sport Type
- New SpeedPro function for Windsurfing
- New graphical charts as data fields
- Scrolling charts in a variety of places, including widgets
- The ability to configure activity profiles and data fields from your phone
- Garmin Connect IQ store on the wrist
- Revamped ‘GPS only’ mode for far more battery life savings
- Garmin ELEVATE GEN 4 optical HR sensor
- Switched to glass-covered optical HR sensor (versus plastic with a coating), which increases durability
- Health Snapshot feature (includes HRV data)
- New Sleep Manager Settings for customizing what the device does while you sleep
Garmin Fenix 7 Epix Gen 2 – Variant and Price Point Breakdown
It’s important to note that when it comes to the Garmin Fenix 7 Epix variants, the core components and functionality of the watch remain the same. What changes, however, is the casing and aesthetics of the watch.
Depending on the materials used, these variants begin at an $899USD price point and can rise above the $1099USD mark for specific models. This makes the Epix lineup the most expensive Garmin smartwatch ever released.
The release of the Gen 2 Garmin Fenix 7 Epix watches come with four core variants, these include:
Epix Black Titanium
Epix White Titanium
Epix Slate Steel
Epix Sapphire – Black Titanium with Chestnut Leather Band (Most Expensive)
Each of these variants come with their own defining aesthetic and feel, so make sure to take some time to research the style that resonates with you. It should be noted that all Garmin watches can have their bands replaced, providing you with more customization options.
All Epix models are the same uniform size as the Garmin 7 Series, with a 47mm case.
Garmin Fenix 7 Epix Gen 2 – Specs Overview
The Garmin Fenix 7 Epix Gen 2 promotes a range of expected hardware specifications, especially with the premium price tag.
Let’s break down the core specs of the model, so you know what to expect :
- 1.3inch AMOLED Display
- 416×416 Premium Screen Resolution
- Corning Gorilla Glass DX Watch Face Lens (Sapphire Crystal Lens for the Epix Sapphire)
- 16GB of Storage (32GB for the Epix Sapphire)
- Solar Charging Functionality
- 5 Weeks non-GPS use
- 5 Days consistent GPS use
- PC Software support for further customization
Garmin Fenix 7 Epix Gen 2 – 7 Series Comparison
One of the key conversations that have arisen online since the reveal of the Garmin Fenix 7 Epix is the comparison to the Garmin Fenix 7 Series.
With the 7 Series offering a range of options between the $699 and $899 price point range, it’s no surprise that people are wondering how much better the Epix series is.
Let’s break down how to compare the two lineups, and what you can expect from picking the Epix over the 7 Series:
Whilst the Epix comes with a range of Gen 2 improvements, it’s important to note that the 7 series also come with the majority of these as well in their Gen 2 release.
When it comes to day-to-day active use, especially for high-activity sports, the 7 series promotes all of the same features as the Epix.
You will be hard-pressed to find any deal-breaking differences between the two lineups, in their core software functionality.
The Epix series beats how the 7 series here, and that is to be expected. With almost a 20% higher price point, you’d hope that the Epix series comes with more impressive hardware.
The key point here is that the Epix provides more storage options, (16GB and 32GB respectively) as well as better solar charging support, all feeding into a slightly higher quality battery.
The display on the Epix series, and the resolution that the display supports, are also slightly more impressive on the Epix models. With a 416×416 resolution, the Epix series has a crisp and defining definition for daily use.
However, this shouldn’t disqualify the 7 series completely. The 7 series watches still pack an impressive display, battery, and storage support as well.
The Epix series, designed as a more luxury option, has placed much of its build quality efforts into the materials it is created from. High-quality titanium, slate black, and sapphire models all use some of the best consumer materials available on the market.
The 7 series cannot compete on this front, and since the 7 series is designed as a more affordable, heavy use lineup, this is no surprise.
The Gen 2 Garmin Fenix 7 Epix Lineup is Finally Here – Are You Ready?
With the Garmin Fenix 7 Epix lineup bursting onto the market hardly a week ago, it’s no surprise that this luxury assortment of smartwatches has been creating quite the buzz online.
With Garmin promoting one of the most feature-rich, hardware stacked, and premium builds quality watches on the market, we’re sure to see the Epix series stand the test of time, and establish itself as a well-known luxury brand.
For those of you still rocking the Gen 1 Garmin watches, the Epix presents a perfect opportunity to get your hands on a quality Garmin Gen 2 product. However, if you’re not looking to slap on a luxury timepiece, don’t hesitate to take a closer look at the Garmin Fenix 7 series as well.