Garmin International’s latest smartwatch is geared toward those who are looking to improve their athletic performance. Dubbed epix, the new smartwatch comes with a touchscreen and 1.3” AMOLED display alongside a sapphire lens and a titanium bezel.
However, the real selling point is the watch’s robust array of health tracking features. epix comes with sports apps for everything from skiing and surfing to tennis, climbing, and standard gym workouts, and can display animated workouts to show people doing strength and yoga routines how to improve their form. The Garmin Coach also serves as a free personal virtual trainer for runners, developing custom training programs that take factors like fitness level, fitness history, and recovery time into account. PacePro will automatically adjust a runner’s preferred pacing based on the level of incline, while the Real-Time Stamina gauge monitors exertion levels to prevent runners from burning up their energy too quickly.
Those dedicated sports apps are paired with a slew of more general health tracking features, including a heart rate monitor, and sleep, stress, respiration, and energy trackers. The epix watch has GPS positioning capabilities, and can send an alert (with a location) to an emergency contact if an incident occurs while the wearer is exploring the outdoors. The watch comes with TopoActive maps to assist with navigation during regular circumstances.
epix offers 16 days of battery life when being used as a watch, and 42 hours of battery life when the GPS mode is active. The wearer can receive notifications for incoming calls, text messages, and other events, or use the Connect IQ Store via Wi-Fi to access popular music apps like Spotify through their watch and without a phone. The epix watch also offers support for contactless transactions through Garmin Pay.
The new Garmin offering is retailing now for a recommended price of $899.99. The company previously released a version if its Instinct smartwatch specifically for e-sports competitors, and recently partnered with Lumen to help people track their metabolism. Garmin planned to integrate Lumen’s technology into its own wearables as part of that arrangement.