Garmin unveils long-awaited Fenix 7, plus luxury Epix smartwatch

Garmin Fenix 7
The Fenix 7 is the first watch in the Fenix range to feature buttons and a touchscreen (Image credit: Future)

After months of speculation, Garmin has unveiled a new set of premium watches: the Fenix 7 series for serious sports training, and the luxury Epix (Gen 2) for everyday wear.

The Garmin Fenix 7 lineup includes three sizes (Fenix 7S, Fenix 7, and Fenix 7X), all of which are available in standard, solar, and solar sapphire editions. All of these have touchscreens in addition to the five physical buttons of previous Fenix watches, though this locks automatically during activity tracking to prevent accidents.

The Fenix 7 is aimed squarely at serious athletes aiming to improve their performance whether that’s in running, cycling, golf, swimming, or any of the myriad other sports supported. The big difference is that its advanced training tools are now more accessible, and it’s easier to use the watch together with the Garmin Connect app to create and follow a personal training plan that adapts along the way.

Garmin Fenix 7 series

Garmin Fenix 7, Fenix 7 Sapphire Solar, and Fenix 7X Sapphire Solar (Image credit: Garmin)

For example, the watch will show you a real-time stamina rating during workouts, which is a measure of how much energy you have left in the tank. If you’ve got plenty of energy left then you might want to push yourself a little harder, but if your stamina rating has dropped low, it’d be wise to wrap things up soon before it bottoms out.

Runners will benefit most from the Fenix 7’s new training tools. The watch will assess your training load throughout the week, and suggest a running session that will optimize your training (or a rest day if you’d benefit from taking it easy). You'll also be able to see a race time predictor at a glance, which will estimate your 5k, 10k, half marathon, and marathon finish times based on your current fitness level.

After any workout, the watch will estimate how long it’ll take for you to fully recover and be ready for your next session.

We’re currently putting the Fenix 7 Solar Sapphire to the test, and you can check out our hands-on review for our first impressions. We’ll be updating this review over the coming weeks as we spend more time with the watch’s training tools, and are able to judge its performance in the long term.

The Fenix 7 range starts at $699.99 / £599.99 / AU$1,049 for the standard version – a price increase of roughly 8% from the Fenix 6.

Epix adventures

While the Fenix 7 is built specifically for sports, the new Garmin Epix is a premium everyday watch. It's essentially a top-end counterpart to the Venu 2, with the same bright high-res AMOLED display, plus a new sapphire crystal lens, titanium bezel, and a selection of higher-tier sports tracking tools.

The Epix tracks all the biometrics you’d expect from a Garmin watch, including heart rate, respiration, stress, sleep score, and energy. It also has a wide array of sports tracking profiles, including indoor and gym sessions, plus some more esoteric options like pickleball and padel (which were added to the Garmin Fenix 6 earlier this week).

Garmin Epix

Garmin Epix in three colorways (Image credit: Garmin)

Like the Venu 2, the Epix offers animated yoga and Pilates sessions to follow, plus custom training plans to help you prepare for an event or achieve a new personal best. The Epix also has the same stamina tracking as the Fenix 7, allowing you to see how much energy you have during a run and plan the rest of the session accordingly.

There’s on-board music storage for songs and playlists, and Spotify, Amazon Music and Deezer apps are all pre-installed. As with all Garmin watches, you can download additional apps, watch faces, and data fields (which show information during a workout) through the Garmin Connect IQ mobile app.

The Epix comes in three colorways: slate steel, black titanium sapphire, white titanium sapphire, and black titanium with a chestnut leather band. Its price starts at $899.99 / £799.99 / AU$1,399 direct from Garmin, which makes it one of the company's most expensive watches to date (though still cheaper than the premium MARQ Collection).

Cat Ellis

Cat is the editor of TechRadar's sister site Advnture. She’s a UK Athletics qualified run leader, and in her spare time enjoys nothing more than lacing up her shoes and hitting the roads and trails (the muddier, the better)