Garmin Fenix 4, Rumors Roundup : Design. Specs, Release Date & Features

Garmin Fenix 3 was the talk of the town. The reviews were great too. The so-called amalgamation of smartwatch and fitness tracker was bound to get attention. It was win-win for people who were once a part of the fitness fad and then grew out of it, it had served the purpose as a wrist-based wearable by telling you the time and occasionally doubling up as smartwatch that could be connected to a couple of monitors, used as GPS or a device to keep tabs on weather.

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Why am I telling you this when we have covered the Fenix 3 here, is to give you an idea of what to expect from the next flagship of Garmin.  If you had decided to skip Garmin Fenix 3 because it was way too expensive for you (at $499.99 without heart rate monitor, $599.99 with one, it is expensive than even the standard Apple Watch) or you thought it was just style and not the substance, then darlings,  Garmin Fenix 4 could be just the thing for you.  Rumours are rife that Garmin may launch its new flagship model, Garmin Fenix 4 sometime this year.

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Weararena brings you the best of rumors regarding price, release date and specs of Garmin Fenix 4. Read on!

Garmin Fenix 4 Design:

The predecessor of Garmin Fenix 4 came in 3 models, the premium edition being equipped with sapphire lens and stainless steel.  As Apple’s debutante wearable comes into picture, the stakes get higher as well as the pressure to penetrate newer and untouched market segment, increases. Most of people out there don’t think much of a high-end watch, let alone its capabilities. So, Garmin Fenix 4 has much thinking to do and withstanding to this, expect a sleeker and more beautiful watch to woo the fence-sitters. As Fenix 3 was all out a male thing with its rugged, bulky and dull look, the Fenix 4 will be unisex watch much like its expected rival, Apple Watch. They can also think of launching different editions for men and women.  The rumors are also abuzz that there will be three price points based on the feature. The previous generation Fenix 3 was bulky due to its powerful battery that could give you 16-hour in GPS mode and 3-month in watch mode, however, Fenix 4 needs to figure out a way to house a battery powerful like this while keeping the weight in check.

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Apart from this, the same Chroma screen that lets you read the notification in sunlight is rumored to be there, however, in a more colorful manner. Also expect a lot of options in straps and watch faces.

Garmin Fenix 4 Specs:

The Garmin Fenix 4 activity features will outwit its predecessor.  Like Fenix 3, which is touted as a very capable multisport GPS watch, it will come equipped with GPS and sensors for ABC which is altimeter, barometer and compass.  It will provide you with updates on weather changes and will let you mark location with breadcrumb trail.  On the fitness front, some of the features that are also in its older sibling and awesomely backed up by exceptional data and metrics will be there too. This new flagship from the U.S. based OEM will count your steps, track swimming workout (VO2 max) and is expected to be tuned into ski-board remote. The rumors are also indicating that the smartwatch will feature the usual metrics such as ground cadence, contact time, stride length, vertical oscillation,  ground contact time balance and vertical ratio. Additionally, more niche fitness aspects and metrics are expected to find a place in the next-gen version. Thanks to these features and metrics that even now, no fitness band or smartwatch could compete with this one hell of a tracker. However, the only sore spot was the heart stats which could only be monitored via a chest strap and Garmin Fenix 4 is expected to get it right this time.  After paying a premium price, the folks weren’t happy with strapping on a bulky chest strap to measure a vital stat such as heart rate. Expectedly, the Fenix 4 will come packed with this and will bring some kickass features such as NFC payment and an array of 3rd party apps on board, which seems in line with its expansion plans of proprietary Connect IQ platform. Apart from that, as most of the upcoming smartwatches such as Apple Watch, Samsung Gear S3 and HTC One Wear will come with many non-sports features like receive and read texts, load some apps, stream music, pay wirelessly; Garmin may deviate from designing a sports-only watch and built Fenix 4 as an all-round wearable to stay in the competition. So with the Garmin Fenix 4, users may pay for their coffee and receive texts and calls, apart from just tracking their fitnesses.

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Garmin Fenix 4 Release Date:

Though, it is not set in stones but the rumors indicate for a mid-2015 release. Fenix 2 and Fenix 3 were rolled out for masses in Feb 2014 and March 2015 respectively. It is basically a year-gap but given the high-end price segment of the latter and the ‘delayed’ arrival of Apple Watch in June, Garmin might want to rush things at its end and look for a quick release as it will be difficult to sell Fenix 3 with this price tag once Apple wearable is out and available in stores.

Update: Since there has been an odd silence regarding the Garmin Forerunner 4 release, we feel that the maker would follow its release cycle and launch the new wearable in Fenix series by January 2016.

Update (26/8/16): As you can see, we heard rumours that the wearable was supposed to release in January 2016. But January came and went, there’s no sign of Germin Fenix 4. Apparently, Germin is busy improving and aggressively marketing Fenix 3. Now rumours have emerged regarding Garmin Fenix 4 release date could be in early 2017. So set your date for January 2017.

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Garmin Fenix 4 Price:

According to the rumors, the Garmin Fenix 4 is supposed to be available at three different price points much like Apple Watch. The premium and limited edition is rumoured to be at a different price level, totally whereas the standard Garmin model can be budget-friendly.

Update: Fenix Smartwatches has always been very expensive. The cheapest Fenix 3 variation starts at $499 while others go well over the $600 mark. We are expecting that Fenix 4 will cost at least $500. Other premium variants could go very well go over $600 and perhaps even more than $700. Although the price is high, Fenix smartwatches are completely worth it.

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  1. Been using the Fenix 3 since it’s debut. I swim , run, workout, hike and navigate with the watch. What it is really lacking is the OLED screen to make it’s optional smart screens and watch screen interfaces stand out as well as a built in HR monitor (which we all know is NOT as accurate as the strap. If Garmin can put in the same OLED screen or better than the LG G Watch R and clean up some of the interfaces, it will remain the top fitness/activity watch on the market. While not as subtle as most activity trackers, it shines as an indestructible everyday watch. If Garmin can squeeze it into a smaller package or additional shells it will appeal to the female athlete/outdoorswoman as well. It looks like a real watch, works like a real watch, tracks everything the way it should (although using Garmin Express is a step that shouldn’t be needed. Keep it going Garmin and please make the F4 updates downloadable / backwards compatible w/Fenix 3 if possible! Also, if Garmin can make a HR receiver that is compatible w/all Polar/ANT+, etc devices it makes the watch even that more capable.

    • I really disagree with respect to the screen, after owning 2 lg watches (1st one and the R) i much much prefer the screeen on the Fenix 3, it’s like areal watch in the sense that it can stay one all of the time without any tricks (moving your wrist to turn on) and still doesn’t hit the battery badly, just like anormal watch, the back light on demand is perfect, again like a regular watch, only needed at night. With the LG w R you needed to put it on theather mode to switch off the screen when in the cinema or anywhere where you didn’t want attention, not to mention the need to charge every night. The only thing i would want from the F3 is integrated all day HRM alla Fitbit. LEAVE THE SCREEN ALONE, IT’S PERFECT AS IT IS, no anoying touch screen to gte in the way during activities and no unnecessary backlight

    • Hey MH, that was wonderful. Couldn’t agree more with what you have written here. Look forward to your feedback. Keep visiting us!

  2. Any news regarding the release date or is everything still rumors?

  3. So what is the rumored release date? As it is at this point mid-2015;)

  4. I’d love to see Garmin add a HR sensor to the next Fenix. But for crying out loud – DON’T CHANGE THE DESIGN!!! Do NOT go for the Apple Watch market!!! One of the main reasons I want to get a Fenix in the first place is that the design blows away anything else I have seen! I like big bulky watches!! I like the ROUND face!!! Very tempted right now to just go with the 3, but if the 4 will have the HR built-in with the great design of the 3, I’m sold. If the next Fenix looks anything like the Apple Watch, there’s no way I’d ever consider buying it. Keep the design Garmin! It’s a great looking watch!!

    • I doubt that the F4 will have a HR sensor.. for the 225 this is possible, however for the 6xx and 9xx series, as well as the Fenix series you need the heart rate monitor on a strap for the running dynamics. it’s just not possible to calculate ground contact time and vertical oscillation from a device that’s on your wrist..
      what i would like to see is a sirf star GPS chip (as Polar and Suunto also use), as apparently Garmin is having issues getting GPS accuracy under trees under control. this is supposed to be a trail/hiking watch, however when walking in sub-optimal GPS circumstances (so not always under clear skies) there simply are too big accuracy issues (when comparing with competitors watches on the same run.. the garmin forums are full of this)
      i really wanted to buy the F3, but there are just too many issues.. fix one problem, create 3 more (as the latest 4.0 update showed again) 🙁

      • You can still have those dynamics with 225 connecting a chest strap, having a built in HRM does not mean that you cannot also wear a strap it just means that if you just care about HRM you do not need one anymore, this is why i like the 225 and i would swith to the Fenix if it had this feature

  5. Personally I think sportwatches such as Garmin Fenix should engage into more mainstream ios/android OS as there is much more development activity in apps. In contrast, Android and Apple watches should adopt more hardware features built in a genuine sportswatch as Garmin (5 ATM, GPS etc). I personally think the latter is more feasable in the short run, because Garmin doesn’t seem to adopt other OS anytime soon (although I think a Fenix with some Android OS would be top notch). Anyway, I will wait to buy a new sportswatch for at least a year since major improvements, but also shifts in leading brands will probably occur…

  6. Would be happy without the optical HRM function but, probably not happy with low GPS accuracy. Also optical HRM’s can’t measure things such as HRV, vertical ossilations etc.
    But what I hope most is a watch as accurate as models produced five years before. 😀

  7. I will love to see a smaller version for females. That is the only reason i am not buying the 3. it is too bulky for my little feminine hand.

  8. do we have a release date for Garmin fenix 4 already ?

  9. Really want a Fenix 3, but trying to hold out for Fenix 4. Woudl be nice if it was here for the Xmas season… Any other new sport watches to look out for?

  10. Really want the fenix4 is there an actual release date yet?

  11. Really want the fenix4 is there an actual release date yet? Very interested

  12. Sorry that I cannot agree with most of you. I own a fenix 2 with is a great watch and worked flawlessly. However, my fenix 3 was a total waste of money. I have not had one good month of using the fenix 3 without some new firmware update that cause more problems. I paid $599 for the sapphire model and head to return it 3 times (at my expense), therefore I paid nearly $700 for a watch that is still having major issues such as very poor GPS and system crashes. I more than likely will never buy another Garmin product.

  13. i would like to see Garmin fix the problems with the F3 before it releases the F4. Garmin shouldn’t mug us out of our hard earned money for a GPS sports watch that cant perform its most basic function, “an accurate and reliable GPS ” when you loose or get a bad GPS signal in or near trees or buildings over three stories high, and yet much cheaper GPS watches can you have to ask why is it so expensive. The Fenix 3 has been my first and last Garmin watch i will ever buy, i would personally like to see TomTom build a high end GPS smart watch.

  14. i dont own any garmin yet ,but i want to buy F4,
    i would like to have F4 with the feateres:
    inbuild HR, wifi, touch screen, all features of forerunner630, all features of F3 + maybe some news there,
    design of F3 is very nice, so just avoid having design of apple watch or similar.
    and i hope you dont repeat the issue with GPS like by F3 !!

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    Cornelius Puiulet Jan 2, 2016 at 3:26 am

    Why even compare the fenix 3 with the Apple Watch. They’re marketed toward totally different clientele.

  16. Nice review, but outdated. Anyone know of the release date of the Garmin Fenix 4?

  17. Fenix 4 maybe next years 2017-2018

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