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Garmin's new Fenix 6 GPS watch sports solar charging to extend battery life

The new watches also include heart rate tracking and Body Battery, an energy monitoring feature.

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The Fenix 6 series starts at $599.

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Garmin on Thursday introduced its new Fenix 6 series of multisport GPS watches. The watches in the collection have Garmin's largest round display, a rugged design and features like Power Manager for longer battery life. 

The Fenix 6X Pro Solar also offers solar charging, with a transparent solar charging lens that can use the sun's energy to extend battery life. Garmin says the battery on the Fenix 6X Pro Solar, in smartwatch mode, can last for 21 days, plus an additional three days when utilizing the solar charging. It has a 1.4-inch display, which Garmin says is 36% bigger than previous Fenix 5X watches.

The Fenix 6 and 6X models appear to be largely the same, but with the 6X having a 1.4-inch display and the 6 with a 1.3-inch display. Sapphire editions are also available for these models, along with new nylon QuickFit bands and silicone color options.

All of the watches come with topographic maps, ski maps for over 2,000 resorts, and maps of 41,000 golf courses, Garmin said. The Fenix 6 watches can also store up to 2,000 songs and come with Garmin Pay. In addition, the watches track heart rate, as well as underwater heart rate for swimming, and have a Body Battery energy monitoring feature. Garmin says Body Battery gathers data from stress, heart rate variability, sleep and activity to show your body's energy level and help you decide when to schedule workouts and rest times. 

The Fenix 6 watches start at $599, with the final price depending on the straps and finishes you pick. The Fenix 6X Pro Solar starts at $999.

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