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Fenix and Vivoactive Wearables Refreshed With Garmin Pay and Music Playback

Garmin has announced the availability of new additions to its Fenix and Vivoactive lines in Singapore today. The Fenix line of watches is the brand’s flagship line of premium multi-sport wearables, with full-fledged weather sealing and durability features.

Garmin’s latest additions to their line of fitness wearables pack the latest technology. Image: Garmin

The Fenix 5 will see an upgrade to the Fenix 5 Plus, and comes in a total of three sizes: a 42mm Fenix 5S Plus, 48mm Fenix 5 Plus, and a 51mm Fenix 5X Plus.

The Vivoactive line has also been refreshed with the new Vivoactive 3 Music. 

The Vivoactive 3 Music brings added features to a more affordable price point. Image: Garmin

These additions to both lines of watches bring on board the ability to store up to 500 music tracks for Bluetooth playback, allowing users to leave their MP3s at home.

The newly-implemented Garmin Pay also means that users are able to pay for their after-run refreshments without having to lug their bulky wallets with them. At present in Singapore, this payment function is limited to OCBC card members. 

Garmin Fenix 5 Plus

The Garmin Fenix 5 Plus watches all feature a 1.2-inch, 240×240 screen. They also pack preloaded colour maps, added compatibility with European satellite navigation system GALILEO for added topographical accuracy, in addition to the inclusion of music playback functionality and Garmin Pay.

The different interfaces of the Garmin Fenix 5 Plus gives a range of features on the back of your wrist. Image: Garmin 

Garmin has also implemented Trendline Popularity Routing, which allows trail runners to identify and follow the most popular routes in the area for added safety, allowing athletes to concentrate on their training.

Pulse Ox Acclimation Sensor allows athletes to monitor their blood saturation, to better identify their activity performance across training sessions.

At 42mm, the Fenix 5S Plus is the perfect wearable for small-wristed individuals. Responding to consumer queries for a more feminine design, Garmin’s Fenix 5S Plus now comes in a beautiful white and gold colour scheme, that is built to stand up to stains and daily wear and tear. Users do not have to sacrifice screen real estate for size: it features the same 1.2-inch 240×240 screen as its larger variants.

The Garmin Fenix 5s Plus in an elegant rose gold. The metal bracelet is sold separately. Image: Ian Ling

The new Garmin Fenix 5s Plus now comes in an elegant rose gold, which would be a particular hit amongst the ladies. Pictured is a metal bracelet which is available separately. Image: Ian LingThe watch in this colour scheme comes with a leather band to complement its elegant aesthetic but still packs an interchangeable white silicone strap in the box for when you’re out of office and in the gym.

Garmin’s wide selection of interchangeable bands come with QuickFit, which allows tool-free customisation of your watch in moments while ensuring a secure fit.

The back of the Garmin 5s Plus, showing the connection for charging, The tab on the leather strap is the quick release mechanism on the QuickFit feature of the interchangeable strap. Image: Ian Ling

The mid-sized Fenix 5 Plus and large Fenix 5X Plus both feature a Diamond-Like Carbon (DLC) finish on the case, complementing the sapphire crystal on its face to withstand the roughest conditions by the most committed athletes. To suit your needs, whether on the track or in the office, the Fenix 5 Plus and Fenix 5X Plus are both available with a DLC Titanium band, for a bold yet lightweight fit.

Another differentiating factor between the different sizes of watches is battery life. The smallest Garmin Fenix 5s Plus gives 6 days in smartwatch mode,10 hours with GPS activated, and 4 hours with both GPS and Bluetooth activated during music playback.

The 48mm Fenix 5 Plus is able to provide 10 days of performance in smartwatch mode and 7 hours with both GPS and Music on. The largest 51mm Fenix 5X Plus delivers 18 days of battery life and 11 hours with both GPS and Music activated. Garmin’s UltraTrac power saving mode allows users to extend the battery life.

The Garmin Fenix 5X Plus with the black titanium DLC bracelet. Image: Ian Ling

The Fenix 5 Plus watches are compatible with Garmin Connect IQ, which allows users to customise their watch interface with applications and widgets to best suit their preferences and favourite activities.

They also provide call and messaging notifications when connected to your compatible smartphone.

Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music

With its added music playback capability and Garmin Pay on board, the Garmin’s Vivoactive 3 Music lets you ditch your music player and wallet at home to run uninhibited.

The Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music also packs Garmin Pay, which allows you to pay from your OCBC cards with all the privileges. Image: Garmin

The Vivoactive 3 Music also features Elevate wrist-based heart rate readouts, along with 15 preloaded workout apps for different indoor and outdoor activities like yoga and running.

It is the watch for everyday use, with its always-on Chroma Display which is visible in the most challenging lighting conditions. With its weather-resistant rating, you can wear it in the shower or while swimming. Battery life is of no concern, at 7 days in smartwatch mode, and 5 hours with GPS and Bluetooth connectivity.

Choose from a variety of QuickFit interchangeable straps, and thousands of watch faces, widgets, data fields and applications to make your Garmin truly yours.

Garmin offers a wide variety of strap options to choose from. Image: Ian Ling

Pricing and Availability

The premium line of Fenix 5 Plus watches starts at SGD1,199 for both the Black and Rose Gold Fenix 5s Plus devices. The Rose Gold option comes with an additional white leather strap at no additional cost.

The mid-sized Fenix 5 Plus comes in at SGD1,229 for the basic model and SGD1,599 for a titanium build with DLC finish with a band in the same material.

The large Fenix 5X Plus retails at SGD1,299, and at SGD1,699 in the same exclusive configuration as the Fenix 5 Plus in titanium.

The Vivoactive 3 Music is a more pocket-friendly option, retailing at SGD459.

All devices will be available at Advance Lap, Best Denki, Challenger, Courts, Gain City, Harvey Norman and all Garmin authorised retailers.

Ian Ling
Ian is the resident Tech Monkey and Head of Content at VR Zone. His training in Economics and Political Science is at the basis of his love for journalism and storytelling. A photographer by passion, and an audiophile by obsession, Ian is captivated by all forms of tech that makes enthusiasts tick.

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