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Fenix 6X Sapphire Vs Fenix 6X Pro Solar

Lots and lots of user queries have arisen about the Fenix 6X Sapphire and the Fenix 6X Pro Solar. What exactly is different between these 2 smart watches on offer by Garmin? Are they running the same feature set? Or, is there a difference in the hardware platform between the two? Is there a difference in memory capacity of the two smart watches? Do they have same size of the screen?

Fenix 6X Pro Solar

Both watches have identical feature set and identical memory. Even the screen size of 1.4 inch is the same on both. Everything sounds similar on both the models of Garmin – Fenix 6X Sapphire and Fenix 6X Pro Solar, with the exception of one major product distinguishing difference. This difference lies in the type of glass used on each watch. The Fenix 6X Sapphire watch uses a special kind of glass that has is known the world over for its strength. This glass is also known as the sapphire glass. It is made of a special kind of material, which is known to be the third hardest material in the world. Sapphire model of Fenix watch has a very stoutly built glass. Garmin has described the special sapphire crystal glass on its website –

The sapphire crystal lens is incredibly durable and is the third hardest mineral, right behind diamond. As a result, the lens is much harder to scratch than glass. Please note that while the sapphire crystal lens can be very difficult to scratch, it is still not scratchproof.

from Garmin website

Mark the words listed in there. The Sapphire glass is hard and it is very difficult to scratch. At the same time, you cannot call the Sapphire glass as 100% scratch proof. Which, practically, means that there will be scratches with wear and tear on the watch, aging of the Fenix 6 Sapphire or with major and sudden impacts on the watch face. The Fenix 6X Sapphire is cheaper than the Fenix 6X Pro Solar for the obvious reasons.

The Fenix 6X Pro Solar has the ability to get charged with solar energy. Whenever you are outdoor, the 6X Pro Solar will use the sunlight to charge the battery. To make this possible, the 6X Pro Solar of Garmin uses the Power Glass, a special type of glass that is supposed to use solar power to build charge on the battery. Garmin describes the Power Glass on its website –

fēnix 6X Pro Solar uses our Power Glass watch lens to convert sunlight into battery power, extending your time between charges. The sunlight or solar intensity received will be displayed on the solar watch face or Solar Intensity widget as an icon that fills in as solar intensity is increased. 

from Garmin website

The essential difference between the Fenix 6X Sapphire and the Fenix 6X Pro Solar is the type of glass used on each watch. Using the power glass extends the battery life of the 6X Pro Solar by up to 3 days (on the smartwatch mode) when compared against the battery charge life of a 6X Sapphire. If you use the Fenix watch in the music mode or with GPS activity, the 6X Sapphire yields a backup of 15 hours and the 6X Pro Solar offers a backup of 16 hours. There is not much of a battery backup difference between the two watches if your main purpose is to use it for music or GPS tracking.

The solar charging is a good feature, but it does not add up significantly to the battery charge unless you charge it for 3 hours in the brightest sun.

Significantly, you can see that the Fenix 6X Pro Solar is ideally suited to trekkers, mountaineers and runners. All sports persons or individuals who perform outdoor running activities, or who indulge in outdoor exercises are the right set of pros who need the Fenix 6X Pro Solar. Hikers also stand to gain from the use of 6X Pro Solar. The price difference of $100 between the 6X Sapphire and 6X Pro Solar is fully justified for athletes and fitness experts who train outdoors. Extension of battery life is a nice feature to have for such runners, hikers, mountaineers and athletes.

Another factor that you may consider before deciding about the 6X Sapphire or 6X Pro Solar is the bezel and watch body color. The 6X Sapphire is in dark tone of gray, while the 6X Pro Solar is more towards silver or titanium color. If you prefer dark watches 6X Sapphire is the right one; and if you like the silver and shiny look, you cannot go wrong with the 6X Pro Solar.

For others, the 6X Sapphire is one of the best smart watches available. It has almost all the standard features , 1.4 inch screen and a stainless steel bezel to provide a long life to the Fenix watch. With a moderate to heavy use, you can expect it to last 2-3 years at least. GPS tracking is far more accurate than other smart watches.