Lots and lots of user queries have arisen about the Fenix 6X Sapphire and the Fenix 6X Pro Solar. We look at the key differences between Fenix 6X Sapphire and Fenix 6X Pro Solar below.
Both watches have identical feature set and identical memory. Even the screen size of 1.4 inch is the same on both watches. 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.
The essential difference lies in the type of glass used on each watch. The Fenix 6X Sapphire watch uses the sapphire glass. It is made of Sapphire crystals that are known to be the third hardest material in the world.
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
The Fenix 6X Sapphire is cheaper than the Fenix 6X Pro Solar for the obvious reasons.
The Fenix 6X Pro Solar is a solar watch that can get charged with solar energy. Whenever you are outdoor, the 6X Pro Solar will use the sunlight to charge the battery.
To make solar charging possible, the Fenix 6X Pro Solar of Garmin uses the Power Glass. Power Glass is a special type of glass that uses 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
For solar charging to be effective, you need to expose the watch to 3 hours of bright sunlight (50000 lux or higher) every day.
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.
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 Fenix 6X Sapphire or Fenix 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.
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Helen Kurt is a geeky nerd who loves to cover the wearables space. She has over 5 years of experience in the smartwatch domain. You can reach her on email at [email protected].