Garmin Epix 2 vs Epix 2 Sapphire Edition

Epix 2 has been released by Garmin in January 2022. The watch comes in two editions. Epix generation 2 Standard edition and the Epix generation 2 Sapphire edition. Most features on both smartwatches in the Epix 2 series are identical. We look at the key features of both watch editions and the points of differences between the two watch editions of Epix generation 2.

Features that are common in Epix 2 and Epix 2 Sapphire edition

Epix 2 and Epix 2 Sapphire edition share most features as these remain identical across both watch editions. Some very significant features of the Epix generation 2 and Epix generation 2 Sapphire edition are listed below.

  • Both watches have AMOLED display with a display resolution of 416 x 416 pixels. Always on display feature is a part of the feature offerings. Screen size of both watches is 1.3″. And, both watches have a similar thickness of 14.5 mm.
  • Both watches have the touchscreen functionality.
  • GPS functionality is standard for Epix 2 and Epix 2 Sapphire edition watches. Supported satellite systems include GPS, GLONASS and Galileo.
  • Both watches have multiple sensors to provide health tracking and special features. Some significant sensors are the heart rate monitor, blood oxygenation monitor, barometer, gyroscope, and temperature sensor.
  • Both watches are compatible with Android and iOS mobile ecosystems.
  • Garmin Pay is available for NFC payments on both watch editions of Epix 2 and Epix 2 Sapphire edition.
  • Both watches support Bluetooth, ANT+ and WIFI.
  • Epix 2 and Epix 2 Sapphire support swimming, golfing, running and cycling. Besides these, multiple outdoor recreation profiles are a part of the features of Epix 2 and Epix 2 Sapphire edition.
  • On-device storage is availble on Epix 2 and Epix 2 Sapphire edition. This will allow you to store music files locally on the device.

These are some of the most significant features of the Epix generation 2 and the Epix generation 2 Sapphire edition.

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Epix Gen 2 vs Epix Gen 2 Sapphire Edition – Key Differences

We look at the key differences between the Epix generation 2 and Epix generation 2 Sapphire edition watches.

  • The lens material on the watch screen is made of Corning Gorilla Glass DX on the Epix generation 2 Standard editions. The Epix 2 Sapphire edition has a lens made of Sapphire crystal. Sapphire is one of the hardest minerals that are available. Sapphire has a hardness between 8 to 9 Mohs. It is considered next to diamond and graphite in hardness. And, Sapphire lens material makes the Epix 2 Sapphire edition unscratchable or scratch proof..
  • The Sapphire edition of Epix 2 is lighter than the Epix 2 Standard edition. Epix 2 standard edition weighs 76 g and the Epix 2 Sapphire edition weighs 70 g. This makes the Sapphire edition of Epix 2 lighter by 6 g over the Epix 2 standard edition.
  • The bezel on the Epix 2 Sapphire edition is made of titanium, thus giving it a sturdy look and strong feel. Much of premium appearance of the Sapphire edition Epix 2 comes from the titanium bezel. On a similar note, the rear watch cover is made of titanium on the Epix 2 Sapphire edition. In comparison, the Epix 2 standard edition has the bezel made of passivated steel. The rear cover of Epix 2 Standard edition is also made of stainless steel.
  • On-device storage of Epix 2 Standard edition is 16 GB. In comparison, the Epix 2 Sapphire edition is 32 GB. This implies that you could download more Connect IQ apps on the Epix 2 Sapphire edition than on the Epix 2 Standard edition.
  • Multi-point geopositioning is only available on the Garmin Epix 2 Sapphire edition. Multi point geopositioning gives coordinates of an object from multiple GPS systems. It offers military grade precision for the GPS location of any object.
  • Topo maps, trail and road maps come preloaded on the Epix 2 Sapphire edition. You will need to download these separately on the Epix 2 Standard edition smartwatch.

In terms of differences, the Epix 2 Standard and Epix 2 Sapphire editions, primarily, differ in the lens material. Sapphire watches look robust and are very useful for practical watch usage. This is especially true for people who are working outdoor for most parts of the day. The watch screen is protected against impacts and scratches. The incremental costs of the Sapphire edition are essentially for the different lens materials on the watch.


Summary

Epix 2 and Epix 2 Sapphire edition watches introduce AMOLED display and the much better display resolution (416 x 416 pixels) and quality. Both watches differ in watch body material (steel or titanium) and watch screen (lens material made of mineral glass or Sapphire edition) material. We do suggest choosing a Sapphire watch over a normal Corning Gorilla DX lens material. Sapphire glass is hard, looks premium, and is scratch-proof.

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