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Quatix 6 VS Quatix 5

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Posted: 28/05/2020 at 2:30 PM   /   by   /   comments (0)

Garmin has like clockwork released the new iteration of their Quatix series, the Quatix 6. The new model like always is based off their most recent fenix model’s software. They’ve also very recently released the Quatix 6X Titanium version that comes with their new solar charging lens (extends battery life).

Garmin quatix 6 | $999 AUD | List of Compatible Accessories and 360-degree Product View Available Here |

Garmin Quatix 6 Sapphire Titanium | $1499 AUD | List of Compatible Accessories and 360-degree Product View Available Here |

Garmin Quatix 6X Solar | $1799 AUD | List of Compatible Accessories and 360-degree Product View Available Here |

What’s Changed from the Quatix 5 to the Quatix 6

Just like the fenix 5 to the fenix 6, there’s a lot of new inclusions on the Quatix 6. I’ll do a short summary here covering the significant changes with more details later in the article.

New features on the Quatix 6

  • Larger display (1.3” | increased from 1.2”)
  • Higher display resolution (260x260p | increased from 240x240p)
  • Larger internal memory (32GB | increased from 64MB)
  • Comes with Pulse Ox
    • Measure your blood oxygen saturation/acclimation and improves sleep tracking information
  • Music Storage (Quatix 6 can store up to 2000 songs on the watch directly, no need to take your smartphone on the run)
  • Preloaded with 41,000 Golf Courses Worldwide
  • Preloaded with workouts and Gym Profiles
  • Preloaded Topographical Maps
  • Preloaded Ski Resort Maps
  • Garmin Pay (contactless payment via the Quatix 6 NFC Chip)
  • Cycle Map (Routable cycling-specific maps)

Quatix 6 Sapphire Titanium

  • Sapphire Crystal Lens
  • Titanium Band

Quatix 6X Solar Titanium Only

  • Solar Charging Lens (Can extend battery life up to 3 days in optimal sun conditions)
Quatix 6X Solar (Left) Quatix 6 (Right)

Quatix 6X Solar (Left) Quatix 6 (Right)

Full specification Comparison Table Quatix 5 vs Quatix 6 vs Quatix 6X Solar

Quatix 5Quatix 6Quatix 6X Pro Solar
General
LENS MATERIALglass or sapphire crystalCorning® Gorilla® Glass DXPower Glass™
BEZEL MATERIALstainless steelstainless steeltitanium
CASE MATERIALfibre-reinforced polymerfibre-reinforced polymer with metal rear coverfibre-reinforced polymer with metal rear cover
QUICKFIT™ WATCH BAND COMPATIBLEyes (22 mm)included (22 mm)included (26 mm)
STRAP MATERIALsilicone or steelsiliconetitanium and silicone included
PHYSICAL SIZE47 x 47 x 15.5 mm47 x 47 x 14.7 mm51 x 51 x 14.9 mm
COLOUR DISPLAYYesYesYes
DISPLAY SIZE1.2” (30.4 mm) diameter1.3” (33.02 mm) diameter1.4” (35.56 mm) diameter
DISPLAY RESOLUTION240 x 240 pixels260 x 260 pixels280 x 280 pixels
DISPLAY TYPEsunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP)sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP)sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP)
WEIGHTSilicone band: 85 g83 g (60 g, case only)82 g (54 g, case only)
Metal band: 156 g
BATTERY LIFESmartwatch Mode: Up to 2 weeksSmartwatch mode: Up to 14 daysSmartwatch: Up to 21 days plus 3 days *
GPS/HR mode: Up to 24 hoursGPS mode: Up to 36 hoursGPS: Up to 60 hours plus 6 hours **
UltraTrac™ mode: Up to 60 hours without wrist heart rateGPS and music: Up to 10 hoursGPS + Music: Up to 15 hours plus 1 hour**
N/AMax battery GPS mode: 72 hoursMax Battery GPS Mode: 120 hours plus 28 hours**
N/AExpedition GPS activity: 28 daysExpedition GPS Activity: 46 days plus 10 days*
N/ABattery saver watch mode: 48 daysBattery Saver Watch Mode: 80 days plus 40 days*
N/AN/A*Solar charging, assuming all-day wear with 3 hours per day outside in 50,000 lux conditions
N/AN/A**Solar charging, assuming use in 50,000 lux conditions
WATER RATING10 ATM10 ATM10 ATM
MEMORY/HISTORY64 MB32 GB32 GB
Clock Features
TIME/DATEYesYesYes
GPS TIME SYNCYesYesYes
AUTOMATIC DAYLIGHT SAVING TIMEYesYesYes
ALARM CLOCKYesYesYes
TIMERYesYesYes
STOPWATCHYesYesYes
SUNRISE/SUNSET TIMESYesYesYes
Sensors
GPSYesYesYes
GLONASSYesYesYes
GALILEONoYesYes
GARMIN ELEVATE™ WRIST HEART RATE MONITORYesYesYes
BAROMETRIC ALTIMETERYesYesYes
COMPASSYesYesYes
GYROSCOPEYesYesYes
ACCELEROMETERYesYesYes
THERMOMETERYesYesYes
PULSE OXNoyes (with Acclimation)yes (with Acclimation)
Daily Smart Features
CONNECTIVITYBluetooth® Smart, ANT+®, Wi-Fi® with sapphire editionsBluetooth®, ANT+®, Wi-Fi®Bluetooth®, ANT+®, Wi-Fi®
CONNECT IQ™ (DOWNLOADABLE WATCH FACES, DATA FIELDS, WIDGETS AND APPS)YesYesYes
SMART NOTIFICATIONSYesYesYes
TEXT RESPONSE/REJECT PHONE CALL WITH TEXT (ANDROID™ ONLY)NoYesYes
CALENDARYesYesYes
WEATHERYesYesYes
BATTERY SAVER - CUSTOMIZABLE LOW POWER WATCHNoYesYes
CONTROLS SMARTPHONE MUSICYesYesYes
FIND MY PHONEYesYesYes
FIND MY WATCHYesYesYes
PLAYS AND CONTROLS WATCH MUSICNoYesYes
MUSIC STORAGENoup to 2,000 songsup to 2,000 songs
VIRB® REMOTEYesYesYes
SMARTPHONE COMPATIBILITYiPhone®, Android™iPhone®, Android™iPhone®, Android™
PAIRS WITH GARMIN CONNECT™ MOBILEYesYesYes
GARMIN PAY™NoYesYes
Safety and Tracking Features
ASSISTANCENoYesYes
LIVETRACKYesYesYes
GROUP LIVETRACKYesYesYes
LIVE EVENT SHARINGNoYesYes
INCIDENT DETECTION DURING SELECT ACTIVITIESNoYesYes
DUAL GRID COORDINATESYesYesYes
Boating Features
AVAILABLE BOATING PROFILESBoating, Sailing, FishingBoating, Sailing, Sail RacingBoating, Sailing, Sail Racing
ANCHOR ALARMYesYesYes
AUTOPILOT CONTROLyes (with compatible Garmin Marine device equipment)YesYes
BOAT DATA STREAMINGyes (with compatible Garmin Marine device equipment)YesYes
VIRTUAL STARTING LINEYesYesYes
COUNTDOWN TIMERYesYesYes
TACK ASSIST MODEYesYesYes
BUILT-IN BAROMETER AND TIDE TABLESYesyes (downloadable tides)yes (downloadable tides)
Activity Tracking Features
STEP COUNTERYesYesYes
MOVE BAR (DISPLAYS ON DEVICE AFTER A PERIOD OF INACTIVITY; WALK FOR A COUPLE OF MINUTES TO RESET IT)YesYesYes
AUTO GOAL (LEARNS YOUR ACTIVITY LEVEL AND ASSIGNS A DAILY STEP GOAL)YesYesYes
SLEEP MONITORING (MONITORS TOTAL SLEEP AND PERIODS OF MOVEMENT OR RESTFUL SLEEP)YesYesYes
CALORIES BURNEDYesYesYes
FLOORS CLIMBEDYesYesYes
DISTANCE TRAVELEDYesYesYes
INTENSITY MINUTESYesYesYes
TRUEUP™YesYesYes
MOVE IQ™YesYesYes
FITNESS AGEyes (in app)yes (in app)yes (in app)
BODY BATTERY™ ENERGY MONITORYesYesYes
ALL-DAY STRESS TRACKINGYesYesYes
Gym & Fitness Equipment
AVAILABLE GYM ACTIVITY PROFILESIndoor RowingStrength, Cardio and Elliptical Training, Stair Stepping, Floor Climbing, Indoor Rowing, Pilates and YogaStrength, Cardio and Elliptical Training, Stair Stepping, Floor Climbing, Indoor Rowing, Pilates and Yoga
CARDIO WORKOUTSNoYesYes
STRENGTH WORKOUTSNoYesYes
YOGA WORKOUTSNoYesYes
PILATES WORKOUTSNoYesYes
ON-SCREEN WORKOUT ANIMATIONSNoYesYes
AUTOMATIC REP COUNTINGNoYesYes
Training, Planning and Analysis Features
GPS SPEED AND DISTANCEYesYesYes
CUSTOMIZABLE DATA PAGESYesYesYes
CUSTOMIZABLE ACTIVITY PROFILESYesYesYes
AUTO PAUSE®YesYesYes
INTERVAL TRAININGYesYesYes
ADVANCED WORKOUTSYesYesYes
DOWNLOADABLE TRAINING PLANSYesYesYes
POWER MODES - CUSTOMIZABLE IN-ACTIVITY BATTERY SETTINGSYesYes
AUTO LAP®YesYesYes
MANUAL LAPYesYesYes
CONFIGURABLE LAP ALERTSYesYesYes
HEAT AND ALTITUDE ACCLIMATIONYesYes
VO2 MAXYesYesYes
TRAINING STATUS (LETS YOU SEE IF YOU’RE TRAINING EFFECTIVELY BY TRACKING YOUR TRAINING HISTORY AND FITNESS LEVEL TREND.)YesYesYes
TRAINING LOAD (YOUR TOTAL TRAINING LOAD FOR THE LAST 7 DAYS CALCULATED FROM ESTIMATED EPOC)YesYesYes
TRAINING LOAD FOCUSYesYes
TRAINING EFFECTYesYesYes
TRAINING EFFECT (ANAEROBIC)YesYesYes
PRIMARY BENEFIT (TRAINING EFFECT LABELS)YesYes
CUSTOM ALERTSYesYesYes
AUDIO PROMPTSYesYesYes
FINISH TIMEYesYesYes
VIRTUAL PARTNERYesYesYes
RACE AN ACTIVITYYesYesYes
AUTO MULTISPORT ACTIVITIESYesYesYes
MANUAL MULTISPORT ACTIVITIESYesYesYes
COURSE GUIDANCEYesYesYes
GARMIN LIVE SEGMENTSYesYesYes
STRAVA LIVE SEGMENTSYesYesYes
ROUND-TRIP COURSE CREATOR (RUNNING/CYCLING)NoYesYes
TRENDLINE™ POPULARITY ROUTINGNoyes (available as a wearable map theme)yes (available as a wearable map theme)
TOUCH AND/OR BUTTON LOCKYesYesYes
HOTKEYSYesYesYes
AUTO SCROLLYesYesYes
ACTIVITY HISTORY ON WATCHYesYesYes
PHYSIO TRUEUPNoYesYes
Heart Rate Features
HR ZONESYesYesYes
HR ALERTSYesYesYes
HR CALORIESYesYesYes
% of HR MAXYesYesYes
% HRRYesYesYes
RECOVERY TIMEYesYesYes
AUTO MAX HRYesYesYes
HRV STRESS TEST (MEASURES YOUR HEART RATE VARIABILITY WHILE STANDING STILL, FOR 3 MINUTES, TO PROVIDE YOU WITH AN ESTIMATED STRESS LEVEL; THE SCALE OF THIS IS 1 TO 100; LOW SCORES INDICATE LOWER STRESS LEVELS)yes (with compatible accessory)yes (with compatible accessory)yes (with compatible accessory)
HR BROADCAST (BROADCASTS HR DATA OVER ANT+™ TO PAIRED DEVICES)YesYesYes
Running Features
AVAILABLE RUN PROFILESRunning, Indoor Running, Trail RunningRunning, Indoor Treadmill and Track Running, Trail RunningRunning, Indoor Treadmill and Track Running, Trail Running
GPS-BASED DISTANCE, TIME AND PACEYesYes
RUNNING DYNAMICSYesyes (with compatible accessory)yes (with compatible accessory)
VERTICAL OSCILLATION AND RATIO (THE DEGREE OF 'BOUNCE' IN YOUR RUNNING MOTION AND THE COST-BENEFIT RATIO WITH STRIDE LENGTH)yes (with compatible accessory)yes (with compatible accessory)yes (with compatible accessory)
GROUND CONTACT TIME AND BALANCE (SHOWS HOW MUCH TIME, IN THE RUNNING MOTION, YOUR FOOT IS ON THE GROUND RATHER THAN IN FLIGHT AND LETS YOU CHECK YOUR RUNNING SYMMETRY)yes (with compatible accessory)yes (with compatible accessory)yes (with compatible accessory)
STRIDE LENGTH (REAL TIME)yes (with compatible accessory)yes (with compatible accessory)yes (with compatible accessory)
CADENCE (PROVIDES REAL-TIME NUMBER OF STEPS PER MINUTE)YesYesYes
PERFORMANCE CONDITION (AFTER RUNNING 6–20 MINUTES, COMPARES YOUR REAL-TIME CONDITION TO YOUR AVERAGE FITNESS LEVEL)YesYesYes
LACTATE THRESHOLD (THROUGH ANALYSIS OF YOUR PACE AND HEART RATE, ESTIMATES THE POINT WHERE YOUR MUSCLES START TO RAPIDLY FATIGUE)yes (with compatible accessory)yes (with compatible accessory)yes (with compatible accessory)
PACEPRO™ PACING STRATEGIESNoYesYes
RUN WORKOUTSYesYesYes
RACE PREDICTORYesYesYes
FOOT POD CAPABLEYesYesYes
Golfing Features
PRELOADED WITH 41,000 COURSES WORLDWIDENoYesYes
YARDAGE TO F/M/B (DISTANCE TO FRONT, MIDDLE AND BACK OF GREEN)YesYesYes
YARDAGE TO LAYUPS/DOGLEGSYesYesYes
MEASURES SHOT DISTANCE (CALCULATES EXACT YARDAGE FOR SHOTS FROM ANYWHERE ON COURSE)AutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
DIGITAL SCORECARDYesYesYes
CUSTOM TARGETSNoYesYes
STAT TRACKING (STROKES, PUTTS PER ROUND, GREENS AND FAIRWAYS HIT)YesYesYes
GARMIN AUTOSHOT™YesYesYes
FULL VECTOR MAPNoYesYes
AUTO COURSEVIEW UPDATESNoYesYes
GREEN VIEW WITH MANUAL PIN POSITIONYesYesYes
HAZARDS AND COURSE TARGETSYesYesYes
PINPOINTERNoYesYes
PLAYSLIKE DISTANCENoYesYes
HANDICAP SCORINGNoYesYes
TRUSWING™ COMPATIBLEYesYesYes
ROUND TIMER/ODOMETERNoYesYes
AUTOMATIC CLUB TRACKING COMPATIBLE (REQUIRES ACCESSORY)NoYesYes
Outdoor Recreation
AVAILABLE OUTDOOR RECREATION PROFILESHiking, Climbing, Skiing, Snowboarding, XC Skiing, Stand Up Paddleboarding, Rowing, Jumpmaster, TacticalHiking, Climbing, Mountain Biking, Skiing, Snowboarding, XC Skiing, Stand Up Paddleboarding, Rowing, Kayaking, Jumpmaster, TacticalHiking, Climbing, Mountain Biking, Skiing, Snowboarding, XC Skiing, Stand Up Paddleboarding, Rowing, Kayaking, Jumpmaster, Tactical
POINT-TO-POINT NAVIGATIONYesYesYes
BREAD CRUMB TRAIL IN REAL TIMEYesYesYes
BACK TO STARTYesYesYes
TRACBACK®YesYesYes
ULTRATRAC MODEYesYesYes
ELEVATION PROFILEYesYesYes
AROUND ME MODENoYesNo
DISTANCE TO DESTINATIONYesYesYes
BAROMETRIC TREND INDICATOR WITH STORM ALERTYesYesYes
CLIMBPRO™ ASCENT PLANNERNoYesYes
TRAIL RUN AUTO CLIMBYesYesYes
VERTICAL SPEEDYesYesYes
TOTAL ASCENT/DESCENTYesYesYes
FUTURE ELEVATION PLOTNoYesYes
PRELOADED TOPOGRAPHICAL MAPSNoYesYes
PRELOADED SKI RESORT MAPSNoYesYes
DOWNLOADABLE CARTOGRAPHY SUPPORTNoYesYes
COMPATIBLE WITH BASECAMP™YesYesYes
GPS COORDINATESYesYesyes (via Connect IQ™)
SIGHT 'N GOYesYesyes (via Connect IQ™)
AREA CALCULATIONyes (via Connect IQ™)yes (via Connect IQ™)Yes
HUNT/FISH CALENDARyes (via Connect IQ™)yes (via Connect IQ™)yes (via Connect IQ™)
PROJECTED WAYPOINTNoYesYes
SUN AND MOON INFORMATIONyes (via Connect IQ™)yes (via Connect IQ™)Yes
XERO™ LOCATIONSNoYesyes (via Connect IQ™)
EXPEDITION GPS ACTIVITYNoYesYes
TIDESNoyes (via Connect IQ™)Yes
Cycling Features
ALERTS (TRIGGERS ALARM WHEN YOU REACH GOALS INCLUDING TIME, DISTANCE, HEART RATE OR CALORIES)YesYesYes
COURSESYesYesYes
CYCLE MAP (ROUTABLE CYCLING-SPECIFIC STREET MAP)NoYesYes
AVAILABLE CYCLING PROFILESBiking, Indoor Biking, Mountain BikingBiking, Indoor Biking, Mountain Biking, TriathlonBiking, Indoor Biking, Mountain Biking, Triathlon
BIKE LAP AND LAP MAXIMUM POWER (WITH POWER SENSOR)YesYes
RACE AN ACTIVITYYesYes
FTP (FUNCTIONAL THRESHOLD POWER)yes (with compatible accessory)yes (with compatible accessory)yes (with compatible accessory)
COMPATIBLE WITH VECTOR™ (POWER METER)YesYesYes
POWER METER COMPATIBLEYesYesYes
COMPATIBLE WITH VARIA VISION™ (HEAD-MOUNTED DISPLAY)YesYesYes
COMPATIBLE WITH VARIA™ RADAR (REAR-FACING RADAR)YesYesYes
COMPATIBLE WITH VARIA™ LIGHTSYesYesYes
SPEED AND CADENCE SENSOR SUPPORT (WITH SENSOR)yes (ANT+® and Bluetooth® Smart sensors)yes (ANT+® and Bluetooth® Smart sensors)yes (ANT+® and Bluetooth® Smart sensors)
Swimming Features
AVAILABLE SWIM PROFILESPool Swimming, Open Water SwimmingPool Swimming, Open Water Swimming, Swim RunningPool Swimming, Open Water Swimming, Swim Running
OPEN-WATER SWIM METRICS (DISTANCE, PACE, STROKE COUNT/RATE, STROKE DISTANCE, SWIM EFFICIENCY (SWOLF), CALORIES)YesYesYes
POOL SWIM METRICS (LENGTHS, DISTANCE, PACE, STROKE COUNT, SWIM EFFICIENCY (SWOLF), CALORIES)YesYesYes
STROKE TYPE DETECTION (FREESTYLE, BACKSTROKE, BREASTSTROKE, BUTTERFLY) (POOL SWIM ONLY)YesYesYes
DRILL LOGGING (POOL SWIM ONLY)YesYesYes
BASIC REST TIMER (UP FROM 0) (POOL SWIM ONLY)YesYesYes
COUNTDOWN START (POOL SWIM ONLY)YesYes
POOL SWIM WORKOUTSYesYesYes
UNDERWATER WRIST-BASED HEART RATENoYesYes
HEART RATE FROM EXTERNAL HRM (REAL-TIME DURING RESTS, INTERVAL AND SESSION STATS DURING RESTS, AND AUTOMATIC HEART RATE DOWNLOAD POST-SWIM)yes (with HRM-Tri™ and HRM-Swim™)yes (with HRM-Tri™ and HRM-Swimyes (with HRM-Tri™ and HRM-Swim

Hardware Design

Most of the hardware between the Quatix 5 and 6 has stayed the same. They both have the same number of buttons but come with a slightly different bezel design. The lens has also changed, the standard edition for the Quatix 5 came with a glass lens while the titanium Quatix 5 had a sapphire lens. The new Quatix 6 comes with Corning Gorilla Glass DX while the titanium version comes with Sapphire Lens. The newer models also have a larger display size overall and a better resolution for that display.

The Quatix 6 series has also seen new battery modes introduced for the watch to enhance battery life.

  • Smartwatch mode: up to 14 days (standard mode)
  • GPS mode: up to 36 hours
  • GPS and music up to 10 hours
  • Max battery GPS Mode up to 72 hours
  • Expedition GPS Activity up to 28 days
    • The watch enters a low power mode and collects GPS track points once an hour. To maximise battery life, the device turns off all sensors and accessories including connection to your smartphone
  • Battery saver watch mode
    • Allows you to access custom settings to turn off different aspects of the watches functions like GPS tracking, smartphone connecting, optical HRM to extend the battery life of the watch

Features and Accessories

Unlike the Quatix 5 the Quatix 6 is packed with features beyond just a marine focus. The quatix 6 has the same features as the fenix 6 in regards to health and fitness. The quatix 6 has both optical HRM and pulse ox tracking. The optical HRM gives the watch information on your heartbeat hwile the Pulse Ox give information on you blood oxygen saturation. This data is passed over to many of the activities and workout profiles preloaded into the watch to give you live updates on your performance.

The quatix 6 comes preloaded with outdoor recreation profiles, navigation features and sensors built into the watch like the barometric altimeter and compass. This allows the watch to be a lot more then just specialised marine watch it’s a versatile everyday watch with specific features for golfing, swimming, cycling and outdoor navigation with preloaded topo maps.

Quatix 6

Marine and Sailing Features

The Quatix 6 can pair to your boat for all your navigating information at-a-glance. This does require the use of a compatible Garmin Chartplotter* or the GNT 10 transceiver. With this connection you easily view a tonne of information about your current position including water depth, engine RPM, wind, custom data pages and more. You can also sync your watch to drop a waypoint from anywhere on the boat. You can also have access to built-in features like the anchor alarm, virtual starting line, tack assist mode and built-in barometer and tide tables (tide tables need to be downloadable).

Compatible Chartplotters list: GNT 10 transceiver, GPSMAP 1222xsv Plus, GPSMAP 1222xsv Touch, GPSMAP 7407xsv, GPSMAP 752xs, GPSMAP 752xs Plus, GPSMAP 8410xsv, GPSMAP 8412xsv, GPSMAP 8416xsv, GPSMAP 8417 MFD, GPSMAP 8422 MFD, GPSMAP 8424 MFD, GPSMAP 952xs Plus. (current as of 1/06/20) talk to our team for current updates.

You can find a full list of compatible bands and accessories like heart rate monitor chest straps on this page.

Summary – Is the Quatix 6 worth it?

It’s a great fitness watch if you didn’t even account for the additional marine focused features. It does have an expensive price tag but that tag comes with almost everything current smartwatches can offer and then some especially considering the preloaded maps, golf courses and workouts. The value really stems from whether you will use the sailing features as this is the only aspect that differentiates it from a fenix 6.