A bumper leak purports to spoil Garmin's entire CES 2022 product showcase
Garmin is going to CES 2022 with a comprehensive line-up of new smartwatches - according to Roland Quandt of WinFuture, at least. The OEM is now slated to unveil (or preview) a variety of new members for multiple pre-existing lines. Then again, some of them seem to follow the same kind of 'serious sport' build that involves multiple buttons (3 to one side and 1, occasionally accented, on the other) and front-facing rivets.
Most of the "new Garmin smartwatches" are also slated to feature potentially upgraded fitness-tracking options such as sleep quality- and heart rate-tracking at the least, as well as inbuilt GPS as befits their maker's original speciality. Then again, many of them are also now touted to differ in terms of build material and, thus, premium status.
Accordingly, Garmin might warm its CES 2022 showcase up with the Instinct 2 and 2S. They both eschew the riveted look for one of more of a rugged, perhaps Casio-like build with blocky, ingress resistant-seeming buttons. They are both now tipped to launch with e-ink displays and enhanced battery life.
The 2 and 2S look quite similar, except for the fact the 2 has an additional gray colorway and the 2S might well be the smaller of the two. The latter might also be true of the Fenix 7 and 7S, which, judging by their allegedly leaked images alone, might also be higher-end wearables. The 7S might be the 'Mini' of the two, yet is the only one with multiple color options.
Nevertheless, both are now slated to have 316L stainless steel as part of their build, apparently reinforced by "Power Glass" and "Fiber-Reinforced Polymer" respectively. There is also mention of a 7X (not pictured), which might share an onboard solar panel with its new Fenix siblings.
The Garmin Epix Gen2 may have a similar build to those variants, although it stands out with a metal-colored bezel whereas most of the "Fenix 7" variants have color-matched faces. It also has 316L stainless steel and something that could be a fiberglass-like polymer build, which supports a MIL-STD-810 rating and a 100-meter (m) water-resistance in this case.
Finally, this leak again points to the Venu 2 Plus as Garmin's potential next-gen flagship. It is now allegedly destined for 50m water resistance; more stainless steel; possible independent storage for music; "multi-GNSS" to go with its GPS and an OLED display. One of its new renders even hint at Gorilla Glass to boot, although all details such as actual generation are obscured by its textured, premium-looking band.