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Garmin tactix Charlie GPS watch now official, coming next quarter

Garmin tactix Charlie GPS watch (Source: Garmin)
Garmin tactix Charlie GPS watch (Source: Garmin)
Estimated to begin reaching its first owners in about a month, the US$749.99 Garmin tactix Charlie is a premium GPS watch that features a 1.2-inch sunlight-readable display with domed sapphire lens, GPS with GLONASS support, as well a rugged design. Its battery can provide up to 12 days of autonomy in smartwatch mode, 20 hours in GPS mode, and 35 hours in UltraTrac battery saving mode.

Garmin, the brand behind many premium wearables, is now back with a GPS connected watch that is the direct successor of the Garmin tactix Bravo. Naturally named Garmin tactix Charlie, the new wearable is described by the official press release as "a specialized tactical GPS watch with wrist-based heart rate."

As its name suggests, the Garmin tactix Charlie is the third-generation smart wearable in the tactix family. Its list of highlights includes preloaded full-color TOPO maps, wrist-based heart rate monitoring, over 26 built-in activities, a specific "Tactical" profile, as well as advanced performance metrics. This GPS watch can download and store up to 16 GB of map data via WiFi, also supporting Bluetooth and GPS with GLONASS.

Although it comes with a silicone strap, the Garmin tactix Charlie features a black titanium rear cover, stainless steel buttons, a scratch-resistant bezel, and an always-on 240 x 240 1.2-inch display with a domed sapphire lens for improved protection. Those who want to replace the silicone strap can grab any QuickFit-compatible band.

This GPS watch can go underwater to a depth of almost 330 feet and has an autonomy of up to 12 days in smartwatch mode or 20 hours in GPS mode (35 hours with GPS and UltraTrac power saving mode enabled). The Garmin tactix Charlie is compatible with the Connect IQ store and can interact with both Android- and iOS-powered handsets.

Right now, the estimated availability displayed on Garmin's website says "3 - 5 weeks," but those interested do not need to check back the product page again before placing their orders. All they have to do is to enter an email address, confirm their subscription, and then wait to receive a notification once the product is available.

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Codrut Nistor, 2018-03- 9 (Update: 2018-03-10)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.