Garmin Fenix 7 vs Fenix 7 Pro: What’s the difference?

The Garmin Fenix 7 has barely been out a year and the smartwatch brand has already returned to the collection to provide a healthy set of upgrades. Suitably named the Garmin Fenix 7 Pro watches, these multisport GPS smartwatches trump their precursor in more ways than one; offering integrated LED flashlights in every case size and new fitness apps like endurance score and hill score. Here’s all the differences between the Garmin Fenix 7 and the Garmin Fenix 7 Pro…

Built-in LED Flashlight for all Case Sizes

Previously, the Garmin Fenix 7X watch was the only model in the entire Fenix 7 series to offer the brand’s innovative multi-LED flashlight. The smaller 42mm Fenix 7S and middle-ground 47mm Fenix 7 were not available with this feature. With the Garmin Fenix 7 Pro watch collection however, every model as standard – no matter the case size – now comes with a bright flashlight cleverly integrated into the case. Like before, the light comes with several modes and customisable options for you to play with. This includes a SOS mode where the light flashes to signal for help and a running “Strobe” mode so that when you swing your arm forward it glows white and when your arm swings back it shines red allowing you to run safely in the dark.

Hill Score

An entirely new feature from Garmin for the Fenix 7 Pro series is Hill Score. This handy app allows you to strategize when planning a course or a race, giving you insight into your uphill running capabilities. It evaluates your uphill running progress overtime based on your VO2 max and training history and measures your running strength on steep ascents and running endurance on long ascents. It then combines all of this data to provide a score based on your performance over time.

Endurance Score

Similarly, the new Garmin Fenix 7 Pro watches debut a new Endurance Score feature. Similar to Hill Score, this app combines training data from your workouts to help you understand how training impacts your overall endurance. It uses your VO2 max, short-term/long-term training loads and other factors to gauge your fitness progress. Higher scores reflect more capacity for longer performances.

Jet Lag Advisor

Originally introduced in the Garmin MARQ 2 watch collection, Garmin’s freshly launched Jet Lag Advisor is added to the Fenix 7 watch for the first time in the Garmin Fenix 7 Pro.  This handy tool is a must-have for anyone who frequently travels to different time zones. The app works to help you minimise the effects of jet lag, offering you advice on light exposure, sleep and exercise. You simply enter your travel details into the Garmin Connect smartphone app and monitor your body clock as it adjusts to your new destination.

Wrist Based Running Power + Heart Rate Sensor Upgrade

The Garmin Fenix 7 Pro smartwatches also feature Garmin’s Gen 5 wrist-based heart rate monitor which is upgraded to give you optimised performance in whatever sport you’re doing. The tool is also integrated with a new running power feature which taps into metrics such as pace, vertical oscillation, grade and even local wind conditions to calculate the amount of power you’re applying to the ground as you run. That way, you can manage your effort and fine-tune your training to get the most out of your run.

Track More Activities

There was already a long list of trackable activities within the Garmin Fenix 7 watch but somehow, the Garmin Fenix 7 Pro delivers even more preloaded activity profiles than before including several team sports such as football and racquet sports.

Outdoor Maps +

Finally, Garmin Fenix 7 Pro watches can be used alongside an optional subscription to Outdoor Maps+ offering access to premium mapping (USA coverage only) and satellite imagery (global coverage) downloaded directly to your watch. This gives you photorealistic maps on your device so you can see a high-resolution perspective from above. You’ll be able to find land features that matter to you and mark waypoints.

Garmin Fenix 7S ProGarmin Fenix 7S SolarGarmin Fenix 7 ProGarmin Fenix 7 SolarGarmin Fenix 7X ProGarmin Fenix 7X Solar
Case Size & Material42mm, fibre-reinforced polymer and titanium42mm, fibre-reinforced polymer and titanium47mm, fibre-reinforced polymer and titanium47mm, fibre-reinforced polymer and titanium51mm, fibre-reinforced polymer and titanium51mm, fibre-reinforced polymer and titanium
StrapSilicone or leatherSilicone or nylonSilicone or leatherSilicone, leather or metalSilicone, leather or metalSilicone, leather or metal
Lens MaterialSapphire with Power LensSapphire with Power LensSapphire with Power LensSapphire with Power LensSapphire with Power LensSapphire with Power Lens
Battery LifeUp to 11 days + 3 days with solarUp to 11 days + 3 days with solarUp to 18 days + 4 days with solarUp to 18 days + 4 days with solarUp to 28 days + 9 days with solarUp to 28 days + 9 days with solar
Water Resistance100 metres100 metres100 metres100 metres100 metres100 metres
Screen resolution240 x 240 pixels240 x 240 pixels260 x 260 pixels260 x 260 pixels280 x 280 pixels280 x 280 pixels
Wrist heart rate monitor✔️ Gen 5✔️ Gen 4✔️ Gen 5✔️ Gen 4✔️ Gen 5✔️ Gen 4
Wrist-based running power✔️✔️✔️
Pulse Ox✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️
Women’s Health Tracking✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️
GPS, GLONASS & Galileo✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️
Multi-Frequency Positioning✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️
Barometric Altimeter✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️
Battery Saver Mode✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️
Music Storage✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️
Garmin Pay✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️
Smart Notifications✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️
Flashlight Feature✔️✔️✔️✔️
HIIT Workout Profile✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️
Hill Score✔️✔️✔️
Endurance Score✔️✔️✔️
Pace Pro Technology✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️
Golf Features✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️
Running Features✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️
Up Ahead✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️
Cycles Features✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️
Swimming Features✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️
Daily Workout Suggestions✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️
Visual Race Predictor✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️
Real Time Stamina✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️
Recovery Time Advisor✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️
Multi-Contintent TopoActive Maps✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️
Power Manager✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️
Body Battery Energy Monitor✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️
Jet Lag Advisor✔️✔️✔️