Garmin Epix 2 vs Fenix 7

Epix 2 and Fenix 7 are two premium smartwatches made by Garmin. We look at these two standard edition watches to help you pick the one that is best for you.

Both watches were released by Garmin in 2022.

You will find that the Epix 2 and Fenix 7 are identical in most aspects, functionality, and attributes. We look at some core features below.

Main differences

  • The biggest difference between Epix 2 and Fenix 7 is the AMOLED display of Epix 2. Fenix 7 uses a MIP or memory-in-pixel screen.
  • Epix 2 has an ambient light sensor while the Fenix 7 standard edition lacks it.
  • Epix 2 supports Always-on-display mode.
  • The battery backup of Fenix 7 is marginally better than that of the Epix 2 smartwatch.
  • Epix 2 comes at a list price of $899.99 and Fenix 7 standard edition costs $699.99.

We feel that Epix 2 and Fenix 7 are very close to each other in terms of size and features.

Display

Epix 2 has a much better display than Fenix 7. The display type for Epix 2 is AMOLED. Because of AMOLED display technology, the display brightness and clarity are higher.

The two distinct advantages of AMOLED display on Epix 2 are:

  • Improved display resolution. Epix 2 has a display resolution of 416 x 416 pixels and Fenix 7 has a display resolution of 260 x 260 pixels.
  • Epix 2 supports Always-on-display mode. The downside to using Always-on-display is the heavy usage of battery.

The display specifications of Epix 2 and Fenix 7 are shared below for ready reference.

Display specificationsEpix 2 Fenix 7
Display lensCorning Gorilla GlassCorning Gorilla Glass
Display size1.3″ or 33 mm1.3″ or 33 mm
Display typeAMOLEDMIP
Display resolution416 x 416 pixels260 x 260 pixels
Pixel density350 ppi200 ppi
Color screenYesYes
TouchscreenYesYes
LED FlashlightNoNo
Ambient light sensorYesNo

Epix 2 has better display performance that Fenix 7 due to its AMOLED display. The display screen is brighter on Epix 2.

Epix 2 standard edition

Physical specifications

The size and hardware specifications of Epix 2 and Fenix 7 are identical. Even the thickness of both watches is equivalent.

We look at the hardware specifications of Epix and Fenix 7 below.

SpecificationsEpix 2 Silicone, Metal, Fabric, and Leather
Watch size47 x 47 x 14.5 mm47 x 47 x 14.5 mm
Thickness14.5 mm14.5 mm
Watch weight53 g (watch case weight)56 g (watch case weight)
Watch bodyFiber-enforced polymer with passivated stainless steel rear coverFiber-enforced polymer with stainless steel rear cover
BezelPassivated stainless steelStainless steel
Band size22 mm22 mm
Band materialSiliconeSilicone
Band optionsSilicone, Metal, Fabric and LeatherSilicone, Metal, Fabric, and Leather
Recommended wrist circumference (silicone)125-208 mm125-208 mm
Recommended wrist circumference (metal)132-215 mm132-215 mm
Recommended wrist circumference (fabric)132-210 mm132-210 mm
Recommended wrist circumference (leather)132-210 mm132-210 mm
Wireless connectivityBluetooth®, ANT+®, Wi-Fi®Bluetooth®, ANT+®, Wi-Fi®
Water rating10 ATM (100 meters)10 ATM (100 meters)
Swimming profilePool Swimming, Open Water Swimming, Swimming/RunningPool Swimming, Open Water Swimming, Swimming/Running
Device storage16 GB16 GB
GPS SupportGPS, Galileo, GLONASSGPS, Galileo, GLONASS
Garmin Golf and Golf supportYesYes
NFC SupportGarmin PayGPS, Galileo, GLONASSSS

The subtle difference in bezel coating for Epix 2 needs to be understood. The bezel of Epix 2 is made of passivated stainless steel while the bezel of Fenix 7 is made of stainless steel.

Steel passivation is a coating technology that is used to improve the corrosion and rust resistance of stainless steel. So, the bezel of Epix 2 has a higher rust and corrosion resistance than Fenix 7.

The hardware specifications of Epix 2 and Fenix 7 are identical, including the size and thickness. Epix 2, however, has a better bezel coating. It has a higher resistance to corrosion and rust.

Fenix 7

Battery

The battery backup offered by Epix 2 and Fenix 7 is quite decent. The backup is above average when you compare it against the battery backup offered by Google Pixel, Apple Watch 8, or Fitbit Sense 2.

On a comparative basis, Fenix 7 has a marginally higher backup.

On different watch modes, the battery backups of Epix 2 and Fenix 7 are shared below.

Watch modeEpix 2 backupFenix 7 backup
Smartwatch modeUp to 16 days (6 days always-on)Up to 18 days
Battery Saver modeUp to 21 daysUp to 57 days
GPS modeUp to 42 hours (30 hours always-on )Up to 57 hours
All Satellite SystemsUp to 32 hours (24 hours always-on)Up to 40 hours
All Satellite Systems + Music:Up to 10 hours (9 hours always-on)Up to 10 hours
Max Battery GPSUp to 75 hoursUp to 136 hours
Expedition GPSUp to 14 daysUp to 40 days

Fenix 7 has a marginally higher battery backup than Epix 2. Although the backup is almost similar on various GPS modes, the backup on battery saver mode for Fenix 7 is almost 3 times the backup of Epix 2 watch.

Final verdict

The difference in cost between Epix 2 standard edition and Fenix 7 standard edition is $200. For the additional money spent, the Epix 2 gives you AMOLED display and a much improved display experience than Fenix 7.

It may be a good idea to keep both watches side by side to experience the difference in screen display quality.

For all other factors, there are hardly any substantial differences between the Epix 2 and Fenix 7 smartwatches.

So, it all boils down to your personal liking for Epix 2 or Fenix 7 smartwatch.

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