Garmin Epix Pro 2 Sapphire vs Enduro 2

Garmin Epix Pro 2 Sapphire is the Pro series smartwatch released in May 2023. Enduro 2 was released in August 2022.

We look at both smartwatches and compare the features in detail below.

Main differences

The main differences between Epix Pro 2 Sapphire and Enduro 2 are listed below:

  • Enduro 2 is costlier than Epix Pro 2 Sapphire by $100.
  • Garmin Epix Pro 2 supports the Garmin ECG app. The support for the Garmin ECG app for Epix Pro 2 series smartwatches was added in October 2023.
  • Garmin Enduro 2 is a solar watch and Epix Pro 2 Sapphire is a regular smartwatch.
  • Epix Pro 2 Sapphire has an AMOLED display. Enduro 2 continues to use the MIP or memory-in-pixel screen.
  • Enduro 2 is a bigger and broader watch than Epix Pro 2 Sapphire watch.
  • Enduro 2 is targeted at endurance sports. Therefore, it has specific profiles targeting endurance sports.
  • Compared to Epix Pro 2 Sapphire smartwatch, Enduro 2 offers a considerably longer battery backup.

We look at these differences in detail below.

Epix 2 Pro Sapphire edition smartwatch.

Display specifications

Epix Pro 2 Sapphire uses a display lens made of sapphire glass. Enduro 2 has a Power Sapphire glass.

Sapphire glass is made of sapphire crystals. Sapphire is the second hardest naturally available mineral. Sapphire glass watches are almost scratch resistant. These watches take daily wear and tear very easily.

Power Sapphire glass is Sapphire glass coated with Photo-voltaic cells (PV cells). Photo-voltaic cells help in tapping sunlight to convert solar energy to the battery charge.

Epix Pro 2 Sapphire smartwatch has an AMOLED display. AMOLED display helps in providing a better display experience and display resolution. Additionally, Always-on-display (AOD mode) mode is supported on Epix Pro 2 Sapphire smartwatches.

A side-by-side comparison of Epix Pro 2 Sapphire and Enduro 2 display specifications is shared below.

Display specificationsGarmin Epix Pro 2 SapphireGarmin Enduro 2
Display lensSapphire glassPower Sapphire
Display size1.2 ” or 30 mm1.4″ or 36 mm
Display typeAMOLEDMIP or Memory-in-pixel
Display resolution390 x 390 pixels280 x 280 pixels
Color displayYesYes
TouchscreenYesYes
Ambient light sensorYesNo
LED FlashlightYesYes

Physical specifications

Enduro 2 is a bigger smartwatch and broader than Garmin Epix Pro 2 smartwatch. The size difference translates into incidental differences shared in the comparison below.

Physical specificationsGarmin Epix Pro 2 SapphireGarmin Enduro 2
Watch size42 x 42 x 14.2 mm51 x 51 x 15.6 mm
Thickness14.2 mm15.6 mm
Watch weightStainless steel – 47 g
Titanium – 42 g
64 g
BezelStainless steel or TitaniumTitanium
Watch materialFiber-reinforced polymer with steel rear coverFiber-reinforced polymer with titanium rear cover
Strap materialSiliconeNylon
Band optionsSilicone, Suede, Fabric, Metal bandsSilicone and Sport loops
Size of the strap20 mm26 mm
Water rating10 ATM10 ATM
Swimming profilesPool Swimming, Open Water Swimming, Swimming/RunningPool Swimming, Open Water Swimming, Swimming/Running
Device storage32 GB32 GB
Primary charging methodGarmin wire chargerGarmin wire charger
Solar chargingNoYes
GPSGPS, GLONASS, GalileoGPS, GLONASS, Galileo
NFC PaymentsGarmin PayGarmin Pay

ECG

The Garmin ECG app received FDA approval on 12 January 2023. It was subsequently rolled out in the Venu 2 Plus smartwatches.

At the time of the launch of Epix Pro 2 in May 2023, the Garmin ECG app was unavailable for the smartwatch. Subsequently, in October 2023, support for the Garmin ECG app was added to the Epix Pro 2 smartwatches.

The Garmin ECG app helps in taking on-demand ECG or electrocardiogram readings. This helps in uncovering heart conditions of irregular rhythms or Atrial Fibrillation.

You can share the ECG readings with your medical practitioner.

The Enduro 2 series watch does not support the Garmin ECG app as of October 2023.

Battery

The battery backup provided by Enduro 2 is longer than the backup offered by Epix Pro 2 Sapphire. We look at the battery backup provided by both watches in different watch modes.

Watch modesEpix Pro 2 Sapphire backupEnduro 2 backup
Smartwatch mode Up to 10 days (4 days on Always on display mode)Up to 34 days / 46 days with solar
GPS modeUp to 28 hours (20 hours  always-on)Up to 110 hours / 150 hours with solar
All Satellite SystemsUp to 21 hours (16 hrs always-on)Up to 78 hours / 96 hours with solar
All Satellite Systems + MusicUp to 6 hoursUp to 20 hours
All Satellite Systems + Multi-bandUp to 13 hours (10 hrs always-on)Up to 68 hours / 81 hours with solar
Max Battery GPSUp to 49 hoursUp to 264 hours / 714 with solar
Expedition GPSUp to 9 days77 days / 172 days with solar
Battery Saver Watch ModeUp to 14 daysUp to 111 days / 550 days with solar

The backup offered by Enduro 2 is considerably longer than Epix Pro 2 Sapphire smartwatch. Solar charging also contributes to the extended battery life of Enduro 2.

Garmin Enduro 2 smartwatch

Additional activity profiles

Epix Pro 2 Sapphire smartwatch offers additional profiles. The exact profiles are shared below.

Additional profilesEpix Pro 2 SapphireEnduro 2
Gym and Fitness equimentBoxing, Mixed Martial Arts
CyclingBMX
Outdoor recreationTennis, PickleballWater Skiing, Motorcycling, Overlanding, Motocrossing, ATVing, Ice Skating, Boating, Sailing, Sail Racing, Padel, Badminton, Squash, Table Tennis, Archery

Hill score and Endurance score

Hill score and Endurance score are dynamic numbers that foretell your ability to undertake hill climbing or endurance sports.

Both these scores are part of the Epix Pro 2 Sapphire watches. However, Enduro 2 lacks the feature of Hill score and Endurance score.

Costs

Enduro 2 has a list price of $1099.99 and Garmin Epix Pro 2 Sapphire has a list price of $999.99.

Final verdict

If you need a solar watch, Enduro 2 is one of the best smartwatches around. By spending $100 more than Epix Pro 2 Sapphire, you get a solar watch with Power Sapphire glass.

Epix Pro 2 Sapphire is a lifestyle smartwatch with lots of features and functionality. It does have most features common with the Enduro 2 smartwatch.

For the following two reasons, you may prefer an Epix Pro 2 smartwatch over the Enduro 2 smartwatch:

  • You do get the Garmin ECG app in the Epix Pro 2 series smartwatches.
  • The AMOLED display of Epix Pro 2 affords a much better display experience than the Enduro 2 smartwatch.

So, an Epix Pro 2 does offer some significant improvements for the smartwatch user.

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