Garmin Epix Pro 2 vs Epix 2

Garmin released the Epix Pro series smartwatches on 31st May 2023. Epix 2 was released in January 2022. So, it has been nearly 17 months after Epix 2 that the Epix Pro 2 series has been launched.

We look at the Epix Pro 2 standard edition 47 mm watch and compare it with the Epix 2 standard edition 47 mm watch.

The Pro series has a lot of variants. So, it would make sense to make a note of the exact models we are comparing in this study.

We are comparing Epix Pro 2 47 mm standard edition with Epix 2 47 mm standard edition.

Main differences

  • The list price of Epix Pro 2 and Epix 2 is $899.99. There is no price difference. However, Epix 2 is already available at a discount of $200. So, we guess that Epix 2 standard edition will see a price revision shortly.
  • Epix Pro 2 supports the Garmin ECG app. The support for the Garmin ECG app was added in October 2023. At the time of launch in May 2023, Epix Pro 2 did not support the Garmin ECG app.
  • Epix Pro 2 comes with multi-band GPS and SatIQ technology for a vastly improved GPS accuracy and performance.
  • Epix Pro 2 also has an LED flashlight.
  • Epix Pro 2 has double the device storage of Epix 2.
  • There are feature and profile enhancements for outdoor recreation, cycling, running, Golf and training in Epix Pro 2.

Apart from these major differences, other capabilities and characteristics of both watches remain unchanged.

We look at these differences and standard configuration of Epix Pro 2 and Epix 2 in detail below.

Garmin Epix Pro 2 standard edition

Display specifications

Epix Pro 2 and Epix 2 come with Corning Gorilla Glass in the display screen. Both smartwatches use the AMOLED display.

The AMOLED display leads to better display resolution. It also enabled Always-on-display mode on the Epix Pro 2 and Epix 2 smartwatches.

We look at the entire set of display specifications of Epix Pro 2 and Epix 2 below.

Display specificationsEpix Pro 2 (47 mm)Epix 2 (47 mm)
Display lensCorning Gorilla GlassCorning Gorilla Glass
Display shapeRound displayRound display
Display size1.3″ or 33 mm1.3″ or 33 mm
Display resolution416 x 416 pixels416 x 416 pixels
Color displayYesYes
LED FlashlightYesNo
Ambient light sensorYesYes

Epix Pro 2 comes with an additional feature of LED Flashlight. Other display specifications of Epix Pro 2 and Epix 2 are same.

Physical specifications

There are not too many differences between the Epix Pro 2 and Epix 2 when it comes to the hardware specifications of both smartwatches.

We look at the complete set of physical specifications of Epix Pro 2 and Epix 2 below.

SpecificationsEpix Pro 2 (47 mm)Epix 2 (47 mm)
Watch size47 x 47 x 14.5 mm47 x 47 x 14.5 mm
Thickness14.5 mm14.5 mm
Watch weight78 g76 g
BezelStainless steelPassivated stainless steel
Band materialSiliconeSilicone
Band size22 mm22 mm
Recommended wrist circumference (Silicone band) 125-208 mm 125-208 mm
Band optionsSilicone, metal, fabric and leatherSilicone, metal, fabric and leather
Device storage32 GB16 GB
Water rating10 ATM (100 meters)10 ATM (100 meters)
Swimming profilePool Swimming, Open Water Swimming, Swimming/RunningPool Swimming, Open Water Swimming, Swimming/Running
Wireless connectivityANT+, Wi-Fi, BluetoothANT+, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
Wi-Fi Connectivity2.4 GHz2.4 GHz
NFC PaymentsGarmin PayGarmin Pay
Barometric altimeterYesYes
Garmin Elevate Heart sensorYesYes
Pulse Ox SpO2 monitoringYesYes
iOS compatibleYesYes
Android compatibleYesYes
Respiration rate trackingYesYes
Sleep scoreYesYes
Women’s HealthYesYes
Jetlag advisorYesYes
Health snapshotYesYes
Find my watchYesYes
Find my phoneYesYes
ChargerGarmin wire chargerGarmin wire charger

Most device specifications of Epix Pro 2 and Epix 2 are uniform. The only difference is the 32 GB device storage of Epix Pro 2 and 16 GB device storage of Epix 2.

The additional device storage comes in handy for the following reasons:

  • You can store additional music files on the incremental device storage.
  • You can add topo and trail maps for many geographic regions on the additional device storage of Epix Pro 2.


The biggest enhancement on Epix Pro 2 is the introduction of the multi-frequency positioning sensor.

The multi-frequency positioning sensor helps in providing for the multi-band GPS support on the Epix Pro 2 smartwatch.

With multi-band GPS you can get GPS signals from multiple satellites at the same time. This improves GPS accuracy and reliability of the watch.

You can find more details about multi-frequency positioning sensor and multi-band GPS on Garmin’s article.

In our experience, multi-band GPS is a great feature enhancement in Epix Pro 2. It is well worth any additional cost because it improves GPS reliability.

SatIQ technology

The downside to using multi-band GPS is the impact on the battery life. Multi-band GPS will drain the battery at a brisk pace.

To offset the high battery usage in multi-band GPS, Garmin has added SatIQ technology sensor in Epix Pro 2.

SatIQ technology is an intelligent technology. It manages the multi-band GPS mode automatically.

SatIQ will automatically toggle on or off the multi-band GPS mode. If the GPS signal is of poor quality, multi-band GPS mode will be automatically turned on.

When the GPS signal is of a decent strength, multi-band GPS will remain off. Instead, the simple GPS mode will be used to fetch GPS data.

You can read more about SatIQ technology in this Garmin post.

Combination of multi-band GPS and SatIQ technology in Epix Pro 2 is a major feature advancement from Epix 2. We do suggest considering Epix Pro 2 over Epix 2 for the multi-band GPS and SatIQ support.


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

At the time of the Epix Pro 2 launch in May 2023, the smartwatch did not support the Garmin ECG app. In October 2023, Garmin rolled out the Garmin ECG app support for the Epix Pro 2 smartwatch series.

With the Garmin ECG app, you can take on-demand electrocardiogram readings. The ECG readings can help in detecting irregular heart rhythms or conditions of Atrial Fibrillation.

The Garmin ECG app allows you to take readings and share them with a medical practitioner. For closer monitoring of heart health, the Garmin ECG app does come out as a decent tracking feature in the Epix Pro 2 series.

The original Epix 2 smartwatch does not support the Garmin ECG app.


There is not much to write about the battery life of Epix Pro 2 and Epix 2. Both offer identical battery backups in different watch modes.

Epix Pro 2 has additional profiles for multi-band GPS.

We cover the different watch modes and battery backup offered by Epix Pro 2 and Epix 2 below.

Watch modeEpix Pro 2 (47 mm) backupEpix 2 (47 mm) backup
Smartwatch modeUp to 16 days (6 days always-on)Up to 16 days (6 days always-on)
GPS ModeUp to 42 hours (30 hours  always-on)Up to 42 hours (30 hours  always-on)
All Satellite Systems Up to 32 hours (24 hrs always-on)Up to 32 hours (24 hrs always-on)
All Satellite Systems + Music Up to 10 hoursUp to 10 hours
All Satellite Systems + Multi-bandUp to 20 hours (15 hrs always-on)Multi-band not available
Max Battery GPS Up to 75 hoursUp to 75 hours
Expedition GPSUp to 14 daysUp to 14 days
Battery Saver Watch Mode Up to 21 daysUp to 21 days

Battery backup is not a differentiating factor between Epix Pro 2 and Epix 2. Both smartwatches offer exactly similar backup times.


Epix Pro 2 and Epix 2 have full music functionality.

Full music functionality implies that all the music features shared below are available in Epix Pro 2 and Epix 2:

  • You can store music on the watch’s internal device storage.
  • You can manage music on the smartwatch directly from the watch.
  • You can also control music on the paired smartphone in Epix Pro 2 and Epix 2.

Full music features include the ability to play music offline. You will require a Bluetooth headset or speakers to make the most of music features.

Additional activity profiles

Epix Pro 2 has a few additional profiles in outdoor recreation and cycling activities. We list these below for a quick consideration.

  • In cycling, Epix Pro 2 offers an additional profile for BMX.

  • In outdoor recreation, Epix Pro 2 offers additional profiles for Motorcycling, Overlanding, Motocrossing, ATVing, Ice Skating, Boating, Sailing, Sail Racing, Padel, Badminton, Squash, Table Tennis, Archery, Whitewater, Obstacle Course.

Wind meter compatibility

Epix Pro 2 is compatible with wind meters. Wind meter compatibility implies that the watch can connect to a wind sensor over Bluetooth connection.

Wind sensors or wind meters are helpful in working the true wind speed. It is a good feature for mariners as it helps in giving them precise wind speed at any given point in time.

Epix 2 does not have integration with wind sensors or wind meter.

Until now, wind meter compatibility was available in the Instinct 2X Solar Tactical and Tactix 7 Pro Ballistics. Epix Pro 2 gets added to the list of wind meter compatible watches.

Garmin watches that are wind meter compatible can work with the following wind sensors:

  • 5700AL Elite
  • 5700AL-I ITAR Elite
  • 5700AL-R Elite with prebuilt Ruger profiles
  • 5700XAL X-hardware Elite
  • 5700XALSF X-hardware Elite for SF
  • 5700XEL ABX Elite (Military version)


Epix Pro 2 has been launched at a list price of $899.99. Epix 2 also comes at a list price of $899.99. We expect Epix 2 price to be revised soon.

Final verdict

My preference is Epix Pro 2 over the Epix 2 for the following reasons:

  1. Epix 2 is almost a year and a half older variant. It was released in January 2022. I like to get newer variants. Epix Pro 2 has been released in May 2023 and makes for a fresh purchase.
  2. Epix Pro 2 supports the Garmin ECG app. Epix 2 is not compatible with the Garmin ECG app.
  3. Multi-band GPS and SatIQ technology is a winning combination as far as GPS reliability and accuracy is concerned. Epix Pro 2 has both these features.
  4. A higher device storage of 32 GB is also a nice addon. It simplifies a lot of mapping needs as you can add topo or trail maps without any second thoughts about the internal storage in the watch.
  5. Wind meter compatibility in Epix Pro 2 is a useful feature for some professionals for gauging the true wind speed data in the watch directly.

For these practical considerations, one can say that the Epix Pro 2 is a nice improvement over the Epix 2 standard edition smartwatch. You cannot go wrong with an Epix Pro 2, assuming the cost difference is acceptable for you.

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