Garmin Fenix 7X Sapphire Solar vs Fenix 7 Sapphire Solar

Fenix 7X Sapphire Solar and Fenix 7 Sapphire Solar watches are identical in most features and functionalities. Both smartwatches were released in the year 2022.

We look at the two watches in detail to find the essential points of distinction between the two watches.

Main differences

  • Fenix 7X Sapphire Solar and Fenix 7 Sapphire Solar differ in size.
  • Both watches use the Power Sapphire glass for solar charging.
  • Fenix 7X Sapphire Solar is costlier than Fenix 7 Sapphire Solar by $100.
  • Fenix 7X Sapphire Solar has an LED flashlight.
  • The battery backup of Fenix 7X Sapphire Solar is marginally higher than the battery backup offered by the Fenix 7 Sapphire Solar.

The good thing is that both watches do support the multi-band GPS and SatIQ technology to give you reliable GPS data.

It boils down to the main difference in the hardware side of both watches. Let us evaluate these essential functions below.

Fenix 7X Sapphire Solar smartwatch in titanium finish

Display

Fenix 7X Sapphire Solar and Fenix 7 Sapphire Solar use the same display glass type. Due to the size differences, Fenix 7X Sapphire Solar has a marginally higher display resolution.

Apart from this, there are no differences in the display parameters and features of the Fenix 7X Sapphire Solar and Fenix 7 Sapphire Solar.

The display specifications of both watches are shared below.

Display specificationsFenix 7X Sapphire SolarFenix 7 Sapphire Solar
Display lensPower SapphirePower Sapphire
Display typeMIP (Memory in pixel)MIP (Memory in pixel)
Display size1.4″ or 35.4 mm1.3″ or 33 mm
Display resolution280 x 280 pixels260 x 260 pixels
Color displayYesYes
TouchscreenYesYes
LED FlashlightYesYes

Physical specifications

Most differences between the Fenix 7X Sapphire Solar and Fenix 7 Sapphire Solar are on account of the actual size of both watches.

The size and associated hardware attributes of both watches are listed below.

SpecificationsFenix 7X Sapphire SolarFenix 7 Sapphire Solar
Watch size51 x 51 x 14.9 mm47 x 47 x 14.5 mm
Thickness14.9 mm125-208 mm for a silicone band
Watch bodyFiber-enforced polymer with titanium rear coverFiber-enforced polymer with titanium rear cover
BezelTitaniumTitanium
Weight61 g50 g
Band size26 mm22 mm
Band materialSilicone, Metal, Fabric, Leather127-210 mm for a silicone band
Recommended wrist circumference125-208 mm for a silicone band125-208 mm for silicone band
Device storage32 GB32 GB
Water rating10 ATM10 ATM
Primary charging methodGarmin Plug chargerGarmin Plug charger

The difference in size is quite pronounced for the Fenix 7X Sapphire Solar and Fenix 7 Sapphire Solar. The silicone band of Fenix 7X Sapphire Solar is 26 mm in size, compared to the 22 mm band that is the standard for Fenix 7 Sapphire Solar.

There are different band options available for the Fenix 7X Sapphire Solar and Fenix 7 Sapphire Solar smartwatches.

Fenix 7 Sapphire Solar watch

Battery

Fenix 7X Sapphire Solar and Fenix 7 Sapphire Solar are solar smartwatches. The primary method of charging still remains the plug charger provided by Garmin.

However, secondary or incremental battery charging is provided through solar charging. To be effective, solar charging needs to be done under the sunlight of 50000 lux or higher for a period of 3 hours or more every day.

The size difference leads to the higher battery capacity of the Fenix 7X Sapphire Solar smartwatches.

The details of battery backup for both watches are shared in different watch modes below.

Watch modeFenix 7X Sapphire Solar backup Fenix 7 Sapphire Solar backup
Smartwatch modeup to 28 days; 37 days with solarup to 18 days; 22 days with solar
Battery saver modeup to 90 days; 1 year with solarup to 57 days, 173 days with solar
GPS mode without musicUp to 89 hours/122 hours with solarUp to 57 hours/73 hours with solar
All Satellite SystemsUp to 63 hours/77 hours with solarUp to 40 hours/48 hours with solar
All Satellite Systems + Multi-bandUp to 36 hours/41 hours with solarUp to 23 hours/26 hours with solar
All Satellite Systems + MusicUp to 16 hoursUp to 10 hours
Max Battery GPS Up to 213 hours/578 hours with solar Up to 136 hours/289 hours with solar
Expedition GPSUp to 62 days/ 139 days with solarUp to 40 days/74 days with solar

You can notice that the backup offered by Fenix 7X Sapphire Solar is almost one and a half times the backup offered by the Fenix 7 Sapphire Solar smartwatch.

Cost

Fenix 7X Sapphire Solar costs $999.99 while the Fenix 7 Sapphire Solar comes at a list price of $899.99. The difference in cost of these two Fenix 7 solar variants is of $100.

Final verdict

For an additional cost of $100, Fenix 7X Sapphire Solar ticks most boxes:

  • It is broader
  • It has a better battery backup
  • The screen size affords a better display resolution and clarity

So, we do suggest giving consideration to the Fenix 7X Sapphire Solar over the Fenix 7 Sapphire Solar on account of the reasons mentioned above.

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