09 March 2018
Garmin has now launched the Tactix Charlie, a fitness watch with more functionality than you actually need. The watch arrives as a successor to the Tactix Bravo that was launched back at the CES 2016. The headline feature of the new watch is the addition of pre-loaded full-color topographical maps that first appeared on the company’s Fenix 5X.
The Garmin Tactix Charlie features GPS (and GLONASS) along with a built-in heart rate monitor, a compass, a barometer, and altimeter. The 16GB onboard storage will help the user download all the topographical maps needed as well. A night vision mode for the 1.2-inch sunlight-readable display allows the user to look at the watch while wearing night vision goggles. The battery inside the watch can apparently last up to 12 days in smartwatch mode or 20 hours in GPS mode.
Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of worldwide sales, said,
Designed for professionals and consumers needing tactical functionality in a wearable form, the Tactix Charlie has everything needed for these operations and everyday life. Building on the popularity of the Tactix Bravo and the Fenix 5X, the new Tactix Charlie blends the best of both wearables to offer tactical and multisport features, enhanced mapping, and wrist-based heart rate in one watch.
All of this comes at a high price though. The Garmin Tactix Charlie is set to cost $749.99 when it becomes available in April.