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Apple launches Apple Watch SE, its affordable Series 3 successor

Apple's affordable smartwatch, the Watch SE is real and costs less the Watch Series 4.

twitter-logoShubham Verma | September 16, 2020 | Updated 00:10 IST

Highlights

  • Apple Watch SE stands for Apple Watch Special Edition similar to the iPhone SE.
  • The Apple Watch SE comes in two sizes and two connectivity options.
  • It costs $279, which is in line with the Apple Watch Series 3 launch price.

If you came here in anticipation to read about the iPhone 12, you might have to wait for at least October to arrive. Now that you have made peace with the fact that Apple's September event this year is not about the iPhone, let me take you to the showstopper of the "Time flies" event. Today, Apple is launching Apple Watch SE, an affordable model of the world's most selling smartwatch that has the potential to sell even more.

Much like the iPhone SE, the Apple Watch SE stands for Apple Watch Special Edition but the only thing special about this model is its price. It is just $279 in the US for the base model and Rs in India for the base model.

Here is the full price list for the Apple Watch SE:

Apple Watch SE GPS - Rs 29,900 in India and $279 in the US.

Apple Watch SE LTE - Rs 33,900 in India and $329 in the US.

The orders are now live in the US and the shipping begins September 18 in the US and 28 other countries.

The price of the base model is a little higher than what the Apple Watch Series 3, the company's most-selling smartwatch, was launched at. It means Apple is targeting those customers with a toned-down version of Apple Watch Series 6, which lacks some advanced features to account for the low price. Apple Watch SE comes to replace the Watch Series 3 and it is likely to be popular in markets such as India.

The Apple Watch SE has the same accelerometer, gyroscope, and always-on altimeter as Apple Watch Series 6 but lacks some advanced features such as the newly introduced blood-oxygen-level monitor and the ECG that debuted on the Series 5. Despite not having those features, the Apple Watch SE supports fall detection and emergency SOS calling in supported regions. The Watch SE will run watchOS 7 out of the box.

Powering the Watch SE is the S5 processor that was used inside the Series 5 smartwatches, which means you can expect a fast and smooth experience on this affordable smartwatch, which is said to be two times faster than that of the Watch Series 3. The smartwatch has a speaker, a microphone, and support for Siri with Walkie Talkie over Bluetooth 5.0 connection. There is also an inbuilt GPS on the smartwatch, which means it can support running and other workouts without having an iPhone connected consistently.

The fitness features on the Apple Watch SE are similar to those on the Series 5, except, of course, the advanced ones. There is an always-on altimeter that detects small changes in elevation during trekking and other similar workouts. The Apple Watch SE also comes with low-range VO2 Max, sleep tracking, automatic handwashing detection.

It is important for Apple to go deeper into the wearable ecosystem, the one that it already rules. But the emergence of a horde of smartwatches that undercut the Apple Watch was something that Apple needed to tackle head-on. Its Apple Watch SE is going to be a mass product and brings the most useful features for its price.

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