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Apple Watch SE vs Watch Series 6: Affordable versus premium

You gain some, you lose some between the Apple Watch Series 6 and Watch SE.

twitter-logoShubham Verma | September 16, 2020 | Updated 13:31 IST

Highlights

  • Apple launched the Watch Series 6 at its Time flies event on Tuesday.
  • Apple surprised everyone with the Watch SE, its affordable smartwatch.
  • There is huge gap between the prices of Watch Series 6 and Watch SE.

Apple launched the Apple Watch Series 6 at its September event. It is a usual affair for Apple to launch its products in this time of the year but yesterday's event was unlike before. There was no announcement on the iPhone 12. But Cupertino had a pleasant surprise for its fans. It introduced an affordable version of its smartwatch. It is called the Apple Watch SE. This is short for Apple Watch Special Edition, much like the iPhone SE stands for iPhone Special Edition.

There are several things that Apple said are special about the Watch SE but the most apparent special point here is the affordable price of the smartwatch. It is way too less than what the Apple Watch Series 6 and should attract more customers than before. Of course, there are some trade-offs on the Apple Watch SE to account for the lower price but they are not bad enough to be a deal-breaker. Long story short, the Apple Watch SE could entice more customers, especially in markets like India, than the Apple Watch Series 6 would.

Here is the comparison between the Apple Watch SE and Watch Series 6:

Apple Watch Series 6 versus Apple Watch SE

Available in 40mm and 44mm sizesAvailable in 40mm and 44mm sizes
Features an Always-on Retina DisplayFeatures a Retina Display with AOD
Waterproof up to a 50-metre distanceWaterproof up to a 50-metre distance
Supports blood-oxygen monitoringDoes not support it
Supports Electrocardiogram (ECG)Does not support Electrocardiogram
Notifies on low and high heart ratesNotifies on low and high heart rates
Supports SOS and emergency callingSupports SOS and emergency calling
Features fall detectionFeatures fall detection
Supports Apple's latest Family SetupSupports Apple's Family Setup
Comes in both LTE and GPS modelsAlso has both LTE and GPS models
Features an always-on altimeterFeatures an always-on altimeter
Has an inbuilt compassFeatures an inbuilt compass

The Apple Watch Series 6 starts at Rs 40,900 while the Watch SE starts at Rs 29,900. The sale is expected to begin in October but nothing is concrete as of now.

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