Apple Watch Series 6 and the Apple Watch SE have launched as two new wearable offerings from the Cupertino, California-based giant. The Apple Watch Series 6 is the flagship model for this year with an Always-On Retina display, a blood oxygen monitor, and an electrocardiogram (ECG) measuring functionality. The Apple Watch SE – an affordable model – lacks the ECG and blood oxygen monitor, and does not offer an Always-On display either. Both the smartwatches come in 40mm and 44mm case sizes, and GPS and GPS + cellular versions. Read on to find out exactly what is different between Apple Watch 6 and Apple Watch SE.
The new Apple Watch Series 6 is priced starting at Rs. 40,900 for the GPS model in India, while the Apple Watch Series 6 (GPS + Cellular) option will retail starting at Rs. 49,900. Availability for the Indian market has not been announced.
The Apple Watch Series 6 and Apple Watch SE come in 40mm and 44mm case sizes. The 44mm smartwatch has a 368x448 pixels resolution whereas the 40mm watch has a 324x398 pixels resolution. The Apple Watch Series 6 comes with an Always-On Retina LTPO OLED display with 1,000nits brightness. The Apple Watch SE does not offer the Always-On display functionality.
There is a 64-bit S6 dual-core processor inside the Apple Watch Series 6 that is touted to be up to 20 percent faster than the S5 processor. The flagship watch has an Apple W3 wireless chip and a U1 ultra-wideband chip as well. The Apple Watch SE, on the other hand, is powered by the old S5 dual-core processor and has Apple W3 wireless chip.
Possibly the biggest difference is that the Apple Watch Series 6 has a blood oxygen monitoring support and an ECG monitor, whereas the Apple Watch SE lacks these functionalities. Apple Watch Series 6 comes in aluminium, stainless steel, and titanium watch cases; whereas the Apple Watch SE is made using 100 percent recycled aluminium only. Both the wearables come with varied sensors like GPS/GNSS, compass, always-on altimeter, second-gen optical heart rate sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, and ambient light sensor.
Both the Apple Watch Series 6 and Apple Watch SE have 32GB storage capacity, support Apple Pay and GymKit, and have a ceramic and sapphire crystal back. There is a microphone and speaker on board for enabling calls. Safety features include Emergency SOS, international emergency calling, fall detection, and noise monitoring. The Apple Watch Series 6 supports dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHz and 5GHz, whereas the Apple Watch SE supports just 2.4GHz Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n. Both the watches support Bluetooth v5.0 for connectivity and are touted to last for up to 18 hours. The Apple Watch Series 6 and the Apple Watch SE use a magnetic charging cable.
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|Model||Watch SE GPS + Cellular||Watch Series 6 GPS + Cellular|
|Release date||September 16, 2020||September 16, 2020|
|Model Name||Watch Series SE GPS +Cellular||Watch Series 6 GPS + Cellular|
|Dial Color||Silver, Space Grey, Gold||Silver, Grey, Gold, Blue, PRODUCT RED|
|Strap Color||White, Yellow, Black, Orange, Blue||Silver, Gold, Space Grey, Pink, Blue, Red, Brown|
|Water Resistance Depth||50m||50m|
|Usage||Fitness & Outdoor||Fitness & Outdoor|
|Dial Material||Aluminium||Aluminium, Stainless Steel, Titanium|
|Sensor||Compass, Always-On Altimeter, second-gen optical heart rate sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, and Ambient light sensor||Compass, Always-On Altimeter, second-gen optical heart rate sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, and Ambient light sensor|
|Battery Type||Lithium Ion||Lithium Ion|
|Battery Life||Up to 18 hours||Up to 18 hours|
|Call Features||International Emergency Calling||International Emergency Calling|
|Other Connectivity Features||Emergency SOS||Emergency SOS|
|PLATFORM AND STORAGE FEATURES|
|Operating System||watchOS 7||watchOS 7|
|Number of Cores||dual-core||dual-core|
|Processor Name||S5 with 64-bit Dual Core Processor||S6 with 64-bit Dual Core Processor|
|CAMERA AND DISPLAY FEATURES|
|Display Resolution||324x394 pixels||324x394 pixels|
|Display Type||OLED Retina||OLED Retina|
|Other Display Features||LTPO OLED Retina display (1000 nits brightness)||LTPO OLED Always-On Retina display (1000 nits brightness)|
|FITNESS AND WATCH FUNCTIONS|
|Heart Rate Monitor||Yes||Yes|
|Date & Time Display||Yes||Yes|
|Other Fitness Features||-||Blood Oxgen Sensor, ECG sensor|
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