Apple has presented the Watch SE, a cheaper version of its smart watch. The clock lacks some of the features of the more expensive models, but is cheaper than the new model Apple Watch Series 6 costs.
The Apple Watch SE must do without various of the features of series 5 and 6, such as an always-on screen, ECG function and Wi-Fi via 802.11ac at 5GHz. The watch runs on the S5 soc from last year’s Apple Watch Series 5. Until now, Apple has kept an older model on sale to keep the price lower, but the Watch SE is the first time the manufacturer has included a cheaper model in the range.
Apple will release the Watch SE on Friday for 299 euros for the variant without 4g, while the mobile internet-connected version is on sale from 349 euros, Apple says. The Watch Series 3 remains in the range for 219 euros.
The new Watch Series 6 gets a blood oxygen meter with optical sensors on the back of the watch. It measures the blood oxygen both actively and inactive and stores it in the new app that is intended for this purpose.
The S6-soc in the Watch Series 6 is a dualcore based on the A13 Bionic soc, according to Apple, and according to the manufacturer, it’s 20 percent faster than the S5 soc. In addition, the U1 ultrawideband chip comes in the Series 6. The oled screen can be brighter in standby to be able to read better outside. The Series 6 will be released in the Benelux on Friday for 429 euros, while the version with data connection will cost 529 euros.
All watches with watchOS 7 will also have the opportunity to measure and store the maximum oxygen uptake. In addition, a feature comes in to turn an Apple Watch into a children’s GPS watch with its own account, but a phone is not required for Family Setup. This function is not yet available in the Benelux. All new Watch models don’t get an adapter in the box.