The Apple Watch SE doesn’t look, at first glance, like a cheaper smartwatch. That’s the whole point of the SE series, of course. Take what’s previously been limited to the high-end, and package it – with a few features lost along the way, naturally – for a more widespread audience. In this case, those looking to spend as little as $279 for a brand new Apple Watch.
Slotting in-between the Apple Watch Series 6 and the Apple Watch Series 3, the SE is the cheapest way to get a new cellular-connected Apple Watch, too. That starts at $329. As with the bigger model, there are both 40mm and 44mm sizes, and it’s compatible with the same bands too. That includes Apple’s new clasp-free Solo Loop and Braided Solo Loop versions.
Inside, you get the S5 chipset as used in the Apple Watch Series 5, and the new always-on altimeter, plus an optical heart rate sensor. Apple saves the new blood oxygen tech, and the electrical heart rate sensor, for the more expensive model, along with the new S6 chipset, the U1 UWB, and the always-on display.