The Apple Watch Series 6 smartwatch has several upgrades from the last year’s Series 5, including an S6 processor, a U1 ultra-wideband chip, and a blood oxygen monitoring sensor. The device is available for $399. Alongside it is the Apple Watch SE, which has several Apple Watch features and is available for a more competitive price at $279. While both these smartwatches are products of the same stable, certain vital features make them a class apart.
Some of the features that are similar in Apple Watch Series 6 and Apple Watch SE include:
- 44mm or 40mm case size
- A good retina LTPO OLED display, having a brightness level of 1,000 nits
- GPS and GPS + Cellular models
- A powerful 64‑bit dual-core processor
- W3 wireless chip
- Digital Crown feature with haptic feedback
- Optical heart monitoring sensor
- High and low heart rate sensor, and irregular heart rhythm notifications
- International emergency calling, emergency SOS, and Fall Detection features
- Noise monitoring sensor
- Water-resistance capacity up to 50 meters
- Wi‑Fi and Bluetooth 5.0 enabled
- Support for Family Setup (GPS + Cellular models)
- Compass and always-on altimeter sensor
- 32GB capacity
- 18-hour battery life
Some of the differences between the two models include:
Apple Watch Series 6
- Always-On Retina display
- S6 SiP with a powerful 64‑bit dual-core processor
- U1 ultra-wideband chip
- Blood Oxygen monitor
- ECG monitor
- Blood oxygen sensor; electrical heart sensor and second-generation optical heart sensor
- Enhanced battery life for workouts that facilitates faster charging
- Available in colors Red and Blue
Apple Watch SE
- Retina display
- S5 SiP with 64‑bit dual-core processor
- Optical heart sensor only
Apple Watch Series 6 and Apple Watch SE: Displays
Both the Apple Watch Series 6 and Apple Watch SE devices have a Retina LTPO OLED display, with a brightness level of 1,000 nits. The critical difference lies in Series 6 that has an always-on display. This means that when the user lowers the wrist, the display remains on, and the person will see the watch face without having to raise the wrist.
The Apple Watch Series 6 always-on display is around two and a half times brighter than the Apple Watch 5 Series in outdoors. When the wrist is down, users can also view the Notification Center and Control Center, access it tap on complications, and make changes to the watch face without waking up the watch screen. The Apple Watch SE , on the other hand, doesn’t have an always-on display. This means that users will have to raise the wrist or tap the screen to view the watch face.
Apple Watch Series 6 and Apple Watch SE: Processor
Both Apple Watch Series 6 and Apple Watch SE have 64‑bit dual-core chips. These processors are based on the powerful A13 Bionic located in the iPhone 11 and are around 20% faster than the earlier S5 processors.
U1 Ultra-Wideband Chip
The Apple Watch Series 6 is the only Apple smartwatch that has a U1 ultra-wideband chip. According to Apple, the U1 chip on Apple Watch will “facilitate short-range wireless location tracker to support new experiences like next-generation digital car keys.”
The Apple Watch Series 6 smartwatch has a blood oxygen monitoring sensor. This is a new health monitoring feature of Apple that measures the user’s blood’s oxygen saturation. The blood oxygen sensor on the rear of the watch has an array of four clusters of green, red, and infrared LEDs. The sensor measures light reflected from blood, and with an advanced custom algorithm, can quickly determine the blood oxygen saturation levels between 70 – 100%. There is also the electrical heart sensor that is used to conduct ECGs. The Apple Watch Series 6 has electrodes embedded into the Digital Crown with an electrical heart rate sensor located on the rear.
The Apple Watch SE, on the other hand, has an optical heart sensor that monitors the heart rate and can give immediate notifications about high and low heart rates as well as irregular heartbeat rhythms.
Apple Watch Series 6 and Apple Watch SE: Battery
Both models of Apple Watch offers a battery life of around 18 hours. However, the Apple Watch Series 6 facilitates faster charging with a full charge under one and a half hours.
Apple Watch Series 6 and Apple Watch SE: Design
Both the Apple Watch Series 6 and Apple Watch SE have similar basic designs but differ in terms of materials and color options. The Apple Watch Series 6 is available in aluminum, stainless steel, or titanium, while the Apple Watch SE is only available in aluminum material.
The Apple Watch Series 6 in aluminum material is available in Silver, Space Gray, Gold, Blue, or Red. In the material stainless steel, the Apple Watch Series 6 is available in colors Silver, Graphite, or Gold, and in titanium material, it is available in colors Titanium or Space Black. The Apple Watch SE , on the other hand, is only available in colors Silver, Space Gray, or Gold.
The Apple Watch Series 6 is an advanced upgraded device over the earlier Series 5 model and the Apple SE model. It is undoubtedly a must-buy for users who look for classy features and high-end design smartwatch for their use. If a user looks for multiple attributes in a smartwatch or wants a specific color option, the Apple Watch Series 6 is the best model. The Apple SE is a perfect buy for budgeted users who look for the go-to smartwatch for regular use. The Apple Watch SE is most likely to be the most popular model of the two. As such, it will be the default buying choice for many customers!