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Everything To Know About The New Apple Watch SE

The Apple Watch SE is the “better” part of Apple’s new good-better-best strategy for its smartwatches. At $120 less than the premier Apple Watch Series 7 but $80 more than the budget Apple Watch Series 3, the Apple Watch SE has a lot of what you’ll find in the Series 7, but its lower starting price of $279 makes it a bit more palatable.


Although the $199 Series 3 can be enticing, we recommend purchasing one of Apple’s more recent watches. The Series 3 is now four years old, making updating a challenge. In addition, it will not receive the WatchOS 9 update when it is released this fall. You’re undoubtedly wondering how to choose between the Series 7 and Series 7 SE.

Apple/ Getty Images | Reviewers believe the Apple Watch SE is a good value for the money


But for those primarily interested in the Apple Watch’s core functionality, you can save a lot of money without compromising much by choosing the Apple Watch SE instead. Tasks like logging workouts, checking your heart rate, setting timers and alarms with Siri, receiving notifications, and using Apple Pay all work fine across both Apple Watch models. This makes it feel like the best option for most people, while the Series 7 can be considered a premium option for those with more demanding health tracking priorities.

Specification and details 

The Apple Watch SE starts at $279 for the 40mm GPS version and $309 for the 44mm case. If you want an LTE version, the 40mm model starts at $329, and the 44mm version is $359. That’s only a $50 premium for LTE; if you want the cellular option for the Apple Watch Series 6, it’ll cost you $100 more.

Apple/ Getty Images | Apple Watch SE features a stunning Retina display, with thin borders and curved corners


All Apple Watch SE models are made from aluminum, and this model can’t be purchased with a stainless steel or titanium casing. Casing colors include silver, gold, and space grey, with the Midnight, Starlight, Green, Blue, and red aluminum options limited to the Apple Watch Series 7, but there are Nike models with Nike bands.


The Apple Watch SE has a Retina LTPO OLED display with 1000 nits brightness, but it does not have the same Always-On functionality available with the Apple Watch Series 7. There’s a black ceramic and sapphire crystal backing with built-in sensors, a Haptic Digital Crown for navigating the operating system, and Ion-X glass that protects the display. It has the same speaker and microphone as the Series 6, which are optimized for phone calls, Siri, and Walkie-Talkie.

Apple/ Getty Images | The Apple Watch SE offers an affordable entry price with a modern design, chipset, and feature set


The Digital Crown is equipped with haptic feedback that offers a precise, mechanical feel when scrolling through lists and controlling various aspects of the Apple Watch. The Digital Crown looks different depending on the Apple Watch model you purchase. LTE models have a red ring around the Digital Crown, so you know that they have LTE functionality, while GPS-only models lack the red ring.


The Apple Watch Series SE offers many of the same display specifications as the Series 6, except for Always-On functionality. It features 1000 nits brightness and Ion-X glass to protect it from scratches. The 40mm Apple Watch Series 6 features a resolution of 324 x 394 pixels, while the larger 44mm Apple Watch Series has a resolution of 368 x 448. This translates to a 759 mm² display area for the 40mm Apple Watch and a 977 mm² display area for the 44mm Apple Watch.

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