This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.
At Apple's new product launch event, the rumored new series of Apple Watch SE was announced. It's a new model that improves a variety of basic performance - especially processing speed - over the Apple Watch Series 3, but at a price point that makes it a good value for money.
Prices start at $279 in the U.S. and 29,800 yen (excluding tax) in Japan. Order acceptance began immediately after the event. It will go on sale in 21 countries and regions, including Japan, on September 18.
The case size is available in 40 and 44 mm. As detailed users can see from the size figures, the display specifications will follow the Retina display from the Series 4 onwards. This means that the dial specifications and other features will be the same (although it will not support the always-on display introduced in Series 5).
GPS-only and GPS + Cellular models will be available as before.
In Japan, the price difference between the GPS model and the Cellular model starts at 5,000 yen, making the Cellular model a relative bargain. There will be some contractual fees involved, but it looks like the threshold for the Cellular model will be lower than ever before.
In terms of basic features, the heart of the Apple Watch SE is the Apple S5 SoC. This SoC, inherited from the Series 5, allows Apple to tout that it's "up to two times faster than Apple Watch Series 3".
It also features the same sensors as the Series 6, including the accelerometer, gyroscope, compass, and altimeter. It also has a fall detection mode, which has been a hot topic of discussion in recent years, and supports sleep tracking, a key feature of the Series 6.
The initial OS is WatchOS 7. In terms of software, it will be able to use a full range of current services, including Family Setup announced on the same day. Of course, the new watch faces can be introduced with the newly designed version, including the Memoji face announced on the same day.
Of course, the Apple Watch SE will also support the Japanese version of Apple Pay, which will allow users to use Suica and other cashless payments in the same way as the current model.
And as for the bands that make the Apple Watch fun and fashionable, the Apple Watch SE will, of course, support 40mm and 44mm bands, including the new, non-clasping Solo Loop, which is a redefinition of Apple's rubber band.
Thus, the Apple Watch SE is a model that greatly increases its value for money while keeping the "good parts of the Series 6 and Series 5" as it was rumored so far. We can call it "the Apple Watch with basic specifications and iPhone SE-like bargaining power".
This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl. The Japanese edition of Engadget does not guarantee the accuracy or reliability of this article.