Alongside the Watch Series 6 that we all knew was coming, Apple also unveiled a more affordable alternative at its “Time Flies” event today. The Apple Watch SE is a $279 smartwatch for those who can’t or don’t want to splurge on the flagship wearable. While it doesn’t come with the new flagship’s faster S6 processor or blood oxygen sensor, it still offers most essential features.
There will be cellular models so you can leave your phone at home and still remain connected to your loved ones. The Watch SE also has the same altimeter, compass, accelerometer and gyroscope as the new Series 6, as well as fall detection and emergency SOS. Though it doesn’t have the new S6 processor, its S5 chipset is still fairly new and will provide similar performance to the Apple Watch Series 5. Though the company didn’t explicitly say this, the SE appears to lack the ECG feature that debuted on the Series 5, which wouldn’t be a surprise for the price.