Apple Watch Series 6 vs Apple Watch SE: What’s The Difference?

By Michael Grothaus •  Updated: 09/16/20 •  4 min read

The Apple Watch is quickly becoming one of Apple’s most popular products. Now in its fifth year, the device has come a long way from its humble beginnings. And this year marks a major turning point in the Apple Watch history–because Apple just launched TWO different types of Apple Watches for the first time ever.

That’s right, Apple has announced the Apple Watch Series 6–and its as cool as you hoped. But the company also surprised everyone by announcing the Apple Watch SE. But just how do the two fitness-focused wearables compare? Let’s take a look.

Apple Watch Series 6 vs Apple Watch SE Quick Comparison

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Design

Winner? Apple Watch Series 6 – From a pure design standpoint, the Series 6 wins out. It comes in three different material options, the aluminum of which comes in a new blue and red models.

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Displays

Winner? Apple Watch Series 6 – The always-on display can’t be beaten. It’s what makes the Series 6 feel like a “real” watch and not just a computer on your wrist.

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CPU/Processor

Winner? Apple Watch Series 6 – Not only is the S6 chip 20% faster than the S5, but the Series 6 features a U1 chipset, too, which will help with location tracking and communication between devices.

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Sensors

Winner? Apple Watch Series 6 – It’s no contest. The blood oxygen sensor is critical for any smartwatch today, and the ECG can be a literal life-saver.

Storage Options

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Battery Life

Winner? Draw – Both get you about 18 hours of battery life.

Price

Verdict?

Hands down, the best Apple Watch to get is the Series 6. The ECG and Blood Oxygen sensor is worth it for the extra cost alone–not to mention that beautiful always-on display. The Series 6 is also 20% faster than the SE and offers more color and more material options.

However, the SE is a terrific Apple Watch if you’re looking to keep your costs low. It doesn’t offer the ECG or Blood Oxygen sensor, nor does it have the always-on display, however, it has other critical features like Fall Detection, irregular heart rhythm notifications, and the always-on altimeter.

Either way, you can’t go wrong. But if you have the money to spend, go for the Series 6–you won’t be disappointed.

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Apple Watch Series 6 vs Apple Watch SE: Specs

Here are the specs for the Apple Watch Series 6:

And here are the specs for the Apple Watch SE:

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Michael Grothaus

Apple expert and novelist, Michael Grothaus has been covering tech on KnowYourMobile for the best part of 10 years. Prior to this, he worked at Apple. And before that, he was a film journalist. Michael is a published author; his book Epiphany Jones was voted as one of the best novels about Hollywood by Entertainment Weekly. Michael is also a writer at other publications including VICE and Fast Company.
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