Apple Watch SE vs Apple Watch Series 3: Which cheap Apple Watch should you buy? – CNET

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Apple's two latest smartwatches includes the $279 Apple Watch SE (£269, AU$429) and is a more affordable version of the flagship $399 Apple Watch Series 6 (£379, AU$599). Both wearables run WatchOS 7 and ship out Sept. 18, but the Watch SE has fewer features than the Series 6, including a less advanced S5 chipset. 

Despite its lower price, however, the Watch SE isn't the cheapest wearable you can buy new from Apple. Its own Apple Watch Series 3, which launched in 2017, currently goes for $199 (£199, AU$399).

Because the Watch Series 3 is three years older, it obviously isn't as high-powered and robust as the Watch SE. But it still packs a lot of features and you may prefer it over the Watch SE if you take in account how much money you'll save. Read on to learn more about their differences and see which one is right for you.

Read: Apple Watch Series 6 vs. SE: What's the difference between them anyway?

Design: Watch SE is bigger and sharper

From afar, the Watch SE and Watch Series 3 look similar. They each come in two different sizes, are made of aluminum and are water resistant. But the former has a screen that's sharper and 30% bigger, or by a little less than an inch (0.079 inches or 2mm) in both of its size variants. Apple's two new watchbands, the Solo and Braided loops, accommodate the larger sizes, so they won't fit the Series 3. The Watch SE's digital crown provides haptic feedback as well, and it comes in one more gold color option in addition to the standard silver and grey.

Note that neither watches have an always-on display. Originally introduced in the Watch Series 5 last year, it means that the screen is constantly on and you don't need to raise your wrist or tap the screen to look at the time or check for notifications. Of Apple's new watches, only the Watch Series 6 has this feature.

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The Watch Series SE with its new loop bands.

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When it first launched, Apple sold a model of the Watch Series 3 that had cellular connectivity. But the company doesn't sell those variants anymore and if you want one, you'll have to get it refurbished and from a third-party seller. As the newer device, Apple stocks both versions of the Watch SE. Cellular models are more expensive than the base Wi-Fi only watches, but having LTE allows you to use the device without tethering to a phone or a Wi-Fi network. This is useful when you want to leave your handset behind during a workout, but don't want to lose key functions like making calls (including international emergency calls) or connecting to apps.

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The Watch SE has a built-in compass, but the Watch Series 3 does not.

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The Watch SE is faster too. Apple said its S5 dual-core processor is twice as fast than the Watch Series 3's S3 chipset. For wirelessly connecting to devices, like the iPhone, the Watch SE uses the newer W3 chip and Bluetooth 5.0. The Series 3, on the other hand, uses the preceding W2 chip and Bluetooth 4.2. That means connecting to other phones on the Watch SE should be smoother and more stable. 

Both phones have altimeters, which measure your altitude and elevation. Because the Watch SE's altimeter is always on, however, its elevation readings are done in real-time. The newer watch also has a compass and four times more memory (32GB compared to the Watch Series 3's 8GB).

As for the battery, we weren't able to test the Watch SE's battery life yet. But back when we were reviewing the Watch Series 3, battery life was unimpressive and mediocre. Because Apple said that both devices have the same battery life and can last about 18 hours, we expect more of the same underwhelming performance. But again, we'll have to get our hands on the watch to know for sure.

Software features: Watch SE monitors for falls and loud noises

The Watch SE runs WatchOS 7 right out of the box. Though the Watch Series 3 can download the update, not all of Watch OS 7's features will be available on the older wearable. That includes Family Setup, which lets users pair their iPhone to someone else's Apple Watch, be it a family member like a young child or an elderly adult. You can then apply controls, like limiting contacts and app downloads, or automatic location tracking.

The Watch SE also has other features that aren't new to Watch OS 7, but were available after the launch of the Watch Series 3. That includes fall detection and noise level monitoring, so if those are important to you, go with the Watch SE.

Lastly, if you're a runner, Apple will sell a Nike version of the Watch SE, which has the Nike Run Club app preloaded and comes with customizable watch complications to gather, analyze and share data from your runs.

Apple Watch SE vs. Series 3 specs


Apple Watch Series SE Apple Watch Series SE
Display size, resolution 40mm, 44mm Retina OLED 368x448 pixels 38mm, 42mm Retina OLED 312x390 pixels
Always-on No No
Dimensions (millimeters) 40mm: 40mm (height), 34mm (width), 10.4mm (depth); 44mm: 44mm (height) 38mm (width) 10.4mm (depth) 38mm: 38.6mm (height), 33.3mm (width), 11.4mm (depth); 42mm: 42.5mm (height) 36.4mm (width) 11.4mm (depth)
Weight (grams) 40mm Wi-Fi: 30.49g, Wi-Fi + Cellular: 30.68g; 44mm Wi-Fi: 36.2g Wi-Fi + Cellular: 36.36g 38mm Wi-Fi: 26.7g, Wi-Fi + Cellular: 28.7g; 42mm Wi-Fi: 32.3g Wi-Fi + Cellular: 34.9g
Materials/ finishes Aluminum Aluminum
Colors Silver, grey, gold Silver and grey
Interchangeable bands Yes Yes
GPS Built-in Built-in
Automatic workout detection Yes Yes
Compass Yes No
Altimeter Yes Yes
Water resistance Yes, up to 50m Yes, up to 50m
Calls Yes Yes
Notifications Text replies Text replies
Microphone Yes Yes
Speaker Yes Yes
Voice assistant Siri Siri
Music Onboard, playback and streaming (with Cellular model) Onboard, playback and streaming (with Cellular model)
Mobile Payments Apple Pay Apple Pay
Sleep tracking Yes Yes (with update to Watch OS 7)
Period tracking Yes Yes
Emergency features Heart rate notifications, emergency SOS calling (international, 911 and emergency contacts), fall detection, hearing alerts Heart rate notifications 
Compatibility iOS/iPhone only iOS/iPhone only
Software WatchOS 7 Can update to WatchOS 7
Processor S5 chip dual-core processor and W3 wireless chip S3 chip dual-core processor and W2 wireless chip
Connectivity Wi-Fi and Cellular option ($100 more) Wi-Fi (Apple discontinued Cellular option)
Storage 32GB 8GB
Bluetooth 5.0 4.2
Power Magnetic Apple charging cable and USB connector (backward compatible) Magnetic Apple charging cable and USB connector (backward compatible)
Battery life All day (18 hrs.) All day (18 hrs.)
Price (USD) Starting at $279 (40mm aluminum) Starting at $199 (40mm aluminum)
Price (GBP) £269 £199
Price (AUD) AU$429 AU$399

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Apple Watch SE vs Apple Watch Series 3: Which cheap Apple Watch should you buy? – CNET

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Apple's two latest smartwatches includes the $279 Apple Watch SE (£269, AU$429) and is a more affordable version of the flagship $399 Apple Watch Series 6 (£379, AU$599). Both wearables run WatchOS 7 and ship out Sept. 18, but the Watch SE has fewer features than the Series 6, including a less advanced S5 chipset. 

Despite its lower price, however, the Watch SE isn't the cheapest wearable you can buy new from Apple. Its own Apple Watch Series 3, which launched in 2017, currently goes for $199 (£199, AU$399).

Because the Watch Series 3 is three years older, it obviously isn't as high-powered and robust as the Watch SE. But it still packs a lot of features and you may prefer it over the Watch SE if you take in account how much money you'll save. Read on to learn more about their differences and see which one is right for you.

Read: Apple Watch Series 6 vs. SE: What's the difference between them anyway?

Design: Watch SE is bigger and sharper

From afar, the Watch SE and Watch Series 3 look similar. They each come in two different sizes, are made of aluminum and are water resistant. But the former has a screen that's sharper and 30% bigger, or by a little less than an inch (0.079 inches or 2mm) in both of its size variants. Apple's two new watchbands, the Solo and Braided loops, accommodate the larger sizes, so they won't fit the Series 3. The Watch SE's digital crown provides haptic feedback as well, and it comes in one more gold color option in addition to the standard silver and grey.

Note that neither watches have an always-on display. Originally introduced in the Watch Series 5 last year, it means that the screen is constantly on and you don't need to raise your wrist or tap the screen to look at the time or check for notifications. Of Apple's new watches, only the Watch Series 6 has this feature.

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The Watch Series SE with its new loop bands.

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When it first launched, Apple sold a model of the Watch Series 3 that had cellular connectivity. But the company doesn't sell those variants anymore and if you want one, you'll have to get it refurbished and from a third-party seller. As the newer device, Apple stocks both versions of the Watch SE. Cellular models are more expensive than the base Wi-Fi only watches, but having LTE allows you to use the device without tethering to a phone or a Wi-Fi network. This is useful when you want to leave your handset behind during a workout, but don't want to lose key functions like making calls (including international emergency calls) or connecting to apps.

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The Watch SE has a built-in compass, but the Watch Series 3 does not.

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The Watch SE is faster too. Apple said its S5 dual-core processor is twice as fast than the Watch Series 3's S3 chipset. For wirelessly connecting to devices, like the iPhone, the Watch SE uses the newer W3 chip and Bluetooth 5.0. The Series 3, on the other hand, uses the preceding W2 chip and Bluetooth 4.2. That means connecting to other phones on the Watch SE should be smoother and more stable. 

Both phones have altimeters, which measure your altitude and elevation. Because the Watch SE's altimeter is always on, however, its elevation readings are done in real-time. The newer watch also has a compass and four times more memory (32GB compared to the Watch Series 3's 8GB).

As for the battery, we weren't able to test the Watch SE's battery life yet. But back when we were reviewing the Watch Series 3, battery life was unimpressive and mediocre. Because Apple said that both devices have the same battery life and can last about 18 hours, we expect more of the same underwhelming performance. But again, we'll have to get our hands on the watch to know for sure.

Software features: Watch SE monitors for falls and loud noises

The Watch SE runs WatchOS 7 right out of the box. Though the Watch Series 3 can download the update, not all of Watch OS 7's features will be available on the older wearable. That includes Family Setup, which lets users pair their iPhone to someone else's Apple Watch, be it a family member like a young child or an elderly adult. You can then apply controls, like limiting contacts and app downloads, or automatic location tracking.

The Watch SE also has other features that aren't new to Watch OS 7, but were available after the launch of the Watch Series 3. That includes fall detection and noise level monitoring, so if those are important to you, go with the Watch SE.

Lastly, if you're a runner, Apple will sell a Nike version of the Watch SE, which has the Nike Run Club app preloaded and comes with customizable watch complications to gather, analyze and share data from your runs.

Apple Watch SE vs. Series 3 specs


Apple Watch Series SE Apple Watch Series SE
Display size, resolution 40mm, 44mm Retina OLED 368x448 pixels 38mm, 42mm Retina OLED 312x390 pixels
Always-on No No
Dimensions (millimeters) 40mm: 40mm (height), 34mm (width), 10.4mm (depth); 44mm: 44mm (height) 38mm (width) 10.4mm (depth) 38mm: 38.6mm (height), 33.3mm (width), 11.4mm (depth); 42mm: 42.5mm (height) 36.4mm (width) 11.4mm (depth)
Weight (grams) 40mm Wi-Fi: 30.49g, Wi-Fi + Cellular: 30.68g; 44mm Wi-Fi: 36.2g Wi-Fi + Cellular: 36.36g 38mm Wi-Fi: 26.7g, Wi-Fi + Cellular: 28.7g; 42mm Wi-Fi: 32.3g Wi-Fi + Cellular: 34.9g
Materials/ finishes Aluminum Aluminum
Colors Silver, grey, gold Silver and grey
Interchangeable bands Yes Yes
GPS Built-in Built-in
Automatic workout detection Yes Yes
Compass Yes No
Altimeter Yes Yes
Water resistance Yes, up to 50m Yes, up to 50m
Calls Yes Yes
Notifications Text replies Text replies
Microphone Yes Yes
Speaker Yes Yes
Voice assistant Siri Siri
Music Onboard, playback and streaming (with Cellular model) Onboard, playback and streaming (with Cellular model)
Mobile Payments Apple Pay Apple Pay
Sleep tracking Yes Yes (with update to Watch OS 7)
Period tracking Yes Yes
Emergency features Heart rate notifications, emergency SOS calling (international, 911 and emergency contacts), fall detection, hearing alerts Heart rate notifications 
Compatibility iOS/iPhone only iOS/iPhone only
Software WatchOS 7 Can update to WatchOS 7
Processor S5 chip dual-core processor and W3 wireless chip S3 chip dual-core processor and W2 wireless chip
Connectivity Wi-Fi and Cellular option ($100 more) Wi-Fi (Apple discontinued Cellular option)
Storage 32GB 8GB
Bluetooth 5.0 4.2
Power Magnetic Apple charging cable and USB connector (backward compatible) Magnetic Apple charging cable and USB connector (backward compatible)
Battery life All day (18 hrs.) All day (18 hrs.)
Price (USD) Starting at $279 (40mm aluminum) Starting at $199 (40mm aluminum)
Price (GBP) £269 £199
Price (AUD) AU$429 AU$399

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Apple Watch Series 6 vs. SE: What’s the difference between them anyway? – CNET

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At Apple's virtual event on Tuesday, the company launched two new smartwatches: the Apple Watch Series 6 and the Apple Watch SE. Both devices run WatchOS 7, but because the Watch SE is a more affordable version of Apple's flagship Watch line, it has fewer features and a less advanced S5 chipset. The devices have cellular and Wi-Fi only variants and ship out Sept. 18.

The Watch Series 6 starts at $399 (£379, AU$599) while the Watch SE costs $279 (£269, AU$429). If you're interested in either wearables but are not sure which one you should get, read on for our deep dive on how these two compare.

Read: Apple Watch SE: Um, what exactly is the point of this $279 smartwatch?

Design: Similar looks, but Series 6 has more design options

Both the Watch Series 6 and the SE have the same display and resolution, so you'll get the same viewing experience. They're also water resistant so you can swim with them, and they work with Apple's two new bands, the Solo and Braided loops

The Watch Series 6, however, has more design and color choices. In addition to the standard silver, grey and gold aluminum colors, the Series 6 comes in blue and red. It also has steel and titanium variants, with different color options in both materials. Hermès, the luxury fashion company and longtime partner of Apple Watch also has new bands of its own for the Series 6.

Lastly, the Series 6 has an Always-on display. Originally introduced in the Watch Series 5 last year, it means that the display is constantly on and you don't need to raise your wrist or tap the screen to look at the time or check for notifications.

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The Watch Series 6 with its new loop bands.

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The Watch Series 6 has the latest S6 chipset from Apple while the Series SE has the S5 system. While the Watch SE's setup isn't as advanced as the Series 6, Apple said the SE is twice as fast as 2017's Series 3.

One major update that's only on the Watch Series 6 are sensors that measure your blood oxygen levels. Known as an oximeter, it can gather important information about your breathing and blood circulation in 15 seconds, and lend key insight about your overall respiratory and cardiac health. It's particularly important for those affected by COVID-19, since blood oxygen levels are indicative of how severe the disease is affecting your body.

The Blood Oxygen app.

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The accompanying Blood Oxygen app will take measurements in the background, like during sleep, but users can manually activate a reading too. Data is viewable through the built-in Health app, where you can see your levels and track trends over time.

Both watches also have an optical heart sensor to measure heart rate. But the Watch Series 6 also has an app for its electrical heart sensor (abbreviated as ECG or EKG), which debuted on the Watch Series 4, to detect irregular heart rhythms.

Lastly, Watch Series 6 has an Ultra Wideband, or U1 chip. Available in iPhones starting with the iPhone 11 line, this chip is for "spatial awareness," and it helps devices find other devices more precisely when they're in close proximity. When it debuted last year, Apple said this chip would improve AirDrop, a service that lets iPhone users quickly share files with nearby iPhones. Tantalizingly, Apple added that "that's just the beginning" of its uses. Many believe that the U1 chip is actually laying the groundwork for a long-rumored Apple tile tracker.

Software features: Both run WatchOS 7

New to WatchOS 7 and available on the Watch Series 6 and Watch SE is Family Setup. This enables users to pair their iPhone to someone else's Apple Watch, be it a family member like a young child or an elderly adult. You can then apply controls, like limiting contacts and app downloads, or automatic location tracking. The other user is also not required to have an iPhone of their own. WatchOS 7 comes with a number of new watch faces as well, including ones for Memoji stickers.

These updates are included on top of several standard Apple Watch features like fall detection, noises level monitoring, emergency SOS contact and an alimeter to measure elevation levels.

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The Apple Watch Series SE.

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Apple Watch Series 6 vs. Series SE specs


Apple Watch Series 6 Apple Watch Series SE
Display size, resolution 40mm, 44mm Retina OLED 368x448 pixels 40mm, 44mm Retina OLED 368x448 pixels
Always-on Yes No
Dimensions (millimeters) 40mm: 40mm (height), 34mm (width), 10.4mm (depth);  44mm: 44mm (height) 38mm (width) 10.4mm (depth) 40mm: 40mm (height), 34mm (width), 10.4mm (depth); 44mm: 44mm (height) 38mm (width) 10.4mm (depth)
Weight (grams) 40mm Wi-Fi: 30.5g, Wi-Fi + Cellular: 30.5g; 44mm Wi-Fi: 36.5g Wi-Fi + Cellular: 36.5g 40mm Wi-Fi: 30.49g, Wi-Fi + Cellular: 30.68g; 44mm Wi-Fi: 36.2g Wi-Fi + Cellular: 36.36g
Materials/ finishes Aluminum, steel and titanium Aluminum
Colors Silver, grey, gold, blue and red (aluminum); silver, graphite and gold (steel); titanium and black (titanium) Silver, grey and gold
Interchangeable bands Yes Yes
GPS Built-in Built-in
Automatic workout detection Yes Yes
Compass Yes Yes
Altimeter Yes Yes
Water resistance Yes, up to 50m Yes, up to 50m
Calls Yes Yes
Notifications Text replies Text replies
Microphone Yes Yes
Speaker Yes Yes
Voice assistant Siri Siri
Music Onboard, playback and streaming (with Cellular model) Onboard, playback and streaming (with Cellular model)
Mobile Payments Apple Pay Apple Pay
Sleep tracking Yes Yes
Period tracking Yes Yes
Special features Blood Oxygen app, ECG app, U1 chip, emergency SOS, fall detection, hearing health alerts Wmergency SOS, fall detection, hearing health alerts
Emergency features Emergency SOS, International emergency calling, fall detection Emergency SOS calling (911 and emergency contacts)
Compatibility iOS/iPhone only iOS/iPhone only
Software WatchOS 7 WatchOS 7
Processor S6 chip dual-core processor and W3 wireless chip S5 chip dual-core processor and W3 wireless chip
Connectivity Wi-Fi and Cellular option ($100 more) Wi-Fi and Cellular option ($50 more)
Storage 32GB 32GB
Bluetooth 5.0 5.0
Power Magnetic Apple charging cable and USB connector (backward compatible) Magnetic Apple charging cable and USB connector (backward compatible)
Battery life All day (18 hrs.) All day (18 hrs.)
Price (USD) Starting at $399 (40mm aluminum) Starting at $279 (40mm aluminum)
Price (GBP) £379 £269
Price (AUD) AU$599 AU$429

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LG teases phone with extendable, pull-out display after LG Wing announcement – CNET

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A profile of the phone with a pull-out chin.

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At a prerecorded virtual announcement Monday, LG launched a new 5G phone with a swiveling display known as the LG Wing. The unveiling lasted about 45 minutes, during which the South Korean company went into details about its Explorer Project endeavor, which promises to bring new kinds of designs to its phones.

At the very end of the presentation, LG teased a possible phone with an extending display. The animation only lasted a few seconds, but it included a darkened profile of a phone that had a pull-out chin. It ended with the phone fully extended and a single display that glowed. You can watch the clip here, which occurs at the last 13 seconds of the presentation.  

LG did not immediately respond to a request to comment. But the fact that LG is toying with the idea isn't surprising. Even before the LG Wing, the company was no stranger to experimenting. In 2016, it released the modular LG G5, which let you swap out key hardware components, like the battery, for other accessories. Before that, in 2014 there was the G Flex, a 6-inch phone with a contoured display. Both phones weren't exactly top sellers and LG stopped iterating those phones in favor of more traditional flagship phones like the current LG G8 ThinQ. Even the LG G8 is different, though, in that it works with a double-screen accessory that extends the size of the display.

It's unclear how this pullout display would work, but perhaps it would be similar to LG's roll-up OLED TV, which implements a flexible display that rolls up at the bottom of its stand when not in use. Or perhaps it's something much simpler and the phone includes two displays, one of which just encases the other on the outside. 

Whatever the solution is, the new design is nonetheless compelling. It opens up many possibilities about the comfort and portability of big-screen phones that are great to view content on, but cumbersome and bulky to carry around. LG hasn't released any other information about this tease, so this could be something years down the line. In the meantime, however, the LG Wing should pique the curiosity of people looking for a new kind of phone.

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LG teases phone with extendable, pull-out display after LG Wing announcement – CNET

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A profile of the phone with a pull-out chin.

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At a prerecorded virtual announcement Monday, LG launched a new 5G phone with a swiveling display known as the LG Wing. The unveiling lasted about 45 minutes, during which the South Korean company went into details about its Explorer Project endeavor, which promises to bring new kinds of designs to its phones.

At the very end of the presentation, LG teased a possible phone with an extending display. The animation only lasted a few seconds, but it included a darkened profile of a phone that had a pull-out chin. It ended with the phone fully extended and a single display that glowed. You can watch the clip here, which occurs at the last 13 seconds of the presentation.  

LG did not immediately respond to a request to comment. But the fact that LG is toying with the idea isn't surprising. Even before the LG Wing, the company was no stranger to experimenting. In 2016, it released the modular LG G5, which let you swap out key hardware components, like the battery, for other accessories. Before that, in 2014 there was the G Flex, a 6-inch phone with a contoured display. Both phones weren't exactly top sellers and LG stopped iterating those phones in favor of more traditional flagship phones like the current LG G8 ThinQ. Even the LG G8 is different, though, in that it works with a double-screen accessory that extends the size of the display.

It's unclear how this pullout display would work, but perhaps it would be similar to LG's roll-up OLED TV, which implements a flexible display that rolls up at the bottom of its stand when not in use. Or perhaps it's something much simpler and the phone includes two displays, one of which just encases the other on the outside. 

Whatever the solution is, the new design is nonetheless compelling. It opens up many possibilities about the comfort and portability of big-screen phones that are great to view content on, but cumbersome and bulky to carry around. LG hasn't released any other information about this tease, so this could be something years down the line. In the meantime, however, the LG Wing should pique the curiosity of people looking for a new kind of phone.

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Apple Watch and iPad event: How to watch on Sept. 15 – CNET

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Apple's invitation to its Sept. 15 event.

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This story is part of Apple Event, our full coverage of the latest news from Apple headquarters.

Apple is holding an online event on Tuesday and while we don't expect the next iPhone 12 to be announced, the company is anticipated to unveil the Apple Watch Series 6 and new additions to the iPad family of tablets. The event is scheduled for Sept. 15 at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT, and Apple will stream the event on its website.

The updated Apple Watch wearable, which will be the successor to the Apple Watch Series 5 and will run WatchOS 7, is rumored to have a longer battery life, updates to its sleep-tracking feature and metrics to measure blood oxygen levels. The iPad Air is likely due for a refresh as well. Improvements could include a larger display, a faster processor (perhaps the A13 Bionic chipset) and maybe a USB Type-C connection instead of Apple's Lightning port.

As for the iPhone 12, the company still has not released any information about its launch, though we wouldn't be surprised if during the Sept. 15 event Apple did not show a quick tease. While Apple confirmed that the new iPhone will be available "a few weeks later" than its usual mid-September launch, our best educated guess for the event will be either Oct. 13 or 14.

Of course CNET will be covering the event as it unfolds so check with the site for all the news and products coming out that day.

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Watch Apple event live: How to stream today’s iPad, Apple Watch launch – CNET

This story is part of Apple Event, our full coverage of the latest news from Apple headquarters.

It's official: The Apple Store is down, so it must be a launch day. The company is holding a virtual launch event today and while we don't expect the iPhone 12 to be announced, it's expected to unveil the Apple Watch Series 6 and new additions to the iPad family of tablets. The event is scheduled for Sept. 15 at 10 a.m. PT (1 p.m. ET, 6 p.m. UK), and Apple will stream the event on its website, but you can stick around here for CNET's live show with commentary from Claire Riley, Patrick Holland and Lexy Savvides.

In addition, you should stick around for instant reaction from various CNET editors and reporters via our live Twitter stream. It kicks off at 9 a.m. PT (noon ET, 5 p.m. UK).

The updated Apple Watch, which will be the successor to the Apple Watch Series 5 and will run WatchOS 7, is rumored to have a longer battery life, updates to its sleep-tracking feature and metrics to measure blood oxygen levels. The iPad Air is likely due for a refresh as well. Improvements could include a larger display, a faster processor (perhaps the A13 Bionic chipset) and maybe a USB Type-C connection instead of Apple's Lightning port.

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As for the iPhone 12, the company still has not released any information about its next phone launch, though we wouldn't be surprised if during the Sept. 15 event Apple did not show a quick tease. While Apple confirmed that the new iPhone will be available "a few weeks later" than its usual mid-September launch, our best educated guess for the event will be either Oct. 13 or 14.

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Apple's invitation to its Sept. 15 event.

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CNET will be covering Tuesday's event as it unfolds, so check back for all the news and products coming out that day. Watch live on CNET's YouTube channel here

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LG Wing: Video of LG’s supposed wacky swiveling phone leaked – CNET

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The LG V60 ThinQ.

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On Sept. 2, LG announced its Sept. 14 event in which the company will "deliver distinctive and yet unexplored usability experiences." Rumors beforehand speculated the South Korean device maker will launch a unique phone called the LG Wing, which features a swiveling screen that lies on top of another screen. LG's own video for the presser further corroborated the rumor by featuring graphics of two rectangles rotating and aligning on top of one another.

More recently, however, a YouTube video posted on Sept. 7 features the supposed LG Wing in action. The video starts out with the phone already in a T-shape form and a user rotates the screen on top with one hand so that it snaps vertically and aligns with the display on the bottom. The interface of the phone also appears typical of the UIs featured on LG phones.

We cannot confirm that this is actual footage of LG's new phone and the company did not immediately respond to a request for comment. But LG is no stranger to trying out new things -- sometimes to a fault. 

In 2016 it released the modular LG G5, which enabled users to swap out key hardware components, like the battery, for other accessories. In 2014 LG had the G Flex, a 6-inch phone with a contoured display. Both phones weren't exactly top sellers and LG discontinued exploring those endeavors for more traditional flagship phones like the current LG G8 ThinQ. The company hasn't altogether killed its experimental streak, however. Even the aforementioned LG G8 works with a unique secondary screen accessory that doubles the size of its display.

Phones with swiveling displays also aren't new to the industry. The VX9400 from 2007, for example, is an early example of an LG phone with a similar design. I myself owned a beloved Nokia 7370, which featured a screen that swiveled out as smoothly as a switchblade comb

In any case, CNET will be reporting on LG's Sept. 14 event, so check with us soon for details on LG's new phone.

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Galaxy Z Flip vs. Galaxy Fold: Comparing Samsung’s original foldable phones – CNET

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Samsung announced the Galaxy Z Flip on Feb. 11 at Unpacked.

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At Samsung's Unpacked event back in February, the company doubled down on the foldable phone trend with its Galaxy Z Flip, a year after releasing its first foldable phone, the Galaxy Fold. Since then, Samsung has also announced the Galaxy Z Flip 5G and the forthcoming Galaxy Z Fold 2. While we wait for pricing information on the Fold's sequel, deal-savvy buyers might be looking to Samsung's previous models for a cheaper entry into the foldable phone club. Read on to discover the main differences between Samsung's first two foldable phones. For more foldable phone comparisons, read CNET's Galaxy Z Flip 5G vs. Galaxy Fold vs. Razr vs. Z Flip: Which foldable phone has the best specs? and Microsoft Surface Duo vs. its foldable rivals: Galaxy Z Fold 2 and Razr specs compared.

Both the Fold and the Z Flip use Samsung's Infinity Flex Display, which the company developed to enable its handsets to fold hundreds of thousands of times without breaking. Samsung claims both the Fold and the Z Flip can fold 200,000 times without breaking (i.e. the number of times a person would open and close their phone over five years of use), but when CNET tested this claim in October, the Galaxy Fold lasted about 120,000 folds. Unlike the Galaxy Fold, which has a 7.3-inch screen and opens and closes like a book, the Z Flip has a clamshell design. It also has a 6.7-inch display and dual 12-megapixel rear cameras. It costs $1,380 in the US and £1,300 in the UK.

For more on how these two phones differ, check out our spec chart below.

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Galaxy Z Flip vs. Galaxy Fold


Samsung Galaxy Z Flip Samsung Galaxy Fold
Display size, resolution Internal: 6.7-inch FHD+ Dynamic AMOLED; 2,636x1,080 pixels / External: 1.1-inch Super AMOLED; 300x112 pixels Internal: 7.3-inch Dynamic AMOLED; 2,152x1,536 pixels / External: 4.6-inch Dynamic AMOLED; 1,680x720 pixels
Pixel density 425 ppi (internal) / 303 ppi (external) 362 ppi (internal)
Dimensions (Inches) Folded: 2.99 x 3.44 x 0.62 ~ 0.68 in / Unfolded: 2.99 x 6.59 x 0.27 ~0.28 in Folded: 6.3 x 2.5 x 0.6 in / Unfolded: 6.3 x 4.6 x 0.3 in
Dimensions (Millimeters) Folded: 73.6 x 87.4 x 15.4 ~17.3 mm / Unfolded: 73.6 x 167.3 x 6.9 ~ 7.2 mm Folded: 62.8 x 161 x 15.7mm ~ 17.1mm / Unfolded: 117.9 x 161 x 6.9mm ~ 7.6mm
Weight (Ounces, Grams) 6.46 oz; 183g 9.7 oz; 276g
Mobile software Android 10 Android 9.0 with Samsung One UI
Camera 12-megapixel (wide-angle), 12-megapixel (ultra wide-angle) 12-megapixel (wide-angle), 16-megapixel (ultra wide-angle), 12-megapixel (telephoto)
Front-facing camera 10-megapixel Two 10-megapixel, 8-megapixel 3D depth
Video capture 4K (HDR 10 Plus) 4K (HDR 10 Plus)
Processor 64-bit octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
Storage 256GB 512GB
RAM 8GB 12GB
Expandable storage TBD No
Battery 3,300 mAh 4,380 mAh
Fingerprint sensor Side Power button
Connector USB-C USB-C
Headphone jack No No
Special features Foldable display; wireless PowerShare; wireless charging; fast charging Foldable display, wireless charging, fast charging
Price off-contract (USD) $1,380 $1,980
Price (GBP) £1,300 £2,000
Price (AUD) AU$2,199 AU$2,999

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iPhone SE vs. Pixel 4A: Apple and Google’s 2020 budget phones, compared – CNET

This has been an abundant year for wallet-friendly phones with impressive performance and specs. Apple and Google, for example, launched smaller versions of their marquee handsets and the iPhone SE and the Pixel 4A are affordable alternatives to the iPhone 11 and Pixel 4, respectively. Both phones are $400 or under. The iPhone starts at $399 (£419, AU$749) while the Pixel 4A costs $349 (£349, AU$599). Their single 12-megapixel cameras also take brilliant photos and with iOS 14 and Android 11 coming down the pipeline, their software promises to remain fresh and up-to-date.

To see which phone is the better fit for you, I compare them in terms of camera, design, software, performance and battery. In short, the iPhone SE is the faster, more polished phone. But the Pixel 4A's cheaper price tag, longer-lasting battery and nimble camera make it the better value buy.

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Though it's the cheapest iPhone you can get new, the iPhone SE offers a lot of what the premium iPhones also have. That includes the powerful and fast A13 Bionic processor, a water-resistant design, wireless charging and Wi-Fi 6. Its superb camera also records excellent video. At $400 it's a bit more expensive than the Pixel 4A, but it's still relatively affordable as far as phones go, and especially as far as iPhones go. Read our Apple iPhone SE (2020) review.

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This makes more compromises than the iPhone SE and it has fewer features than its bigger brother, the Pixel 4. It doesn't have wireless charging or water-resistance, for instance, and it has the less powerful Snapdragon 730G processor. But its enduring battery life outlasts the iPhone SE and its exceptional camera is the same as the main camera on the Pixel 4. Lastly, when you consider storage and compare the Pixel 4A to the 128GB model of the iPhone SE, the $50 price difference jumps to $100.

iPhone SE's camera has superior video, but Pixel 4A is fantastic in low light

For a complete rundown on how these two phones fare in terms of camera and video, head over to CNET editor Lexy Savvides' iPhone SE vs. Pixel 4A camera comparison and watch the video below.

In short, the camera you like best depends on what kind of photos you often take and what kind of situations you find yourself in. If you love to capture moments with your friends while out and about at all times of the day, the Pixel 4A and its superb Night Mode may be the better choice. If you take tons of video and selfies, go for the iPhone SE. 

I'll give Savvides the last word: "The Pixel 4A is clearly better for low-light photography and as a result is stronger overall for still images. It also has more options than the iPhone SE in its default camera app. The iPhone SE has the edge for video and selfies."

iPhone SE's elegant build outshines Pixel 4A's design and sharper display

As they're making budget versions of their flagship counterparts, it would make sense if Apple and Google skimped on a few design details to cut down costs. But the quality of the iPhone SE's design is similar to current iPhones. While it does have thicker bezels than new iPhones to accommodate the front-facing camera and physical home button, the iPhone SE retains the glossy glass encasing and water-resistant body. It also comes in three colors: black, white and red.

The Pixel 4A, on the other hand, doesn't look as elegant. It only comes in one color (black), and besides its baby-blue power button, its matte polycarbonate body looks drab. Its overall build feels cheaper, it isn't water-resistant and its single camera bump on the back is much larger than the iPhone's rear camera.

One thing I do like about the Pixel 4A's design, however, is its OLED screen. Though both phones have fine displays that are good for viewing videos and playing games, the Pixel 4A's display is a tad sharper; it has a 1080p resolution (compared to the iPhone SE's 750p resolution) and a higher pixel density. Its thinner bezels and hole-punch front-facing camera also look more modern compared to the iPhone SE's "throwback" look to 2017.

Comparison of iOS and Android smartphone UI

When comparing Apple and Google phones running iOS and Android, respectively, only you can decide which OS works best for you and what ecosystem you're already comfortable with. Both phones have built-in digital search assistants (Siri and Google Assistant), digital payment systems (Apple Pay and Google Pay) and smaller goodies like dark mode and digital wellbeing tools to curb screen-viewing time. And more recently, Android phones have added their own version of Apple's AirDrop, which means both phones can transfer files to other phones (that are on their respective OS platforms) within a short distance.

The Pixel 4A has a few software features that the iPhone doesn't have. One is native transcribing capabilities. In addition to transcribing audio recordings and captioning videos in real time, the Pixel 4A can transcribe phone calls, including ones made via third-party apps such as Facebook Messenger. The phone also has Call Screen, which screens robocalls and telemarketers as well as crash detection, which automatically calls preprogrammed emergency contacts when the phone senses a car crash. The upcoming Android 11 update, which is in public beta now, offers built-in screen recording, chat bubbles for the Message app and quick controls.

The iPhone SE has a few unique software and UX things of its own too. One is a physical home button, which means you don't need to use swiping gestures to navigate around the phone. Apple's upcoming iOS 14, which will be compatible with the iPhone SE, promises an App Library to organize apps on the homescreen and a handful of features already familiar to Android users including a built-in translation app, widgets and picture-in-picture.

iPhone SE performs better, but Pixel 4A has a longer lasting battery

In general, the Pixel 4A and its Snapdragon 730G chipset are fast and reliable. However, there were a few times when I ran into some small snags. After I downloaded Call of Duty and PUBG, for example, I had to restart the phone because both apps stalled while loading. And every once in a while when I was reviewing the phone, an app would unexpectedly quit or I had to relaunch the camera because the on-screen shutter button wouldn't register.

I never noticed such hiccups during my time with the iPhone SE. In addition, the iPhone SE's proprietary A13 Bionic comfortably beat the Pixel 4A on all our standard benchmark tests, which include 3DMark and Geekbench 5.0. 

3DMark Slingshot Unlimited

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Longer bars indicate better performance

3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited

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Longer bars indicate better performance

Geekbench v.5.0 single-core

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Longer bars indicate better performance

Geekbench v.5.0 multicore

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Longer bars indicate better performance

When it comes to battery tests for continuous video playback on Airplane mode, however, the Pixel 4A won that round. Even with Google's Adaptive Battery feature turned off, the Pixel 4A outlasted the iPhone SE and averaged 18 hours, 45 minutes, which is an excellent time. In turn, the iPhone SE clocked in about 15 hours, 45 minutes. That's still a respectable time but it's still three hours shorter than the Pixel 4A. We're still undergoing more battery tests with streaming video for both phones and I'll update this piece when those numbers come in.

Other budget smartphone features to consider

Both phones have dual-SIM. In addition to your regular nano-SIM, both phones use e-SIM technology that supports multiple phone numbers. This is useful if you travel often, or want to keep two numbers (say your personal and work) on the same device.

The iPhone SE has Wi-Fi 6. Though Wi-Fi 6 was only certified in September 2019 and routers featuring the next-gen network remain expensive, the fact that the iPhone SE has Wi-Fi 6 means it's ready for the future. Devices with Wi-Fi 6 speak that same Wi-Fi language to talk to each other. Compared to Wi-Fi 5, it's faster and more battery efficient. 

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The iPhone SE (left) and the Pixel 4A.

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Neither phone has expandable storage. The Pixel 4A has one memory option: 128GB with 6GB of RAM. This is double the amount of storage compared to last year when the Pixel 4 started with only 64GB. The iPhone SE, in contrast, has three: 64GB, 128GB and 256GB. When strictly comparing 128GB models of both phones then, the iPhone SE's price difference is even higher: The 128GB model of the iPhone SE costs $449 (£469, AU$829) compared with the $349 (£349, AU$599) Pixel 4A.

If you want more storage, Apple's iCloud gives you 5GB for free and it costs $10 a month for 2TB. Google, on the other hand, allows Pixel users to upload unlimited photos and video at "high" quality, which is of lower resolution and less detail than "original" quality. If you want the latter, you'll need to sign up for Google's One service. Google One is free for the first 15GB, but also costs $10 a month for 2TB.

Comparison of iPhone SE vs. Pixel 4A


Apple iPhone SE (2020) Google Pixel 4A
Display size, resolution 4.7-inch LCD; 1,334x750 pixels 5.81-inch OLED; 2,340x1,080 pixels
Pixel density 326ppi 443ppi
Dimensions (Inches) 5.45x2.65x0.29 in 5.7x2.7x0.3 in
Dimensions (Millimeters) 138.4x67.3x7.3 mm 144x69.4x8.2 mm
Weight (Ounces, Grams) 5.22 oz; 148g 5.04 oz; 143g
Mobile software iOS 13 Android 10
Camera 12-megapixel 12.2-megapixel
Front-facing camera 7-megapixel 8-megapixel
Video capture 4K 4K
Processor Apple A13 Bionic Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G
Storage 64GB, 128GB, 256GB 128GB
RAM Not disclosed 6GB
Expandable storage No No
Battery Not disclosed, but Apple claims it has the same battery life as iPhone 8 3,140 mAh
Fingerprint sensor Home button Back
Connector Lightning USB-C
Headphone jack No Yes
Special features Water-resistant (IP67); dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM); wireless charging Dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM)
Price off-contract (USD) $399 (64GB), $449 (128GB), $549 (256GB) $349
Price (GBP) £419 (64GB), £469 (128GB), £569 (256GB) £349
Price (AUD) AU$749 (64GB), AU$829 (128GB), AU$999 (256GB) AU$599

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