Keeping with Apple tradition, the outgoing model of the Apple Watch has received a price cut thanks to the arrival of the new model called Apple Watch Series 4. Also, reports suggest that the India pricing of both range of Apple Watches has been leaked, but there is still no information on availability. The Apple Watch Series 4 was launched alongside the three new iPhone models on September at Steve Jobs Theatre in Apple Park, California. The new smartwatch is now available for pre-orders in the US, and will go on sale from September 21.
Apple Watch Series 4: Price in India
The Apple Watch Series 4, it is learnt, will debut for a starting price in India of Rs 40,900. This price is for the model called Apple Watch Series 4 GPS in 40mm size, while the same model in 44mm size will cost Rs 43,900 in India. This watch comes in an aluminium case only and the colour options are Space Grey, Silver and Gold.
In ascending order of pricing, the next model is the Apple Watch Series 4 Cellular Edition in an aluminium case and 40mm size, to be sold here in India for Rs 49,900. The same smartwatch in 44mm size will cost Rs 52,900. The same colour options apply to this model in the aluminium case, i.e. Space Grey, Silver, and Gold. However, you can buy the Cellular Edition model in a stainless steel case, and get a sports band to go with it. This way, the Apple Watch Series 4 Cellular Edition will cost Rs 67,900 for the 40mm size variant and Rs 71,900 for the 44mm size variant.
The priciest model is the Apple Watch Series 4 Cellular Edition in the stainless steel case and with a Milanese Loop band. This model will cost Rs 76,900 in India for the 40mm size variant, and Rs 80,900 for the 44mm size watch.
Apple Watch Series 3 Prices Slashed
As always, Apple has slashed the prices of the predecessor to its latest smartwatch. The Apple Watch Series 3 was launched last year, and while it will be available in India even after the Apple Watch Series 4 goes on sale, but customers can reap the benefit of reduced pricing, though it’s not a lot.
The Maximum Retail Price (MRP) for the base model of the Apple Watch Series 3 was Rs 32,380, but the new starting price in India is Rs 28,900, as you can see on the Apple India website. The Apple Watch Series 3 was launched in smaller sizes — 38mm and 42mm. The Apple Watch Series 3 in GPS model and 38mm size will now sell for Rs 28,900, and for Rs 31,900 in GPS model and 42mm size. The designated price of this size of the watch was Rs 34,410.
The costlier Apple Watch Series 3 Cellular Edition will now sell for Rs 37,900 in 38mm size, whereas, it was selling for Rs 39,080 until now. The same watch in 42mm will sell for Rs 40,900, while it was priced at Rs 41,120 earlier.
Also, the Apple Watch Series 3 now comes only in the aluminium case, with the stainless steel version been phased out for the new model. Available colour options for the Apple Watch Series 3 are Space Grey and Silver.
The Nike+ edition of the Apple Watch Series 3, however, is still selling, and has also received a price cut. Thus the new pricing for the Apple Watch Nike+ Series 3 is: Rs 28,900 for GPS in 38mm, Rs 31,900 for GPS in 42mm, Rs 37,900 for Cellular Edition in 38mm, and Rs 40,900 for the Cellular Edition in 42mm.
As you can see, the price cuts are not huge, and Apple seems to have just tweaked the pricing a little so that the buyers of the Series 3 watches get some benefit. If you haven’t already noted, the priciest Series 3 Watch is now will cost the same as the base model of the Series 4 Apple Watch.
Apple Watch Specifications
The Apple Watch Series 3 is a decent smartwatch that can do a lot, and can be upgraded to the watchOS 5 software that the Apple Watch Series 4 comes pre-installed with. However, the Apple Watch Series 4 gets bigger sizes of 40mm and 40mm, and also a 30 per cent larger display with curved edges and edge-to-edge content. Other new features in the Apple Watch Series 4 include the digital crown that looks like that on regular watches, but instead gets haptic feedback, and ECG reading technology.
The new Apple Watch Series 4 comes with a new and improved 64-bit Apple S4 dual-core processor with a new GPU. Apple says the new watch is twice as fast as the Series 3 model. Also, the new Series 4 watch gets a speaker that is 50 percent louder, with the mic moved to the other side of the watch. According to the company, this new smartwatch performs much better than the Series 3 model and yet lasts all day on a single full charge, as the Series 3 watch does.