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Apple Watch Series 8 vs. Apple Watch Ultra Buyer's Guide

At its "Far out" event earlier this month, alongside the Apple Watch Series 8, Apple announced the Apple Watch Ultra. The ‌Apple Watch Ultra‌ is a whole new kind of smartwatch from Apple with a focus on withstanding extreme environments, a high level of durability, extended battery life, and additional features to aid activities like diving and exploration.

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Both the ‌Apple Watch Series 8‌ and the ‌Apple Watch Ultra‌ feature the S8 chip, an Always-On Retina display, Crash Detection, temperature sensing, IP6X dust resistance, and more, but there are significant differences between the two devices.

With as little as $50 between the 45mm stainless steel ‌Apple Watch Series 8‌ and the ‌Apple Watch Ultra‌, some prospective customers will be weighing up whether it is worth spending a little extra to get the all-new 49mm model. While there is a $400 difference between the 41mm aluminum ‌Apple Watch Series 8‌ and the ‌Apple Watch Ultra‌, the new high-end model offers a whole new set of features to address specific challenges, so it may even be worth it for some of these buyers.

<h3 id="differences">Differences</h3>

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<strong>Apple Watch Series 8</strong>


<li>Aluminum or stainless steel casing</li>

<li>Curved design</li>

<li>Digital Crown with haptic feedback and side button</li>

<li>45mm or 41 mm case size (vertical)</li>

<li>10.7mm thickness</li>

<li>Weighs 32.0 grams to 51.5 grams</li>

<li>Ion-X front glass (aluminum) or sapphire crystal (stainless steel)</li>

<li>Curved display with refractive edge</li>

<li>904 sq mm (41mm) or 1,143 sq mm (45mm) display area</li>

<li>352 by 430 pixels (41mm) or 396 by 484 pixels (45mm)</li>

<li>Up to 1,000 nits brightness</li>

<li>Single speaker</li>

<li>Single microphone</li>


<li>Bluetooth 5.3</li>

<li>Water resistant to 50m</li>


<li>Up to 18-hour battery life</li>

<li>Available in Midnight, Starlight, Silver, and PRODUCT(RED) (aluminum) or Silver, Graphite, or Gold (stainless steel)</li>

<li>Starts at $399 (aluminum) and $699 (stainless steel)</li>



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<strong>Apple Watch Ultra</strong>


<li>Aerospace-grade titanium casing</li>

<li>Lightweight weight, ruggedness, and corrosion resistant case with raised edges to protect the flat sapphire front crystal</li>

<li>Digital Crown with haptic feedback, side button, and customizable Action button</li>

<li>49mm casing size (vertical)</li>

<li>14.4mm thickness</li>

<li>Weighs 61.3 grams</li>

<li>Sapphire crystal</li>

<li>Flat display</li>

<li>1164 sq mm display area</li>

<li>410 by 502 pixels</li>

<li>Up to 2,000 nits brightness</li>

<li>Exclusive Wayfinder face features a live compass for navigation and Night Mode for low-visibility conditions</li>

<li>Dual speakers (40% louder than Series Cool</li>

<li>Three-microphone array with beamforming and wind noise mitigation</li>

<li>86-decibel Siren to attract attention </li>

<li>Precision dual-frequency GPS (L1 and L5) </li>

<li>Bluetooth 5.3</li>

<li>Tested to MIL-STD 810H</li>

<li>Water resistant to 100m</li>

<li>Swimproof and recreational dive to 40m</li>

<li>EN13319 certification</li>

<li>Water temperature sensor</li>

<li>Depth gauge</li>

<li>Dive computer app (available on the App Store)</li>

<li>Up to 36-hour battery life</li>

<li>Natural titanium finish only</li>

<li>Starts at $799</li>


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