Apple Watch Series 5 with Always-On Retina display, built-in compass announced, India price starts at Rs. 40,900

After a lot of leaks, rumours and renders, Apple has now officially unveiled the Watch Series 5. Apple Watch Series 5 sports an Always-On Retina display, a built-in compass, international emergency calling and more. It is now available in a wide range of materials including all-new titanium.

Apple Watch Series 5’s Always-On Retina display will show the time and important information at all times and Apple says that it has optimised every watch face for this display. On the Watch Series 5, the screen intelligently dims when a user’s wrist is down and returns to full brightness with a raise or a tap and this is made possible through technologies like low-temperature polysilicon and oxide display (LTPO), ultra-low power display driver, efficient power management integrated circuit and new ambient light sensor. It runs on watchOS 6 and the in-built battery on this watch claims to deliver 18-hour battery life.

The Watch Series 5 comes with updated location features and now has a built-in compass. The new Compass app can be used to see heading, incline, latitude, longitude and current elevation and users can even add one of three new Compass complications to their watch face to see direction at a glance.

Furthermore, Apple Watch Series 5 cellular models come with international emergency calling feature. It works even with fall detection and can complete international calls to emergency services, irrespective of where the device was originally purchased or if the cellular plan has been activated.

Space Black Titanium case
Space Black Titanium case

Apple Watch Series 5 will be available in an all-new titanium case material(natural titanium and space black titanium) alongside the classic styles like the stainless steel case in gold, silver and space black. The aluminum case in silver, gold and space gray is now made from 7000 series aluminum. It will also be available in a white ceramic case along with a new sport loop and a wide range of great new band colors.

Pricing and Availability

Apple Watch Series 5 (GPS) starts at Rs. 40,900 and Apple Watch Series 5 (GPS + Cellular) starts at Rs. 49,900 and both models will be available in stores beginning Friday, September 20 The new Watch bands will be soon available with Apple Authorised Resellers alongside Apple Watch Nike.

Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS) now starts at Rs. 20,900 and Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) now starts at Rs. 29,900.

Commenting on the launch, Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer said:

We’ve seen Apple Watch have a meaningful impact on our customers’ lives and we’re excited to deliver even more capabilities with Apple Watch Series 5 and watchOS 6. The seamless integration of new hardware and software delivers an enhanced experience that makes it even easier to stay active and connected to the people and information users care about.

Author: Manoj Nagendra

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