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

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

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

Although the S8 chip, an Always-On Retina display, Crash Detection, temperature monitoring, IP6X dust resistance, and other features are shared by both the Apple Watch Series 8 and the Apple Watch Ultra, there are some key distinctions between the two watches.

Some potential buyers may be debating whether it is worthwhile to spend a little more money to purchase the brand-new 49mm model given that there is just $50 between the 45mm stainless steel Apple Watch Series 8 and the Apple Watch Ultra. Although there is a $400 price difference between the Apple Watch Ultra and the 41mm aluminium Apple Watch Series 8, the new high-end model offers a whole new set of features to solve particular difficulties, so it may even be worth it for some of these purchasers.


Apple Watch Series 8

  • Aluminum or stainless steel casing
  • Curved design
  • Digital Crown with haptic feedback and side button
  • 45mm or 41 mm case size (vertical)
  • 10.7mm thickness
  • Weighs 32.0 grams to 51.5 grams
  • Ion-X front glass (aluminum) or sapphire crystal (stainless steel)
  • Curved display with refractive edge
  • 904 sq mm (41mm) or 1,143 sq mm (45mm) display area
  • 352 by 430 pixels (41mm) or 396 by 484 pixels (45mm)
  • Up to 1,000 nits brightness
  • Single speaker
  • Single microphone
  • GPS
  • Bluetooth 5.3
  • Water resistant to 50m
  • Swimproof
  • Up to 18-hour battery life
  • Available in Midnight, Starlight, Silver, and PRODUCT(RED) (aluminum) or Silver, Graphite, or Gold (stainless steel)
  • Starts at $399 (aluminum) and $699 (stainless steel)


Apple Watch Ultra

  • Aerospace-grade titanium casing
  • Lightweight weight, ruggedness, and corrosion resistant case with raised edges to protect the flat sapphire front crystal
  • Digital Crown with haptic feedback, side button, and customizable Action button
  • 49mm casing size (vertical)
  • 14.4mm thickness
  • Weighs 61.3 grams
  • Sapphire crystal
  • Flat display
  • 1164 sq mm display area
  • 410 by 502 pixels
  • Up to 2,000 nits brightness
  • Exclusive Wayfinder face features a live compass for navigation and Night Mode for low-visibility conditions
  • Dual speakers (40% louder than Series 8)
  • Three-microphone array with beamforming and wind noise mitigation
  • 86-decibel Siren to attract attention
  • Precision dual-frequency GPS (L1 and L5)
  • Bluetooth 5.3
  • Tested to MIL-STD 810H
  • Water resistant to 100m
  • Swimproof and recreational dive to 40m
  • EN13319 certification
  • Water temperature sensor
  • Depth gauge
  • Dive computer app (available on the App Store)
  • Up to 36-hour battery life
  • Natural titanium finish only
  • Starts at $799

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