Apple Watch Series 8 vs 7 and earlier

The 2022 Apple Watch lineup includes three different wearables. While much remains the same between the Series 8 and previous models, there are some differences worth considering. Read on for Apple Watch Series 8 vs 7 and earlier to find out what’s the best choice for you or someone you’re buying for.

For Apple Watch Ultra vs Series 8 and more, check out our full comparison on it:

Apple Watch Series 8 vs 7 and earlier

Processor, storage, more

In 2021, Apple used the same dual-core 64-bit processor in the Series 7 that debuted in the Series 6, but with the updated name S7.

This year, the Series 8 (and Ultra) comes with a dual-core S8 SiP 64-bit processor. But even with the nominal number, it seems to be the same in terms of performance of the S7 and S6 – Apple did not share any claims of performance improvements during its announcement or on its website.

Apple Watch Series 8 vs 7 and earlier 1

While you shouldn’t expect any significant speed from the Series 6 or 7 to 8 (or Ultra), if you’re coming from an earlier Apple Watch model, you should definitely find a faster, more responsive watch.

Apple says that the S8 is 20% faster from the S5 chip.

Another benefit, if you come from Series 3 or 4, is the storage upgrade to 32 GB.

Series 8 7 6 SE 2 THREE 1
SiP/Processor S8 SiP 64-bit dual-core processor S7 SiP 64-bit dual-core processor S6 SiP 64-bit dual-core processor S8 SiP 64-bit dual-core processor S5 SiP 64-bit dual-core processor
U1 (wideband)
Bluetooth 5.3 5.0 5.0 5.3 5.0
Storage 32 GB 32 GB 32 GB 32 GB 32 GB

Another difference between Apple Watch Series 8/7/6 and SE 2nd gen is that the latter does not come with the ultra-wide-band U1 chip.

Cases and symptoms

Apple Watch Ultra vs Series 8 display 2

Apple Watch Series 8 continues with the same sizes that started with Apple Watch Series 7. It is 45 and 41 mm and a larger display that is 20% larger than the Series 4-6/SE and 50% larger than the Series 3.

The Apple Watch Ultra comes with Apple’s largest case and display yet at 49mm for the former and a 410 x 502 display that offers 1164mm square. Apple says it’s 27% larger than the Series 4-6/SE display.

Series 8 7 6 SE 2 THREE 1
Case size 45/41 mm 45/41 mm 44/40 mm 44/40 mm 44/40 mm
Display size 396 x 484 pixels, 1143 mm square (45 mm model) 396 x 484 pixels, 1143 mm square (45 mm model) 368 x 448 pixels, 977 mm square (44 mm model) 368 x 448 pixels, 977 mm square (44 mm model) 368 x 448 pixels, 977 mm square (44 mm model)
Brightness 1000 nits 1000 nits 1000 nits 1000 nits 10000 nits
Always show
Sapphire crystal front With steel models, not with aluminum With steel models, not with aluminum With steel models, not with aluminum

The Apple Watch SE 2nd gen features the same 44 or 40mm case options and the same screen size as the 1st generation / Series 6 and earlier.

Apple Watch band compatibility

Apple Watch Series 8 vs 7 band compatibility

As for bands, cases, and wristbands, Apple says those made for the previous generation Apple Watch sizes 38/40/41 and 42/44/45mm will work with the Apple Watch Series 8, SE 2, Ultra, and vice versa. .

Battery life and charging

Apple Watch Series 8 vs 7 battery and charging

Notably, the new Low Power mode is coming to Apple Watch Series 4 and later with watchOS 9. This can double the battery life of those models from 18 to 36 hours. However, you lose some functionality for that functionality (just like the iPhone).

First introduced with the Apple Watch 7 and continued with the Apple Watch Series 8, the Ultra is 33% faster than the Series 6 and earlier. This means going from 0-80% in 45 instead of 60 minutes for other models.

Series 8 7 6 SE 2 THREE 1
battery lifeas usual 18 hours 18 hours 18 hours 18 hours 18 hours
Extended battery with Low Power mode 36 hours 36 hours 36 hours 36 hours 36 hours
Charging 0-80% in 45 minutes 0-80% in 45 minutes 0-80% in 45 minutes 0-80% in 60 minutes 0-80% in 60 minutes

A big change with the Apple Watch Ultra is the biggest battery yet in the series. 36 hours of standard life with Low Power mode and up to 60 hours of extended use.

If you want to use the Apple Watch Series 8 or 7 for sleep tracking, you get 8 hours worth of use from an 8-minute charge (also Ultra).

Apple Watch Series 8 vs 7 and more – Key features

Apple Watch Series 8 vs 7 and previous features

New to the Apple Watch Series 8 is a temperature sensor that enables advanced wheel tracking and new hardware to detect car accidents.

In a support document Apple says that anyone can use the temperature sensor to track metrics using the Apple Watch’s sleep tracking (outside of advanced cycle tracking usage).

Here are the key features you get with the Apple Watch Series 8, 7, SE 2, and more:

Apple Watch model/features Series 8 7 6 SE 2 SE 1
ECG app
Application of blood oxygen
High/low heart rate information
New Compass app with waypoints + backtracking
IP6X dust resistant
It is water resistant up to 50 m
Sleep tracking
Accident detection
Fall detection
Development circuit tracking with heat sensing
Cycle tracking without sensing heat
Emergency SOS

The price

  • Series 8 begins $399/$429 and above (Apple, Amazon, more)
  • The Series 7 goes on sale at a discount (Amazon, Best Buy, more) Apple has stopped selling the Series 7
  • The 2nd generation Apple Watch SE goes from there $249 (Apple, Amazon, more)

Apple Watch Series 8 vs 7 and earlier versions

Apple Watch Ultra vs 8, SE comparison

Apple Watch Series 8 can feel like Series 7S to many people with only two main changes – temperature sensor with advanced cycle tracking and crash detection.

But if you’re considering upgrading from the Series 3, 4, or SE, you’re getting a bigger screen, an always-on screen, faster charging, and all the latest and greatest health features.

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