O Apple Watch Series 5 is available for purchase in Brazil from this Friday (25): it costs from R $ 3,999 in the recycled aluminum model, and exceeds R $ 10,000 in the ceramic version. The smart watch brings little news, including an always-on screen and an integrated compass.
The Watch Series 5’s biggest differentiator from its predecessors is the always-on display. Apple has put a display here that can reduce its refresh rate to 1 Hz in order to save battery; when you turn the pulse towards you, the interface returns to the 60 Hz pattern and the brightness increases.
The S5 system-on-a-chip has the same Watch Series 4 processor, but includes 32 GB of internal storage (versus 8 GB or 16 GB from the predecessor). There is also a built-in compass, and an international emergency call feature.
It is possible to purchase it in recycled aluminum, stainless steel, titanium and ceramic. These are the prices in Brazil and the USA:
|Model||Connectivity||Size||Price in Brazil||Price in the USA|
|aluminum or Nike +||GPS||40 mm||R $ 3,999||$ 399|
|aluminum or Nike +||GPS||44 mm||R $ 4,249||$ 429|
|aluminum or Nike +||GPS + Cellular||40 mm||R $ 4,899||$ 499|
|aluminum or Nike +||GPS + Cellular||44 mm||R $ 5,149||$ 529|
|stainless steel||GPS + Cellular||40 mm||from R $ 6,499||from $ 699|
|stainless steel||GPS + Cellular||44 mm||from R $ 6,949||from $ 749|
|titanium||GPS + Cellular||40 mm||Starting at R $ 7,399||from $ 799|
|titanium||GPS + Cellular||44 mm||Starting at R $ 7,849||from $ 849|
|pottery||GPS + Cellular||40 mm||from R $ 11,999||from $ 1,299|
|pottery||GPS + Cellular||44 mm||from R $ 12,499||from $ 1,349|
US Apple Watch Series 5 works on Claro and Vivo
Claro and Vivo confirm to MacMagazine that the Apple Watch Series 5 purchased in the USA can be activated on Brazilian networks “with the next iOS update”. Marcos Senna Motta, TIM executive, tells the Tecnoblog that the operator will have eSIM support on the watch, but only in 2020.
Those who already own a Series 4 are unlikely to switch to the latest version. However, this can be interesting for those who are coming from previous generations: the edges on the screen are smaller, the processor is faster, and the cardiac sensor allows you to do an electrocardiogram (in some countries).
Apparently, Apple doesn’t feel like it has to rush to add new features to its smart watch; it already dominates 46% of the global smartwatch market, according to Strategy Analytics.