Apple Watch 5 Vs Apple Watch 4: Differences You Should Know About

By Amit Chowdhry ● September 12, 2020
  • Here is an overview of the differences between the Apple Watch 5 vs Apple Watch 4

Last year, Apple launched the Apple Watch Series 5 and rumor has it that a new Apple Watch will be announced soon. But what are the differences between the most recent Apple Watches? Here is an overview of the differences between the Apple Watch 5 vs Apple Watch 4:

Design and Display

The design of the Apple Watch 4 and Apple Watch 5 are relatively the same. Both of them feature a 40mm (324 × 394 resolution) or 44mm (368 × 448 resolution) case. This is 30% more than the designs of the Apple Watch Series 3.

What distinguishes the Apple Watch 5 from the Apple Watch 4 is that the newer model has an always-on Retina LTPO OLED display. The Apple Watch 4 display is not always-on. This means that the Apple Watch 5 enables you to see the time and important details without having to tap on the display, raise your wrist, or click on the Digital Crown.

GPS

Both the Apple Watch 4 and Apple Watch 5 have GPS and GPS + Cellular models. And both devices also feature GPS/GNSS, compass, and barometric altimeters.

Processor

The Apple Watch Series 4 features an S4 with a 64-bit dual-core processor and a W3 wireless chip. And the Apple Watch Series 5 features a 64-bit dual-core processor and a W3 wireless chip. The Apple Watch Series 4 and Series 5 also both have a Digital Crown with haptic feedback.

Sensors

The Apple Watch Series 4 and Apple Watch Series 5 both have electrical heart sensors and second-generation optical heart sensors. Both of the devices also offer high and low heart rate notifications, irregular heart rhythm notification, and ECG app.

SOS And Fall Detection

The Apple Watch Series 4 has an emergency SOS and fall detection feature. And the Apple Watch Series 5 has those same features, but it also features international emergency calling — which requires an Apple Watch Series 5 (GPS + Cellular) model.

Water Resistance

The Apple Watch Series 4 and Series 5 both feature water-resistance of 50 meters under ISO standard 22810:2010. What this means is that they can be used for shallow-water activities like swimming in a pool or ocean. But it should not be used for scuba diving, waterskiing, or other activities involving high-velocity water or submersion below shallow depth.

Audio

The Apple Watch Series 4 and Apple Watch Series 5 both feature a 50% louder speaker compared to the Apple Watch Series 3. And both also have a built-in mic.

Storage

The Apple Watch 5 has a 32GB capacity. This is double the 16GB capacity that comes with the Apple Watch 4.

Battery Life

The Apple Watch Series 5 and Apple Watch Series 4 both have a battery life of up to 18 hours. How did Apple get the Watch Series 5 to have an 18 hour battery life even with the always-on display? The low-temperature poly-silicon and oxide (LTPO) display built into the Apple Watch Series 5 has an adaptive refresh rate, meaning it can go down to 1 Hz (one screen refresh per second) from 60 Hz.

Materials

Like the Apple Watch 4, the Apple Watch 5 is available in aluminum and stainless steel. But what makes the Apple Watch 5 unique is that it is also available in titanium and ceramic.

Weight:

This is the weight specifications of the Apple Watch 5:

40mm – Aluminum: 30.8g; Stainless Steel: 40.6g; Titanium: 35.1g; Ceramic: 39.7g

44mm – Aluminum: 36.5g; Stainless Steel: 47.8g; Titanium: 41.7g; Ceramic: 46.7g

This is the weight specifications of the Apple Watch 4:

40mm — Stainless Steel: 39.8g; Aluminum: 30.1g

44mm — Stainless Steel: 47.9g; Aluminum 36.7g

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