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Early Black Friday deal: Apple Watch SE drops to record low $229 price on Amazon

Amazon has issued a $50 price drop on the newly released Apple Watch SE, with units available for just $229. Chances are this deal won't last long, so if you're looking for an early Black Friday deal on new hardware, this offer fits the bill.

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The Watch SE is a more affordable alternative to the Watch Series 6 and skips ECG and blood oxygen level monitoring present on it. But you do get heart rate monitoring, 50-meter water resistance, fall detection, and 1.78″ retina display (sans the always-on feature).

The Watch SE is powered by the dual-core S5 chip and runs watchOS 7 out of the box. You can read our announcement coverage of the Watch Series 6 and Watch SE here to know more about Apple’s 2020 smartwatches.

Lowest Apple Watch SE price on record
Following Walmart’s lead, Amazon has knocked $50 off the new Apple Watch SE with a Gold Aluminum Case and Pink Sand Sport Band. After hovering at $269 this month, this is the absolute lowest price on record for the 40mm GPS smartwatch — and a great early Black Friday deal.

AppleInsider and Apple authorized resellers are also running additional exclusive discounts on hardware that will not only deliver the lowest prices on many of the items, but also throw in bonus discounts on protection plans, software and more. Here are some of the offers:

The Apple Watch SE is $50 off at Target right now in the US, which brings down the 40mm variant’s price to $230 and the 44mm model to $260. The deal ends on November 8, so you might want to be quick if you want the Watch SE at a discounted price.

Amazon has multiple Fossil Gen 5 smartwatch models on sale at a huge discount

Despite releasing more devices than one can count on the fingers of both hands under many different brands over the last year or so, the US-based Fossil Group hasn’t managed to crack the top five global smartwatch vendor chart, ranking eight in revenue during the first half of 2020, behind everyone from Apple to Garmin, Huawei, Samsung, Amazfit, and Fitbit.

But that doesn’t mean you should completely rule out a Fossil purchase this holiday season if you’re in the market for an affordable, feature-packed wearable compatible with both iPhones and Android handsets. In fact, if you want a smartwatch that looks like a traditional timepiece rather than a tiny square-shaped computer slapped to your wrist, a Fossil Gen 5 might be exactly what you should consider buying for Christmas.

Although we obviously can’t guarantee this bad boy won’t get a deeper price cut for Black Friday, it’s certainly hard to argue with the latest Amazon deals. These bring not one, not two, and not three but a grand total of four Fossil Gen 5 models down to their lowest ever price after a substantial new discount of $116.

Since the 2019-released smartwatch was originally available for $295, that equates to a massive 39 percent markdown, unsurprisingly undercutting the Apple Watch SE at its new all-time low price while essentially matching the discounted Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2.

Compared to those two, the Fossil Gen 5 is arguably prettier, allowing you to choose from black and smoke-coated Carlyle models, as well as eye-catching Rose Gold Glitz and Rose Gold/Black Julianna styles at the aforementioned $116 discount. All of these intelligent timepieces come with a robust stainless steel case, packing everything from standalone GPS connectivity to a built-in heart rate monitor, accelerometer, altimeter, compass, and gyroscope.

That’s a lot of sensors, but alas, the life-saving ECG monitoring technology of the Apple Watch Series 6 or Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 is missing from the otherwise extensive list of Fossil Gen 5 features. On the bright side, that does include both a microphone and a speaker, which means you can make voice calls from your wrist… as long as the smartwatch is connected to your iPhone or Android handset.

The circular AMOLED display is also pretty sharp, but the battery life is not great, despite Fossil’s best software optimization efforts. Then again, Google’s Wear OS platform is (slowly) getting better.

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