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Apple Watch 3 (Edition 38mm) vs Apple Watch 3 Aluminum (42mm 4G)

Side by side comparison between Apple Watch 3 vs Apple Watch 3 Aluminum smartwatches, differences, pros, cons with full specifications. What's the better?

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Compare Apple Watch 3 Aluminum XApple Watch 3 (Edition 38mm)01Point
Apple Watch 3 (Edition 38mm)
1.5"
AMOLED

340x272

N/A
MP

768MB
RAM

32bit Dual

279
mAh

(Non removable)

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06PointsApple Watch 3 Aluminum (42mm 4G)Compare Apple Watch 3 X
Apple Watch 3 Aluminum (42mm 4G)
1.65"
AMOLED

390x312

N/A
MP

768MB
RAM

32bit Dual

352
mAh

(Non removable)

What's the better smartwatch? Apple Watch 3 Aluminum (42mm 4G)

The phonemore's choice is much more technical than personal. Therefore, you shouldn't only consider this. Our goal is to help you, but what's important to us may not be important to you. You decide which one is the best! Comment!

Watch 3 (Edition 38mm)1 Advantage Apple Watch 3 (Edition 38mm)vsWatch 3 Aluminum (42mm 4G)6 Advantages Apple Watch 3 Aluminum (42mm 4G)
+Ceramic body, glass frontAdvantage
More resistant material
vsAluminum body, glass front, plastic composite back
40 grams (1.4 ounces)vs+35 grams (1.23 ounces)14%
Lighter
11.8 millimeters (0.46 inches)vs+11.4 millimeters (0.45 inches)4%
Thinner
340x272 pixelsvs+390x312 pixels32%
Higher resolution screen
290 PPIvs+303 PPI4%
Crisper display of text, images and videos because it has more pixels per inch (ppi)
1.5"vs+1.65"10%
Larger screen
279 mAhvs+352 mAh26%
Battery - higher amperage (mAh) allows more device usage time, but it also depends on the hardware and use

27 Common items in both devices
1Ghz 32bit Dual-Core
768MB LPDDR4
16GB (10GB available)
AMOLED
16 million
WatchOS 5.0
4G LTE
+20 specs and more in the table below

Check the comparison table below for more items that are not evaluated in comparison score above.

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Physical featuresApple Watch 3 (Edition 38mm)Apple Watch 3 Aluminum (42mm 4G)
ModelWatch 3 (Edition 38mm)Watch 3 Aluminum (42mm 4G)
Other model namesApple Watch Edition Series 3 GPS + Cellular (4G LTE) CeramicApple Watch Series 3 GPS + Cellular (4G LTE), Apple Watch S3
Country or region available(Global, International)
(Global, International)
(Global, International)
(Global, International)
BrandAppleApple
Release dateSeptember, 2017September, 2017
Depth11.8 millimeters (0.46 inches)11.4 millimeters (0.45 inches)
Size (width x height)34 x 39.2 millimeters (1.34 x 1.54 in)36.4 x 42.5 millimeters (1.43 x 1.67 in)
Weight40 grams (1.4 ounces)35 grams (1.23 ounces)
Qwerty physical keyboardNot supportedNot supported
AntennaInternal antennaInternal antenna
Build, materialsCeramic body, glass frontAluminum body, glass front, plastic composite back
Protection against water and others50 meters waterproof50 meters waterproof
System (OS)Apple Watch 3 (Edition 38mm)Apple Watch 3 Aluminum (42mm 4G)
Operating systemWatchOS 4.0WatchOS 4.0
Firmware updateWatchOS 5.0WatchOS 5.0
HardwareApple Watch 3 (Edition 38mm)Apple Watch 3 Aluminum (42mm 4G)
Chipset32bit - Apple S3 (28nm)32bit - Apple S3 (28nm)
CPU processor1Ghz Dual-Core ARM Cortex-A71Ghz Dual-Core ARM Cortex-A7
GPU graphical controllerPowerVR G6200PowerVR G6200
RAM memory768MB LPDDR4768MB LPDDR4
Internal storage16GB (10GB available)16GB (10GB available)
External storageNot supportedNot supported
DisplayApple Watch 3 (Edition 38mm)Apple Watch 3 Aluminum (42mm 4G)
Display typeAMOLEDAMOLED
Screen size1.5" inches1.65" inches
Screen-to-body ratio~53.1% (screen-to-body ratio)~55.4% (screen-to-body ratio)
Display resolution340x272 pixels390x312 pixels
TouchscreenCapacitive MultitouchCapacitive Multitouch
Pixel density (dot pitch)290 PPI303 PPI
Colors16 million16 million
Scratch-resistant glassSapphire GlassScratch-resistant glass
Display featuresfeature not registeredfeature not registered
Mobile networksApple Watch 3 (Edition 38mm)Apple Watch 3 Aluminum (42mm 4G)
Dual-SIMNot supportedNot supported
SIM card1 slot (Single-SIM)
e-SIM (Eletronic)
1 slot (Single-SIM)
e-SIM (Eletronic)
Maximum download/upload150/50 Mbps150/50 Mbps
Network technology2G, 3G, 4G2G, 3G, 4G
Frequency, bandsExpand band detailsCollapse details
GSM Mhz bandQuad-Band 850/900/1800/1900Quad-Band 850/900/1800/1900
Primary 2G networkGSM 850/900/1800/1900GSM 850/900/1800/1900
Primary 3G networkA1889 model (Europe,Australia):
UMTS 800/850/900/2100

A1860 model (USA,LATAM,Canada):
UMTS 800/850/1700/1900

A1890 model (China):
UMTS 2100
A1891 model (Europe,Australia):
UMTS 800/850/900/2100

A1861 model (USA,LATAM,Canada):
UMTS 800/850/1700/1900

A1892 model (China):
UMTS 2100
Primary 4G networkLTE Cat4

A1889 model (Europe,Australia):
LTE (Bands 1,3,5,7,8,18,19,20,26)

A1860 model (USA,LATAM,Canada):
LTE (Bands 2,4,5,12,13,17,18,19,25,26)
TD-LTE (Bands 41)

A1890 model (China):
LTE (Bands 1,3)
TD-LTE (Bands 39,40,41)
LTE Cat4

A1891 model (Europe,Australia):
LTE (Bands 1,3,5,7,8,18,19,20,26)

A1861 model (USA,LATAM,Canada):
LTE (Bands 2,4,5,12,13,17,18,19,25,26)
TD-LTE (Bands 41)

A1892 model (China):
LTE (Bands 1,3)
TD-LTE (Bands 39,40,41)
Primary 5G networkNot supportedNot supported
Primary data networkGPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+, TD-LTE, LTEGPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+, TD-LTE, LTE
Secondary 2G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary 3G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary 4G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary data networkNot supportedNot supported
CallingApple Watch 3 (Edition 38mm)Apple Watch 3 Aluminum (42mm 4G)
MessagingSMS, E-mailSMS, E-mail
SpeakerphoneSupportedSupported
Video callingNot supportedNot supported
Call controlVoice dialingNot supported
CameraApple Watch 3 (Edition 38mm)Apple Watch 3 Aluminum (42mm 4G)
Back camera (main camera)Not supportedNot supported
Main camera resolutionNot supportedNot supported
Video recording (primary)Not supportedNot supported
FlashNot supportedNot supported
Focal aperturefeature not registeredfeature not registered
Focal lengthfeature not registeredfeature not registered
Sensor sizefeature not registeredfeature not registered
Pixel sizefeature not registeredfeature not registered
AutofocusNot supportedNot supported
Touch focusNot supportedNot supported
Image stabilizationNot supportedNot supported
ZoomNot supportedNot supported
Face/smile detectionNot supportedNot supported
BSI sensorNot supportedNot supported
HDRNot supportedNot supported
2ª cameraApple Watch 3 (Edition 38mm)Apple Watch 3 Aluminum (42mm 4G)
Front camera (secondary)Not supportedNot supported
Front camera resolutionNot supportedNot supported
Video recording (secondary)Not supportedNot supported
Front flashNot supportedNot supported
Focal aperturefeature not registeredfeature not registered
Focal lengthfeature not registeredfeature not registered
Sensor sizefeature not registeredfeature not registered
Pixel sizefeature not registeredfeature not registered
MultimediaApple Watch 3 (Edition 38mm)Apple Watch 3 Aluminum (42mm 4G)
RadioNot supportedNot supported
TVNot supportedNot supported
Video formatsMP4, H.264, H.263MP4, H.264, H.263
Audio formatsMP3, WAV, eAAC+, FLACMP3, WAV, eAAC+, FLAC
ConnectivityApple Watch 3 (Edition 38mm)Apple Watch 3 Aluminum (42mm 4G)
USBNot supportedNot supported
TV outputNot supportedNot supported
Audio outputNot supportedNot supported
Bluetooth4.2 + A2DP4.2 + A2DP
WiFi802.11 b/g/n (2.4Ghz)802.11 b/g/n (2.4Ghz)
DLNANot supportedNot supported
NFCSupportedSupported
GPSA-GPS, GeoTagging, GLONASSA-GPS, GeoTagging, GLONASS
Infrared portNot supportedNot supported
Other functionsApple Watch 3 (Edition 38mm)Apple Watch 3 Aluminum (42mm 4G)
Active noise cancellationNot supportedNot supported
Vibrating alertSupportedSupported
RingtonesPolyphonic and customizedPolyphonic and customized
Web browserNot supportedNot supported
SensorsAccelerometer
Ambient Light sensor
Gyroscope
Barometer
Heart rate
Pedometer
Accelerometer
Ambient Light sensor
Gyroscope
Barometer
Heart rate
Pedometer
Other features- Colors: White, Gray
- Sport bands
- 1000 nits screen
- 3D Touch display
- Siri
- Colors: Silver, Gold, Space Gray
- Sport Band or Nike Sport Band
- 1000 nits screen
- 3D Touch display
- Siri
Power supplyApple Watch 3 (Edition 38mm)Apple Watch 3 Aluminum (42mm 4G)
BatteryLi-Ion: Lithium-Ion (Non removable)Li-Ion: Lithium-Ion (Non removable)
Battery capacity279 mAh352 mAh
Charger, watts Standard charging
Magnetic charging (dock)
Standard charging
Magnetic charging (dock)
Talk time autonomy1080 minutes | 18 hours | 0.8 day1080 minutes | 18 hours | 0.8 day
Standbyfeature not registeredfeature not registered
Radiation rateApple Watch 3 (Edition 38mm)Apple Watch 3 Aluminum (42mm 4G)
SAR 1.6W/kg (USA, Mexico, etc.)0.29W/kg (head) | 0.15W/kg (body)0.52W/kg (head) | 0.34W/kg (body)
SAR 2W/kg (Europe, UK, etc.)feature not registeredfeature not registered
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