The Apple Watch Series 4 has finally hit stores in India. The smartwatch has been very warmly received by critics and consumers abroad, but it remains to be seen if customers in the subcontinent will take to it as well.
The main drawback of the Apple Watch Series 4 in India is the lack of ECG support. The tool is the star attraction of the device, allowing users to keep track of their heart by producing an electrocardiogram. However, it’s only been approved by government agencies in the US till now. As a result, US customers will get a software update to activate the feature.
Apple will need to get approval from India’s government before it can roll out a similar update in the nation. It’s not clear if it has already done this. A quick look through Apple’s India site reveals that there’s no mention of ECG support anywhere.
There are other reasons to buy the Apple Watch though. For one, the screen is 30% bigger than previous models thanks to slimmer bezels. It has a bunch of new watch faces, including one which lets you view 8 complications at once. Fall detection automatically sends an Emergency SOS if the owner takes a hard fall.
Apple Watch Series 4 Price
The Apple Watch Series 4 starts at Rs 40900 for the 40mm GPS-only model and Rs 43900 for the 44mm one. The GPS + Cellular version is priced at 67900 (40mm) and Rs 71900 (44mm). Flipkart is selling the smartwatch with No Cost EMIs and a 10% discount on Mastercard if it’s the first online payment.
Amazon India is vending the Apple Watch Series 4 with No Cost EMIs as well. Offline retailer IndiaiStore is offering a 5% cashback on EMI or 5X Reward Points on Non EMI transactions done via Citi or Axis Bank credit cards. Paytm is promising 10% cashback up to Rs 50 on first-time UPI payments.