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Get the new Amazfit Bip S smartwatch for $56 – CNET

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The all-new Amazfit Bip S (shown here in black and pink) looks exactly like the original, but there’s even more good stuff under the hood.


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When the little-known Amazfit Bip arrived on the scene a few years ago, it felt like a wonderful secret: an Apple Watch lookalike for a fraction of the price. Now, at long last, there’s a new Bip in town. It’s almost indistinguishable from the original, but there are improvements under the hood — and the price is still ridiculous: $69.99. Right now, however, it’s on sale for just $55.99 from various stores, including Amazon — though the black model won’t be in stock until Sept. 19. (For the moment, you can still order it at the sale price.)

Want it sooner? The Bip S is $55.99 at these stores as well:

Still packing a 1.3-inch always-on transflective screen (which is absolutely splendid outdoors, even under direct sun), the Bip S bumps the resolution a bit and adds more color. These improvements are subtle but welcome, as are the additions of Bluetooth 5.0 and a compass.

More notable: The Bip S has 10 sport modes (up from four, and including swimming), a BioTracker PPG heart-rate sensor and Bluetooth music controls; you can now play and pause, skip tracks and adjust volume right from the watch.

Battery life was always a big Bip claim to fame, and the S is no different. Amazfit promises up to 40 days (that’s days, not hours) of basic use and 15 days of “typical” use, which means enabling features like GPS and automated heart-rate monitoring. I’ll cop to it: I wear an Apple Watch daily, but when I travel, I switch to the Bip. Who wants to deal with yet another device to charge? No need here.

Amazfit’s companion app is still kind of a mess, and I was hoping for a less plasticky watch design this time. But those are small-potatoes complaints. The Bip S retains everything that was good about the original and makes it a little better, while keeping the price amazingly low.

For another perspective (and much deeper dive into features and performance), check out CNET’s Bip S review.

Your thoughts?

Read more: The best smartwatches for 2020  

This article was originally published earlier. Updated to reflect new pricing info and remove expired deal.  


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