Get the new Amazfit Bip S smartwatch for $63
When the little-known Azify Beep appeared on the scene a few years ago, it sounded like an amazing mystery: an Apple Watch lookalike for a fraction of the price. Now, for a long time past, the city has a new beep. It’s virtually indistinguishable from the original, but there are improvements under the hood – and the price is still ridiculous: just $ 69.99. However, for a limited time, Cheapskate readers can getWith promo code CNET10.
Still packing a 1.3-inch always-on-transactive screen (which is absolutely brilliant even under direct sun), the Bip S slightly increases the resolution and adds more color. These improvements are subtle but welcome, such as the addition 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 control; Now you can play and pause, skip tracks and adjust the volume right from the watch.
Battery life was always a big beep claim to fame, and the S is no different. Amazfit promises up to 40 days (that is dayNo, basic usage hours) and 15 days of “typical” usage, which means taking advantage of features such as GPS and automatic heart rate monitoring. I will counter it: I wear an Apple Watch daily, but when I travel, I go to Bip. Who wants to deal with another device for charging? No need here.
Amazfit’s companion app is still a mess of sorts, and I was expecting a low-plasticity watch design this time. But they are small-potato complaints. The Bip S retains everything that was good about the original and makes it slightly better, keeping the price surprisingly low.
This article was originally published earlier this week.
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