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If you’ve had your eye on Samsung’s new Galaxy Watch 5 but have been waiting for a deal, one has arrived. Amazon’s Woot is selling the 40mm model in several colors (grey, rose gold and silver) for $250a savings of $30 or 11 percent off the regular price.
The Galaxy Watch 5 scored a solid 85 in our Engadget review, and we once again called it “the best non-Apple smartwatch.” Samsung has focused more on refining it compared to the Watch 4, adding extra battery life (up to 80 hours), more durability with sapphire crystal glass, and a passive temperature sensor.
Otherwise, it carries the same design and features as before, which is a good thing. Powered by a responsive 5nm Exynos processor and running Wear OS, it uses Samsung’s panel-based navigation with a touch-sensitive ring framing the screen. This gives you access to a host of apps, along with sleep and training tracking plus health and activity tracking. You can read your body composition using the Body Impedance Analyzer, take ECG scans, reply to messages, control music playback and much more.
The slightly curved underside keeps the sensors in contact with your wrist and is rated IP68, 5ATM and MIL-STD-810H for durability (water, dust and pressure resistance). The main downside is that battery life is significantly lower with an always-on display compared to the Apple Watch 7. Still, it’s the best Android smartwatch available, and it’s rare to see a discount on such a new device. Note that sales from Woot are time limited and have a different return policy than the main Amazon.