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Best Samsung Galaxy deals for May 2022

No matter what sort of Samsung Galaxy deals you’re after, whether it’s for smartphones, earbuds, tablets, or even a laptop, there are always bargains to be found. Samsung’s Galaxy lineup offers a lot more than just great smartphones: The brand now covers everything from headphones to Chromebooks, and we’ve rounded up all the best Samsung Galaxy deals on new releases as well as last-gen devices that can save you some serious cash.

Best Samsung Galaxy deals

  • Samsung Galaxy Buds Live$70, was $170
  • Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro $150, was $200
  • Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 $200, was $250
  • Samsung Galaxy Chromebook2$200, was $700
  • Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G$500 with activation, was $700
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 5G$1,800 with activation

Samsung Galaxy Buds Live — $70, was $170

The Samsung Galaxy Buds Live in their charging case.
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Why Buy

  • Among the most comfortable earbuds on the market
  • Generous battery life
  • Full, bassy sound
  • Dedicated Galaxy Buds app

If you have trouble finding earbuds that fit in your ear canal comfortably, then you should definitely check out the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live. Their unique bean-shaped design is made to fit almost any ear shape and be extremely comfortable for extended periods of use. The design works: In our hands-on comparison of the Galaxy Buds Pro, Buds Live, and Buds+, we found the Buds Live to be the most comfortable of the bunch. The battery life is also quite generous, offering 21-plus hours combined between the earbuds themselves and the included charging case.

We also noticed that the Galaxy Buds Live delivered full, deep sound that was heavier on the bass. Although highs and vocals weren’t as clear as they were on other pairs, lovers of bass-heavy music should be happy here. These also feature active noise cancellation, which, while not as effective as the ANC you’d find on a pair of over-ear headphones (for obvious reasons — these are pocket-sized earbuds after all), is still nice to see on a pair of true wireless earbuds available at this price point.

Another great thing we liked about the Galaxy Buds Live is Samsung’s companion app. While optional — you can use these as a bog-standard pair of Bluetooth earbuds if you want — the Galaxy Buds app offers some extra controls, customization options, and easy firmware updates that we found handy, and that’s an extra you don’t get with most other earbuds. The Samsung Galaxy Buds Live are a top contender for one of the best AirPods alternatives, especially if you’re an Android user (although the app is available for iOS devices as well).

Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro — $150, was $200

Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro headphones in open case.
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Why Buy

  • The best Galaxy Buds
  • Excellent sound detail
  • Effective active noise cancellation
  • Automatic audio passthrough

If you’re willing to pay a bit more than the Galaxy Buds Live for superior sound, then the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro are a worthy upgrade. They forgo the Live’s unique design in favor of a more traditional in-ear form factor, but that’s not to say they’re not easy to wear; on the contrary, we found these earbuds to be plenty comfortable in our time with them. In our in-depth Galaxy Buds Pro review, we noted that these headphones nestled comfortably inside the ear and felt more secure than the Buds Live, while also creating a better “seal” that was much better at blocking out ambient noise.

That will come in handy when paired with the built-in active noise cancellation of the Galaxy Buds Pro, which works very well (and better than that of the Live, which do not create a seal inside the ear canal). The sound quality of the Galaxy Buds Pro is also unmatched by the other Galaxy Buds models. Bass is deep but balanced with the mids and highs, which are clear and detailed. Vocals are especially crisp, which was an area where the Buds Live could stumble sometimes. That’s thanks to these earbuds’ two-way AKG-tuned driver, which boasts an 11mm woofer and a 6.5mm tweeter. Earbuds may never satisfy hardcore audiophiles, but for head-fi that you can slip into your pocket, the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro are more than capable.

Another feature we like is intelligent audio passthrough. With a long press on either earbud, you can turn off ANC and allow outside audio in, allowing you to hear and remain aware of your surroundings. You can also set it to automatically reduce the volume when you start speaking. This lets you quickly speak to someone without the annoying hassle of having to turn off your media or remove your earbuds. It’s a handy feature to be sure, and in our tests, it worked quite well — not once did we have it activate by mistake or from someone else talking nearby. The Galaxy Buds Pro are, simply put, the best Galaxy Buds in the lineup right now, and Samsung Galaxy deals make them an even more attractive buy.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 — $210, was $200

A person wearing a Samsung Galaxy Watch 4.

Why Buy

  • Comfortable and easy-wearing even on smaller wrists
  • Great suite of fitness-tracking functions
  • Long two-day battery life
  • Works great with other Samsung devices

Samsung is the biggest Android smartphone maker, so it’s no shock that it also commands the lion’s share of the non-Apple smartwatch market. The Apple Watch might dominate the world of smart wearables, but it’s not the only game in town any more, and if you want something that’s easier to sync up with an Android smartphone, the Galaxy Watch 4 is the one. It’s the best Samsung Galaxy Watch of the models currently available, and being the latest release in the series, it offers pretty much everything you’d expect to see from a modern smart wearable.

First, its design: The Galaxy Watch 4 is a joy to wear, and the 40mm model is easy-wearing even for those with smaller wrists with its 1.2-inch display (if you do want something bigger, it’s also available with a 44mm case with a 1.4-inch screen). The included silicone strap is comfortable for wearing all day and even at night if you want to take advantage of its sleep-tracking functions. It’s also comfortable to wear during workouts, and since the Galaxy Watch 4 comes loaded with a great suite of health- and fitness-tracking functions along with an IP68 water resistance rating, you can take this thing pretty much anywhere.

Gone is the chunky rotating bezel of previous models, replaced with a digital bezel integrated into the touchscreen. This can be “rotated” with your finger to cycle through apps and Tiles. The 450p AMOLED display is crisp and vibrant, and the new Wear OS software (replacing Samsung’s proprietary Tizen OS) is one of the slickest and most intuitive smart wearable software interfaces we’ve had the pleasure of using. It’s a true boon to Android users looking for an Apple Watch alternative, and thanks to ongoing Galaxy Deals, the Galaxy Watch 4 is a tough act for even Apple to follow at this price.

Samsung Galaxy Chromebook2 — $200, was $700

Galaxy Chromebook sitting on a table.

Why Buy

  • Lovely QLED touch display
  • Versatile 2-in-1 design
  • Snappy hardware outclasses most other Chromebooks
  • Responsive and comfortable keyboard

You might be surprised to see the Galaxy name on a Chromebook, but it makes perfect sense when you think about it. Samsung is, after all, the Android king, and the Chrome operating system was developed by Google, the biggest player in developing the Android OS. Chrome OS also shares a lot in common with Android, and can even run many Android apps now. It stands to reason that Samsung and Chromebooks should go together like peas and carrots, and the Galaxy Chromebook2 stands as a clear testament to that.

Unlike most Chromebooks that run on rather Spartan mobile hardware with pretty basic 720p displays, the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook2 delivers in the hardware department — both outside and under the hood. It’s sturdily built and its keyboard is quiet, responsive, and comfortable to work on. Perhaps the highlight of the exterior is its gorgeous 13-inch 1080p touch display, which uses Samsung’s QLED panel technology to deliver a gorgeous picture. On top of that, this laptop is a 2-in-1. That means you can fold that touchscreen backward on its hinge to prop it up in tent mode, use it for presentations, or deploy it much like a tablet.

On the inside, the Galaxy Chromebook2 runs on an Intel Core i3 CPU — no skimpy mobile CPU here — and a full 8GB of RAM, which makes this Chrome OS laptop great for tackling workloads and for multi-tasking. You also get a 128GB SSD rather than a more limited amount of flash storage. Although you don’t need much storage if you’re taking full advantage of the cloud-based features of Chrome OS, we’ll always take a proper SSD if it’s on the table. The Galaxy Chromebook2 pretty much has it all if you’re in the market for a workhorse Chrome OS machine.

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G — $500 with activation, was $700

The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G stands upright on a table.
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Why Buy

  • Solid hardware for a flagship alternative
  • Smooth 120Hz touchscreen
  • Nice camera suite
  • 5G network connectivity

Samsung’s last-generation smartphone, the Galaxy S21, arrived last year with some major upgrades — and some hefty price tags. Released alongside these flagships was the Galaxy S21 FE, which was designed to serve as a less pricey “flagship alternative.” As 5G networks rolled out across the U.S., Samsung later released a refresh of the Galaxy S21 FE that was capable of taking advantage of these next-gen cellular data speeds. Although the Galaxy flagship line is currently in its 13th generation with the S22 series, the Galaxy S21 FE is still a good buy, and Galaxy deals make it even sweeter.

Although some corners were obviously cut to keep the Galaxy S21 FE more affordable, it nonetheless retains much of what we loved about the other Galaxy S21 models. In our Galaxy S21 FE vs. Galaxy S21 comparison, we noted that the FE model is fast and performs smoothly, has the same lovely AMOLED 1080p touchscreen with a 120Hz refresh rate as the S21, and the camera module, while less advanced, is still more than capable of shooting great pictures and videos. It runs on the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 mobile chip as the flagship Galaxy S21, so performance doesn’t suffer.

The Galaxy S1 FE is admittedly missing some bells and whistles such as 8K video recording capabilities (it can still record in 4K, however), but for the price, it’s hard to complain about what the S21 FE brings to the table. If you can live with a few minor compromises, the Galaxy S21 FE is a great flagship-like smartphone that’s now 5G capable.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 5G — $1,800 with activation

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 in hand.

Why Buy

  • Folding-screen design is finally up to snuff
  • Great hardware performance
  • Capable rear camera module
  • Surprisingly tough and water-resistant

You might have noticed that flip phones have been making a minor but not-unnoticed comeback in recent years, and Samsung has been leading the charge with devices like its Galaxy Z Flip. However, perhaps a bit more utilitarian is the Galaxy Z Fold, which trades the pocket-friendly vertical flip-phone design in favor of a fold-out form factor that gives you three times as much screen real estate as a standard smartphone.

That’s right: Three times as much — or close to it, anyway. The innovative Galazy Z Fold 3 features a 6.2-inch touchscreen on the front of the phone that you can use while the device is “closed,” but it opens up to reveal a larger folding 7.6-inch 2208 x 1768 AMOLED screen that’s almost akin to a small tablet. Pair that display setup with Samsung’s industry-leading build quality, fast hardware, and great camera module, and we have ourselves a winner. It took a few tries for Samsung to work out the kinks — the first-gen Galaxy Fold felt more like a prototype in our hands — but the third time is clearly the charm, because the Galaxy Fold 3 is great.

The folding design, while naturally a bit chunkier than a standard smartphone, works great. The folding panel technology used here has finally hit its stride, and feels much more durable and less like something that’s fragile and experimental. The Galaxy Z Fold 3 has what counts inside, too, with great hardware that allows for snappy app performance, smooth multitasking, and mobile gaming — something you can actually do very well on a phone with a screen setup like this. Android software compatibility is also much improved, offering a more tailored experience to the folding touchscreen. It’s pricey to be sure, but if you want the best folding phone out there, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 is the one to beat.

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