is upon us and, as it happens every year, we are about to get a chance to nab a ton of cool stuff at a fraction of their official price!
Of course, every retailer and every manufacturer out there runs their own Black Friday promos in order to get some shoppers through their own doors. It’s very easy to get lost and overwhelmed by all the offers, spam emails, and billboards. So, as far as smartphones and accessories are concerned, we will be doing our best to sort through all of it for you!
Here are all the Black Friday deals worth looking forward to and pulling the trigger on!
Note: this post will be updated as more Black Friday smartphone deals become available through November, 2018
Black Friday at Samsung
The deals are as follows:
Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+
(up to $300 off)
Worth noting — you can still trade in your old device and get a bigger price slash. Eligible devices can be traded in for anything between $50 and $300, depending on what model you have.
Galaxy Tab S4
Galaxy Watch, Gear S3, Gear Sport
($70 to $100 off)
The newest smartwatch, the Samsung Galaxy Watch, will be discounted by $70. That means the 42 mm versions will sell for $260, while the 46 mm models will be $280. Unfortunately, if you choose to go for an LTE-capable Galaxy Watch, the discount is much smaller. The prices will be will be $350 for the 42 mm variant and $370 for the 46 mm model.
Gear Fit 2 Pro, Gear IconX
Fast Charge wireless chargers
($60 off on two-pack)
Wireless charging is a definite convenience and fast charge is doubly so. Samsung will be selling two-packs of its fast-charging pucks for just $40, essentially letting you equip your work desk and bedside table with for $20 apiece.
Black Friday at Microsoft
$349, of course, will not include a keyboard, unlike a Surface Pro 6 bundle also looking at a decent markdown on November 18. We’re talking $260 “instant” savings on a Core i5 configuration with a 128GB SSD, as well as a platinum Signature Type Cover. That particular combo typically fetches $1,059, so if our math is correct, it will be available for around $800 pretty soon.
That’s not going to make the Windows 10 convertible tablet affordable, but the bang for buck will be hard to resist for productivity addicts and power users in general.
Black Friday at OnePlus
The OnePlus 6 launched earlier this year with a Snapdragon 835, 6 GB – 8 GB of RAM, and 64 GB – 256 GB of storage. Unlike the 6T, it still has a headphone jack, though, you’ll have to forget about the under-the-glass fingerprint scanner. Yeah, there are pros and cons, but we do believe it’s Black Friday price makes it worthy of consideration.
Beginning November 20, at 3 AM EST (Eastern Time), the OnePlus 6 will be $100 cheaper in the US. This means you’ll get the chance to pay just $429 (down from $529) for a OnePlus 6 with 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage space, or $479 (down from $579) for a OnePlus 6 with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage space. If you are interested in the OnePlus 6 with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage space (normally priced at $629), that model is currently out of stock, so we don’t think it’s part of this Black Friday deal.
Sprint may or may not merge with T-Mobile soon, but until that happens (or not), the nation’s fourth-largest wireless service provider is obviously doing its own Black Friday thing, heavily discounting some of the newest, most powerful, and most popular smartphones for a limited time.
Samsung Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+, Note 9
Basically, these phones won’t be yours at the end of the 18-month Flex term, but you will be able to own them in exchange for an additional fee, choose to upgrade to a newer and better handset, or continue your lease.
iPhone XR for free
LG G7; LG V40 + TV
Dirt cheap iPhone 7, discounted Apple Watch 4
Cyber Monday with Cricket Wireless
The Monday after Black Friday is called Cyber Monday and is specifically dedicated to online / tech-related deals and bargains. Cricket Wireless has a very nice Cyber Monday deal in store, which will run all the way to the 20th of December, so you have plenty of time to make a choice.
The catch is that you will need to be a new customer, switching off of another carrier, in order to get the -50% offer, which is kind of a bummer if you are a Cricket loyalist.
Black Friday at Best Buy
Best Buy has had a history of offering some pretty great deals at Black Friday, so it should definitely be on your radar. The company emphasizes that its customers should download the Best Buy app and also get registered for a My Best Buy Rewards program, which will both speed up their digital checkout and also open up a reward points pool for them. Most Best Buy locations will open on Thanksgiving Thursday at 5 PM and close at 1 AM on Friday. Then, they will open up again at 8 AM on Friday to welcome all the deal hunters and shoppers.
Samsung Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+, Galaxy Note 9
$200 – $300 off
Grab a Galaxy S9 from Best Buy on Black Friday and activate it with Verizon, AT&T, or Sprint, and you will get an instant $300 price deduction, making it a $420 flagship. If you activate an S9+, it’ll be $540.
Alternatively, you can get a Galaxy S9 or Galaxy S9+ unlocked, but they will only be marked down by $200, which’ll make their respective prices $520 and $640.
Apple iPad Pro 10.5-inch
$524.99 ($125 off)
Apple still sells the last-generation iPad Pro 10.5-inch with its home button, Touch ID, and headphone jack intact. Its price is usually $649.99, but Best Buy will be pushing it at $125 off during the Black Friday sales. At that price, you get support for the old-gen Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard, a hardware that’s still quite adequate and powerful, the latest iOS update for years to come, quad speaker setup, and anti-glare coating on the screen. For those looking for a more serious tablet experience, this is a pretty good buy.
Apple Watch Series 3
$229 – $259 ($50 off)
Yeah, the Apple Watch Series 4 is out and it’s cool, but it’s a bit costly. If you just got yourself a brand-new iPhone XS, you may be looking for a timepiece that’s not going to cost the arm you intend to put it on. Take a look at a Series 3 Watch! They are still not too bad, and it seems they are about to get a $50 slash at a lot of retailers.
Here, we have Best Buy’s brochure, listing a 42 mm Apple Watch Series 3 at $259 and a 38 mm version at $229 during the holiday sales. Not too shabby!
Google Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, and Pixel 3 XL
$200 – $400 off
If you buy a Verizon-locked Pixel from Best Buy, you are going to get a rather generous discount through your monthly installment plans over the next two years. The Pixel 2 XL will save you $400 in total, meaning the phone itself will end up costing you $450. Not a bad deal, not one bit, considering it’s still a snappy device, has an outstanding camera, no notch to speak of, and will get regular updates from Google for 2 more years.
The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will net you a $200 discount each via monthly bill credits, meaning you can get yourself a Pixel 3 for $600 and Pixel 3 XL for $700, which sounds a lot better than their regular prices (*ahem $800 and $900).
Microsoft Surface Pro 6
$260 – $300 off
Getting Microsoft’s latest-generation tablet-puter from Best Buy will net you a nice $260 – $300 discount, depending on which configuration you get. Oddly enough, the different models may or may not come bundled with a pen or keyboard, so be sure to check twice. What we can tell you is that the i5 – 8 GB – 128 GB variant will come bundled with a keyboard case and will be discounted by $260, bringing its final price down to $800. Surely, that’s not cheap, but it sure does sound like a lot of bang for your buck, especially if you are still hesitant about that expensive iPad Pro…
Black Friday at Target
Target is the second largest department store chain in the US, full with all kinds of products to get. Of course, they have a wide selection of tech items and accessories, and — of course — there will be some competitive Black Friday deals to look forward to! Looks like Target chose to go the gift card route for the more premium items, but that’s fine — you can use said gift cards to do some holiday shopping with and wrap up a few presents early! Target stores will open at 5 PM on Thanksgiving until 1 AM on Friday, November 23rd. Doors open again at 7 AM on the same day — Friday, 23rd. New mobile services will allow you to find an on-foot Target assistant anywhere in the store and check out without lining up at the cash register.
Apple iPhone XS and XS Max
$250 Target gift card
Target’s deal on the highly-desirable (and expensive) Apple iPhones is not an outright deduction of price, but you will get a $250 gift card for the shop with a “qualified” Verizon, Sprint, or AT&T activation. Hey, the XS doesn’t look so daunting when its price is effectively dropped to $750 and you can use that $250 towards some holiday gifts, which you will inevitably have to buy anyway.
If you choose to go for last year’s iPhone 8, 8 Plus, or iPhone X you will only get a $150 gift card as a consolation prize.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9
$300 Target gift card
Hey, Apple is not the only one getting some Target love! Samsung’s top-of-the-line Galaxy Note 9 will also net you a rather hefty gift card to use with the store. Buy a Note 9, activate it with Verizon or AT&T, and you get $300 to spend on anything Target has to sell.
Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL
$200 Target gift card
More deals from Target — Google’s own “pure Android” phones will also be getting the gift card treatment. Buy a Pixel 3 (starting at $799) or Pixel 3 XL (starting at $899) for Verizon and you get a $200 Target gift card. Yeah, not as generous, but hey — $600 for a Pixel 3 phone is not too shabby at all!
Samsung Galaxy Watch
You can pair your fancy new Galaxy smartphone with Samsung’s new Galaxy Watch (successor to the Gear S3) in the 42 mm shell. Target will be marking it down by $50, lowering its price from $330 to $280.
Fitbit fitness trackers
Even so, it’s worth checking them out if you’re looking for a smartwatch or fitness tracker, but you might have to wait since not all are active yet. Of course, some other Fitbit wearableslike the Versa may go on sale as well, but for now, it doesn’t seem to be the subject of Target’s sale.
Keep in mind that some of the discounts aren’t shown on Target’s online store until you add the product in the cart, so make sure to check the price before purchasing any of the products. It’s worth mentioning that many of these wearables are available in various color options and size.
Black Friday at Walmart
The biggest department store chain in the US promises us “the best Black Friday yet”. Walmart’s Black Friday deals will kick off at 10 PM on Wednesday, the 21st of November. On Thursday, the 22nd, there will be a party set up for Walmart customers, taking place between 4 PM and 6 PM. At 6 PM, Walmart’s own mobile app will get updated with Black Friday maps and a “checkout” feature, which will help you find a Walmart worker anywhere in the store to checkout with,instead of lining up for the cash register.
iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X
$400 Walmart gift card
If you’ve decided to save some money by buying last year’s iPhones, instead of the newly-announced XS or XR devices, Walmart has a super-sweet deal for you! Buy one of the 2017 iPhones at Walmart and activate it on AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon, and you get a $400 gift card to use in the store! Now, that will fill a lot of stockings this Christmas.
iPhone XS, XS Max, iPhone XR
$300 Walmart gift card
Want to get the latest models, even if it’s a bit more expensive? No trouble — Walmart will get you a gift card as well. Again, you need to activate a service on Verizon, AT&T, or Sprint with your purchase and you will get a $300 bonus to spend in the store. Not as lucrative as $400, but certainly a good amount of money still!
Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S9, Note 9
$300 Walmart gift card
Want to grab yourself an Infinity Display jewel of technology? No worries, Walmart will have deals on those as well! This goes for last year’s flagships — the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ — as well as this year’s top-tier Sammy phones — the Galaxy S9, S9+, and Note 9. Interestingly enough, there’s no mention of the Galaxy Note 8, so what’s up with that?
In any case, activate your purchase on Verizon, AT&T, or Sprint, and you get a $300 gift card to spend at Walmart!
Turkey Day and Black Friday at Fry’s
Fry’s will have a bunch of deals on smartphones that mirror a lot of what we’ve covered. However, a lot of them will come unlocked, meaning you won’t have to renew a contract or open a new line to enjoy a nice, cheap flagship. The deal bonanza starts on Thursday, the 22nd with more deals added on Black Friday after that.
Unlocked Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+
Starting on Thursday, 9 AM and lasting for one day only, you will be able to snatch a $500 Galaxy S9 or $600 Galaxy S9+ before gobbling your festive family dinner. What sets Fry’s Electronics apart from the vast majority of Black Friday participants is that handsets like the S9 and S9+ are sold at marked-down prices unlocked and “catch”-free.
If you wait until the 23rd, you will have the option to buy the S9, S9+, and Note 9 on a monthly installment plan with AT&T and get a $300 gift card for Fry’s, more or less mirroring the Target and Walmart offers.
Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, Note 9
(up to $250 off)
Moto Z3 Play
Amazon Echo and Fire
Amazon is a huge, huge retailer and it will no doubt have a mind-numbing amount of discounted items once Black Friday rolls about. But, right now, the company has officially slashed the prices of its own Echo and Fire devices.
As far as tablets go, bargain hunters will not have an easy mission choosing from a $30 Fire 7 (down from $50), $50 Fire HD 8 (with $30 savings), and $100 Fire HD 10 ($50 off), all of which come integrated with the Alexa voice assistant.
If there’s anything left in the old bank account, it’s probably not a bad idea to spend a measly $35 on a Fire TV Stick 4K with an “all-new” Alexa voice remote, especially with free shipping provided sans requiring a minimum purchase account. Just keep in mind these promotions will be live on “various dates and times between November 16 and November 23.”
Various deals across the Web
Apple iPad 9.7-inch
$249.99 ($80 off)
Costco will be selling the “budget” iPad at an $80 discount. Apple’s latest non-Pro slate still supports the (old gen) Apple Pencil and was marketed as a mobile device for students. Not a student? No problem — it’s still a full-blown Apple tablet, sans the quad speaker setup, Smart Keyboard support, and anti-glimmer display coating.
However, it’s fast and powerful, has great battery life, and will surely be updated for years to come. Compared to any other tablet in the market, this is a steal of a deal!
Google Home Hub, Speaker, and Mini
$99 ($50 off) | $79 ($50 off) | $25 ($25 off)
Google’s Home speakers have quickly become extremely popular among tech enthusiasts. And no wonder — they pack Google’s extremely effective Assistant (or, at least it’s way ahead of the competition) and are pretty affordable. Don’t want to splurge $130 on a Google Home? The Home Mini comes at $50. That’s if Google is not driving around in a donut van, giving them away for free.
Smart speaker users quickly upgrade to having 2 or 3 in their home, equipping every room with the AI assistant. If you want to take that step, Black Friday is a good time of the year to do so. At Target and Kohl’s (and probably other places, stay tuned), Google’s Home Hub (speaker with display) and vase-sized Home speaker will be $50 off, selling for $99 and $79, respectively. The Mini will be $25 off, meaning it’ll cost just $25.
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