The very best deals on smartphones happen during the pre-order phase with incentives for trade-ins, free accessories, and reduced prices to get the new phones in the hands of buyers. If you waited until after the reviews were posted, check out ZDNet for all of your smartphone reviews, then the next best time to pick up a new phone is during the Black Friday deals that now seem to go on for a month or more.
We’ve been sent specials from various sources, scoured the internet for deals, and have experience buying phones during the holiday sales period so check out the current deals we found below. Stay tuned as we update this post when new deals are revealed.
The Samsung S21 Ultra 5G is arguably the best Android smartphone available today and earned an almost perfect score in our full review. It has four rear cameras with two of them working together for optimal optical zoom levels that get you close to the action.
The phone doesn’t lack in any area and even supports the S Pen so you can write on the display just like a Galaxy Note device. The S21 Ultra sports the best smartphone specifications of 2021 and initially launched at $200 less than the S20 Ultra. With this new Black Friday special, it’s $400 less than the price of the S20 from 2020.
The Samsung Galaxy S21 5G is one of the few phones released in 2021 that packs premium, flagship specs in a compact shell. The 6.2-inch display allows for easy one-handed navigation and provides the same stunning visuals that you’ve come to expect with Samsung panels. Currently, Samsung has the 128GB model discounted to a Black Friday-low of $699.99 ($200 off). You’ll get a bonus $50 Samsung Credit that can be applied to cases, chargers, and more.
The OnePlus 9 5G is an excellent Android smartphone and a solid competitor to the Google Pixel 6. It supports creative photography with features such as Hasselblad XPan mode and black & white photography. You can pick up either the Winter Mist or Astral Black one for just $659.
We gave it a spectacular rating in our full review due to its fast charging, 5G support, no bloatware or ads, three-way ringer switch, and flat display.
The OnePlus 9 Pro is one of the best smartphones available today and it keeps getting better with age as OnePlus rolls out updates such as its cool Hasselblad XPan mode. You can pick up either the Morning Mist or cool Pine Green one for just $899.99.
We gave it a spectacular rating in our full review thanks in large part to its outstanding specifications, lack of ads or bloatware, fast wireless charging, and more. It’s a solid option to the newest Google Pixel 6 Pro.
Google’s Pixel 4a made waves last year by offering the familiar stock Android experience in a compact and affordable package. Today at Best Buy, you can pick up the phone for just $299.99 when you activate it on a Best Buy-supported carrier. At less than $300, you’re getting serious value for the money here, including Google’s reliable software support and Pixel-grade camera performance.
Motorola’s smartphones offer a fairly stock Android experience with some additional features that optimize the phone for your essential needs. The 2021 model Motorola Edge is available now for a very reasonable $599.99, which includes 256GB of internal storage and in the cool Nebula Blue color. Three rear cameras, including a stunning 108MP shooter, are provided on the back so you can be confident in capturing the holidays.
The 144 Hz refresh rate on the display is one of the highest available so you are sure to enjoy movies and games without pause on the big 6.8-inch display.
As always, we will be monitoring all the deals available on smartphones over the next weeks. OnePlus has a special Black Friday 2021 page up with specials coming throughout November. Be sure to follow this page for the most up-to-date promotions available.