Black Friday proper is still a month away, but that hasn't stopped deals on phones from rolling in. Expect many more sales from the likes of Samsung, OnePlus, and Motorola, including some on the latest devices.
We expect that phones will make up a big portion of the Black Friday deals this year. In light of that, it's probably best to hold off on buying a new phone until the rest of the sales start rolling in.
Black Friday phone deals
OnePlus 9 Pro: was $1,069 now $959 @ Amazon
One of the best phones of the year, the OnePlus 9 Pro has seen a discount for Black Friday. The OnePlus 9 Pro is one of the most powerful Android phones available today with a gorgeous display, excellent cameras, and super fast charging.
OnePlus 9: was $729 now $649 @ Amazon
While not as capable as its Pro brother, the OnePlus 9 is nonetheless a great phone for most people. It has great cameras, a nice display, and top-tier performance. It might lack some of the Pro niceties like a telephoto lens, but for this price, it's hard to beat.
Unlocked Galaxy Note 20 Ultra: was $1,199 now $1,079 @ Amazon
The Galaxy Note line may be dead in favor of the Galaxy Z Fold, but last year's Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is still a great phone. With the built-in S Pen, you can take notes, markup images, or whatever else you fancy. Couple that with a beautiful display and powerful hardware and you have yourself a phone that's still good in 2021.
Unlocked Moto G Power (2021): was $199 now $179 @ Amazon
On the more affordable side, the Moto G Power (2021) has also seen a slight discount ahead of Black Friday. This is the phone that could, lasting for an incredibly long time in our battery life testing. That said, it's got very low-end hardware, so don't expect a gaming powerhouse or a great camera phone. But for the money, it's not bad.
Unlocked Motorola One 5G Ace: was $399 now $329 @ Amazon
If you're looking for a cheap 5G-capable phone, then you might want to check out this deal on the Motorola One 5G Ace. It's unlocked for any carrier and sports a big battery to last you for quite a while. The big 6.7-inch display is great for media consumption, too.
Unlocked Moto G Stylus (2021): was $299 now $229 @ Motorola
If you want a stylus experience for less, then look no further than the Moto G Stylus (2021). With a built-in pen for notes and art, you also get 128GB of storage and four cameras. It's not the most powerful phone out there, but it's meant for stylus lovers on a budget.
Unlocked Motorola Edge (2021): was $699 now $599 @ Motorola
Motorola got it right this year with its flagship Edge with powerful cameras, solid performance, fast charging, and a 144Hz display. It also has a 5,000 mAh battery that go for a long time.
Black Friday phone deals — what to expect
Every year, phones high and low go on sale for Black Friday. Sometimes they're unlocked, other times they have some carrier deal attached to them. Either way, this is one of the best times of the year to buy a new phone.
Samsung: We usually see big sales from Samsung, as you may have noticed already. From last year's flagships to this year's affordable options, Samsung typically offers nice discounts on Black Friday. Expect to see some excellent offers from Samsung.com, Best Buy, and Amazon, not to mention carrier deals.
Motorola: Motorola is another player in Black Friday phone deals. While the company doesn't play in the big leagues like Samsung, it does offer slight discounts on its more popular, affordable devices. We would guess that more of Motorola's 2021 lineup will go on sale this year.
iPhone: Apple is usually pretty stingy with iPhone deals unless it's on older models. Don't expect to see wild sales on the new iPhone 13 series, but iPhone 11, iPhone 12, and iPhone SE should all get some some discounts. The real place to get a good deal on an iPhone is through a carrier, often with BOGO or trade-in deals.