Best Black Friday smartphone deals 2020: What to expect

In the market for a new smartphone? You’re in luck. It’s almost Black Friday and Cyber Monday season, and that means a glut of deals on flagship phones and budget devices alike.

Buying a smartphone can be a tricky thing to do, as everyone has different needs. But thanks to the sheer scale of the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, no matter what you’re looking for, there should be something that fits your style. Whether you want to replace a slowing, scuffed handset, snag something snazzy for a loved one, or just “treat yourself” to an upgrade, there are deals to be had. Pour yourself a tall drink, and kick back and relax as we guide you to all the unmissable deals on the best smartphones, and the deepest cuts on affordable phones. Be sure to keep this page updated as we’ll be adding more of the best Black Friday smartphone deals, the closer we get to the event.

What Black Friday smartphone deals to expect 

Black Friday is going to bring a landslide of deals on smartphones. Everything including the latest iPhones, Samsung Galaxy smartphones, and even Google Pixel smartphones will be discounted. During Prime Day 2020 we saw Galaxy smartphones up to $350 off and Google Pixel smartphones up to $600 off. You could get the Google Pixel 5 from Verizon up to $550 off with a valid trade-in. These deals will all make a come back for Black Friday. You can even expect Black Friday iPhone deals to pop up during the event. The newest iPhone 12 and 12 Pro will see discounts from all big carriers including Verizon and AT&T and you’ll be able to score up to $800 off with a valid trade-in. Older models of iPhones including the 10 series will receive big discounts as well. You can get an iPhone 10 for as much as $350 off from the Apple refurbished store. If you’re looking for an affordable, unlocked smartphone, we also expect tons of Motorola models to get big discounts. The Moto G7 Power, Moto E, Moto G Fast, and Moto G7 Play will all be available for well below $200. Other smartphones from brands like LG and Sony will see anywhere between $100-$500 off, maybe even more. Just make sure you know if you want your savings from an unlocked smartphone or if you’d rather save by purchasing a carrier-specific smartphone.

What Black Friday smartphone deals we saw last year

Last year the best deals were on Samsung Galaxy smartphones, Google Pixel smartphones, LG smartphones, and Motorola smartphones. You could save as much as $300 on the Google Pixel 3, and $500 on the LG V35 ThinQ smartphone. Almost every Samsung Galaxy smartphone was also on sale with discounts starting as low as $25 and going as high as $300. An unlocked Galaxy S10+ saw a $270 discount at B&H. The best Motorola smartphone deals were on Amazon. You could get the unlocked Moto G7 Power for only $168 — after a $132 discount. Even the iPhone 11 line which was released last year saw big discounts. If you traded in an older iPhone and signed up for AT&T’s unlimited plan you could get as much as $700 off on a new iPhone 11. Many carriers were also boasting tons of LG deals. At T-Mobile, you could buy an LG G8X ThinQ and get one free. At AT&T, new LG smartphones were available for as low as $1 a month as well. It’s safe to say there were deals available for all sorts of budgets, and this year won’t be any different.

Should you buy a smartphone on Black Friday or Cyber Monday?

Most Cyber Monday sales will be starting by Black Friday itself this year. This is because in-store shopping is still a far-fetched reality this season with the pandemic showing no signs of slowing down. Our advice to you is to get shopping as early as you can. The minute a Black Friday or Cyber Monday deal runs out, there won’t be a restock. The sooner you pounce on a deal, the sooner you’ll have your holiday shopping done in time. Prices will also not vary much between the two events. If you do by some luck find a better deal during Cyber Monday, you can always return the smartphone you don’t want. Most big retail sites have extended return policies in place, so you’ll have plenty of time to return your unwanted goods.

The best smartphone deals happening now

Black Friday is still about a month away. That said, there are always some great smartphone deals out there if you search hard enough. We did exactly that. Here are the best early Black Friday smartphone deals available:

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Microsoft Surface Duo 128GB (Unlocked)

$1,200 $1,400
Folding phones are a thing again, and despite some (understandable) compromises, the Microsoft Surface Duo impresses with its world-class build quality and beautifully executed hinged design.
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Apple iPhone 12 (AT&T)

Up to $800 back with trade-in

AT&T has the best pre-order rebate offer going right now on the new iPhone 12, letting you score one for as little as $0 if you have a device to trade in.
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Apple iPhone 12 Pro (AT&T)

Up to $800 back with trade-in

If you're excited about Apple's new iPhones but you've gotta have one of the premium models, here's an early pre-order discount on the iPhone 12 Pro if you have a phone to trade in.
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Motorola Edge (256GB, Unlocked)

$650 $700
Feel free to choose the carrier of your choice with this unlocked Motorola Edge. You get an immersive display and a dependable 5G performance all in one smartphone.
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LG V50 ThinQ (128GB, 5G), Aurora Black

$314 $334
Are you looking for an affordable alternative to the iPhone? LG V50 has a similar design, a 6.4" P-OLED screen for a clear display, and a hi-res camera to capture memories with.
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Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max (Verizon)

Save up to $850

Want the plus-sized version of the awesome iPhone 11 Pro? Buy one on unlimited with a trade-in and enjoy a very nice rebate in bill credits.
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Apple iPhone 12 (Xfinity, Pre-Order)

$250 back with pre-order

New customers who switch to Xfinity and port-in their number can take $250 off the new iPhone 12, while existing customers can get a $250 gift card with their pre-order.
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Blu Vivo XI+ (GSM & CDMA Unlocked)

$200 $250
With a gorgeous 6.2-inch display, 64GB of storage, and 4GB RAM, the Blu Vivo XI+ is an incredible value at this price. GSM and CDMA compatibility let you take it to a carrier of your choice.
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Google Pixel 4a 128GB (Unlocked)

$300 $350
Google's budget-friendly Pixel 4a is finally here, and it's already cheaper than the Pixel 3a -- but if you activate today, you can get it for even less than that.
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Apple iPhone SE 256GB (2020)

Free with new line

The new iPhone SE has the heart of an iPhone 11, the body of an iPhone 8, and the price tag of an iPhone 6.
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Motorola Moto E Unlocked

$130 $150
With its 42-hour battery life, you can maximize the Moto E with a single charge. The phone has a neat 13MP dual camera so that you can take stunning close-up photos.
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OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren Edition (T-Mobile) + Free True Wireless OnePlus Buds

$699 $899
Grab the striking McLaren Edition OnePlus 7T Pro 5G smartphone for a discount and score a free pair of true wireless OnePlus Buds (a $79 value) to sweeten the deal.
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LG K30 (Unlocked)

$90 $140
Looking for a modest-sized affordable Android smartphone? You're in luck. The LG K30 has everything you need to text, talk, snap, and browse — at home and on the move.
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Moto G Power (Unlocked)

$220 $250
Capture detailed close-ups and wide panoramas with the Moto G Power's 16MP triple camera. You can also watch your favorite movies and play games with this phone's high definition display.
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Apple iPhone XR, 64GB, White - Fully Unlocked (Renewed)

$389 $600
Apple has reduced the price of the iPhone XR to $499, but this renewed deal is a bargain and one of the best ways to get a hold of a powerful iPhone for less.
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Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G (Verizon)

Up to $550 back with trade-in

With its superb overall design, vibrant 120Hz display, excellent camera module, and 5G compatibility, the Galaxy S20 FE is the phone to beat for around $700 -- but you can grab it for even less.
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Sony Xperia 1

$598 $950
Sony isn't the first name you think of when it comes to high-end smartphones, but it has one in its stable: The Xperia 1 — and with a 6.5-inch 4K screen and a triple-lens camera it's worth a look.
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Moto G Fast Unlocked, White

$170 $200
The Moto G Fast has an outstanding battery life of two days on a single charge, this means you can stay connected longer. It is also unlocked which makes it easier for you to choose your carrier.
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Apple iPhone 12 and 12 Mini

Up to $250 back with trade-in

Apple has its stunning new iPhone 12 and pocket-friendly iPhone 12 Mini available for order, and if you have a device to trade, then you can get one of these new iOS flagships at a discount.
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Nokia 5.3 (6.5 Inches, 64GB, Unlocked)

$177 $200
With a lovely 6.55-inch HD+ display and two-day battery life, the Nokia 5.3 proves that you really can get a great phone for cheap.
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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 (128GB, 5G)

$750 $1,000
The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 is the ideal work phone since you can take notes and convert them into a document. Its hyperfast processor ensures that you won't experience lagging no matter your task.
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Google Pixel 5 (Verizon, Pre-Order)

Up to $550 off with trade-in

Google's new 5G-ready flagship is here for pre-order, and Verizon already has a solid deal on one if you've got a device to trade-in.
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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (Unlocked)

$1,100 $1,300
If you don't want to activate just yet or are still between service providers, Amazon already has a nice discount on the premium unlocked Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.
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Samsung Galaxy S20+ Plus (128GB, 5G), Black

$977 $1,200
Upgrade your phone to the Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus, which is not only a reliable and spacious phone for every task, but can also take beautiful photos with Single Take AI and its hi-res camera zoom.
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Samsung Galaxy S20 FE (Unlocked)

$599 $700
Following in the footsteps of other smartphone brands, Samsung has rolled out the Galaxy S20 FE as a cost-effective alternative to expensive flagships -- and you can already grab it at a discount.
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Motorola Moto G Stylus (Unlocked)

$200 $300
The affordable Moto G series continues to impress, and the G Stylus smartphone brings lots of plus-sized convenience with its 6.4-inch display (complete with stowable stylus) for a paltry sum.
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Motorola Moto G Stylus

$244 $300
Use this phone for a longer period with a single charge to stay connected no matter where you are. Since this Moto G with Stylus is unlocked, you can choose your preferred carrier.
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Google Pixel 4 - 64GB - Unlocked

$618 $799
For the digital nomad looking for a worthy rival to the iPhone, the Google Pixel 4 is exactly that, offering an HD camera and motion-powered automation in one sleek and stylish package.
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Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra (128GB, 5G), Cosmic Black

$1,150 $1,400
The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra lets you take captivating photos and videos while its massive storage capacity lets you keep your growing collection of media.
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Samsung Galaxy A71 5G

$495 $600
Thanks to its AMOLED+ screen, the A71 has a bigger and brighter display that lets you watch media and take photos/videos clearly. And with a 64mp main camera, you can capture moments in hi-res.
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