The best Presidents Day smartphone sales and deals for 2021

Presidents Day sales are here and we’ve got some killer Presidents Day smartphone deals for you to check out. Today’s the day to start looking for some juicy Presidents Day smartphone deals. If your handset is running ragged and it’s time for a new mobile, read on. We’ve got all the best picks from this year’s Presidents Day smartphone sales right here:

Best Presidents Day smartphone sales 2021

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OnePlus 8T (Unlocked)

$689 $749
OnePlus 8T, a 5G-capable mobile, is one of the best values on the Android market today, sporting flagship quality and features for a sub-flagship price.
FREE BACKPACK ($79 VALUE)
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OnePlus 8 Pro (12GB RAM, 256GB Storage, Unlocked)

$799 $999
The OnePlus 8 Pro is one of our favorite OnePlus phones. It holds its own with the iPhone 12 and Galaxy S20 with its world-class display and buttery smooth performance -- and it's cheaper.
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Microsoft Surface Duo 128GB (Unlocked)

$1,000 $1,400
Half phone, half tablet, the unique Surface Duo is a versatile device that can handle all your daily mobile tech needs.
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OnePlus 8 256GB (Unlocked)

$599 $799
Buy the 256GB OnePlus 8 for a decent discount, getting you a flagship-level phone with some extra built-in storage over the standard model.
FREE CASE OR SCREEN PROTECTOR
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OnePlus Nord N10 5G

$300
Grab the new OnePlus Nord N10 5G smartphone and score a free case or screen protector (your pick) to sweeten the deal.
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Apple iPhone XR, 64GB, Fully Unlocked (Renewed)

$333
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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Moto G8 Power (Unlocked)

$140 $170
Capture detailed close-ups and wide panoramas with the Moto G8 Power's 16MP camera module. You can also watch your favorite movies and play games with this phone's high definition display.
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Samsung Galaxy A71 5G (Sprint)

$250 $500
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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Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G (Unlocked)

$950 $1,200
Live life in the lap of luxury with the Galaxy S21 Ultra, which delivers superb performance and boasts a world-class 8K camera. Its 1440p screen lets you enjoy videos and play games in crisp Quad HD.
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Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G (Xfinity)

$800 $1,200
Port your number to Xfinity to get the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra at a discount. It's not only a reliable and spacious phone for every task, it can also take beautiful photos with superb camera.
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Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G (Unlocked)

$800 $1,000
This unlocked Samsung Galaxy S21+ lets you enjoy 5G connectivity with the carrier of your choosing (subject to local availability), and its 6.7-inch display is a treat if you like larger phones.
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Samsung Galaxy S21 5G (Unlocked)

$675 $800
With its long-lasting battery and 5G connectivity, the new Galaxy S21 is the ideal Samsung smartphone for those who want the a new flagship -- without paying nearly a grand.
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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 5G and Note 20 Ultra 5G (128GB)

As low as $325 with trade-in

Samsung currently has one of the best trade-in deals, offering the Galaxy Note 20 for as low as $325 or the Note 20 Ultra for as low as $600. Activate with any major carrier or buy unlocked.
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Motorola Moto G7 Play (Unlocked)

$150 $200
If you don't want to sign up for a plan right away to get a deal, this unlocked smartphone deal lets you grab the budget-friendly (but very impressive) Moto G7 Play for super cheap.
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OnePlus Nord N100 (Unlocked) + Free $30 Gift Card

$180
OnePlus has been blowing up the mid-range flagship alternative scene, and the new OnePlus Nord N100 continues that trend -- and you can grab it for cheap and get a free Best Buy gift card.
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Apple iPhone SE 2020 64GB (Cricket Wireless)

$50 $350
If you're looking to ditch the traditional carriers for a more economical prepaid service provider, then Cricket Wireless has the new iPhone SE on sale for a nice discount if you bring your number.
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Apple iPhone SE 2020 64GB (Verizon)

Free

You can't beat a classic -- especially when it's free. New or current Verizon customers who sign up for an unlimited plan can score the new 2020 iPhone SE for no charge.
Extra $50 off with on-page coupon
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TCL 10L (Unlocked)

$200 $250
TCL has been a big name in the market for budget-friendly flagship alternatives, and the new 6.5-inch TCL 10L is a great plus-sized Android device for those who like larger phones.
FREE $100 SAMSUNG CREDIT
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Samsung Galaxy S21, S21 Plus, and S21 Ultra (Unlocked)

As low as $75 with trade-in

If you have a device to trade and you aren't interested in carrier BOGO or bill credit rebates, Samsung has a nice trade-in offer when you pre-order the new Galaxy S21, S21 Plus, or S21 Ultra.
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Motorola Moto G7 Plus (GSM Unlocked)

$120 $250
The Moto G series has long been a household name among budget-friendly Android phones, and this Moto G7 Plus is unlocked for GSM carriers including AT&T and T-Mobile.
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Google Pixel 3 64GB (Unlocked)

$289
Get the Google Pixel 3 smartphone with a huge discount from Amazon and have the purest Android experience. Add in long-life battery and fantastic photos, and this is deal is a winner.
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OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren Edition (T-Mobile)

$440 $544
It may not be the latest OnePlus phone any more, but you can still grab the striking McLaren Edition OnePlus 7T Pro 5G smartphone for a discount.
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Google Pixel 4a 5G 128GB (Unlocked)

$450 $500
Google released a 5G version of its Pixel 4a, which was already one of the best values in the smartphone market even without this feature. If you want a flagship alternative with 5G, you've found it.
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Samsung Galaxy A51 (Unlocked, 128GB)

$349 $400
Boasting an uber-powerful 48-megapixel camera and an AMOLED display, the Samsung Galaxy A51 is the ultimate smartphone for the aspiring photographer without compromising on any of the other features.
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Google Pixel 4 64GB (Unlocked, Renewed)

$299 $549
The 2019 Google Pixel 4 is still a fantastic phone and an unbeatable value now that the Pixel 5 is out. New or current Verizon customers can score what might be the best price on one right now.
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Apple iPhone 12 (All Models, T-Mobile)

Up to $830 off with trade-in

T-Mobile has a ton of offers for new and current customers on all models of the new iPhone 12, with savings of up to $830 (via bill credits) when you trade in or buy two devices.
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Apple iPhone XS Max, 64GB (Unlocked, Renewed)

$444
With its epic plus-sized screen, the Apple iPhone XS Max is a smartphone you can live in. Save hundreds on this unlocked Amazon Renewed model, allowing you to take yours to a carrier of your choosing.
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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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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 256GB (Unlocked)

$980 $1,380
Flip phones are officially back, and the new Galaxy Z Flip proves that they're more than just a gimmick. Grab an unlocked model at the lowest price we've seen it yet.
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Sony Xperia 1 Smartphone (Unlocked) and WH-1000XM3 Noise Cancelling Headphones

$875
With the Sony Xperia 1 and WH-1000XM3 bundled together, you can upgrade your entire lifestyle along with everything in between, making it a great buy if you want to keep up with the latest tech.

Should you buy a smartphone on Presidents Day?

These Presidents Day smartphone sales are one of the best times in the first quarter of the year to shop for good discounts on pricey electronics, and while the offerings might not be as numerous as those offered during bigger holidays like Memorial Day or July 4, you shouldn’t sleep on them. That’s doubly true if you need a new smartphone, because if you need a new phone, you probably need it soon so you’re not caught unawares when your old handset finally gives up the ghost — only for you to realize too late that you slept on those Presidents Day smartphone deals.

Presidents Day is also the last big sales day before Easter and spring roll around. Our recommendation is not to wait, and to shop these Presidents Day smartphone sales (and for other pricey stuff like Presidents Day laptop deals) while the getting’s good. If you need some more help deciding what smartphone to buy, though, then keep reading.

How to choose a smartphone on Presidents Day

The first two things to decide when choosing a smartphone are what your budget is and which operating system — iOS or Android — you prefer, and unless money is no object or you’re considering switching from one software ecosystem to another, you probably already have these in mind. Smartphones naturally span a huge range of price points, however (and these Presidents Day smartphone deals are no exception), so it’s easy to get choice paralysis even if you’ve already got a rough idea of what you want.

First, what size of phone do you like? Phone displays have increased noticeably in size in recent years with six-inch-plus screens becoming the norm, but with newer releases like the 2020 iPhone SE and the iPhone 12 Mini, smaller mobiles are definitely making a comeback. That gives you some more options if you find today’s handsets to be a little too pocket-unfriendly for your tastes. Unfortunately, however, Android flagship brands like Samsung haven’t fully jumped on this trend yet, so if you want a smaller device, your choices are still a little limited as of 2021.

The best smartphones are also quite expensive, with new flagships regularly launching with retail prices of $1,000 or more. Of course, few of us pay retail prices, and President’s Day smartphone sales and other such events are the best chance to score these pricey mobiles at deep discounts. If you use your phone a lot for things like watching videos, mobile gaming, photography, and making videos, then these high-end devices are likely worth the price thanks to their beefier hardware, superior displays, and advanced camera modules. These expensive flagships also offer the biggest savings potential of all the President’s Day smartphone deals.

That said, there are plenty of great budget and mid-range smartphones available in the $200-$500 range. Most of these are Android devices as the growing number of Android brands creates increased price competition in that market. Nonetheless, Apple has been making some surprising moves in this space lately with affordable releases like the second-gen iPhone SE, and even recent flagship models like the iPhone 11 and iPhone 12 have been pretty reasonably priced (with the Pro and Pro Max models representing the more “high-end” options). Samsung has recently adopted a similar release strategy, dropping mid-range models like the Galaxy S20 FE alongside its more expensive flagships.

Whatever model(s) you’re eyeballing, though, make sure to read our reviews as well as customer reviews to get a fuller picture of things like battery life, durability, user-friendliness, and other everyday use considerations that might not be listed on the spec sheet — and when you’re ready to buy, hit this roundup of the best Presidents Day smartphone deals, as we’ll be keeping it updated regularly as the deals keep rolling in.

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