Digital Trends may earn a commission when you buy through links on our site.

Best Prime Day smartphone deals 2021: Weekend deals are live

Prime Day 2021 may start tomorrow, but some huge Prime Day deals are already here! Prime Day 2021 technically runs on June 21 and June 22, but the sales extravaganza always starts early, with some deals arriving days before the official Prime Day dates.

We’re already seeing plenty of great Prime Day smartphone sales, so now is this the ideal time to buy if you’re looking to upgrade your existing smartphone. Whether you’re looking for a budget handset or something far more premium, we’ve got everything you need to know about Prime Day smartphone deals that are already live and those that might be coming.

You don’t need to wait for Prime Day to officially start. Some deals have already begun, and it’s likely some of these deals will rival those we’ll see on Prime Day itself.

The best smartphone deals happening now

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. more
Plus up to $1000 when you switch.

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max (Verizon)

Up to $1,000 back with trade-in
If you're the type that has to have the biggest and the best, Apple has you covered with the big, beautiful iPhone 13 Pro Max. Score a whopping discount with an eligible trade-in with Verizon. more
Plus up to $1000 when you switch.

Apple iPhone 13 Pro (Verizon)

Up to $1,000 back with trade-in
Want Apple's latest flagship phone but something better than the standard model? The iPhone 13 Pro is for you, and this is one of the best deals going now if you have a device to trade in. more
Plus up to $1000 when you switch.

Apple iPhone 13 (Verizon)

Up to $800 back with trade-in
It doesn't reinvent the wheel, and you already know it doesn't have to. The iPhone 13 is Apple's latest flagship, and if you're an iOS fan, it won't leave you disappointed. more
Plus up to $1000 when you switch.

Apple iPhone 13 Mini (Verizon)

Up to $700 back with trade in
The iPhone 13 Mini gives you the iOS flagship experience you know and love in a compact, pocket-friendly package. more
Grab the new OnePlus Nord N10 5G smartphone and score a free case or screen protector (your pick) to sweeten the deal. more
Plus up to $1000 when you switch.

Samsung Galaxy S21 5G (Verizon)

Up to $800 back with trade in
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. more
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. more
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 buy the new Galaxy S21, S21 Plus, or S21 Ultra. more
Feel free to choose the carrier you want with this unlocked Motorola Edge. You get an immersive display and a dependable 5G performance all in one smartphone. more
Powered by 2020 Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 processor, 48MP triple camera system, and 6.6" Max Vision HD, you can capture all the fun moments without worrying about battery, thanks to a 5,000mAh battery. more
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. more
Love a stylus, but also love not spending large amounts of money? the Moto G Stylus is the cheapest stylus phone around, and with 128GB of storage it's also a solid performer as well. more
Upgrade to 5G service with this Samsung S20 FE. It's unlocked and complete with a Pro-Grade 30X Space Zoom camera and 128GB of storage. more
The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is a premium flagship, offering a nearly bezel-less 6.8-inch 120Hz AMOLED touchscreen. It's pricey, but this big deal can reduce the hit to your wallet. more
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. more
It's a massive blast from the past, but also futuristic. The new Motorola Razr is an incredible piece of tech, and now it can be yours for even less. more
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. more
You'll get pre-owned savings with this Galaxy S20 FE that has 128GB of storage. more
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. more

What Prime Day smartphone deals to expect

Technology is one of the strongest categories in the Prime Day sales and we’re expecting to see great Prime Day smartphone deals on all the biggest smartphone names. That means brands such as the Apple iPhone and Samsung Galaxy range are likely to be discounted, along with the likes of more inexpensive phones such as those from Motorola, Oppo, Nokia, LG, and much more.

Prime Day smartphone sales tend to encompass a wide range of budgets so whether you’re looking for something that only costs about $100 or investing in a $1,000 behemoth, there should be something on sale here for you.

What Prime Day smartphone deals we saw last year

Last year saw big price cuts on some huge brands. Those deals included substantial discounts on the Samsung Galaxy S20 and S10 range, Prime Day smartphone deals for OnePlus phones, and price drops for the Motorola Moto range.

Most impressively, there was up to $200 off the Samsung Galaxy S20 range with up to 47% off other Samsung Galaxy smartphones, too. iPhones saw similar discounts with older iPhones such as the iPhone XR and iPhone XS, seeing hundreds of dollars slashed off their prices as part of Prime Day’s smartphone deals.

Should you buy a new smartphone on Prime Day?

Prime Day is generally a good sales event for buying any kind of technology with smartphones often discounted heavily during this time. If you’re looking for a new smartphone then Prime Day smartphone deals are a good place to go.

As always, know your budget and do your research beforehand. A good deal is only a good deal if you need and benefit from the item. Check out our look at the best smartphones if money is no object and you want the best out there. We’ve also looked at the best Android phones and the best cheap smartphones too.

You could wait it out until Black Friday, but odds are if you’re considering purchasing a phone now, you probably want to use it straight away rather than wait for months. Bear in mind though that new iPhones are typically announced in September so it might be worth your while waiting until Black Friday (if you can) if your heart is set on an Apple device and you want the best price possible.

We strive to help our readers find the best deals on quality products and services, and we choose what we cover carefully and independently. The prices, details, and availability of the products and deals in this post may be subject to change at anytime. Be sure to check that they are still in effect before making a purchase.

Digital Trends may earn commission on products purchased through our links, which supports the work we do for our readers.

Editors' Recommendations