Best Black Friday Phone Deals: Save $50 on Google Pixel 5A, $100 on Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3

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You don’t have to wait until black friday to get a great deal on a new one smartphone. Google devices, Samsung and Motorola are already on sale for the shopping weekend. One of the best early Black Friday phone deals can be found on the Google Play Store, which is $50 off the Pixel 5A. That brings the price down to just $399, making it an even stronger recommendation for Android fans looking for an affordable device. (Some of these deals are also available through other retailers.)

Whether you’re looking for a reliable yet inexpensive device or a high-end foldable phone, there are already several deals that are worth your while. We will update this story with new deals like black friday approaches.

Check out our favorite Black Friday phone deals below.

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Google’s Pixel 5A 5G already stood out for its sharp screen, smooth performance and affordable price. But at a discount of $50, it’s an even more tempting option for those in need of a new Android phone. As the budget-friendly sibling of the Pixel 6, the Pixel 5A comes with a 6.34-inch OLED display, a dual-lens camera and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 765G processor. While it lacks some of the more advanced camera features of the Pixel 6, it still comes with useful photography tools from previous Pixels, such as Night Sight.

Read our Pixel 5A review.

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Foldable phones are still quite expensive compared to standard smartphones, making discounts especially important. This Black Friday, Samsung is taking $100 off the Galaxy Z Flip 3, which we’ve called the first foldable phone you’ll actually want to buy. That brings the starting price to $900 instead of $1,000, but Samsung is also throwing in a free pair of Galaxy Buds 2 earbuds. The offer expires on December 5 and applies to the unlocked and carrier-specific versions of Verizon, T-Mobile, US Cellular, and AT&T.

Read our Galaxy Z Flip 3 review.

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If you’ve always wanted a phone with a giant screen, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 might be the one for you, especially since you can get it at a discount of $250. While the Galaxy Z Flip 3 is essentially a modern version of the flip phone, the Z Fold 3 unfolds into a 7.6-inch tablet. It’s still expensive at the discounted price of $1,550, but the price cut brings it much closer to the cost of a standard premium phone. The improved design and larger cover screen of the Galaxy Z Fold 3 make it Samsung’s best foldable large format yet, but keep in mind it’s still not for everyone. This offer also expires on December 5 and applies to the unlocked and carrier-specific versions of Verizon, T-Mobile, US Cellular, and AT&T.

Read our Galaxy Z Fold 3 review.


Shopping on a tighter budget? You’ll want to check out the Moto G Power, which is available on Amazon for a discount of $70, dropping the price to just $180. That’s the lowest price we’ve seen on Amazon for this phone in new condition. The Moto G Power doesn’t have 5G support and only comes with 64GB of storage, but offers great value for the price in other areas. It lasts for three days on a single charge, comes with a 48-megapixel main camera and has a 6.6-inch screen. Keep in mind that Moto has also already announced the 2022 version of this phone.

Read our Moto G Power review.

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The OnePlus 9 Pro excels with its beautiful design, sharp screen, fast charging and a lot of computing power. While $800 is more expensive than some of the other devices on this list, it’s still a decent price cut from the average retail price of the OnePlus 9 Pro of around $1,000 on Amazon. It features a 6.7-inch AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor, 50-watt wireless charging, and a triple-lens camera. While our reviewer Andrew Hoyle wasn’t impressed with the camera, the OnePlus 9 Pro is still an excellent choice for those who prioritize performance and display quality in a phone.

Read our OnePlus 9 Pro review.

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With a large 6.53-inch screen, plenty of storage, and a 48-megapixel camera, the TCL 10L has a lot going for it at its $220 price point. The 256GB TCL 10L usually costs $300, but is available at a discount of $80. on Amazon prior to Black Friday. Our reviewer Eli Blumenthal experienced some delay in testing the TCL 10L, but still gave it credit for its elegant design and ability to do basic tasks well.

Read our TCL 10L review.

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