(Pocket-lint) – The Black Friday sales are usually a good time to buy a new phone, with discounts across many of the devices launched in the previous year.
We’re now into November when the Black Friday sales will start, and there are often incentives from networks, like good deals or discounts on SIM packages, for many, it’s heavy discounts on phones that people want.
We’ll be checking all the prices and delivering the best deals that you’ll find in mobile phones for Black Friday right here.
When will the Black Friday sales start?
Black Friday is scheduled to start on 26 November 2021, followed by Cyber Monday on 29 November. But the sales event will span these weeks, with black tag events often starting up in the middle of November and running for a couple of weeks.
Phones are very much a part of this and you’ll see rolling deals on different models throughout the sales period – and we’ve often seen some models or capacities sell out quickly once the sales start – especially from popular retailers. Some brands are already listing deals on their websites, although these aren’t universal across all retailers.
What phones do we expect to get discounts?
That’s the big question. Often there aren’t discounts on the very latest models, so the new iPhone is unlikely to be discounted, but the iPhone 12 and older models are all likely to see some good reductions across a range of retailers.
There are some brands that like to discount fairly heavily and Samsung is one of them. It’s unlikely that you’ll find a big discount on the Galaxy Z Fold 3, but you are likely to find discounts on the Galaxy S21 family and the Galaxy Note 20 – as well as many of the Galaxy A models too. Often, there’s some big savings, not just from third-party retailers, but direct from Samsung too.
Other brands love the sales, with the likes of OnePlus, Oppo and Motorola all common names. Previously we’ve seen serious discounts on flagship models, for example the vegan leather Oppo Find X2, making it much more affordable. That’s happening again in 2021, with Oppo, OnePlus and Xiaomi all starting sales early.
Watch out for storage, as sometime times one storage will have a big discount and another might not and also watch out for colours – as some versions of a phone might be cheaper because less people are buying it.
Which retailers offer the best phone deals?
Many retailers sell phones as they are one of the most popular items to buy. That means you have plenty of choices. While some deals won’t be great, we’ll be picking out the deals worth having in the highlights below. Or, you can go straight to the retailers and browse their discounted smartphones.
US Black Friday phone retailers
UK Black Friday phone retailers
Many deals have not yet started, but there are some sales appearing that are worth keeping an eye on. We’ll be fleshing out the deals below as they appear.
Best Black Friday UK smartphone deals 2021
Apple iPhone deals UK
Apple deals have not started yet – we’ll expect them to appear later in November.
Google Pixel deals UK
Google often discounts, but so far there’s no word on when we’ll see PIxel discounts for 2021.
Samsung Galaxy deals UK
Samsung usually discounts widely, both on its own website and through other retailers – but those discounts haven’t started.
OnePlus deals UK
OnePlus is running its Best Prices in 2021 event through its website and that’s seen some models already discounted. These might not be the best prices that appear across all retailers during Black Friday, but there are some early offers if you don’t want to wait.
Voucher discounts available now:
• OnePlus 9 Pro, 128GB, now £709.00 (save £120): The OnePlus 9 Pro is the flagship for 2021, and this is a great price for a great handset. Use code OP9PRO120BF at checkout. View deal on OnePlus.
• OnePlus 9, 128GB, now £549 (save £80): OnePlus’ smaller flagship phone has a Snapdragon 888 and a 120Hz display. Use code OP9BF80SEP at checkout. See offer on OnePlus.
• OnePlus 8T, 128GB, now £399 (save £150): The late 2020 update offers Snapdragon 865, a 120Hz display and a great discount. Use code OP8T150SEP at checkout. See deal on OnePlus.
From 5 November:
• OnePlus Nord 2 5G, 256GB, now £422.10 (save 10%): The Nord 2 is a MediaTek Dimensity 1200 phone with 5G, a great build and display – but much cheaper than a flagship phone. View deal on OnePlus.
Motorola deals UK
Motorola is often included in Black Friday sales, but the deals haven’t started yet.
Nokia deals UK
We’re expecting some Nokia devices to get discounted later in November.
Sony Xperia deals UK
There are usually good offers on Sony devices – but it’s still too soon.
Oppo Black Friday deals UK
Oppo has announced a range of discounts on models, but hasn’t confirmed which retailers will be offering the deals. We will update as soon as those deals are live and confirmed. Take note, however, these might not be the best prices across the Black Friday period.
- Oppo Find X3 Pro – discounted to £999
- Oppo Find X3 Neo – discounted to £599
- Oppo Find X3 Lite – discounted to £329
- Oppo A54 5G – discounted to £199
- Oppo Find X2 Pro – discounted to £599
Xiaomi Black Friday deals UK
Xiaomi is running a deals event through November – called Mi Friday. It is offering a range of different sales events, including likes for discounts and flash sales. It’s a little confusing, but there are some deals to be had. There may be better deals coming to other retailers in the near future.
• Xiaomi 11T 5G, 256GB, now £469 (save £80): Big storage, Dimensity 1200 power, a 120Hz AMOLED display and 108MP camera – plus a decent discount. View offer on mi.com.
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• Redmi Note 10 Pro, 128GB, now £239 (save £30): From the affordable end of the market, a great Android phone. See deal on mi.com.
• Poco X3 Pro, 128GB, now £169 (save £60): Poco aims to deliver key spec for the best price – Snapdragon 860 and a 120Hz display at amazing prices. See deal on mi.com
Best Black Friday US cell phone deals 2021
Google Pixel deals US
Google likes to discount for Black Friday and Cyber Monday and we’re expecting some decent savings.
Samsung Galaxy deals US
We’ve seen some great deals in the past from Samsung for Black Friday and Cyber Monday and we’d expect this year to have some great savings.
OnePlus deals US
OnePlus is running its Best Prices in 2021 campaign, but you might find better prices elsewhere – and we’re expecting lower prices from other retailers during Black Friday.
Motorola deals US
Motorola often has some compelling offers on Black Friday, but they haven’t started yet.
Writing by Chris Hall. Originally published on .