If you are looking for a new phone this Black Friday rest assured you are not the only one.
Smartphones are among the most popular technologies during the biggest sales season of the year, with discounts on both SIM-free phones and phones available under contract with carriers.
It’s hard to tell which phones Indeed discounted on Black Friday, and have just been on sale at a lower price for several months, especially if you’re looking at an older phone – where the discounts are deeper.
That’s why we’ve done the hard work for you and searched phone stores for the best savings we can find. We’re focused here on high-end and flagship devices, although we’ve left a few cheaper phones in the mix where they are really good. If you know you want a more affordable phone, check out our separate guides on the best budget phone deals and the best midrange phone deals.
The best deals on the phone right now
6. Oppo Find X2 Pro (12GB RAM, 512GB)
Now: £ 599 (£ 400 off)
Oppo’s excellent Find X2 Pro was one of the best phones of 2020 and got a sizable £ 400 off Black Friday, aided by the fact that its successor, the Find X3 Pro, is here.
7. Samsung Galaxy S20 FE (128GB) with Galaxy Buds 2
Now: £ 550 (£ 188 Off)
eight. Apple iPhone 12 (100 GB data)
Now: £ 49.99 upfront, £ 33.99 / month (£ 865.75 total cost of ownership)
After months of almost miraculous iPhone deals, iD has backed off a bit: This iPhone 12 deal costs about the same as the company offered in October, with only 100GB instead of unlimited data. Keep in mind that for most of us, 100 GB is the same as unlimited.
ten. Samsung Galaxy S21 (8GB RAM, 256GB)
Now: £ 699 (£ 120 off)
The increased storage capacity of the 2021 Samsung flagship has a significant £ 120 discount from its MSRP in this deal with Amazon. The discount depends on the color, please check before buying.
12. Xiaomi Poco X3 Pro (6 GB RAM, 128 GB)
Now: £ 169 (£ 60 off)
Our favorite budget phone at the moment, the Xiaomi Poco X3 Pro already offers phenomenal value and is enjoying an extra discount straight from Amazon. For just an extra ten, you can get the 256GB version from Amazon (now £ 179).
Which phone should I buy?
Which phone is better? The answer lies in how you use your phone, in your budget, and in what you want from your phone. Tech Advisor has a number of buying guides to help you decide how best to move on. We’ve outlined some of the key points and what to expect from each buying guide below.
Find the best phone for you
If you’re looking for deals on the best smartphone on the market, there are probably a few things you should consider. First, should you buy an iPhone or Android? Should you buy an unlocked one or a monthly payment? And also how to choose the right SIM card?
Of course, the best phones on the market often come with a higher price tag. Apple’s Samsung Galaxy S and iPhones may seem like the perfect choices, but if you’re on a tight budget, there are plenty of other powerful options at sub-premium prices (see The Best Chinese Phones Guide for an example).
Some of the most impressive phones on the market right now, like the OnePlus 9 Pro, Oppo Find X3 Pro and Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra, are made by Chinese brands.
Chinese phones can be powerful, often dual-SIM, and usually competitively priced. On the other hand, some may be difficult to return if there is any problem and you may need to pay import duty depending on where you get them from.
However, not all of them are available worldwide; there are more of them in Europe than in North America.
If the Chinese manufacturer in question doesn’t yet have an official presence in your local market, chances are you’re buying its phones from gray market retailers who may need careful navigation.
Buy a used iPhone
Buying a used or refurbished phone is another way to make a lot of money, often on premium phones like the iPhone. Our colleagues at Macworld have put together their own guide on the best way to buy a used iPhone.
Best Dual SIM Phones
In our roundup of the best dual SIM phones, we’ll take a look at what to look out for before buying such a device; for example what SIM sizes are supported and whether both SIMs are 4G and / or 5G compatible.
We also explain the difference between dual SIM standby and dual active SIM. This affects the ability to actively receive calls from both SIM cards at the same time.
Best Basic Phones
If you’re looking for a phone that will let you do the basics – making calls, texting, and browsing at a fraction of the cost – you can find several phones for under £ 50 with cheap monthly rates. Our guide to the best basic phones covers everything you can expect in terms of specs, storage, sound quality, and camera from a smartphone or regular phone.
Best baby phones
If you’re looking for a phone for your child, there are a few more things to consider (like water resistance). Our guide details what specs to look for (for example, does it support regular games and YouTube?), As well as the ideal amount of storage that the phone should support for your little one to be happy.
What are the suggestions by phone?
Retailers often have discounts on tons of cellphones, so keep an eye out for that, not to mention Amazon sells phones without a SIM card from time to time at very attractive prices.
Samsung currently offers an exchange program where you can get hundreds of the company’s newest and best smartphones (depending on the value of the device you are trading). Get Samsung Trade Offers Here…
While Apple itself doesn’t offer discounts as often as Samsung does, it does offer own exchange program… If you have an older iPhone, you can compare the cost to the new iPhone, and Apple currently offers hundreds of discounts depending on your phone.
Many retailers are also seeing significant savings on budget and mid-range phones from Nokia, Motorola, OnePlus and others.
If you want to buy the phone directly and not by contract, Amazon offers some of the best deals, but make sure you check the specs carefully – third-party sellers sometimes use Amazon to move international stock, which may differ slightly from what you find in stores.
If you find yourself missing Amazon Lightning dealsthat only run a few hours and offer a limited range, we recommend subscribing to Amazon 30-day free trial Prime, which will give you access to trades 30 minutes earlier than everyone else. Plus, you get free next day shipping with a Prime trial, plus access to Prime Instant Video and more. Subscribe to Prime Now.
If you’re a student, also check out our article on the best phone contracts for students.
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Want more Black Friday discounts?
Black Friday is coming Friday 26 November this year then Cyber Monday November 29and we’re collecting the best Black Friday deals across all tech types.
We also have a dedicated article answering all of your burning Black Friday questions if you would like to know more.