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While Amazon Prime Day spiced up the summer doldrums — and popped up again during Techtober because Amazon just can't resist piling on — when it comes to deals, nothing will ever beat Black Friday. No longer is Black Friday a single day or even a single weekend. Oh, no, Black Friday is an entire freaking season that starts in October and runs clear into December, with Cyber Monday now stretching into a week. We're now a week out from the day itself, but you wouldn't know it from how retailers have already pulled out all the stops with the deals we're seeing today.

Anything and everything you can buy on the internet seems to have some kind of sale during Black Friday, from the latest and greatest Android phones to the smallest earbuds to the biggest tablets. Best Buy, Walmart, and Amazon are already in the full Black Friday swing, and we've got the best of the best for you to get a jump on your holiday shopping or simply treat yo' self to a new pair of headphones — like these boss new Bose headphones I'm rocking out with right now.

Best Black Friday deals

  • Google Pixel 7a blue render, front and back
    Source: Google
    Google Pixel 7a
    $374 $499 Save $125

    With the same dependably awesome software features and dependable hardware as the Google Pixel flagships — including wireless charging and a 120Hz screen — the Google Pixel 7a is hands-down the phone deal to beat this Black Friday. It also boasts the best camera performance in its class, and small benefits like Hold for Me and the Pixel Recorder's auto-transcription are low-key addictive.

  • Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 in black, positioned at an angle
    Source: Samsung
    Samsung Galaxy Watch 6
    $230 $300 Save $70

    Amazon, Best Buy, and Samsung are all taking $70 off the Galaxy Watch 6, but if you've ever owned a smartwatch before, Samsung will take an extra $50 off for any smartwatch in any condition. Enhanced trade-in values for recent and not-so recent Galaxy Watches and Gear wearables can also get the Watch 6 down as low as $30, so trade in and trade up while you can!

  • Sony WF-1000XM5 in charging case in white background
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    Sony WF-1000XM5
    $248 $300 Save $52

    Sony's best buds to date have their best discount to date, too, and while $50 off may not sound huge, any discount on the best wireless earbuds on the market is highly appreciated. These buds are significantly smaller and more comfortable than the XM4s before them, though a small voice in our head bemoans the new, shiny finish to the bud casings.

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab A8, front view overlapping rear view
    Source: Samsung
    Samsung Galaxy Tab A8
    $150 $230 Save $80

    All three sizes of the Galaxy Tab A8 are on sale, but we'd be remiss if we didn't try to steer you towards the 128GB model with more room for games and movies (and slightly more RAM to help with peformance). The Galaxy Tab A8 is one of the most popular Android tablets on the market for a reason: it offers a good screen and Samsung's cohesive tablet UI for an unbeatable price.

  • Acer Chromebook Spin 311
    Source: Acer
    Acer Chromebook Spin 311
    $129 $249 Save $120

    This is the perfect Chromebook to pick up for your kid's afternoon homework or for yourself to test out Chrome OS before you have to play tech support for your kids' school-issuesd Chromebooks. The battery can easily go over 12 hours, the Mediatek MT8183 is a tried-and-true champion of budget Chromebooks, and it has a touchscreen for better app interactions.

  • philips-hue-a19-smart-bulb-3-pack
    Source: Philips
    Philips Hue A19 Smart Bulb - 3 Pack
    $80 $135 Save $55

    I purchased this bundle myself a couple years ago, and whether you want to add some technicolor magic to one room or a whole apartment, this kit is ideal for kickstarting your smart lighting setup or augmenting an existing arrangement. You'll be able to control these bulbs without a Hue Hub if you're just starting out, too, so no need to buy extra equipment yet.

  • Google Pixel 8 Pro in Bay
    Source: Google
    Google Pixel 8 Pro
    $799 $999 Save $200

    There's no debying the amazing camera performance from the Google Pixel 8 Pro, and with seven years of system and security updates ahead of it, this phone can quite literally last you the rest of the decade if you put it in a sturdy case and treat it right. And who can deny that glorious bae Bay blue colorway? It's simply perfect.

  • Bose QuietComfort Ultra
    Bose QuietComfort Ultra Headphones
    $379 $429 Save $50

    I have practically lived in these headphones since I reviewed them. The Bose QuietComfort Ultra won't just automatically play or pause the music as you pull one ear back, they automatically turn on and off when you set them down and pick them back up again. Multipoint audio is divine, and Immersive audio doesn't fall into the same pitfalls that "normal" spatial audio does.

  • Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5i Chromebook Plus
    Source: Lenovo
    Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5i Chromebook Plus
    $379 $499 Save $120

    This workhorse Chromebook is ready to work hard all day and then kick back in the evenings with some light Android gaming and YouTube binges. The 2-in-1 form factor makes it easy to fold the keyboard out of the way when you don't need it, and as a Chromebook Plus, this is one of the first Chromebooks to support Photoshop for Web.

  • Google Nest Hub 2nd Generation
    Source: Google
    Google Nest Hub 2nd Generation
    $50 $100 Save $50

    Whether you're setting timers in the kitchen while you try to get Thanksgiving dinner properly prepared, checking your security cameras before heading off to bed, or just asking to cycle those dope Philips Hue lights you just installed in the bathroom, Google Nest Hub is still the gold standard for Google Assistant-powered displays, and it's half off for Black Friday.

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    Source: Samsung
    Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
    $550 $1100 Save $550

    $400 off the 256GB configuration of the Galaxy Tab 8 Ultra is cool, but getting one of the best premium Android tablets for only $550 is practically robbery. So long as you can hold up that 14-inch screen — and really, that's what they make stands for! — this will give you one of the beefiest big-screen Android experiences around.

  • The Ring Video Doorbell Battery Plus.
    Source: Amazon
    Ring Video Doorbell Battery Plus
    $120 $180 Save $60

    Yes, there's a wave of $50 video doorbells out there, but you'll absolutely get what you pay for with the Ring Video Doorbell Battery Plus. The square sensor captures a crisp head-to-toe view of any visitors, would-be ding-dong-ditchers, and porch pirates trying to steal Christmas, and Ring's robust security suite elevates the camera's experience to new levels.

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    Source: Samsung
    Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
    $900 $1200 Save $300

    Samsung's slickest slab phone sports the sophisticated savvy of the S Pen suite, some of the most impressive zoom cameras in a phone today, and the customization-friendly One UI system that lets you get your phone exactly how you want it. And for Black Friday, you can get it for a full 25% off.

  • Google Pixel Buds Pro in Bay colorway
    Source: Google
    Google Pixel Buds Pro
    $120 $200 Save $80

    While they might not have ANC quite as strong as the Sony XM5s, Google has Sony soundly beat on style and color selection. We've seen this deal crop up a couple times before, and it's so popular that the Bay colorway is already sold out on Amazon and Best Buy. For the best color, you'll have to head over to the Google Store, and even then, it's unclear how long it'll last.

  • Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Classic
    Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Classic
    $99 $280 Save $181

    This deal will not last through to Black Friday, and if you're wanting to test out a smartwatch without diving headfirst into the latest and most expensive models, the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic still has that sweet rotating bezel and the same workout tracking and wonderfully consistent software experience. The battery life is worse than the 6 Classic, but for $300 less, we'll take extra time on the charger.

Android phone deals

If you're interested in the freshly-released Google Pixel 8 or 8 Pro, kick back and wait for Black Friday, as it will undoubtedly be discounted, and friends don't let friends pay the Launch Day tax. The Pixel 6a's $250 deal from the July Prime Day is dead forever — sorry, guys, the phone has totally sold out at Amazon — but the Pixel 7a hit $400, which is likely to be as good as it gets.

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Amazon and Best Buy have been very, very generous with their deals on the best Samsung Galaxy phones in 2023. The Galaxy S23 series gets $100/$150/$250 discounts at least twice a month, and last spring's Galaxy S22 Ultra pops up with a $650-$800 deal once every few weeks. On the foldable front, Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Flip 5 were $400 and $200 off during the October Prime Days, respectively. Discounts on the Galaxy A-series have been fewer and further between this year, but the Galaxy A54 has dropped to a tempting $325.

Motorola's Razr+ has dropped $300 to its cheapest price yet, and the Edge+ has seen some $100-$200 off deals at times. Meanwhile, OnePlus always has "mystery box" early Black Friday promotions running, and though it's $150 discount on the OnePlus 11 isn't the most competitive offer around. Even though the OnePlus Open is one of our favorite foldable phones to date, it's probably too soon to see big savings on that phone.

Android tablet deals

While deals on iPads are pretty much a given every Black Friday, deals on Android tablets are much more varied. This year, we got a new generation of Galaxy Tab S9 tablets, which means this year's Samsung tablet sales are poised to be quite diverse. We've only seen free storage upgrades on the Tab S9 series so far — Black Friday is primed to be the first significant discount on them — but the Galaxy Tab S8 series has been regularly $100-$300 off, and I hope to see the Tab S9+ $300 off again, the way it was on both of this year's Prime Days.

We're getting closer to a possible US launch for the Galaxy Tab A9, but even if we weren't, the Tab A8 has consistently been $100 off or more during each of the last four deal events (three Prime Day events and Black Friday 2022). The Tab S7 FE and Tab S6 Lite will likely see some deals, too, but the S7 FE is getting harder and harder to find these days.

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Lenovo's tablets are a bit of a mixed bag: the budget-minded models are already seeing their average discounts, but if you want a P12 Pro, you'll likely have to wait until Black Friday itself — and even then, Samsung's deals will likely undercut it. Similarly, the expected deals for the Google Pixel Tablet aren't likely to get it below $370, making it a bit of a non-starter unless you're a Pixel Superfan. I have a little more faith that the OnePlus Pad will make it down into the $300s — it hit $400 for Prime Big Deal Days — but OnePlus may go the bundle deal route instead.

And rounding out the bottom of the budget barrel, we have the Amazon Fire tablet series: Amazon always discounts its entire tablet lineup, and Black Friday will not be an exception, especially since the new Fire 11 Max debuted back in April. Amazon seems to have cleaned out its remaining stock of the previous generations of the Fire 7, HD 8, and HD 10, but we'll likely see discounts in the 30-55% range for those, while the 11 Max is more likely to only see a 15-30% cut.

Chromebook deals

Chromebooks are a category that gets a little weird around Black Friday. See, Prime Day falls smack dab in the middle of the back-to-school shopping season, and it's around the time most kickass Chromebooks announced in January and launched in May get their first discounts. Black Friday is outside that calendar, and November is when the older models that were discontinued that summer tend to sell out forever, which we saw last October with a number of models. This will also be the first Prime Day for the new Chromebook Plus models, but it's unclear what if any discounts we'll be seeing from them given they literally went on sale the second week of October.

For Lenovo, models to watch for will be the Lenovo Flex 3i (Gen 8) with its 12.2-inch 1080p touchscreen in a compact chassis, the Lenovo Flex 5i in both 13.3 and 14-inch varieties — just please opt for Intel Core processors over Pentium or Celeron — and its Duet series, the most prevalent and popular Chromebook tablets around. Best Buy has been heavily discounting Lenovo and Acer Chromebooks, and I recommend watching the entire Acer Chromebook Spin series. From the student-friendly Spin 311 to the beefy Spin 714 to the Goldilocks "just right" Spin 513 and Spin 514, Acer's got a Chromebook for you, you just might have to wait a week or two for the sale to cycle back around.

An Acer Chromebook Spin 714 in tent mode on a white table with books, a mug, and a piece of pottery in the background

Speaking of Best Buy, Chromebook deals tend to be more reliable and prevalent on Best Buy than Amazon, but every now and again, Amazon will slip Chromebook deals into larger PC promotions. Especially if you're looking for budget-minded Chromebooks for school-age kids, you'll need to be extra-vigilant about checking model numbers and AUE dates when shopping Amazon's vast ocean of duplicated Chromebook listings.

Earbud, headphone, and audio deals

Super smart wireless earbuds get sweet deals all year long, but Black Friday spoils us for choice. This year, Samsung and Google haven't released any new buds, which is great news for hopeful buyers. We saw the Pixel Buds Pro down to $120 during the October Prime Days (even the brand-spanking new Bay and Porcelain colors), but the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro are finally hitting $160 after monthly of only seeing $180-$200.

Jabra had almost its entire lineup half-off last year, but things might not be quite as generous this year. Similarly, Sennheiser and Bose seem to be keeping to their "standard" $50 off so far this fall for earbuds and $80-100 for headphones, though Bose might go a little further at Black Friday, seeing as it debuted two new premium headphones this fall (and they're utterly glorious to wear).

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The audio deal we're eagerly awaiting this Black Friday is for the new Sony WF-1000XM5 earbuds. Launching at the end of July, we've yet to see a single discount on them so far. Amazon's October Prime event might have technically broken that streak, but a $22 discount on $300 earbuds isn't a "deal"; it's giving you back the sales tax. The previous XM4 buds seem to be getting into shorter supply already, but if there are enough in stock, maybe we'll see them hit $150 after last year's $180 Black Friday deal.

Sony has been cycling regular discounts for the WH-1000XM5 and XM4 regularly all summer — $350 for the XM5 and $280 for the XM4 — but hopefully, they'll both get an extra $50 off for the holiday shopping season after seeing the WH-1000XM4 at $228 for Prime Day Part 2.

Smartwatch and wearable deals

The Galaxy Watch series will likely clean up again this Black Friday. I say "again" because last year's $140 Galaxy Watch 4 deal was one of the best deals of 2022, and if there are any left, they will return. The watches you'll really want to watch, though, are the Galaxy Watch 6 and Watch 5. Amazon and Samsung have basically stopped selling the Galaxy Watch 5, but everyone else still has it and should drop it down into the $150-$200 range, which will be a price performer unless we see the Watch 6 hit $230. Samsung will have enhanced trade-in deals for the Galaxy Watch 6 — a guaranteed minimum $50 trade-in is available right now — and hopefully throwing in a free fabric strap as they did during the launch window. (I've been in love with mine.)

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Black Friday will also (hopefully) be the first time the new Google Pixel Watch 2 gets discounted, so you'll want to hold out until Turkey Day for that. The original Pixel Watch might drop into the sub-$200 ballpark — it was $210 for October Prime Day — although you're probably better off with the Pixel Watch 2 (for the battery) or a Galaxy Watch 6 (for everything). Kicking over from Google to Fitbit, we expect these deals to match last year — the Charge 6 has just arrived, so it'll be the first event for that — but given the way fitness deals have shaken out over 2023, I'm not holding my breath to see any new lowest prices ever for any other Fitbits.

Garmin and Mobvoi have some more recent watches that we're hoping to see discounted, but things are still a bit murky on that front for now.

Smart home deals

From Arlo's excellent security cams to Philips Hue light bulbs to Kasa's sleek smart plugs and beyond, just about every smart home device you can imagine is already seeing some kind of discount, even if it doesn't get deals throughout the regular year. Case in point, while the Google Nest Audio might be three years old, it's still the best Google Assistant smart speaker, bar none, and it's been discounted less than five times all year. But, last Black Friday, you could buy two for $90, and for a wonderfully brief window, single speakers were discounted down to $45. I took advantage of both deals and bought three Nest Audios for my own apartment last year, and this deal sold out multiple times over the course of October and November.

A purple Amazon Echo Pop and smartphone sit on a metal table

Amazon and Google always heavily discount their security cameras, doorbells, smart displays, and streaming sticks for Black Friday, and even third-party ecosystems from TP-Link, Arlo, Wyze, and Eufy seem to put everything and the kitchen sink on sale. Products you'll want to watch for this go around are the Ring Video Doorbell Plus, Amazon Echo Pop, Google Nest Doorbell — I want to see this finally dip to $130 or less — Amazon Fire TV Omni QLED series, and Synology NAS systems. (Okay, I admit, beefy NAS devices might not be smart in the normal smart home sense, but they will make your smart streaming setup awesome.)

For smaller smart home devices like smart lights from Philips Hue, Govee, and more, as well as smart plugs, robot vacuums, and connected devices like smart air purifiers and smart coffee makers, deals are always popping up, but we recommend waiting until at least the end of this month before pulling the trigger.

When is Black Friday and Cyber Monday?

Black Friday itself this year falls on November 24, with Cyber Monday following it on November 27, but retailers like Walmart and Target held their "Holiday Kickoff Sales" on October 10-11, when Amazon Prime Big Deal Days — better known as Prime Day Part 2 or Amazon's Fall/October Prime Days. Best Buy then kicked off its proper Black Friday deals on October 30 — well, October 27 for My BestBuy Plus/Total members — Walmart kicked off on November 8, and Amazon's Black Friday deals properly kicked off November 17.

While you'll never know if a deal will "get better" between October and Black Friday, 2022 showed us that deals will absolutely sell out ahead of Black Friday if you wait too long to pull the trigger. This was especially true of smart home (the Google Nest Audio) and Chromebook deals last year. But on the flip side, some products actually kept dropping in price clear into December's final holiday shopping days: The Galaxy Watch 4 dropped to $150 and then $140, where it stayed for weeks, while half a dozen of the best wireless earbuds dropped $50 in the early weeks and then switched to a $100 price cut for Black Friday itself.