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Amazon Prime Exclusive Phones: Everything you need to know

It's hard to keep track of all the perks that come with an Amazon Prime membership, but if you're an Android fan, one of the best ones is easily Amazon's Prime Exclusive Phones.

Prime Exclusive Phones are sold exclusively to Amazon Prime members, and this program allows you to purchase quality phones from LG, Motorola, and others at discounted rates. Here's everything you need to know!

The latest Prime Exclusive news

August 1, 2018 — LG Stylo 4 now available for $249.99

For folks that are in the market for a stylus-equipped Android phone but don't want to shell out $700-$900 for the upcoming Galaxy Note 9, LG's got a solid alternative with its Stylo 4.

Launching as a rebranded version of the Q Stylus that was announced in early June, the Stylo 4 is equipped with a 6.2-inch 18:9 display with a 2160 x 1080 resolution. There's a 13MP camera on the back, 5MP wide-angle camera up front, and a 3,300 mAh battery that's charged via USB Type-C.

Also included is the Snapdragon 450, 3GB RAM, 32GB of expandable storage (up to 2TB), Android 8.1 Oreo, and a stylus that can be housed inside the Stylo 4 when you aren't using it.

The LG Stylo 4 is available through the Prime Exclusive program right now for just $249.99 ($50 off its MSRP of $299.99)

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June 21, 2018 — Moto Z3 Play and Moto G6 Play are now in the Prime Exclusive lineup

Moto Z3 Play

The Moto Z3 Play is a solid upgrade to last year's Z2 Play, but the $499 retail price doesn't really make it stand out in this segment. Thankfully, Amazon is now making the Z3 Play available via its Prime Exclusive lineup, knocking $50 off the price (opens in new tab) of the device. The Prime variant of the Z3 Play retails for $449, and is now up for sale for Prime subscribers.

The Z3 Play offers a 6.0-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED screen, Snapdragon 636, dual 12MP + 5MP cameras at the back, 8MP front shooter, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal memory, microSD slot, and a 3000mAh battery. Motorola is bundling a Moto Power Pack with every unit for free, with the Moto Mod offering a 2200mAh battery capacity.

And for a limited time, Amazon will throw in a Moto Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa (opens in new tab) for free with every purchase of the Moto Z3 Play. The Moto Mod by itself retails for $149, so combine that with the $50 discount and the Prime variant of the Moto Z3 Play is a pretty great deal.

Prime members can now pick up the Moto Z3 Play from Amazon, with the phone set for an official release on June 29.

As for the Moto G6 Play, it is the more affordable variant of the Moto G6, and Prime members can get their hands on the device for $189, $10 off its retail price.

As a refresher, the Moto G6 Play features a 5.7-inch HD+ 18:9 panel, and is powered by the Snapdragon 427. You also get 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, a microSD slot, 13MP rear camera, 5MP front camera, and a massive 4000mAh battery.

Both phones come with a host of Amazon apps pre-installed, including the Amazon Widget, Amazon Shopping, and Amazon Alexa. You'll also be able to set Alexa as the default voice assistant on either device should you wish to do so.

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May 30, 2018 — Motorola's Moto G6 joins the mix!

The Moto G line is one of the most popular in the budget smartphone market, and the Moto G6 is one of the best entries yet.

Motorola's retail price for the G6 is $250, but being a part of Amazon's Prime Exclusive program, that price is lowered to just $235.

For that price, you're getting a 5.7-inch Full HD+ display with an 18:9 aspect ratio, Snapdragon 450 processor, 3GB RAM, 32GB of expandable storage (up to 128GB), 3,000 mAh battery, 12MP + 5MP dual rear cameras, and Android 8.0 Oreo.

Something that is unique to the Prime Exclusive Moto G6 is built-in Alexa. To get its attention, just double press the power button and start asking away.

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May 22, 2018 — The LG K30 joins the lineup with a price of $140

The latest phone entering the Prime Exclusive program is LG's K30. It's got a 5.3-inch 1280 x 720 screen on the front in addition to on-screen navigation buttons and a 5MP selfie camera. Plastic is the material of choice for the K30's design, and on the back, you'll find an 8MP shooter along with a fingerprint sensor.

Other specs include the Snapdragon 425, 2GB RAM, 16GB of internal storage (expandable up to 2TB), and Android 7.1 Nougat.

You'll pay $139.99 for the K30.

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All the big details

What phones are available?

Amazon's list of Prime Exclusive Phones is always changing, and as it does, we'll be updating this list to reflect the most current lineup. As it stands right now, these are the phones you can get through the Prime Exclusive program —

Can anyone buy the phones?

Nope.

In order to purchase Prime Exclusive Phones, you'll need to have an active subscription to Amazon Prime.

Amazon Prime costs $119 for 12 months or $39 for 3 months, and along with access to these phones, you also get free two-day shipping, access to shows/movies on Prime Video, free Kindle e-books, and much, much more.

How are they so much cheaper?

Prime Exclusive Phones are considerably cheaper than their non-Prime counterparts, but how can this be?

No matter which one you choose, all Prime Exclusive Phones come with pre-installed Amazon apps, including Amazon Shopping, Prime Video, Amazon Kindle, Amazon Music, etc.

There used to be advertisements on the lock screen of every Prime Exclusive phone, too, but Amazon changed this is February by simply kicking the price up of all its phones by $20 and removed the ads.

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Updated August 1, 2018 — Add the LG Stylo 4 to the list!

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13 Comments
  • Snapdragon 845 on LG K30!!!!! For $140!!!!! Dxxx. Let me cancel my order for OnePlus 6......
  • It's actually a Snapdragon 425, not the 845. Sorry for the confusion 😬
  • smh... Better attention Joe. Better attention
  • I have the LG G6+ from Prime and I love it. I couldn't see anything that cost more that was worth the additional cost. I wanted the additional storage that the plus offered and some high end phones like the S9 didn't even offer. It used to have the ads which never bugged me but they are gone now. I wonder if they will offer the LG7? The one down side is updates are slow. Still on Android 7.0. In April got the December security patches. I expected slow updates when I bought it though.
  • You know, having your ad-block-complaining pop-up on pages where you are referring sales to other sites is kinda crummy.
  • The LG Q6 looks like a good phone at a doable price point. Wish it had the sd 450 instead of the 435 though.
  • IF you have or need prime... It might be a good deal. It's settled that the CPU and RAM power of phones aren't materially impacted by the bloatware... It will only be annoying. The one phone mentioned... 2GB of RAM is absolutely not enough in 2018... That is awful... It means regularly clearing memory and storage because few apps and web pages will be possible to open all at once without the phone slowing down... But they are an affordable option for low income people or perhaps as phones for early teens. I won't snub my nose at the phones... I respect people on a tight budget.
  • Waiting for the Moto G6 Amazon release.... 🙏
  • Ask, and you shall receive as of May 30.
  • For some reason with my LG G6 I can't watch Amazon Prime videos in high definition or HDR. And I'm still on December security patch. This will probably be my last Amazon exclusive phone since they seem to be lesser than their non Amazon counterparts
  • Personally I like the current Amazon prime exclusive phones. No lockscreen or other kind of ads, only comes are installed with a bunch of Amazon apps and few of them I would have downloaded from play store anyway. The ones you don't want can't be uninstalled but can be disabled.
    Nice discount for having the bundled Amazon apps and sim unlocked out of the box. I wonder why microsoft doesn't take similar route for the phones they sell in Microsoft store. Do deals, get it pre installed rather than having the user install in store after buying (I know they have some deals for few apps). And also discount the phones so that the user has some incentive to buy a phone with bundled Microsoft apps.
  • LG V35 is $200 off
  • Going for a stylo 4 when I can get one from LG direct in Canada. They are listing 3gb of ram on their website in Canada. That is fine, and from the video reviews I have watched, it's a great device for those, like me, who would like a galaxy note type device, but this samesong is crap. Im in.