It has been a banner year for Samsung, between the camera prowess of the Galaxy S21 Ultra, the more polished foldable experience on the Galaxy Z Flip 3 and Fold 3, and the launch of the first smartwatch with Wear OS 3, the Galaxy Watch 4. So whether you're looking for new earbuds or a great deal on one of the best Android phones, Black Friday always brings tremendous deals to every segment, and we're here to help you find the best one for you and your family members.
While supply issues might make some smartphone deals more elusive than in previous years, there are a few perennial deals and plenty of bundles hoping to sweeten the pot this Black Friday. Tablets are another area we expect Samsung to offer bountiful discounts in, and Galaxy earbuds will drop from good prices down to "what the heck are you waiting for" territory before the turkey leftovers are demolished.
Black Friday Samsung Galaxy deals: Smartphones
Hop on the foldable phone bandwagon for less than any traditional flagship this Black Friday with the Galaxy Z Flip 3. With added durability, water resistance, and Samsung's polished One UI software, this is the best foldable experience to be had today.
Featuring the vividly colorful 120Hz screens, phenomenal cameras, and Samsung's uniquely polished One UI software — which are getting Android 12 right now — the Galaxy S21 is an excellent phone with three more years of security updates ahead of it. Trade-in values have been greatly enhanced both at the carriers and at Samsung.
You can get $50 off the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 in all colors, sizes, and configurations at almost every major retailer this Black Friday. The watch already comes with a silicone Sport band in-box, but Samsung will give you a free band in one of three Sport styles or Hybrid Leather.
If you prefer a premium design with a traditional aesthetic, you might be drawn to the stainless steel Galaxy Watch 4 Classic models. The Classic comes with the Ridge-Sport band, but I highly recommend taking advantage of Samsung's free band to grab either Hybrid Leather or the normal Sport, which tucks under for a cleaner look and doesn't need loops to corral the excess.
Ah, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and the Galaxy Z Flip 3. The eye-catching foldable phones have been out for four months now and could see some discounts, but I wouldn't expect to see the Galaxy Z Flip 3 break the $800 barrier or the Z Fold 3 to descend past $1,300. Samsung currently has $100 off the Flip and $250 off the Fold, and it likely won't go much lower than that outside carrier deals, but the trade-in program Samsung offers can bring those prices much, much further down.
Every Black Friday for the last half-decade has seen buy-one-get-one-free deals for that year's Galaxy S model on every major carrier, and for those looking to buy a single phone, discounts of $200-$300 are common. Despite the Galaxy S21 being impossible to keep in stock for other retailers — and even some carriers — Samsung has it $100 off right now, and AT&T will let you get it for free when you trade in a qualifying phone (even a Galaxy S8+ gets the full $800 credit).
Black Friday Samsung Galaxy deals: Wearables
The only Samsung smartwatches you should buy this Black Friday are the Galaxy Watch 4 and the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic. While deals might surface for the Galaxy Watch 3, the 4 Classic will still be a better value, has wider app support, and has a longer support life ahead of it.
You can already find the Galaxy Watch 4 for $200 and the Watch 4 Classic for $300 — $50 off — but I'm expecting another $30-$60 to get lopped off. When checking deals, you might want to start at Samsung's website, as they've been matching or beating Amazon's deals thus far and they offer trade-in value if you give them an old wearable. Most of the trade-in values are low, but something is better than nothing for a watch you won't be wearing anymore.
Oh, and the Galaxy Watch Active 2 is less than 9 months from the end of its updates and support window. So unless you are just obsessed with its small size, I'd skip it for the Watch 4, which is only a little bit bigger and will last a lot longer.
Black Friday Samsung Galaxy deals: Tablets
The Galaxy Tab S7 series is a year old and while last Black Friday only brought it down to the $550 range, this premium, powerhouse tablet is already down to $500 and will likely go lower the closer we get to Black Friday. While you have to pay extra for a kickstand, cover, or keyboard, the Tab S7 is a good tablet right now that might get amazing next year once Android 12L launches for foldables and tablets.
Thanks to its Snapdragon 865+ processor with 6GB of RAM, 11-inch LCD with 120Hz refresh rate, 8,000mAh battery, quad speakers, and 45W fast charging, the Galaxy Tab S7 has all the premium features you could want at a mid-range price.
Upgrade to a 12.4-inch AMOLED display for the best visual quality for all your streaming, gaming, and productivity needs. It also gives you a larger 10,090 mAh battery and in-screen fingerprint sensor, though the processor and RAM are the same. It's a premium device at a lower price than usual.
The 2021 Fan Edition tablet isn't as fast as the other S7 tablets, but it has a massive 12.4-inch display for much less than the smaller S7, plus amazing battery life. The best discount is on the model with 6GB of RAM, which will help the mid-range tablet handle more processor-intensive tasks like DeX mode.
With an 8.7-inch display, quad Dolby Atmos speakers, 3GB RAM, 1TB of expandable storage, a durable 5,100mAh battery, and relatively lightweight 13oz design, the Galaxy Tab A7 Lite is a truly quality device that's especially attractive at this low Black Friday price.
This tablet skirts the mid-range line between affordable and higher-end tablets. It's more expensive than the Tab A series, but it gives you much more screen space and better performance, making it more likely to give you plenty of longevity. And at $100 to $130 off, it's not that much more expensive.
Samsung's more budget-minded Tab A-series like the Galaxy Tab A7 Lite and S6 have also started to get some good Black Friday discounts. Just keep in mind the minimal RAM these tablets tend to have and be mindful of that if you intend to try any sort of gaming or video-calling. But they'll match (or beat) what you'd get with an Amazon Fire tablet, plus give you better apps and software.
Black Friday Samsung Galaxy deals: Chromebooks
The two generations of the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook are primed for deals this Black Friday, and in fact, the original Samsung Galaxy Chromebook is $400 off at Amazon. Featuring a gorgeous 4K AMOLED touchscreen, the Galaxy Chromebook works hard and plays harder, and while the Galaxy Chromebook 2 will likely drop to the $400-$500 range per model, $600 for the original and that oh-so-lovely screen is the better deal to be had. Just be mindful that the bottom of this fanless laptop can warm up a bit during long sessions.
Whether you want the latest specs for your work or the best screen around for watching movies, this gives you both. While the newer Galaxy Chromebook 2 is also $700, it has less power and a lower-resolution screen, so stick with the OG.
It may not be the newest Chromebook on the block, but it's a great fit for strapped budgets and casual computing. With up to 12 hours of battery life and 4GB of RAM, the Chromebook 4 is great for homework, writing, everyday computing, and lightweight travel.
Using standard 45W USB-C Power Delivery Charging and the same software and features as Chromebooks twice its price, the Samsung Chromebook 4+ can feel like a steal, but the lackluster screen spoils the experience for weaker, older eyes. 4GB of RAM combine with the Celeron N4000 for easy homework but not easy video calls with the whole class.
Black Friday Samsung Galaxy deals: Earbuds
Samsung's many wireless earbuds are among the best on the market, and they're all primed for deep discounts. The best Samsung earbuds, the Galaxy Buds Pro, launched alongside the Galaxy S21 in January, and just as you could get them free with an S21 at launch, I expect to see them bundled with some Galaxy smartphone deals. If you're happy with your current phone, though, we're already seeing the Buds Pro for $50 off or more at some retailers. Samsung's website will even trade in an old pair of earbuds for up to $50 off, giving you the Buds Pro for 50% off. The Buds Pro are a steal if you can get them for $120 or less: they're comfy enough to wear for hours, ANC adequately blocks out the world in most environments, and the microphones inside sound better than earbuds twice the price.
The newer but not-quite-as-durable Galaxy Buds 2 has already been seeing sales and instant rebates bringing it down from $150 to $130 — Samsung has them for $120, plus up to another $40 off for your old earbuds — and I wouldn't be surprised to see sales that bring the Buds 2 to $75 around Black Friday weekend.
While the Galaxy Buds Live — yes, the ones shaped like beans — are super-duper comfortable, the Galaxy Buds Pro stay in better, sound much better, and ANC on the Live is lackluster due to the minimal design. Unless you just adore the Mystic Red colorway or it drops under $85, the deals on the Buds Pro make them a better value and better overall product.
The battery champ of the bunch are the Galaxy Buds+, but they're almost two years old and they were going for around $50 last Black Friday. There's better bargains, but if you dig the Buds+ colors or that 11-hour continuous use battery life, I'd wait till they hit $60 or less to pull the trigger.
Samsung already has a $50 discount gong for the best earbuds they've ever made, but with Samsung's recycling program, you can lop off another $30-$50. Trade in literally any pair of wireless or wired headphones or earbuds and get $30 off, and you get $50 off if you trade in a pair of Galaxy Buds Live or Galaxy Buds+. Promo code credit from buying a Samsung phone or watch earlier this fall can apply to this deal, too, if you haven't spent yours yet!
The Galaxy Buds 2 offer the best of Samsung's wireless earbuds in an affordable package. They sound fantastic, tune out noise in your vicinity, last the same amount of time as the Buds Pro, and include wireless charging. For what you're ultimately paying here, you are getting a great value.
Samsung's Galaxy Buds Live deliver incredible sound backed by an ergonomic fit, active noise cancellation, and IPX2 dust and water resistance. They last six hours between charges, include wireless charging, and are a great overall option.
Where to find the best Black Friday Samsung Galaxy deals
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Samsung Galaxy deals will pop up in every retailer and carrier store this Black Friday — mostly for its phones, but deals for the LTE-enabled watches and tablets are common as well — while earbud and Bluetooth watches/tablets are more common at the big four retailers. However, if you want to see deals on all Samsung products, your first stop should be Samsung's own website. This is because Samsung offers trade-in for everything from tablets to phones to earbuds, letting you save on top of the instant rebates and bundles Samsung has on tap.
- Samsung: Plenty of deals underway on basically everything including accessories
- Amazon: Limited phone supply, discounts as good as Samsung on watches, tablets, and all the accessories you need
- Best Buy: Watch and tablet deals, carrier deals for smartphones, light on accessories
When do the Black Friday Samsung Galaxy deals begin?
While everything starts really heating up around November 21st — the Sunday before Black Friday — for everything but smartphones, deals are already flowing. I expect the discounts on tablets and earbuds to stay about where they are between now and Thanksgiving, though the Galaxy Watch 4 might get some more deals.
Smartphone deals will start ramping up around November 25 and stick around through Cyber Monday, if they don't sell out first. I expect deals on the S21 series to go fast, so if that's what you're looking to buy, be ready to pounce when deals arrive.
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Ara Wagoner was a staff writer at Android Central. She themes phones and pokes YouTube Music with a stick. When she's not writing about cases, Chromebooks, or customization, she's wandering around Walt Disney World. If you see her without headphones, RUN. You can follow her on Twitter at @arawagco.