Best Black Friday 2023 phone deals

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By Aprilia Reen

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If you’ve been putting off a new phone purchase all year, then I have great news: your procrastination is about to pay off. Black Friday has officially arrived with some excellent deals in tow — think Pixels, iPhones, and Galaxy devices for hundreds of dollars below MSRP. And even if you picked up a new phone recently, it’s a great time to stock up on some new cases, chargers, and accessories. And when you’re done looking at phones, you can check out our entire Black Friday roundup.

  • Maybe you heard, but Apple’s new FineWoven case isn’t our favorite. Consider a Moment case instead for your new iPhone 15 — they’re $34.99 right now, which is $15 off the full MSRP.
  • Another option: Nomad is offering 30 percent off sitewide, so its $50 leather iPhone 15 case is $35 right now.
  • Moft’s Snap Case and handy wallet / stand accessory are $58.99 for the pair, down from $69.99.
  • It might be your last chance to pick up the discontinued MagSafe Duo iPhone and Apple Watch wireless charger — it’s $98.50, down from its $129.99 original price. It’s definitely not the cheapest way to charge your phone wirelessly, but it’s a surprisingly good travel charger.
  • The Backbone One mobile controller turns your phone into a portable gaming console. It’s $69.99 right now, a 30 percent discount off the full $99.99 price. Read our review.

  • Apple is offering a $75 gift card with the purchase of an iPhone 13, iPhone 14, or iPhone SE. The iPhone 13 is a particularly good deal since it should have several more years of OS upgrades ahead of it, and its discounted $599 price is already a good value. Read our review.

The iPhone 13, in pink.

The iPhone 13, in pink.

With the introduction of the iPhone 15, Apple lowered the price on the 13 to $599. If you’re paying upfront rather than subsidizing your purchase with a carrier, then it’s a great option.

The yellow iPhone 14 is equipped with Apple’s A15 Bionic CPU and a 6.1-inch display and is available with onboard storage ranging from 128GB to 512GB.

The 2022 iPhone SE will last for over five years if it’s taken care of, thanks to Apple’s excellent track record of offering iOS updates to older devices. But its tiny 4.7-inch screen feels cramped now and may be tough to use in five years’ time while apps and webpages continue to be designed for bigger screens.

Google didn’t hold back on this year’s Black Friday deals. The Pixel 8 and 8 Pro are barely a month old, but they’re subject to some significant discounts. And if you were eyeing a Pixel Fold, now might be the time — at $1,400 it’s a better offer than at its $1,700 MSRP.

A photo of Google’s Pixel Fold smartphone.

A photo of Google’s Pixel Fold smartphone.

The Pixel Fold, Google’s first foray into the world of foldable phones, features an outer 5.8-inch display and a 7.6-inch, tablet-like inner screen. Read our review.

Pixel 8 Pro shown in bay blue.

Pixel 8 Pro shown in bay blue.

The Pixel 8 Pro offers some solid upgrades over the standard Pixel 8, including a 5x telephoto lens, a bigger 6.7-inch screen, and the promise of more on-device AI capabilities in the near future.

Google Pixel 8 in pink on a pink background with red transparent squares.

Google Pixel 8 in pink on a pink background with red transparent squares.

The Pixel 8 comes with just a couple of key upgrades over the Pixel 7, and it misses out on several higher-end features on the 8 Pro, like a telephoto lens. But its combination of price, features, and the promise of seven years of OS updates makes it the best mainstream Android phone to buy right now.

Google Pixel 7A standing upright on a table showing home screen.

Google Pixel 7A standing upright on a table showing home screen.

The Pixel 7A includes several features that are hard to find for around $500, including wireless charging and an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance. It’s not the cheapest phone in the class, but it’s the one that’s best suited to go the distance. Read our review.

Samsung is offering deals across the board on its S23 series phones, which will likely be replaced at the beginning of 2024. But even with a successor on the horizon, $899 for the Galaxy S23 Ultra is an awfully good deal. Take a look at the healthy discounts on Samsung’s folding phones, too.

Samsung Z Fold 5 shown standing upright unfolded and folded with outer screen exposed.

Samsung Z Fold 5 shown standing upright unfolded and folded with outer screen exposed.

Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 5 looks a lot like its predecessor, but it now folds flat thanks to a new hinge with fewer moving parts. It maintains the 7.6-inch inner display and narrow 6.2-inch cover screen, but it now utilizes the same Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor found in Samsung’s Galaxy S23 phones.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 in-hand showing customized cover lock screen with a photo wallpaper

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 in-hand showing customized cover lock screen with a photo wallpaper

Samsung’s Z Flip 5 is its latest 6.7-inch flip phone that folds in half, now sporting a larger front cover display and a new hinge design that allows it to close flat. Inside, it packs a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor, 8GB of RAM, and a dual-camera setup.

Samsung S23 Ultra in cream color standing upright on a table with rear facing outward.

Samsung S23 Ultra in cream color standing upright on a table with rear facing outward.

The Galaxy S23 Ultra offers a huge 6.8-inch screen, built-in S Pen stylus, two telephoto cameras, and a top-notch Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset. It’s pricey, but there’s nothing else quite like it on the market.

Samsung Galaxy S23 Plus standing upright on a table top showing home screen and colorful wallpaper.

Samsung Galaxy S23 Plus standing upright on a table top showing home screen and colorful wallpaper.

With a sizable 6.6-inch screen, good battery life, a whip-fast Snapdragon processor, and a capable camera system, the S23 Plus is an Android crowd-pleaser. Read our review.

Samsung S23 laying on a table with home screen on showing colorful wallpaper

Samsung S23 laying on a table with home screen on showing colorful wallpaper

Samsung’s Galaxy S23 phone maintains a 6.1-inch screen like its predecessor, but it now has a brighter panel with a stronger Gorilla Glass covering for improved drop protection. Design-wise, it eschews the camera bump around its three rear cameras, and it also has a bigger battery than the S22.

Motorola’s Razr Plus flip phone is an awful lot of fun, and with a 30 percent discount, it’s a tempting offer. The company’s flagship-status 2023 Edge Plus falls a little short of the offerings from Google and Samsung when considering its full $799 price, but at a 26 percent discount, it makes much more sense.

Motorola Razr Plus on a stack of books with cover screen on showing illustrated home screen background.

Motorola Razr Plus on a stack of books with cover screen on showing illustrated home screen background.

The Razr Plus, Motorola’s latest foldable, improves upon previous models with a better processor, better cameras, and a more useful cover screen. Read our review.

Photo of Motorola Edge Plus 2023 standing upright on a table with the home screen visible.

Photo of Motorola Edge Plus 2023 standing upright on a table with the home screen visible.

The 2023 Motorola Edge Plus rights some of its predecessors’ wrongs with a full IP68 dust and water resistance rating, wireless charging, plus excellent performance with a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset.

The OnePlus 11 is seemingly out of stock everywhere in its cheaper 128GB variant, but the 256GB version is marked down to a thoroughly reasonable $630. The Nord N30 has its share of budget phone problems, but its Black Friday markdown brings it well under $300.

OnePlus 11 5G in-hand showing green color option and OnePlus logo with a black and white background.

OnePlus 11 5G in-hand showing green color option and OnePlus logo with a black and white background.

The OnePlus 11 lacks a couple of key features, namely robust water resistance and wireless charging. But its big 6.7-inch screen, excellent performance, and fast wired charging are all quite appealing at its relatively low price.

OnePlus N30 on a desk with screen facing up showing homescreen.

OnePlus N30 on a desk with screen facing up showing homescreen.

With a price around $300, the N30 is squarely a budget phone. It offers snappy performance that’s hard to find elsewhere in the class, though the lower-contrast LCD is a downgrade from the OLED panel on last year’s N20.

Feeling a little overwhelmed on what deals to pounce on? Need some tech buying advice? Our Verge Deals team is here for your retail therapy, and we’ll be answering your burning shopping questions for Cyber Monday live on November 27th at 11AM ET. Leave a question here.

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