Black Friday is still a few days away, but retailers are already out of the gate with their promotional information and sales circulars, so shoppers can start getting prepared for the biggest shopping day of the year. A number of those deals will give shoppers access to Android-based devices at great prices.
While Black Friday has traditionally started very early on the morning of Friday after Thanksgiving (with some stores opening their doors at midnight), this year, Black Friday is coming so early it's actually starting on Thursday. Many major retailers, including Best Buy, Walmart and Target, are opening for business on Thanksgiving evening. You may not even have time to digest your holiday feast before hauling yourself to the store, but given how incredible some of these deals are, you may not want to wait.
Here's a look at some of the very best deals—at least of the ones that have been announced so far—and where they can be found.
1. Samsung GALAXY S4
Many retailers are offering great deals on this flagship smartphone, powered by a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 600 processor but no one's got a better deal than Best Buy, which is giving it away for free with a two-year service plan. That even includes the Best Buy-exclusive blue version. Sales begin on Thanksgiving at 6pm.
2. Samsung GALAXY S III
The slightly older model of the Galaxy with a multi-tasking, battery-saving Snapdragon S4 Plus processor is available from Target on Black Friday for a penny. Target's general Black Friday sales start at 8pm, with specials on smartphones beginning at midnight, on Thanksgiving.
3. HTC One
At Sam's Club (which as a members only club requires its own fees to join), 96 cents plus a contract will get you HTC's flagship Android handset with a powerful Snapdragon 600 processor at its heart. Since sales here begin extra early—on November 23—you'll need to get your membership squared away now if you want to take advantage of these deals.
4. LG G2
LG’s hot new flagship device is powered by a cutting-edge Snapdragon 800 processor and can be yours for just $49.99 with a two-year activation at Best Buy. Sales begin on Thanksgiving at 6pm.
5. Samsung GALAXY Mega
$79 gets you this mega-screened smartphone featuring a Snapdragon 400 processor if you drop in at Walmart and sign up for a new AT&T service plan. As a bonus, you get a $100 Walmart gift card when you buy it, so it’s almost like you're getting $21 back when you buy this handset. Specials begin on Thanksgiving Day at 6pm.