Best Prime Day Phone Deals: Early Sales You Can Shop Today

With the Prime Day deals right around the corner, now is the perfect time to think about picking up a new smartphone, especially since some of the hottest deals of the year on smartphones are going to be happening on rime Day. The sales begin on July 11 and run through July 12, and the best Prime Day phone deals aren’t going to be limited to what’s on sale at Amazon. In fact, there are some phone deals happening right now if you’re in dire need of a new phone, and we’ve rounded up some of our favorites below.

Today’s best Prime Day phone deals

Apple iPhone SE (3rd Gen) — $149, was $379

iPhone SE (2022) held in a mans hand.
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If you don’t mind getting a smartphone that’s locked to a Straight Talk prepaid plan, then you can have the third-generation Apple iPhone SE, the latest version of the entry-level iPhone, for a very cheap price. The iPhone SE 2022 may be affordable, but it doesn’t sacrifice too much because it’s equipped with a 4.7-inch Retina HD display, a 12MP Wide camera at the back, a 7MP FaceTime HD camera at the front, and Apple’s A15 Bionic chip that’s also used by the iPhone 13 series. The budget iPhone also offers theTouch ID fingerprint recognition system and IP67 waster resistance.

OnePlus Nord N200 — $170, was $200

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The OnePlus Nord N200 is an unlocked Android smartphone with 5G support, a 6.5-inch Full HD+ LCD screen with a 90Hz refresh rate, and a 5,000mAh battery that will let the device last through your day. The smartphone offers 4GB of RAM and 64GB of built-in storage, though you can expand it by up to 256GB using a microSD card. The OnePlus Nord N200 also features a 13MP triple-camera system, a fingerprint recognition system at the side, and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 processor.

Samsung Galaxy A53 — $349, was $450

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The Samsung Galaxy A53 is another affordable 5G smartphone that’s made by one of the most popular brands in the market. It’s got a 6.5-inch Full HD Super AMOLED screen that’s bright and gorgeous, a long-lasting battery, and powerful performance with the Samsung Exynos 1280 processor and 6GB of RAM. The smartphone offers built-in storage of 128GB that you can expand nu up to 1TB using a microSD card, and it features an intelligent camera system with a 64MP main camera at the back and a 32MP front camera.

Google Pixel 6a — $399, was $449

Android 13 logo on a Google Pixel 6a.
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The Google Pixel 6a continues to appear prominently among the Google Pixel deals going on right now thanks to being such a well-made phone. It’s cheap, small, yet packs a big punch. It’s such a good phone it’s still high on our list of the best Android phones. That’s thanks to its speedy Google Tensor processor, features like being able to Live Translate across 11 different languages, as well as its attractive display. It also has a great camera with features such as Real Tone ensuring that you get a realistic image while you can also remove unwanted distractions with the Magic Eraser tool.

OnePlus 10T — $430, was $650

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The OnePlus 10T, an unlocked 5G smartphone, runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor and 8GB of RAM for next-level speed and smooth multitasking between apps. The device features 6.7-inch Full HD+ screen with a 120Hz adaptive frame rate for accurate colors and superior brightness, and a 50MP triple-camera system with optical image stabilization. This version of the smartphone is the 125W SuperVOOC Endurance Edition, which has a battery that can last a whole day after just 10 minutes of charging, and 128GB of expandable storage.

Google Pixel 7a — $469, was $499

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The Google Pixel 7a is a cheaper version of the next smartphone on this list, with our Google Pixel 7 versus Google Pixel 7a comparison identifying the differences as the 6.3-inch AMOLED screen for the Pixel 7 turning into a 6.1-inch OLED screen for the Pixel 7a, slightly slower charging for the more affordable model, and a smaller pixel size for the Pixel 7a that translates to lower-quality photos in lowlight situations. The Pixel 7a is still a powerful device though, with the Google Tensor G2 processor and the Titan M2 chip for security.

Google Pixel 7 — $508, was $599

The Google Pixel 7's screen, held in a man's hand.
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The Google Pixel 7 is one of the best phones around right now. It has a superb camera in the form of a 50MP main camera that offers optical image stabilization and laser autofocus. There’s also a 12MP wide-angle camera with a 114-degree field-of-view and video can be filmed at 4K resolutions at up to 60 frames per second. Its 6.3-inch AMOLED screen has a 90Hz refresh rate so everything looks great with its stereo speakers enabling you to watch streaming content in style. Additional features like a fingerprint sensor under the display, the ever useful Magic Eraser tool, and many more details make this a phone powerhouse for the price.

Samsung Galaxy S23 — $760, was $860

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The Samsung Galaxy S23 was just released earlier this year, so don’t miss this chance to buy it for a cheaper price. You’ll be getting a smartphone with a 6.1-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X display featuring Full HD+ resolution and a 120Hz adaptive refresh rate, extremely fast performance with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, and a triple-lens camera system headlined by a 50MP main camera with optical image stabilization. The base model of Samsung’s flagship smartphone won’t let you down.

Google Pixel 7 Pro — $799, was $899

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Google Pixel 7 Pro

For the ultimate Google Pixel experience, you need the Google Pixel 7 Pro. It offers all the benefits of the regular model along with a 120Hz refresh rate for the larger 6.7-inch screen, and a superior camera. Besides its 50MP main camera, it has a 12MP ultrawide lens with nearly a 126-degree field-of-view along with a 48MP telephoto camera with 5x optical zoom and up to 30x with Google’s Super Res Zoom feature. Photos look fantastic with this phone, but you also get great performance across the board making this the most high-end Google phone around.

Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra — $1,000, was $1,200

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We described the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra as the best, most complete Android phone yet, as it’s powered by the incredibly powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 For Galaxy with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, and it’s equipped with a 6.8-inch Super Dynamic AMOLED screen that offers a 120Hz adaptive refresh rate. Its camera system features a 200MP lens at the back — the highest camera resolution on a smartphone — and it also comes with the S Pen stylus as an addition input option for the massive touchscreen.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 — $1,350, was $1,800

A person holding a partially open Galaxy Z Fold 4.
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One of the best folding phones around, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 is a must-have for anyone looking for a stylish yet practical phone. On the outside, you get a 6.2-inch AMOLED screen before opening it up to gain a 7.6-inch AMOLED. Both offer refresh rates of up to 120Hz so they look great. The crease in the middle is hardly noticeable so you get all the benefits of a tablet-style display without the size issues. The cameras are great too with a 50MP main camera, 12MP wide-angle lens, and a 10MP telephoto camera with 3x optical zoom and up to 30x digital zoom. 4K video can also be recorded. With fast performance and good looks, this is a high-end yet gorgeous device.

Should you buy a phone on Prime Day 2023?

Yes, absolutely. Prime Day phone deals are some of the best of the year and often outshine even Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Of course, if you can’t wait until then, Digital Trends collects a list of some of the best smartphone deals on the market, or if you’re looking specifically for the best iPhone deals, we have those too. We also keep track of some of the best cheap phone deals you can get if you’re on a budget, and if you’re looking for 5G, we have a list of the best 5G phone deals.

That being said, if you can wait, you should, and in the meantime, you’ll want to prepare yourself and think about what sort of phone you want to get. While the most important thing is budget, there’s such a huge variety of phones that you’ll likely find a lot to pick from. Therefore, it’s important to know what exactly you’re looking for, especially if there will be compromises on features.

For starters, you should look at the our list of the best phones to get a general idea of some good options, and we’ve even listed them along a wide range of budgets to work with everybody. More specifically, if you’re a fan of either Android or iPhone, we have a list of the best Android phones and the best iPhones, which are a bit more in-depth and focus on the specific OS. Beyond that, make sure you pick something that you are comfortable with and you think is going to be a good purchase in the long run, and that fits in your budget.

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