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Monday, 6 July 2015

Black Friday 2015: the best Android deals we expect to see

Black Friday - that time of the year when consumers stampede into shopping malls and click across the internet to get their hands on the best deals of the calendar year before someone else beats them to it. Black Friday 2015 lands on November 27 this year, but based on last year's sales we're prepared to make a few predictions about what deals you can expect from the biggest Android manufacturers.

Google

Last year, there were some fantastic deals for Google Nexus devices, such as a Nexus 9 (16 GB) for $349.99, which had only been out for a month at the time. If you're looking to get your hands on a Nexus 9 in time for Christmas 2015, then we imagine that you'll be able to pick it up for under $200 / £150 on Black Friday 2015. You can already find it hovering around the $250 / £200 mark online.

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We expect the big, powerful Nexus 6 to come in at under $300 come Black Friday 2015. / © ANDROIDPIT

With the Nexus 6 already dropping in price to around $400 / £300, we don't think it's beyond the realm of possibility that it'll be available for around $300 / £200 come Black Friday 2015. This seems particularly feasible given that the Nexus 5 could be found for around $300 during Black Friday 2014.
Even though it's no longer being manufactured, the Nexus 5 remains a much-loved phone, and based on Nexus 4 prices dropping to around $100 last Black Friday, we think you might be able to find a refurbished Nexus 5 for a similar price this year - especially if its anticipated successor, the Nexus 5 (2015), comes out by then.

Samsung

To get an idea about what kind of Black Friday 2015 deals you should expect for the Galaxy S6, look no further than the Galaxy S5 in 2014. While prices for the Galaxy S5 dropped to around $500 with networks like T-Mobile and Ting, the best deal came from Target, which was offering the Galaxy S5 for just 1 cent when you bought it on the Sprint, Verizon or AT&T networks - saving $200 or so. Could the Galaxy S6 be in line for a similar bargain?

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While the Galaxy S6 will probably have some small price drops, we're expecting the Galaxy Note 4 to get super-cheap on Black Friday 2015. / © ANDROIDPIT

The Galaxy Note 3 dropped to around $400 during last year's Black Friday sales, so we're expecting the Galaxy Note 4 to get similar treatment this year. Expect to be able to pick up Samsung's powerhouse octa-core phablet for around $400 / £300 if you look in the right places. 
We expect to see some great deals for Samsung's tablet range as well. The Galaxy Tab S 10.5 dropped to just $400 at Best Buy and £299 at John Lewis during Black Friday 2014, so a further $50 / £50 drop - or maybe more - is a reasonable expectation for this year. TheGalaxy Note Pro 12.2, meanwhile, came down to $450 last Black Friday on eBay, so keep an eye out for it to come down to $350 this year.

HTC

Last year, you could nab the HTC One M8 for just 1 solitary cent on Amazon if you got it on a two-year contract with AT&T, Sprint or Verizon. We're expecting a similar level of madness with the HTC One M9 - with Amazon and Target being the retailers most likely to deliver these crazy deals.

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The HTC One M9 may look like a pricey piece of metal, but keep an eye out on Amazon and Target for it to be offered for free with two-year contracts. / © ANDROIDPIT

Motorola

Motorola had its share of in-house Black Friday sales in 2014, so keep an eye on its official website for similar deals on Black Friday 2015. The Moto X (2014) dropped in price by $140 to $359 for the 16 GB model and $409 for the 32 GB variant. Of course, the Moto X (2015) hasn't yet been officially announced, but if it comes out in September as some rumors are suggesting, then we wouldn't be surprised to see a similar price drop for it. 
The Moto X (2014), meanwhile, should be available for well under $300 come Black Friday 2015.

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We're willing to wager that you'll be able to pick this up for under $300 this fall. / © ANDROIDPIT

The Moto G, meanwhile, was available for as little as $40 at Walmart, so bargain-hunters keeping tabs on the Moto G (2014) may be rewarded if they wait until November.

LG

True to Amazon's Black Friday form, the shopping site offered the LG G3 for a mere one-cent down-payment on a two-year contract with Sprint last fall. As with many of these one-cent deals, it was super-short-term, so you better snap up equivalent deals for the LG G4 nice and quick come Black Friday 2015.

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The LG G4 price is already undercutting its rivals, but expect further drops to around the $450 / £400 mark on Black Friday 2015. / © ANDROIDPIT

We reckon the almost-forgotten LG G Flex 2 will have some great deals going for it. The LG G4 has stolen much of the spotlight, so what better way to attract interest in the crescent-shaped phone than to plummet its price? Currently going for around $450 / £300 , we reckon the G Flex 2 will drop as low as $350 / £250. That would be one of the best Black Friday 2015 deals around for an overlooked but excellent phone.

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Remember this eccentric old thing? The LG G Flex 2 could come super-cheap on Black Friday 2015. / © ANDROIDPIT

Sony

There were some decent - if not exactly jaw-dropping - Xperia Z3 deals last Black Friday. T-Mobile dropped the Xperia Z3 price by $50, bringing it down to a still-pricey $580. We're hoping to see the Xperia Z3 come in at under $350 / £300 at Black Friday 2015. The recently-released Xperia Z3+ will also need relatively bigger price drops that the Z3 last year if it's to turn heads - especially considering how it didn't blow us away in our review.

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The Xperia Z3+ will need some great Black Friday 2015 bargains for people to notice. / © ANDROIDPIT

Are you holding out until Black Friday 2015 for any great deals, or can you simply not handle waiting until then to get your hands on a 2015 flagship? Tell us in the comments.

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