The holidays are upon us once again. There are trips to be made, family gatherings to be endured, and gifts to get. We can’t help with the first two, but we can signpost you to some of the finest Black Friday 2023 deals available. Whether you’re gifting for a loved one or treating yourself as a reward for being good all year, we’ll spotlight the best offers to be found online.
We’ve got a tech focus at Android Authority, so you’re in the wrong place if you’re looking for a new sweater. But if you’re in the market for the hottest new smartphones, headphones, or fitness trackers of the year, scroll on.
Black Friday 2023 quick facts
- Black Friday Friday falls on November 24, 2023.
- The event originally ran for the Friday after Thanksgiving. It then became a long weekend event, wrapping up with Cyber Monday. In recent years, brands have abandoned the weekend structure entirely in a bid to get your business early, and Black Friday sales commonly start in mid-November.
- While it started in the US, the Black Friday sales tradition is now a thing in many countries around the world.
Best Black Friday 2023 retailer deals
Black Friday 2023: Active deals
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Every year brings new innovations in smartphones, but 2023 has produced a particularly impressive crop. The rivalry between major players is more fierce than ever, especially in the foldables market. The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Z Flip 5 launched this year but have fresh competition from the likes of the Google Pixel Fold, the Motorola Razr Plus, and the OnePlus Open. More traditional models like the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra and the Google Pixel 8 line are also drawing admiring glances.
You won’t find any iPhone deals here, though. It’s not that we’re blinded by an Android bias — we love the iPhone 15 — it’s just that Apple never seems to offer discounts on the unlocked models of its flagship devices. Take it up with those guys.
Google Pixel 8
A bright display from Google’s 2023 flagship phone
The Google Pixel 8 introduces the new Actua display, a 6.2-inch panel that’s 42% brighter than the Pixel 7. Backed by the fully updated Tensor G3 chipset, and a new 50MP camera, this promises to be one of the more exciting Pixel phones.
Headphones and earbuds
Our sister site, SoundGuys, offers expert guidance on all things audio. Once you’ve decided what you’re looking for in the headphones department, it’ll be worth seeing if it’s on the list below. High-end cans can certainly be a shrewd investment if you have a regular commute or a noisy environment, but they can also easily cost you $400 or more. Black Friday is the best time of the year to catch them at a better rate, and plenty of 2023 releases are getting their first holiday discount. We’ve spit them out into headphones and earbuds lists for your consideration.
Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro
Samsung’s reliable earbuds upgraded
The Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro earbuds provide great sound and feature active noise canceling. They meld a great fit and comfort with a vast range of ear tips. Efficient ANC and five hours of battery life sweeten the deal.
Tablets and e-readers
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The right tablet for you depends on your needs and your budget. If you’re looking for a basic device for streaming and casual gaming, the Amazon Fire range is an affordable choice. Creators will want to go high-end, perhaps even the latest Galaxy Tab S9 or iPad Pro. For bookworms, an e-reader like the Kindle Scribe is the perfect fit. Whichever bucket you fall into, your ideal tablet is probably a lot cheaper today than it has been all year.
Google Pixel Tablet
The portability of a tablet and the smarts of a Nest Hub.
The Pixel Tablet is a 10.95-inch slate with Tensor G2-powered features that doubles up as a Nest Hub smart display/speaker when placed in the Charging Speaker Dock.
Smartwatches and fitness trackers
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Wearables make excellent gifts because they’re devices that no one knows they need until they own one — then they find they can’t live without it. Whether you want to spend almost four figures on the Apple Watch Ultra or under $100 on a functional Amazfit, Black Friday will be the time to get it at a good price. Not to mention that a fitness-tracking smartwatch can be that extra bit of motivation you need to keep pounding the pavement through the winter months.
Fitbit Charge 6
The Fitbit Charge 6 is the company’s 2023 top-of-the-line fitness tracker
When it comes to fitness trackers, the Fitbit Charge 6 is now the best product in the company’s portfolio. To get anything better, you’d need to jump up to the Sense 2, which is more like a smartwatch. The Charge 6 has a full-color display, 40 exercise modes, and the most advanced heart-rate tracker Fitbit offers.