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Black Friday Predictions: Smartphones & Wearables

Posted October 1, 2018 by Staff

The recently announced iPhone XS and XS Max smartphones will be at the top of some shoppers’ lists this year. We are not expecting any huge deals for the new models this year because of Apple’s MAP policies, but you might be able to save some money with a new contract. We should however see discounts on older iPhone models such as the 8 and 8 Plus which are still available.

Deals on Android smartphones should be plentiful as they’ve been the last few years. You should be able to get nearly any current Android smartphone, even the high end models such as the Samsung Galaxy S9, Samsung Galaxy Note 9 or LG V40 for hundreds off current prices with a new 2-year contract on Black Friday. There could also be "Buy 1 Get 1 Free" offers from select carriers.

It will be interesting to see if Google's new Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL Android phones show up in any Black Friday ad. Nevertheless, Google could offer a Black Friday discount themselves as they have done in the past, possibly in conjunction with their Project Fi cellular service.

Wearable devices such as smartwatches and fitness & activity trackers have exploded in popularity over the last 2-3 years and that will be reflected more than ever in this year’s Black Friday ads and we expect especially hot deals on these items as manufacturers look to expand their market share with deeper discounts.

Apple’s new version of their Apple Watch 4 with a larger display and improved health care capabilities should be a big hit. We expect deals on the previous versions of Apple Watch to be very popular this year and we can see discounts of $100 to $200 off select models from retailers that carry these popular watches.

Fitness & activity trackers were all over Black Friday ads last year and this year should be no different as more people see the benefits of these devices. Expect decent deals on trackers from top brands including Fitbit, Garmin, Samsung and others, with discounts likely to be in the 25% range compared to typical prices the rest of the year. Fitbit has a hit with their Versa fitness watch and discounts on that model will be very popular.

View all our predictions for Black Friday 2018 here and be sure to leave your comments below.