The Most Anticipated Black Friday Smartphone Deals for 2018

Last year's $1,000 smartphone could be this year's best bargain.
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While Apple, Samsung, and Google are busy debuting their latest 2018 flagship devices, many Slickdealers are waiting for Black Friday discounts on last year's models. And with $1,000 phones becoming the norm, we're hoping that Black Friday 2018 helps ease the pain of price creep on your favorites devices.

So we did some research on popular models likely to receive a discount in 2018 to help you plan for this year's biggest shopping holiday.

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Possible Black Friday Smartphone Deals for 2018

1. Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+

MSRP$620 (S9); $740 (S9+)Lowest Price Seen on Slickdeals$574 (S9); $684 (S9+) | Predicted Black Friday Price$500 (S9); $600 (S9+)

With the recent buzz surrounding Samsung's newer Note9, the S9 and S9+ smartphones are ready for a significant discount.

In recent years, retailers like Target and Best Buy offered Black Friday discounts or gift card promotions that took an additional $100 or more off the popular Samsung flagships. We expect to see similar offers this year.

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2. iPhone X

MSRP$900 | Lowest Price Seen on Slickdeals$480 (w/ activation) | Predicted Black Friday Price$500

With the recent introduction of the iPhone XS and XR, last year's iPhone X 64GB should see discounts that open the door for customers who want to buy below the $1,000 range.

Costco and Sprint offered a bill credit with 24-month service that dropped the iPhone X to less than $500 earlier this year. We're hoping the 2018 Black Friday deals expand similar savings to multiple carriers and service providers.

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3. Google Pixel 2 and 2 XL

MSRP$649 (2); $849 (2 XL)  | Lowest Price Seen on Slickdeals$600 (2); $649 (2 XL)Predicted Black Friday Price$500 (2); $600 (2 XL)

With the recent introduction of the Google Pixel 3, patient Google fans can finally enjoy the popular Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL at a more affordable price.

Many of the Black Friday deals from Target and Best Buy on the original Pixel required activation with select carriers. We imagine the same will be true for this Black Friday. If you want to take advantage of this deal, expect to commit for up to a 24 month contract.

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4. iPhone 8 and 8 Plus

MSRP$599 (8); $699 (8 Plus) | Lowest Price Seen on Slickdeals$499 (8); $599 (8 Plus)Predicted Black Friday Price$399 (8); $499 (8 Plus)

The poor iPhone 8 may be the most forgotten iPhone in Apple's history. But if prices drop below $500, it may also be the best deal on a previous-generation iPhone that we've ever seen.

Most retailers should offer a considerable discount on both the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus this Black Friday, considering that they're now two generations behind. Head to some of the less-trafficked retailers if you're interested, as this will be a big item for 2018 shoppers.

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5. LG G7 ThinQ

MSRP$750 | Lowest Price Seen on Slickdeals$600 | Predicted Black Friday Price$600

While it may not share the spotlight with the likes of the iPhone X or the Galaxy S9, the G7 ThinQ is a performance bargain. Best Buy offered a couple hundred dollars off last year's LG flagship for Black Friday, and we imagine the same will be true for the G7 ThinQ.

B&H had a deal on this phone for just $600 earlier this summer, and we expect to see similar savings for Black Friday 2018.

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6. Moto Z3

MSRP$480 | Lowest Price Seen on Slickdeals$240 | Predicted Black Friday Price$250

Motorola offers great, mid-level smartphones at a fantastic price, and the Moto Z3 continues that trend. They've even added a 5G connection!

Best Buy is a frequent Moto-discounter on Black Friday, and should come close to matching the $240 price Verizon offers with a 24-month contract.

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7. Huawei Mate 10 Pro

MSRP$549 Lowest Price Seen on Slickdeals$500 | Predicted Black Friday Price$450

With 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and 4000 mAh battery, the Mate 10 Pro is half the price of the latest flagships with comparable specs. The new Huawei Mate 20 is coming soon to markets outside the US, and international online retailers may try to get rid of remaining inventory on Black Friday.

Best Buy discounted the Huawei Mate 9 down to $400 for Black Friday 2017, and we imagine the latest Mate 10 will be steeply discounted this year as well. It'll be hard to pass up this phone if you're looking to save some money on a high-quality device.

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While the prices of your favorite smartphones have been increasing, the technology inside has remained relatively the same. Whether your budget is $300 or $600, this may be the best year to capitalize on some really solid phones that have recently been replaced with a newer model.

Which former flagship do you have your eyes on for this Black Friday?

Images courtesy of Apple, Motorola, Samsung, Huawei, Google, and LG.

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Nolan Browning Contributor

Nolan is an avid automotive, electronic, and gadget enthusiast. If it has an engine or a processor, he can't keep his hands off it. He was introduced to Windows 3.1 in the early '90s and has been hooked ever since. Deal alerts include "mechanical keyboard," "smart watch," and "bulk candy."

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