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The 11 best Prime Day smartphone deals we've spotted so far

Save money on a current-gen iPhone or some spectacular six month-old Androids from OnePlus, Xiaomi and the rest

Prime Day is a pretty good time to buy a new phone. Some of the best deals are for models 6-12 months old and while these may be on their way off the shelves most have barely aged a day since their release. Tech moves fast, but not that fast. 

If only new ‘will’ do you’ll also find discounts on a brand new mid-range Xiaomi that sets the standard at £300, and a rare deal for a current-generation iPhone.

For laptop, TV, monitor and smart home deals, check out WIRED's main edit of the best Prime Day deals for 2021. We've also picked out some fun LEGO Prime Day deals. 

The 11 best Prime Day smartphone deals we've spotted so far

What is it? The iPhone 12 needs no introduction. But if you’re wondering whether you ‘need’ one of the Pro phones, there’s a good chance you don’t. The iPhone 12 has the same processor as the iPhone 12 Pro Max, the screen is excellent and the dual rear cameras are great. You just miss out on the zoom of the Pro phones. 

What’s the real saving? Buy direct from Apple and you’ll pay the full £799 for this phone. However, it is also available online for between £700 and £730 from other retailers. This price is for the 64GB version. Consider the 128GB (£629) and 256GB iPhone 12s (£799) too, as you may find that lowest storage a little tight. All three are on sale during Prime Day. 

A candidate for the top phone buy of Prime Day 2021, the OnePlus 8T was OnePlus’s top new phone for mid-late 2020. It is almost as good as a OnePlus 9 in most respects, costs the best part of £300 less than the flagship thanks to this deal and is even better in one area. It has a full metal and glass design, unlike the OnePlus 9.

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G’s four rear cameras offer about as much fun as it's possible to have with a phone. You get two zooms, 3x and 10x, a fab ultra-wide and a great ‘normal’ camera. This is extremely expensive-to-implement tech, and this phone seems a good deal as a result, even at almost a grand.

This is one of the cheapest phones we have enjoyed using recently. It has been around a bit and often costs very little but you get a Full HD screen, decent performance, a mammoth 128GB storage and a very long battery life for a small outlay. A masterclass in money-saving.

The 11 best Prime Day smartphone deals we've spotted so far

This was one of the original stars of affordable 5G phones, and it still outclasses most of the newer models. You get an excellent Snapdragon 756G processor, a lovely glass back, an advanced 120Hz LCD screen and a surprisingly good 48-megapixel primary camera. A steal at £220.

A candidate for best 4G phone you can buy in 2021, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro is a bit of a belter. But why would you buy a 4G phone when you can get 5G at the price? The screen’s better, the glass back is nicer than the standard plastic and the camera is superior to that of 5G phones close in price. Simple as that.

The most accessible, and one of the most likeable, Samsung flagship phones is now cheaper than it has been before direct from Amazon. The Galaxy S21 looks fantastic, is small and easy to handle by current Android standards and has an excellent triple camera array including a useful zoom.

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