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Dealmaster: Savings on Galaxy and Pixel phones, desktop PCs, and more

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Enlarge / The Pixel 7 in a lovely “hazel” color.

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We have a smorgasbord of discounts ranging from some of the latest Android smartphones to HP’s desktop PCs, as well as savings on solid-state drives, headphones, and more. So whether you need to upgrade your storage, or you want to get a new Galaxy or Pixel phone, there’s something in there to help you stay productive and entertained.

Android smartphone deals

Samsung’s Galaxy S23 launched not too long ago, and we’re starting to see discounts on the company’s flagship handset series. The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra promises solid photography capabilities, with Samsung’s “Nightography” for low-light images and the controversial 100X Space Zoom. Outside of the bump to a 200-megapixel sensor, this year’s upgrades are more modest: You still get a similar design to the prior S22 series, and the faster, more efficient processor is considered a nice quality-of-life update. So while it may not be worth it for someone with last year’s flagship to upgrade, if you’re coming from an older phone, the S23 promises fast speeds, 5G connectivity, and a great camera experience.

  • Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra with 256GB storage for $1,100 (was $1,200) at Amazon
  • Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra with 512GB storage for $1,280 (was $1,380) at Amazon
  • Samsung Galaxy S23+ with 256GB storage for $900 (was $1,000) at Amazon
  • Samsung Galaxy S23+ with 512GB storage for $1,020 (was $1,120) at Amazon
  • Samsung Galaxy S23 with 128GB storage for $750 (was $800) at Amazon
  • Samsung Galaxy S23 with 256GB storage for $810 (was $860) at Amazon

If you prefer Google’s Android operating system, the Pixel 7 delivers the purest version of the OS. Though the Pixel 7 doesn’t come with the Galaxy’s high zoom and megapixel count, Google’s investment in AI and computation photography is no slouch, and the Pixel 7 delivers some of the best images captured on a smartphone with its unique camera bar design on the rear, and now you can get all that with up to a 25 percent discount. The larger Pixel 7 Pro has a 5x optical telephoto lens that can capture images with up to 30x Super Res zoom with digital cropping, whereas the non-Pro version lacks the telephoto shooter.

  • Google Pixel 7 with 128GB storage for $449 (was $600) at Amazon
  • Google Pixel 7 with 256GB storage for $549 (was $700) at Amazon
  • Google Pixel 7 Pro with 128GB storage for $749 (was $900) at Amazon
  • Google Pixel 7 Pro with 256GB storage for $849 (was $1,000) at Amazon
  • Google Pixel 7 Pro with 512GB storage for $949 (was $1,100) at Amazon

If you prefer a foldable, Verizon subscribers can get the prior-generation Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 5G at a steep discount. If you choose the “Activate Today” option on Best Buy, this Verizon-locked foldable can be purchased for a one-time payment of $400, representing a stated savings of $1,400 from the original retail price.

Desktop deals

HP’s sleek Envy Desktop tower is now on sale, knocking off $500 from its normal $1,300 price. At its now-discounted $800 price through HP.com, you’ll get a 12th Gen Intel Core i5-12400 processor, Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3050 graphics, 8GB of DDR4 memory, and a 256GB M.2 SSD. If you find the storage capacity limiting, you can always upgrade your M.2 drive at purchase or at a later point. If you opt to do that, consider getting one of the storage modules from our list below.

And if you’re shopping ahead for your college-bound kids, you may want to consider HP’s Pavilion All-in-one Desktop. This 27-inch model comes with a 12th Gen Intel Core i3 processor, and the all-in-one design brings space-saving benefits to cramped dorm rooms. Integrated graphics is included in the base price, though you can upgrade to discrete RTX 3050, along with 8GB DDR4 memory and 256GB of M.2 storage. At its sale price of $600, the Pavilion is now $150 down from its regular $750 retail price.

Save on PC peripherals and accessories

You can save up to 54 percent on a new memory card, while discounts on solid-state storage, keyboards, and mice will vary. Sony’s excellent WF-1000XM4 noise-canceling earbuds have been one of our favorites, and it’s now back down to one of the lowest prices we’ve seen for this accessory. The headphones recently received a software update that brought multipoint audio support, allowing you to connect to two different devices simultaneously.

  • Samsung 256GB EVO Plus micro SDXC memory card for $23 (was $50) at Amazon
  • Samsung T7 Shield 1TB external SSD for $80 (was $160) at Amazon
  • Samsung T7 2TB external SSD for $140 (was $270) at Amazon
  • Samsung 870 QVO SATA III 2.5-inch internal SSD for $130 (was $230) at Amazon
  • Samsung 970 EVO Plus 1TB NVMe M.2 SSD for $55 (was $70) at Amazon
  • Crucial P3 2TB M.2 SSD for $99 (was $175) at Amazon
  • Crucial P3 Plus 4TB M.2 SSD for $225 (was $400) at Amazon
  • Amazon eero 6+ mesh router, 3-pack for $240 (was $300) at Amazon
  • Sony WF-1000XM4 noise-canceling earbuds for $198 (was $280) at Amazon
  • Sony Linkbuds S noise-canceling earbuds for $148 (was $200) at Amazon
  • Apple Pencil 2nd Generation for $123 (was $129) at Amazon

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