Wow, Nellie! Early Black Friday deals from Walmart, Best Buy, and Target have been with us for a minute, but today it looks like things are really picking up. The early deals Google first teased are here, and that means there’s plenty of money to save on Pixel stuff.
Starting from the top, the The flagship Pixel 7 Pro is on sale for $749 ($150 off) at Target, Best Buy, Amazon and direct from Google. That’s the lowest price yet for Google’s new top-tier phone, which comes with a triple-camera setup (wide, ultra-wide with macro, and telephoto) and ranks among the best phones available today. The excellent Android device also sports a pretty massive 6.7-inch 120Hz OLED and the latest Tensor G2 CPU for Google’s AI-powered features like the excellent Recorder app that’s exclusive to Pixels.
But if that’s too much phone for you, the entry-level Pixel 7 is also on sale for a very tempting $499 ($100 off) at Best Buy, Target, Amazon and Google. It has the same Google-designed Tensor G2 chip, a still-slightly-big 6.3-inch display that clocks up to a respectable 90Hz, and two of the Pro’s three cameras (it omits the 5x telephoto lens). It’s a great all-around package if you don’t need all the specs or the Pro is too big for you. Read our Pixel 7 and 7 Pro review.
And by the way, if you have an older Pixel phone to trade in, you might want to take a look at what Google is offering for any of the new phones. Trade in a used Pixel 6 for $479 for a $499 Pixel 7? Um, wow.
The Pixel 7 Pro packs a good reliable camera system, excellent everyday performance, and some clever extras thanks to Google’s custom chipset. Best of all, it costs a little less than your average top-tier flagship.
The Google Pixel 7 updates the standard Pixel model with Google’s second-generation Tensor CPU and an improved ultra-wide camera.
The next notable deal from Google that deserves your attention is the new Pixel Watch, which is on sale for $299.99 at Target, Best Buy, Amazon and Google. An all-new smartwatch isn’t always $50 off just a month after it’s released, so if you’ve been tempted by Google’s svelte wearable before, now might be the time to take the plunge.
The Pixel Watch is Google’s first real foray into making its own in-house wearable. It may not have hit it out of the park on its first try, as battery life leaves a bit to be desired, but it’s a very functional smartwatch for notifications on your wrist and fitness tracking; It also looks pretty sharp and unique with that domed glass case. Also, I have to respect the option to go for a small 41mm case because not all watches need to be huge on the wrist.
Read our review and see our excellent Versus video comparing it to the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5.
Google’s first in-house smartwatch has a beautiful domed display and native Fitbit integration for health tracking. It comes with six months of Fitbit Premium and three months of YouTube Music.
Google’s current Pixel Buds Pro The sale means the fantastic headphones are back at their all-time low of $149.99 ($50 off) at Best Buy, Amazon, Target, and Google. In fact, we already featured this offer a day before on Wellbots as something exclusive (which you would know if you subscribed to our Edge Bids newsletter), and now it’s everywhere. That being said, Wellbots is sweetening the deal a bit by discounting it a bit more to $142.50 when you use the promo code 50VERGE at checkout (while supplies last).
The Pixel Buds Pro are an excellent pair of noise canceling headphones with amazing sound quality and a very good microphone for voice calls. They’re also one of the few headphones to come in a variety of fun pastel colors in addition to black and white, and they support multi-point connectivity for pairing with more than one device. Frankly, you have to spend a bit more than this current deal to get earphones that are head and shoulders above the Pixel Buds Pro. Read our review.
Google’s Pixel Buds Pro are the company’s first headphones to include ANC. They combine impressive sound, great battery life, and good comfort, all without the connection issues of previous models. Use offer code 50VERGE at Wellbots for an additional $7.49 off the already discounted price.
Okay, now for another great deal that’s not just about Google. If you need some horsepower in your laptop, you can’t go wrong with Apple 16-inch MacBook Pro with the M1 Pro CPU. Right now, the excellent laptop is on sale on Amazon in the base configuration with 512GB of storage for just $1,999.99, or you can opt for an expanded 1TB storage for $2,199.99. Both prices reflect a $500 discount, which is the highest sale we’ve seen on the M1 generation MacBook Pro (the previous best was a $400 discount).
The 16-inch MacBook Pro is an exceptional laptop for any content creator or creative type with extensive video, photography, or design workflows. It has most of the ports you’ll need built right in, including an SDXC card slot, HDMI output, three Thunderbolt 4/USB-C ports, and the triumphant return of MagSafe charging. And did we mention that what’s more does it have excellent battery life? It’s a knockout at this price, for sure. Read our review.
The new 16-inch MacBook Pro is a creative powerhouse powered by Apple’s latest silicon. Configurable with M1 Pro or M1 Max, the 16-inch screen can be lent to up to three external displays and a 4K TV simultaneously, thanks to its wide array of ports.
With the Xbox Series S just getting $50 cheaper for the holidays, let’s talk about another solid gaming hardware deal for Microsoft and PC gaming fans. The recently launched Xbox Elite Series 2 Core Controller is currently on sale at Newegg for $99.99 ($30 off) when you use the offer code 5BFBYA5372 in box. Alternatively, you can get it for $109.99 with a digital copy of watchdogs: legion for Antonline’s Xbox via eBay.
The more expensive Xbox Elite Series 2 controller has remained one of the best options for an ultra-plush premium gamepad for Xbox and PC gamers, but the Elite Series 2 Core introduces a more affordable version. The Elite Core follows the same formula with a rugged build, built-in rechargeable battery, shoulder trigger buttons, and four customizable back paddles and offers it in a two-tone black and white paint job for a lower price of $129.99. instead of $179.99. What you don’t get with the Core are the extra accessories (you can buy them separately for $59.99) and a shorter 90-day warranty, which is what the regular Elite controller had until Microsoft extended it due to recurring hardware issues.
The Xbox Elite Series 2’s core controller is functionally identical to the more expensive Elite Series 2, but it doesn’t come with an additional D-pad, rear paddles, thumb sticks, or a charging case. Right now Newegg has the Elite Series 2 Core for $99.99 when you use the code 5BFBYA5372 in box.