Black Friday may be more than two weeks away, but retailers are already out of the gate en masse with their promotional information and sales circulars, so shoppers can start getting prepared for the biggest shopping day of the year. A number of those deals will give shoppers access to Android-based devices at unheard-of prices.
While Black Friday has traditionally gotten started very early on the morning of Friday after Thanksgiving (with some stores opening their doors at midnight), this year, Black Friday is coming so early it's actually starting on Thursday. Many major retailers, including Walmart and Target, are opening for business on Thanksgiving evening. You won't even have time to digest your holiday feast before hauling yourself to the store... but given how incredible some of these deals are, you may not have a choice.
Here's a look at where the very best deals -- at least the ones that have been announced so far -- and where they can be found.
1. Samsung Galaxy S4
Everyone's deeply discounting this Qualcomm Snapdragon-powered smart phone, but no one's got a better deal than Best Buy, which is giving it away for free (with a two-year service plan). That even includes the Best Buy-exclusive blue version. Sales begin on Thanksgiving at 6pm.
2. HTC One
96 cents will get you HTC's flagship Android handset, contract required, at Sam's Club. Remember that Sam's is a members only warehouse store, and since sales here begin extra early -- on November 23 -- you'll need to get your membership squared away now if you want to take advantage of these deals.
3. Samsung Galaxy S III
The slightly older model of the Galaxy is available from Target on Black Friday for a penny. Target's general Black Friday sales start at 8pm, with specials on smartphones beginning at midnight, on Thanksgiving.
4. Samsung Galaxy Mega
$79 gets you this mega-screened phablet if you drop in at Walmart and sign up for a new AT&T service plan. As a bonus, you get a $100 Walmart gift card when you buy it, so really you're getting $21 back when you buy this handset. Specials begin on Thanksgiving Day at 6pm.
5. Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7-inch Tablet
It's back to Best Buy for the best deal on this gadget. $150 gets you the black, 8GB version of this tablet.
This story, "Top five Android deals for Black Friday 2013 (so far)" was originally published by BrandPost.