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The best Samsung Galaxy S21 deals to pre-order in January 2021

Samsung Galaxy S21 deals officially went up for pre-order last Thursday and we're seeing plenty of great promotions currently for those early adopters. As per usual with these flagship devices at launch, big trade-in offers currently rule the roost, although there are also buy-one get-one free offers at Verizon currently too to check out. All phones will be shipping for a January 29th release date, so not long now until you've got that device in hand. 

So far, these initial Samsung Galaxy S21 deals are looking quite strong, and we expect they'll probably be the strongest for quite some time after launch. You can check out our recommendations, along with a quick review of this new device, just below.

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The new Samsung Galaxy S21 comes in at a baseline price of $799 for the 128GB variant - a marked discount from the $999 we originally saw on its predecessor, the Galaxy S20. We reckon this is mostly a response to similar moves by the likes of Google to offer a 5G flagship for a more reasonable price point.

Interestingly, however, it doesn't quite reflect the recent pricing on the iPhone 12 - the Galaxy S21's main rival, which debuted at a more expensive introductory price than previous generations. Hey, we're not complaining, especially because you're looking to get a huge amount of phone for the money here, and, of course, it's still very much a flagship device.

The Samsung Galaxy S21 features a 6.2-inch AMOLED display, new Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor, and a triple rear-camera array that's mostly an iterative improvement over that featured on the Galaxy S20. Currently, you've got the choice of either 128GB or 256GB of internal storage. So far, we're still getting to grips with this new handset over at TechRadar, although so far it is indeed looking like that new chip should give these new flagships a nice little boost performance-wise over the older devices.

Just below you'll find our top picks of Samsung Galaxy S21 deals to pre-order alongside a more detailed deep dive into this brand new flagship. You'll also find a handy specs sheet, just in case you wanted to contrast and compare it against the iPhone 12 or other leading devices.

Samsung Galaxy S21 deals & pre-orders

Pre-order bonus: up to $200 Samsung store credit
All of the Galaxy S21 deals featured on our list carry a unique, one-off pre-order bonus from Samsung in the form of a free gift voucher. Currently, you'll get $100 of store credit for the standard Galaxy S21, $150 for the Galaxy S21 Plus, and $200 for the Galaxy S21 Ultra. Note - you don't have to pre-order directly from Samsung to get this freebie, although that credit will of course only be valid on the official Samsung store itself.View Deal

Samsung Galaxy S21: free with a trade-in, switch, and new unlimited plan at Verizon
Verizon is right out the gates with a ton of great Samsung Galaxy S21 deals to pre-order this week. Firstly, the carrier will give you up to $750 off over 24 months if you're trading in an old device and picking up your S21 with a new unlimited plan. On top of that, there's also a $250 bonus for switching over from another carrier - effectively rendering your phone free via rebates. Also available is a "buy-one get-one free" promotion that will score you an additional device for no charge when you pick up the first with a new plan, although you can't mix that with a trade-in.
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Samsung Galaxy S21: $799 free with an eligible trade-in and new unlimited plan at AT&T
AT&T's initial batch of Samsung Galaxy S21 deals are a little simpler than Verizon's, simply offering a huge trade-in discount currently. Hand over an eligible old device and buy your new Galaxy S21 with a new unlimited plan and you'll get up to $800 off your new device - enough to actually cover the cost of this device.View Deal

Samsung Galaxy S21: save up to $700 with an eligible trade-in at Samsung
If you're going unlocked and trading in, Samsung's own trade-in program is likely the best place to check out first. Its program accepts older devices with cracked screens, so it's perhaps a little more flexible than most offerings here. If you're trading in a fairly recent phone too it's easily one of the cheapest ways to score yourself a new S21 no strings attached.View Deal

Samsung Galaxy S21: $799 free with an eligible trade-in at Best Buy
The cheapest option all-around for unlocked trade-ins at launch, however, is Best Buy right now. They'll knock $30 off your activation, give up to $800 off in rebates for a trade, and throw in that free $200 Samsung store credit plus a Galaxy SmartTag. Best Buy also has options for all major carriers too including Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile, so it's a great option if you're planning on heading straight in with a contract oo.
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Samsung Galaxy S21: $799 at Amazon
And finally, we've got Amazon, which is offering unlocked pre-orders right now but with no big trade-in options or price cuts. There's not much to say here really, except Amazon is always a strong option if you're a prime member and don't have an old device ready to trade-in for the new S21.View Deal

Samsung Galaxy S21: $33.33 $16.67/mo with switch at Xfinity Mobile
Xfinity Mobile's initial Galaxy S21 deal is a very strong offer, giving new customers the chance to save a whopping $400 off the duration of a 24-month plan. The catch here is you'll have to be transferring your number over to Xfinity to get your discount. Still, if you're looking for a cheap device at launch to pair up with a smaller prepaid carrier, this one's worthy of consideration.View Deal

Samsung Galaxy S21 deals: what you need to know

Samsung Galaxy S21: specs

Samsung Galaxy S21 deals pre-orders sales

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OS: Android 11 | Screen size: 6.2-inch AMOLED, 120Hz| Resolution: 1080 x 2400 | CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 | Memory: 8GB | Weight: 172g |Storage: 128 / 256| Battery: 4,000mAh | Rear camera: 12MP dual wide/ultrawide/telephoto| Front camera: 10MP 

So, the new Samsung Galaxy S21 is here, and a whole 2-months earlier in the year than what we normally see from the South Korean phone giants launches. What does the Samsung Galaxy S21 offer? Primarily, a more reasonable introductory price over the absolutely eye-watering previous generation ($799 vs $999), and a host of iterative, albeit welcome internal and design upgrades.

All new Galaxy S21 phones (including the more premium S21+ and S21 Ultra devices) come with the latest chip from Qualcomm for 2021 - the Snapdragon 888. Benchmarking and initial tests seem to indicate around a 25% increase in performance over the previous 865 chip featured in the S20 series, as well as around a 25% increase in power efficiency. That power efficiency boost is especially welcome here since the S21 features the same 4,000mAh capacity battery as the S20, meaning you could be looking at getting a significant amount of extra juice out of your device over those long days.

So far so good, however, there are indeed a few design compromises Samsung had to make to bring this new 5G flagship in at a reasonable price. Unfortunately, the main sacrifice has been the screen - which is locked back down to 1080p now, not the 1440p the S20 could manage, although it is now fully 120Hz refresh rate. You're also dropping down to 8GB of RAM on the Galaxy S21, although that cut is significantly offset by the new processor. Finally, the S21 also now features a new plastic-backed chassis - a feature that's retained on the Plus, with only the Ultra being full metal. 

See our Samsung Galaxy S21 review for more information.

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