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Google’s Black Friday deals are back, including that $299 Pixel 6a deal

Enlarge / Everything except the earbuds are on sale.


Black Friday might have come and gone, but Google’s Black Friday deals are still trucking. Google reimplemented many of the deals this week, which were the first and/or best discounts we’ve seen for many of Google’s new products. The highlight of the group is definitely the Pixel 6a, but you get decent deals on the Pixel 7, Pixel Watch, Chromecasts, and Google’s smart speakers, too.

The Pixel 6a, normally $449, is still out there for an incredible $299. Let us remind you this comes with a flagship-class SoC that is every bit as fast as the $900 Pixel 7 Pro. The Pixel 6a is a great deal even at $449, and honestly cannibalizes the more expensive phones quite a bit, but Google seems more interested in trying to grab as much market share as it can right now. (Google is apparently not even happy with this, and the Pixel 7a rumors move the phone even further into the high-end line!)

If you really want the more expensive Pixels with their bigger, high-refresh-rate displays and newer cameras, you can still get deals on those, too. The 90 Hz, 6.3-inch Pixel 7, normally $599, can be had for $499, and the 120 Hz, 6.7-inch Pixel 7 Pro is down to $749 from the normal $899 price. Google’s fine print actually says all these Pixel phone deals will be around until Christmas day.

If you’re really, really into being a Google early adopter, the Pixel Watch is also on sale. The Wi-Fi (not LTE) model is on sale for $299, $50 off the regular price. The Pixel Watch is definitely a good start for Google, which has ignored the wearables market for too long. After criticizing it in our review for being too expensive, this paltry $50 discount still doesn’t seem like much in the face of devices like the $250 Apple Watch SE, which is an all-around better product. This also isn’t exactly the Pixel Watch you’d want. The LTE version is still $399 and isn’t getting a discount. Still, it’s here if you want it.

Next up; Chromecasts! The 4K and HD versions are both $10 off, coming out to $40 and $20, respectively. These are both the new Chromecasts “With Google TV,” which turns them into full-blown Android devices with an app store, internal storage, and a remote instead of the dead-simple app streamers they used to be. You can still control them just as easily as an old Chromecast, they just have a lot more features now. The problem is that neither model is really built to handle the task of running Android and having an app store, because they don’t have enough storage. If you try to use the app features, you’ll constantly be tinkering with the 8GB of internal storage, but at least they’re cheap.

Finally: Nest stuff! The speakers and smart displays are discounted, too. Most of these deals aren’t available at Amazon, as they’re extremely petty about carrying competitors to Alexa. The Nest Audio speaker, normally $100, is down to $68, while the smaller Nest Mini, normally $49, is $25. Both of these play music and let you shout “Hey, Google” to hopefully get a command processed by Google’s voice algorithms. The smart displays add a questionably useful LCD into the mix, with the normally $100 2nd Gen Nest Hub hitting $50, and the Next Hub Max (it’s bigger) going from $229 to $174.

All of these deals are also available at Target, Best Buy, and the Google Store.

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