Amazon Prime Day may not start until July 11th, but early deals are already trickling out. We’re expecting to see some worthwhile discounts on wireless earbuds, noise-canceling headphones, tablets, TVs, smart home tech, games, and other gadgets on the actual days of, with the early deals functioning as a kind of small temperature check.
As the ghosts of Prime Days past can tell us, the ahead-of-schedule deals are almost always on Amazon-owned devices and brands. There are sure to be more deals coming online in the days ahead — especially since Amazon has promised discounts from brands like Sony and Bose — but early bird shoppers already have some decent discounts to take advantage of.
Usually, these early deals will hold through the duration of Prime Day, though there’s always a chance they end up dropping further during the actual event. If that happens, your only action may be to buy the item again for less and return the one you previously paid for. It’s not ideal, but it’s the harsh reality of Amazon not offering price matching or price protection policies.
Amazon is selling its Echo Buds with Noise Cancellation with a wired charging case for just $64.99 ($55 off) or with a wireless charging case for $84.99 (also $55 off). Both of these deals are Prime exclusives, and either can be had on the black or white models. The 2021 Echo Buds may not be the best noise-canceling earbuds around, given their ANC is only average, but they make for a good value — especially at these prices. However, be aware that they have dipped as low as $49.99 before.
The recently released, non-ANC Echo Buds (2023) that are meant to be the new entry-level model are also on sale for $34.99 ($15 off) for Prime members. They look pretty no-frills, but they feature Alexa voice controls like the pricier models and opt for a semi-open design that won’t block out the ambient sounds around you.
Read our Echo Buds with Noise Cancellation review.
Amazon’s second-gen Echo Buds offer a comfortable design, good ANC, and a natural ambient sound mode. They support hands-free Alexa commands as well.
Prime members can get a variety of Echo deals and bundles at Amazon, some of which are up to 65 percent off. One great example is the fifth-gen Echo Dot, which comes with a Sengled smart bulb for just $22.99 ($41.99 off). That’s the same price the Echo Dot is currently selling for on its own, so you’re essentially getting the LED bulb for free.
The fifth-gen model is the latest version of Amazon’s tiny, orb-shaped speaker, which is great for listening to music, issuing smart home commands, and making other various Alexa requests. You can also grab the model equipped with a handy dot-matrix-style display that shows the time and temperature with the same Bluetooth bulb for $29.99 ($30 off).
Read our fifth-gen Echo Dot review.
The fifth-gen Echo Dot touts a temperature sensor, better sound, and faster response time than the prior model. It can also act as an extender for your Eero Wi-Fi system and a Matter controller. Right now, Prime members can get a free Sengled smart bulb with each purchase, a total value of $74.98.
Speaking of smart speakers, Amazon’s new Echo Pop is now available to Prime members for just $17.99 ($22 off), or for $18.98 ($36 off) with a free Sengled smart bulb.
The Echo Pop is Amazon’s latest smart speaker, one that comes in some stylish colors like purple and teal. It may not be as full-featured as the fifth-gen Echo Dot that retails for $10 more, but the Pop offers a unique look, pretty good sound quality, and support for Amazon Alexa. Plus, it’s actually purple.
Read our Echo Pop review.
The Echo Pop is Amazon’s newest Alexa-enabled smart speaker. It offers a unique, semi-sphere form factor and can function as an Eero mesh Wi-Fi extender.
Last but certainly not least of Amazon’s early Prime-exclusive smart speaker deals, the Echo Studio is on sale with that same Sengled smart bulb for $154.99 (about $60 off). That matches the best price we’ve seen for Amazon’s largest smart speaker, though, with a free light bulb thrown in, it’s certainly a better deal. The Studio may do most of what an Echo Dot does — execute voice commands, tell you the weather, play music, etc. — but it gets loud enough to really fill a room with sound. It’s a good value for a larger-than-average smart speaker, especially at this discounted price.
Read our Echo Studio review.
A great-sounding smart speaker that features support for a slew of streaming music services.
In addition to all the early smart speaker deals, Amazon is discounting most of its Echo Show lineup for Prime members, with standalone deals and bundles available for as much as 56 percent off. The most noteworthy deals (in ascending size order) are the latest Echo Show 5 for $44.99 ($45 off), the Echo Show 8 for $59.99 ($70 off), the rotating Echo Show 10 with a Ring smart bulb for $162.99 (about $102 off), and the Echo Show 15 with an included remote for $181.98 ($98 off).
Each and every one of these deals is a new low price for their respective smart displays. While we haven’t reviewed the new Echo Show 5, the others have proven great for carrying out smart home tasks like setting timers, making video calls, and interfacing with Amazon-connected devices (including Ring video doorbells). You can practically take your pick of screen sizes, with the Echo Show 8 likely being the Goldilocks of the bunch, the Show 10 offering the convenience of a swiveling display, and the wall-mountable Show 15 being the only option compatible with Amazon’s Fire TV interface.
The new Echo Show 5 is just as small as its predecessor but features updated mics and a speaker system that should deliver double the bass and clearer sound quality.
The Echo Show 8 is the midsized smart display in Amazon’s current Echo lineup and can be used to display the weather, news, calendars, grocery lists, and more. You can also use it to control your smart home devices, stream videos, or listen to music. It even supports video calling via Zoom and Amazon’s Alexa calling service.
The Echo Show 15 is a large wall-mounted device that acts as a shared hub for families to view upcoming calendar appointments, virtual notes, and more. The 15.6-inch device also features the same Alexa functionality as other Echo displays and smart speakers.
The 75-inch Fire TV Omni QLED, the highest-end model in Amazon’s current TV lineup, is on sale for Prime members for $899.99 ($200 off). It was previously on sale for just $879.99, however, it’s since jumped back up. Perhaps it will drop back down to the lower price by the time Prime Day rolls around, so keep an eye out.
The Fire TV Omni QLED supports 4K resolution, HDR with full array local dimming, and a respectable 60Hz refresh that’s fine for watching movies and TV. Only one of its four HDMI ports supports the 2.1 spec, but since it doesn’t reach 120Hz, it’s not exactly the best TV around for gaming anyway. Overall, it’s a good and bright TV for the money, especially if you want value for size.
Amazon’s Fire TV Omni QLED features built-in microphones for Alexa commands, low input lag, and support for two-way video calling. It also provides access to Netflix, Prime Video, Disney Plus, and most major streaming services.
For a more modestly sized, Amazon-infused TV deal, there’s a discount on the Hisense U6 TV. The 58-inch Hisense U6 is down to $349.99 ($250 off) — exclusively for Prime subscribers. This TV runs Amazon’s own Fire TV software, meaning it supports all your standard streaming apps, but be prepared for lots of Amazon shows and ads to be front and center. On the flip side, it’s a very affordable 4K LED TV that feature a fair 60Hz refresh and HDMI 2.1 support.
Hisense’s U6 TV supports 4K resolution and Dolby Vision HDR. It also comes with Amazon’s Fire TV interface built-in, as well as an Alexa voice remote.
In addition to offering deals in advance, Amazon is trying something new with Prime Day this year: invite-only deals. Prime subscribers are required to sign up for these ahead of July 11th, and while many of them seem pretty ho-hum thus far, Amazon will be offering the first notable discount we’ve seen on Motorola’s recently released Razr Plus. If you request an invite — and Amazon selects you — you’ll be able to pick up an unlocked model during Prime Day for $849.99 ($150 off).
Motorola’s new, flip-style phone might be a little fiddly at times, but it’s leagues better than prior models. The handy, 3.6-inch outer display clearly defines the phone, however, the foldable also offers all-day battery life, a speedy Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 chip, and the unique ability to take photos while resting on a flat surface. The latter is something you simply cannot do with a slab-style smartphone and, when paired with the cover screen, makes the Razr Plus a solid alternative to the latest foldables from Google and Samsung.
Read our Razr Plus review.
The Razr Plus, Motorola’s latest foldable, improves upon previous models with a better processor, better cameras, and a more useful cover screen.
Some more early-bird deals
- Amazon’s 32-inch Fire TV 2-Series is down to just $129.99 ($70 off). There’s not much special about the 720p TV aside from the fact it’s on sale for as cheap as chips, but it will probably work if you’re in need of a small screen for the kitchen or a spare bedroom.
- It appears Amazon remembered it has a cloud game streaming service called Luna and is discounting its Luna controller to $39.99 ($30 off) for Prime members. Remember, you can also use this controller on a PC or Mac via Bluetooth / USB-C to play non-Luna games.
- There are some worthwhile “Buy with Prime” deals, which offer special promotional pricing for Prime members at manufacturers’ sites. For example, you can get an Anker 521 PowerCore 5K Magnetic Battery for $20.99 ($14 off) direct from Anker if you subscribe to Prime and use code PRIMEDAY8HZ5O at checkout. Or, get the Anker 622 Magnetic MagGo Battery — which is one of our faves — for $41.99 ($28 off) with offer code PRIMEDAYBKGTS.
- If you’re a Prime member and you download the Amazon Photos app and upload your first photo between now through July 7th at 11:59PM PT, you’ll get a $15 Amazon credit. If you’ve already used Amazon Photos before then, that link will likely say you’re not eligible.
- Prime subscribers can get a three-month free trial for Kindle Unlimited, which gives access to many e-books and audiobooks. Though, if you don’t plan on subscribing after that, be sure to cancel before the $11.99 per month autopay kicks in.
Update July 5th, 9:05PM ET: Removed expired Prime Day deals and added new deals on both Echo speakers and Echo Show devices.