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Amazon Prime Day 2021: date, membership deals to expect

Amazon Prime Day 2021 date, deals to expect
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Amazon Prime Day 2021 could be set for June after all as a previous report from Recode suggests. In its first quarter earnings report, Amazon hints that its next Prime Day sale will occur in June. 

"Members have exclusive access to deals every day and especially during Prime Day, which will take place later in the second quarter," Amazon said in a press release.

This news arrives on the heels of Kiplinger's purported employee leak indicating Prime Day would kick off in July. Prime Day normally occurs in July to celebrate Amazon's July 5, 1994 founding date. 

Last year's Prime Day event was the only exception due to the influx of orders Amazon received at the start of the pandemic. The online retail giant had no other recourse but to postpone Prime Day till October.

Amazon has not officially announced Prime Day 2021's exact dates, however it seems unlikely it will return to its regular July scheduling. Prime Day 2021 will mark Amazon's seventh annual celebratory savings event. 

One of the biggest retail holidays of the year, Prime Day offers exclusive Prime member-only deals on tons of products, including today's best and most coveted gadgets. This year, Prime Day 2021 shoppers can expect even bigger savings on the latest laptops, tablets, monitors, headphones, and more.  

What is Amazon Prime Day?

Amazon Prime Day began on July 15, 2015 as a celebration of Amazon's 20th anniversary. For 24 hours, Amazon offered Prime members exclusive deals on a wide range of products. 

The event was so successful that Amazon made Prime Day an annual tradition and has expanded the holiday to numerous countries including Spain, Japan, Austria, Mexico, and more. Amazon has also expanded the duration of Prime Day. In 2017, Amazon Prime Day lasted for 30 hours, 36 hours in 2018 Prime Day and 48-hours in 2019-2020.

When is Amazon Prime Day 2021?

Prime Day typically occurs during the second or third week of July — with the exception of Prime Day 2020. As a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the shopping event was pushed back to October 13-14. 

This year, Prime Day 2021 could be held in June according to Amazon's quarterly report release. Generally speaking, Amazon usually has a lead up to Prime Day with "unofficial" deals that start as early as June. Competing retailers like Best Buy, 

Although Prime Day 2021's date isn't set in stone yet, it will be here before we know it. In the meantime, we're recapping last year's best Prime Day 2020 deals which hints and what deals to expect for Prime Day 2021.

What time does Amazon Prime Day 2021 start?

Amazon's main headquarters are based on the West Coast of the United States. Given the event's history, the start time of this year's Amazon's Prime Day sale could start in the wee hours of the morning, during afternoon or at night. Throughout its six history, Prime Day start times have been pretty random:  

  • 2015 Amazon Prime Day start time: 2:59am ET on Wednesday, July 15 (24 hours)
  • 2016 Amazon Prime Day start time: 2:59am ET on Tuesday, July 12 (24 hours)
  • 2017 Amazon Prime Day start time: 9pm ET on Monday, July 10 (30 hours)
  • 2018 Amazon Prime Day start time: 3pm ET on Monday, July 16 (36 hours)
  • 2019 Amazon Prime Day start time: 3am ET on Monday, July 15 (48 hours)
  • 2020 Amazon Prime Day start time: 3am ET on Tuesday, Oct. 13 (48 hours)
  • 2021 Amazon Prime Day start time: TBD

What Amazon Prime Day 2021 exclusive deals can I expect? 

Besides laptops, tablets, and PC peripherals, Prime Day is an excellent time to purchase Amazon branded hardware like its entire family of Fire Tablets. We've also seen some of the best laptop deals of the summer during past Prime Day events, so expect to see price cuts on premium gaming laptops, Chromebooks, and 2-in-1 convertible laptops. That said, Prime Day is a great time for parents and students to nab early back-to-school laptop deals on Google Education compatible laptops like the HP Chromebook 14.

We're also bound to see excellent MacBook and iPad deals on Amazon Prime Day. In fact, Apple's entire iPad family has been on sale regularly this year at Amazon, and we expect to see a significant discount on all models once Prime Day rolls around. 

What are the best Amazon Prime Day deals?

Outside of the Black Friday-Cyber Monday weekend, Prime Day is one of the most anticipated savings events for frugal shoppers. Each year, we've seen fantastic deals on today's best mobile tech and we expect more of the same this year. 

Given that Prime Day is all about the best Amazon deals, many of the top Prime Day deals tend to be on Amazon hardware. Here's a quick rundown of some the best Prime Day deals on Amazon hardware, and more. This gives us an idea of what Prime Day 2021 deals to expect. 

Amazon Prime Day 2020 recap, deals to expect

Prime Day laptop deals

Apple MacBook Air 2020: was $999 now $849 @ Amazon
One of the best Prime Day 2020 deals laptop deals took $150 off the previous gen MacBook Air. We expect to see an even bigger discount on this model come Prime Day 2021. Specs-wise, it packs a 13.3-inch (2560 x 1600) Retina display, a Backlit Magic Keyboard, Touch ID, a 10th Gen Core i3 CPU, a 256GB SSD and Intel Iris Plus graphics. You can expect to see excellent Prime Day 2021 deals on the latest MacBook Air M1View Deal

Apple MacBook Pro 16": was $2,399 now $2,079 @ Amazon
The Editor's Choice MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and Magic Keyboard was $320 off during Amazon Prime Day last year. It packs a 16-inch Retina display, 2.6-GHz 9th Gen Intel Core i7 6-core CPU, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. Rounding out its hardware specs is an AMD Radeon Pro 5300M GPU with 4GB of graphics memory. Prime Day 2021 could drop this former-gen MacBook Pro down to a record low price, including the latest MacBook Pro with Apple M1 chip. View Deal

HP Omen 15 Gaming Laptop (512GB): was $1,249 now $1,099 @ Amazon
Currently $300 off and at its lowest price yet, the HP Omen 15 2020 (15-DH1020NR) saw a $150 discount for Prime Day 2020. It packs a 15.6-inch (1920 x 1080) display, 2.6-GHz i7-10750H 6-core CPU, 8GB of RAM, a 512GB SSD and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti. View Deal

Dell XPS 13 7390 4K Laptop: was $1,699 now $1,299 @ Amazon
One of the best Prime Day deals of 2020 took $500 off the Dell XPS 13 with 4K display. It packs a 13.3-inch (1920 x 1200-pixel) Infinity Edge touch display, a 1.1-GHz Intel Core i7-10710U CPU, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD.View Deal

Asus ZenBook 14: was $899 now $769 @ Newegg
This Prime Day-rivaling deal from Newegg knocked $130 off the Asus ZenBook 14 UX431FA. It's a solid laptop thanks to its crisp speakers, colorful display and good performance. To top that off, it has an Nvidia GeForce MX250 GPU, which means it's capable of some light gaming. We expect similar deals like this from Newegg during Prime Day. View Deal

Alienware m17 R2: was $1,879 now $1,199 @ Dell
Not to be outdone, this incredible Prime Day deal from Dell took $680 off the Alienware m17 R2 laptop. It features an Intel Core i7-9750H, 8GB of RAM, a 512GB SSD and an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 GPU with 6GB of VRAM.View Deal

Alienware m15 R3 laptop: was $1,849 now $1,549 @ Dell
Another competing Prime Day deal from Dell knocked $300 off the Alienware m15 R3. This mid-sized rig has a stellar 15.6-inch (1920 x 1080) display, 5.0-GHz Core i7-10750H CPU, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 graphics, 16GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD. You can upgrade these specs, but even the base model leaves its competitors in the dust. View Deal

HP Chromebook 11: was $219 now $169 @ Best Buy
This Prime Day-rivaling deal from Best Buy took $50 off the already modestly priced HP Chromebook 11. If you're looking for the cheapest Chromebook that you can buy for your kid or an elder, look no further than the HP Chromebook 11. It's small, portable and comes with an Intel Celeron processor, 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage.View Deal

Lenovo IdeaPad 1: was $229 now $119 @ Best Buy
The Lenovo IdeaPad 1 was the cheapest Windows 10 laptop we saw during Prime Day. It features an AMD A6-9220e processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of eMMC storage, and a 14-inch, 1366 x 768 display. View Deal

Razer Blade 15 Base Model: was $1,599 now $1,299 @ Amazon
In an effort to bring more of its svelte gaming laptops to the masses, Razer created the Base Model of the Blade 15. It's a more affordable iteration of the gaming laptop. And while its true, it's Nvidia GTX 1660 Ti GPU isn't as powerful as its more expensive cousin. The Base Model can still play its fair share of games at solid frame rates. View Deal

Prime Day monitor deals

HP VH240a 23.8-inch Monitor: was $139 now $99 @ Amazon
Last year, one of the best Prime day deals took $30 off the  HP VH240a. This 23.8-inch LED matte display has a 1920 x 1080-pixel resolution with a 16:9 aspect ratio. With its 60Hz refresh rate, and 5ms response time, and built-in speakers, this monitor provides a crisp, smooth and great sound.
 View Deal

ViewSonic XG2402 24-inch 144Hz Gaming Monitor: was $218 now $160 @ Amazon
The ViewSonic XG2402 24-inch, 1080p  Gaming Monitor has a 1ms response rate with a 144Hz display refresh rate. The panel also has AMD FreeSync to reduce screen tearing and Eye Care Advanced technology to ensure eye comfort while gaming. View Deal

Acer Nitro VG271U 27-inch Gaming Monitor: was $349 now $255 @ Amazon
This Prime Day deal took $94 off the Acer Nitro gaming monitor. Enjoy next level gaming with the Acer Nitro 27-inch Gaming Monitor. With 144Hz refresh rate insuring a creamy smooth gaming this 1440p resolution is a budget conscious gamers dream. View Deal

LG 34GL750-B 34-Inch Curved Gaming Monitor: was $550 now $460 @ Amazon
The LG 34GL750-B 34-inch is a reasonably-priced gaming monitor with attractive specs and an immersive 34-inch ultrawide IPS screen. Thanks to Prime Day, this dropped to under $500 making the ultrawide immersive experience more affordable. Walmart currently has it on sale for $466.View Deal

Prime Day tablet deals

Amazon Fire HD 8: was $89.99 now $54.99 @ Amazon
This Prime Day deal took $35 off the Fire HD 8 — bringing down to an all-time low price of $54.99. The latest Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet is 30% faster than its predecessor and supports wireless charging. It features an 8-inch (1280 x 800) display, 2.0-GHz quad-core CPU, 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of expandable storage. We expect this Prime Day deal to return this year. View Deal

Amazon Fire HD 8 Plus: was$109.99 now $74.99 Amazon
During Prime Day 2020, Amazon took $35 off the Kindle Fire HD 8 Plus. It has all the same specs as the new Fire HD 8 except that it packs 3GB of RAM. It hit this record low price once again on Black Friday. We expect this deal to return during Prime Day 2021.View Deal

Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition:was $139.99 now $79.99 @ Amazon
The Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition is one of the best kids tablets you can get. It's 30% faster than the previous gen model and has 32GB of storage. This tablet was $70 off during last year's Prime Day  sale and is likely to return this year. View Deal

Apple iPad Pro 12.9" 2020 (128GB): was $999 now $949 @ Amazon
The Editor's Choice iPad Pro is powerful enough to replace your laptop. This model packs a 12.9-inch (2732 x 2048) Liquid Retina display, an A12Z Bionic CPU, 128GB of storage, a new dual-camera system with LIDAR scanner, and Wi-Fi 6 support. Own it now for its lowest price yet. View Deal

Galaxy Tab S6 10.5" (256GB): was $729 now $549 @ Amazon
This Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 post-Amazon Prime Day deal took $180 off its normal price. It packs a 10.5-inch (2560 x 1600) Super AMOLED display, a Snapdragon 855 octa-core CPU, 6GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage. Best Buy offered the same deal.  View Deal

Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e: was $479 now $399 @ Amazon
Yes, it's older than the other tablets on this list, but the Galaxy Tab S5e is still an excellent slate. This specific version has 128GB and was $80 cheaper during Prime Day. It has a 10.5-inch display, quad AKG speakers and a microSD card slot for up to 512GB of storage. View Deal

Microsoft Surface Pro X: was $1299 now $999 @ Amazon
One of the best Prime Day deals we saw knocked $300 off the Surface Pro X. This tablet is a slimmer, premium version of the Surface Pro 7. It has an MS SQ 1 CPU, 8GB RAM, and 256GB SSD .View Deal

Apple iPad mini (64GB): was $399 now $349 @ Amazon
One of Amazon's early Prime Day deals took $63 off the latest Apple iPad mini. This 7.9-inch tablet packs Apple's powerful A12 Bionic CPU, which delivers ridiculously fast performance. It outperforms the 2018 iPad and lasts nearly 13 hours per charge. View Deal

Apple iPad 2020 (32GB): was $429 now $399 @ Amazon
Amazon's Prime Day event last year took $30 off Apple's 8th Generation iPad. This iteration packs a 10.2-inch retina display and the speedy A12 Bionic SoC with Apple's neural engine. View Deal

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus (128GB): was $829 now $678 @ Amazon
This Prime Day 2020 deal was incredible, taking $151 off the excellent Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus. With the best display on any tablet (yes, even better than the iPad Pro), the Galaxy Tab S7 Plus is the ultimate slate for consuming content. It also has a fantastic S Pen and a comfortable Book Cover keyboard (optional). This tablet hit a record low price of $425 during Samsung's Discover Spring savings event in March. View Deal

Galaxy Tab S6 Lite 10.4" (64GB): was $349 now $279 @ Amazon
Last year, Amazon slashed $70 off the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite which has a premium design, bright display, and long battery life. This Android powered tablet packs a 10.4-inch (1920 x 1200) display, an Exynos octa-core CPU, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage.View Deal

Prime Day headphone deals

Apple AirPods Pro: was $249 now $199 @ Amazon
One of the best deals of Amazon Prime Day last year took $50 off the AirPods Pro. Since then, we've seen them drop to as low as $170 and expect this deal to repeat during this year's Prime Day deals event. With decent noise cancellation, good sound quality, and a comfortable, sweat-resistant design, the AirPods Pro is among the best wireless earbuds around.View Deal

Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones: was $299 now $169 @ Amazon
Beats Solo3 wireless headphones give you booming sound and 40 hours of battery life. These stylish, bass-heavy 'phones were $31 off during last year's Prime Day savings event. They've since fallen to as low as $119 and we expect them to see a bigger markdown for Prime Day 2021. View Deal

Sony WF-1000XM3 True Wireless Earbuds: was $229 now $178 @ Amazon
The Sony WF-1000XM3 earbuds are a wireless triumph. They offer stellar sonics, impressive noise cancellation, and a plethora of features like built-in Alexa for easy voice access to music, news, and more. Best Buy had this same dealView Deal

Sony WF-SP800N True Wireless Earbuds: was $199 now $148 @ Amazon
Last year's Prime Day shopping event knocked $50 off the water and sweat resistant Sony WF-SP800N earbuds. Best Buy offered the same price. They're currently on sale for a new all-time low price of $128 and we expect to see Prime Day 2021 repeat this deal. They're a solid choice if you're looking for durable, long-lasting true wireless earbuds.View Deal

Sony WF-XB700 True Wireless Earbuds: was $128 now $78 @ Amazon
In a Prime Day preview, Sony WF-XB700 buds went down to all-time low price of $78. With their ergonomic design, water resistance, and 9-hour battery life (18 with charging case), you can enjoy uninterrupted, extended listening anywhere. Best Buy mirrored this priceView Deal

Samsung Galaxy Buds Live: was $169 now $144 @ eBay
The Samsung Galaxy Buds Live were $25 cheaper during last year's Prime Day. These headphones pack balance, spacious audio and extra-long battery life into a bean-shaped ergonomic design. View Deal

Beats Solo Pro Wireless: was $299 now $179 @ Amazon
Prime Day last year offered the Beats Solo Pro colors for an all-time low price. These over-ear wireless headphones feature active noise cancelling, an advanced acoustic system and up to 22 hours of battery life. View Deal

Samsung Galaxy Buds: was $129 now $75 @ Microsoft via eBay
Last year during Prime Day, you could scoop up the Samsung Galaxy Buds for $74.99 from Microsoft via eBay. The Samsung Galaxy Buds are a great AirPods alternative for Android users. They offer seamless device pairing, water-sweat resistance, and long battery lifeView Deal

Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus: was $149 now $119 @ Amazon
The Editor's Choice Galaxy Buds feature a 2-way speaker, rich AKG sound and an adaptive 3-mic system for crystal clear calls. These headphones are currently $30 off right now which puts them at an all-time low price. View Deal

Apple AirPods w/ Wireless Case: was $199 now $149 @ Amazon
Prime Day 2020 deals offered the AirPods with Wireless Charging Case for just $149. We expect an even bigger discount on these during Prime Day 2021. These Apple earbuds include a Qi-compatible case that allows for wire-free charging. View Deal

Apple AirPods w/ Wired Charging Case: was $159 now $114 @ Amazon
The AirPods with Wired Charging Case for sold for $114. The wireless earbuds are powered by Apple's latest H1 chip for fast wireless connectivity with Apple devices. The lowest price we've ever seen these fall to was $99 just before the holidays. We expect Amazon to match this price during its Prime Day 2021 deals days.View Deal

JBL Tune 120TWS Wireless Earbuds: was $99 now $39 @ Amazon
This outstanding deal from last year's Prime Day took $70 off the JBL tune 120TWS wireless earbuds. During Black Friday, they dropped to a record low price of $35. We expect to see this price come back during Amazon's Prime Day 2021 deals extravaganza. View Deal