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Amazon Prime Day 2022: Best deals to expect this summer

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Amazon Prime Day 2022's date is set for sometime in July according to Amazon's quarterly earnings report (opens in new tab). Although the next Prime Day's date has yet to be confirmed, the big annual shopping bonanza typically occurs during the second or third week of July. 

We expect Amazon to officially announce the next Prime Day's start date (opens in new tab) as we move closer toward the big day. Prime Day offers a smorgasbord of Black Friday-worthy deals on just about everything including laptops, tablets, and peripherals. 

Amazon Prime Day started out as a 24-hour event in 2015 to celebrate Amazon's 20-year anniversary. Over the course of the years, Amazon's annual sale has turned into a 48-hour smorgasbord of 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.

Although the next Prime Day 2022's date is still up in the air, one thing's for sure — it will be here before we know it. Until then, here's a few things you might want to know about Prime Day and what to expect.

What is Amazon Prime Day?

Amazon Prime Day was created on July 15, 2015 to celebrate Amazon's then 20th anniversary. For 24 hours, Amazon rolled out exclusive Prime member-only deals on a range of products from every category.

The first Prime Day proved to be so successful for Amazon, that it made Prime Day an annual tradition. Throughout the years, Amazon expanded the holiday to numerous countries. 

Prime Day is available in the U.S., the U.K., the United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Spain, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Portugal, Netherlands, Mexico, Luxembourg, Japan, Italy, Germany, France, China, Brazil, Belgium, Austria, and Australia.

Over time, the length of Prime Day has expanded as well. Back in 2017, Amazon Prime Day lasted for 30 hours, 36 hours in 2018 Prime Day and 48-hours from 2019-2021.

Are Prime Day deals for everyone?

While anyone can shop Amazon's Prime Day deals, Prime members get the best Prime Day discounts and special offers. Some of the benefits of being a Prime member include early access to Prime Day deals and exclusive Prime member-only deals. 

For instance, last year, Prime members got to snag early deep discounts on Amazon hardware and Nintendo Switch game deals before Prime Day started. Last year's Amazon Prime Day preview deals took 45% off its Fire tablets and Kindle eReaders. We predict Prime Day 2022 may slash as much as 50% off and set unprecedented price lows. 

Amazon Prime Membership: $14/mo. or $139 year (opens in new tab)
Amazon typically offers early access and exclusive Prime Day deals for Prime membership holders only. However, if you're not a Prime member, Amazon offers a no-risk free 30-day Prime membership trial (opens in new tab) so you can try it out before you commit. 

What day is Amazon Prime Day 2022?

Thanks to Amazon's first quarter earnings report, we now know Prime Day 2022 is slated for July. This comes as no surprise given that Prime Day typically occurs during the second or third week of July to celebrate Amazon's July 5 founding date. 

However, there were a few exceptions. In 2020, Prime Day was pushed back to October 13-14 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The following year, Prime Day 2021 took place on June 21 and June 22 to kick off the summer. 

What dates are Amazon Prime Days?

The official dates of this year's Amazon Prime Days are still a mystery as of now. As we predicted, Prime Day 2022 is in fact happening in July as revealed in Amazon's quarterly earnings release. 

Although Prime Day 2022 exact start date is unknown, we expect Amazon to make an announcement as we get closer to its big summer sale.

We predict Prime Day 2022's dates will fall somewhere during the second or third week of July as tradition holds. And just like previous years, Prime Day 2022 is likely to run for 48 hours with early access deals for Prime members starting a day early. However, we wouldn't be surprised if Prime Day morphs into a 72 hour event for all this year.

Amazon Prime Day 2022 deals to expect

Like Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Amazon Prime Day is one of the most anticipated savings events for bargain hunters. In the spirit of competition, expect big box retailers like Best Buy, Target and Walmart to roll out generous Prime Day alternative deals to take some of the shine off of Amazon.

Given that Prime Day is all about the best Amazon deals, many of the top Prime Day deals tend to be on Amazon hardware. Expect to see fantastic discounts on Amazon branded Alexa-devices like its entire family of best-selling Fire tablets. Last year, Amazon took 45% off its family of Fire tablets and Kindle eReaders. Prime Day 2022 could set new price lows with discounts of up to 50% off.

We've also seen the best laptop and tablet deals of the year during previous Prime Day events. This year we expect more of the same with steep discounts on traditional laptops, gaming laptops, Chromebooks, and convertible laptops. 

And if you're looking for the best prices on Apple gear, look out for the best Prime Day deals on MacBook, iPad, AirPods and Apple Watch.

What stores participate in Prime Day?

During Prime Day, bargain shoppers can expect to see tons of deals on today's best gadgets at Amazon and competing retailers. Outside of the holiday, it's one of the best times of the year to score steep discounts on laptops, tablets, peripherals and more. 

Retailers like Best Buy, Target, Walmart, just to name a few — offer their own savings events alongside Amazon Prime Day. We also expect to see similar sitewide manufacturer sales from Dell, HP, Lenovo, and Microsoft.

Frugal shoppers will want to take advantage of this year's summertime sales to save big on back-to-school gear, video games, home theater and more. 

Don't want to wait for Prime Day? There are plenty of spring savings events going on this week. Here are the best Prime Day-worthy deals you can get right now. 

Best pre Prime Day 2022 deals

Laptops

Apple M1 MacBook Pro (512GB): was $1,499 now $1,249 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
This laptop deal takes $250 off the M1 MacBook Pro. Besides a powerful M1 8-core processor, it packs a 13.3-inch (2560 x 1600) IPS Retina display, 8GB of RAM, an 8-core GPU, and a 512GB SSD. It scored a rare 5-star rating from us, making it one of the top laptops on the market.

Dell XPS 13: was $1,920 now $1,420 @ Dell (opens in new tab)
Dell's Gift Giving Event takes $500 off the Dell XPS 13 laptop via coupon, "100OFF1499". As we praise in our Dell XPS 13 review (opens in new tab), it offers an attractive, premium design, great performance, springy, and comfortable keyboard. That's why we gave the Dell XPS 13 a 4.5 out of 5-star rating and our coveted Editor's Choice award. The laptop in this deal totes a 13.4-inch 3.5K (3456 x 2160) OLED touch display, 2.8-GHz Intel Core i7-1165G7 4-core CPU, 8GB of RAM, Iris Xe graphics and 512GB SSD. 

HP Envy 13: was $1,049 now $849 @ HP (opens in new tab)
Now $200 off, the HP Envy 13 is one of the best laptops you can get. It's a wise choice if you're looking for a solid all-around laptop for work, school, and everything in between. The laptop in this deal has a 13.3-inch (1920 x 1080) display, 2.8-GHZ Intel Evo Core i7-1165G7 quad-core CPU, 16GB of RAM, Intel Iris Xe graphics, and a 256GB SSD.

HP Chromebook 11: was $225 now $98 @ Walmart (opens in new tab)
Save $127 on the HP Chromebook 11 at Walmart. It features an 11.6-inch (1366 x 768) display, 1.6-GHz AMD A4-9120C dual-core CPU, 4GB of RAM and 32GB of eMMC flash storage. It's a budget-friendly option if you want a basic laptop for creating docs, web browsing and managing emails. 

Tablets

Apple iPad mini 6: was $499 now $399 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
Amazon is taking $100 off the Apple iPad mini 6 today. Apple's 6th gen compact tablet packs an 8.3-inch Liquid Retina display with True Tone, Apple's A15 Bionic chip, Wi-Fi 6 and 5G support. There's a 12MP wide angle back camera and a 12MP ultra-wide camera on the front. Touch ID and Apple Pay offer secure login and payment.

Apple iPad Air 4: was $749 now $599 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
Now $150 off, the 256GB model iPad Air is the best tablet for most people. With Apple's speedy A14 Bionic chip, the new iPad Air delivers excellent performance and good battery life.

Microsoft Surface Pro 8: was $1,099 now $899 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
At $200 off, the Surface Pro 8 is our favorite 2-in-1 tablet, In our Surface Pro 8 review (opens in new tab), scored a high rating of 4 out of 5 stars with us for its gorgeous display, powerful performance and excellent webcam. The tablet in this deal has a 13-inch (2880 x 1920) touch screen, 2.4-GHz Intel Evo Core i5-1145G7 4-core CPU, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of fast SSD storage. 

Samsung Galaxy Tab A8: was $229 now $179 @ Best Buy (opens in new tab)
Save $50 on the 2022 Galaxy Tab A8 — its biggest discount yet . If you're looking for a solid iPad alternative, this Samsung tablet is worth considering. It features a 10.5 inch ‎(1920 x 1200) TFT display, ‎2.0-GHz octa-core CPU, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of microSD-expandable storage. Amazon (opens in new tab) mirrors this deal. 

Monitors

BenQ EX3203R 32-inch 2K Curved Gaming Monitor: was $599 now $299 @ Adorama (opens in new tab)
For a limited time, Adorama is slashing $300 off the BenQ EX3203R 32-inch curved gaming monitor. One of the best displays out there, it has a 2K (2560 x 1440) pixel resolution, HDR, FreeSync and USB Type-C connectivity. Snag it now for its best price yet. 

Acer Predator XB271HU: was $469 now $349 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
At $120 off, the 27-inch Acer Predator XB271HU monitor is one of the best monitor deals you can get. This is a great 27-inch monitor for anyone who wants to get into higher resolution gaming. With a 2560 x 1440-pixel resolution, 144Hz display and 4ms response time, this beautiful beast should prove to be crisp and colorful.

HP V28 28-inch 4K Monitor: was $379 now $259 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
At $120 off, the HP V28 is on sale for a great price. This truly immerse 4K monitor is produces sharp image clarity, affording you a cinema-like viewing experience. With a refresh rate of 60Hz and AMD FreeSync Technology baked in, expect no less than blur and lag free streaming and gaming.

Dell S2721HS 27-inch 4K Monitor: was $349 now $259 @ Dell (opens in new tab)
Save $90 on the Dell 27-inch Monitor S2721HS. This 27-inch display has a 1920 x 1080-pixel resolution, 4ms response time, and 75Hz refresh rate. Connectivity-wise, it equips you with an HDMI port and Display Port 1.2. Its chic and modern design complements any workspace. 

Headphones

Jabra Elite 4 Active Wireless Earbuds (Mint): was $119 now $72 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
At $48 off, the Jabra Elite 4 Active are at an all-time low price. The best earbuds for working out, they feature a comfortable and secure fit, an IP57 water/sweat-resistance rating, and active noise cancellation. Four microphones ensure crystal clear calls and each earbud can be used independently. The Elite 4 Active have a rated battery life of up to 7 hours with up to 28 with the included fast-charging case.

Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700: was $399 now $329 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
Bose 700 headphones offer stellar audio quality, amazing noise-cancelling technology and up to 20 hours of battery life. They also support Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri. They're currently $70 off, which is one of the lowest prices we've ever seen for these wireless headphones. 

Apple AirPods Max: was $549 now $449 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
Currently $100 off at Amazon, the AirPods Max are our favorite wireless ear cans. These stylish ear cans feature Apple's powerful H1 chip, nine microphones and 40mm drivers. With spatial sound, the AirPods Max provides an audio experience like no other. 

Apple AirPods 2nd Generation: was $159 now $118 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
Amazon offers the 2nd generation AirPods with Wired Charging Case for $41 below retail. These wireless earbuds are powered by Apple's H1 chip for fast wireless connectivity with Apple devices. Get up to 24 hours total listening time with the included charging case. 

Smartwatches

Apple Watch Series 7: was $399 now $329 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
Now $70 off, the 45mm Apple Watch Series 7 is one of the best wearables to buy. Over the Watch Series 6, it offers a larger display and 33% faster wireless charging. It features a 41mm aluminum case and an Always-On Retina display with up to 1,000 nits of brightness. Powering the smartwatch is an S7 SiP chip 64-bit dual-core processor. This is one of the best Apple deals you can get. 

Apple Watch SE (GPS): was $309 now $259 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
For a limited time, Amazon is slashing $50 off the Apple Watch SE with GPS.. Apple's mid-tier smartwatch houses the same CPU found in the Apple Watch 5 and a display that's 30% brighter than the Apple Watch 3. This smartwatch supports emergency calls, fall detection, and features a built-in compass and always-on altimeter. 

Galaxy Watch 4 (44mm): was $279 now $229 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
Now $50 off, the Galaxy Watch 4 is one of the best smartwatches around. Sleek, lightweight, and customizable, the Galaxy Watch 4 is Samsung's best smartwatch yet. It features advanced sleep tracking, auto workout-tracking, advanced run coaching, real-time ECG monitoring and fall detection. Amazon has it for the same price.

Smartphones

Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra: was $1,199 now $949 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
Buy the unlocked Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G phone for $250 off at Amazon. The base Galaxy S22 Ultra packs a 6.8-inch Infinity-O Quad HD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X Display, Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 64-bit 8-core CPU, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. 

Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S22: was $799 now $675 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save $125 on the Unlocked Galaxy S22 at Amazon. The entry model Galaxy S22 packs a 6.1-inch Infinity-O FHD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X Display, Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 64-bit 8-core CPU, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. 

Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus: was $999 now $749 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save $250 on the Galaxy S22 Plus at Amazon. The base model Galaxy S22 Plus packs a 6.6-inch Infinity-O FHD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X Display, Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 64-bit 8-core CPU, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.

Unlocked Motorola One 5G Ace: was $399 now $299 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
This budget-friendly phone deal from Amazon takes $100 off the Motorola One 5G Ace. It's one of the more affordable 5G phones to consider if you don't want to spend $1,000 on an unlocked flagship phone. It features a 6.7-inch Full HD Max Vision display and 48MP sensor wide-angle lens with Macro Vision. Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G processor, 6GB of RAM and 128GB. It's IP52 water resistant and has a rated battery life of two days. 

Gaming

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond: was $59 now $39 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
Now $20 off, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond is at its lowest price yet. Released in November 2021, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl bring the 2006 Nintendo DS games to the Nintendo Switch platform. Relive the nostalgia with the original story, complete with in-your-face Pokémon battle scenes. Amazon offers Pokémon Shining Pearl (opens in new tab) for the same price. 

Elden Ring for PS5|PS4: was $59 now $49 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
For a limited time, save $10 on Elden Ring for PS5 and PS4. One of the best new game releases of 2022, Elden Ring is one of the best RPG games out there. In our Elden Ring review (opens in new tab), we found the game's striking, open-world environment, and breathtaking sense of scale impressive. We were also fond of the game's challenging bosses. We gave Elden Ring an overall rating of 4 out of 5-stars and our hard to get Editor's Choice award. Our reviewer dubbed it a contender for game of the year. 

WWE 2K22 for PS4: was $59 now $44 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save $15 on WWE 2K22, a must buy for your collection. WWE 2K22 brings a host of new features and playable characters to the franchise. With a fully redesigned game engine, new controls, upgraded graphics, and new game modes, it's the best wrestling game we've seen yet. Amazon also offers WWE 2K22 for PS5 (opens in new tab) for $55 ($15 off).

Deathloop Standard Edition: was $60 now $25 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
Now $35 off, the Editor's Choice game, Deathloop is one of the best games out there. In our Deathloop review (opens in new tab), we loved its beautiful, explorable worlds, fun stealth mechanics and dual-wielding fighting style. Grab it now for a stellar price. 

Hilda Scott uses her combined passion for gadgets and bargain shopping to bring you the best prices on all things tech. She has a bachelor’s degree in film and media studies from Hunter College and 11 years of tech and entertainment journalism. Her work has been featured on Tom’s Guide, iTechPost, Examiner.com, Parlemag, Enstars, and Latin Times. When she's not scouting for the best deals, Hilda’s catching up on her favorite TV shows and pro-wrestling matches.