The best October Amazon Prime Day early access deals for 2023

The best October Amazon Prime Day early access deals for 2023

No, the sale hasn’t started yet. Amazon’s second Prime-related event for 2023 is officially called Prime Big Deal Days and will happen October 10 and 11. This is the second year for a fall-based, site-wide Amazon sale and we’re already seeing discounts pop up. You’ll need a Prime membership to access many of the deals, though a few are available to everyone. This week, notable sales include first-ever discounts on the second-gen AirPods Pro with USB-C charging and iPhone 15 cases with Apple’s leather-replacing FineWoven material. Amazon’s own Kindle Scribe writable ereader is seeing discounts of up to $90, and a bundle of Blink’s new outdoor cameras are half price. We also included a Solo Stove deal from elsewhere on the web that’s worth considering. Here are the best early access October Prime Day deals you can get right now.

Apple AirPods Pro (2nd gen, USB-C)

Apple

Apple switched to USB-C for the iPhone 15 and added the same port to its AirPods Pro. You can already grab them on sale for $200 at Amazon, which matches the low price we’ve been tracking for the Lightning versions. 

$200 at Amazon

Last Tuesday, Apple revealed new iPhone 15 models, and one of the most notable changes was the switch to a USB-C port. The company also announced the latest (second generation) AirPods Pro would now come with the same connectivity. Just a week later, you can get those buds on Amazon for $200, which is $49 below list price and the same sale price we’ve been seeing for the AirPods Pro with Lightning. The earbuds themselves haven’t changed much, save for a little more waterproofing. They should offer the same excellent transparancy mode and substantially improved audio quality over the first-gen Pros.

Blink Outdoor 4 security camera bundle

Blink

A bundle that includes two Blink Outdoor 4 cameras plus a Blink mini indoor camera is half price for Prime members. 

$117 at Amazon

Amazon just announced the latest generation of its wireless outdoor security camera, the Blink Outdoor 4. If you’re a Prime member, you can get a two-pack of the new cameras, plus an indoor Blink mini camera and a Sync Module 2 for 50 percent off. Bought separately, the set would run you $235 at full price, but the early Prime deal brings it down to $117.50. The latest-gen cameras have better image quality and low-light sensitivity and the field of view has increased to 143 degrees. A new custom processor on board helps boost the image quality and can differentiate people from other moving things (though enabling that feature requires a subscription). Along with the two cameras and mounting kits, you also get one indoor Mini camera and a Sync Module 2, which acts as a hub that enables app control and local storage of video clips. The AA batteries required for outdoor cams are also included, which should last for two years before you need to replace them.

Kasa Smart Bulbs

Kasa Smart

A four-pack of one of our favorite smart bulbs is on sale for 30 percent off. You can also add a $2 coupon to save a little more. 

$28 at Amazon

Smart lightbulbs like these not only adjust to whatever color you want, you can also control them with the app or just your voice (and a compatible smart speaker). Kasa’s KL125 bulbs made the cut as the budget pick in our guide to smart bulbs because they are easy to install, easy to use and pack a ton of features. Right now they’re down to $28, which is a 30 percent discount and close to the lowest price we’ve tracked.

Apple iPhone 15 Fine Woven cases

Apple

Apple’s new leather-alternative cases for the iPhone 15 are already seeing their first discount.  

$56 at Amazon

In addition to announcing the iPhone 15 at last week’s event, the folks at Apple also spent a lot of time talking up the company’s environmental initiatives. One change eliminates all leather from the products Apple sells and a new material, called FineWoven, will take its place on accessories like iPhone cases. Right now, Amazon is discounting the new iPhone 15 FineWoven cases by five percent. It’s not a huge discount, but if you’ve just dropped a grand on the new iPhone 15 Pro, even little savings might help.

Amazon Kindle Scribe

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This is only $10 more than the deal we saw during Amazon’s Prime Day sale earlier this year. Other models with more storage and Amazon’s “Premium Pen” stylus are also discounted, but note that you must be an Amazon Prime subscriber to see the offers.

$265 at Amazon

Prime members can save between $75 and $90 on a Kindle Scribe at Amazon right now. The configuration with 64GB of storage and the Premium Pen is $330 or $90 off, while the 16GB base model with the Basic Pen is $265 or $75 off. The deals are pretty close to the ones we saw during Prime Day this July, coming in about $10 more. The Kindle Scribe earned an 85 in our review and is our current pick for the best ereader E Ink tablet. We appreciate the low-latency writing, large and roomy screen, and the integration with Amazon’s Kindle services. You can also click the button to get Kindle Unlimited with your Scribe for free for three months, just remember that the subscription will auto-renew at the end of the trial.

Apple Watch Ultra

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The first generation of the Apple Watch Ultra with the orange band is down to $699, which is its lowest price yet. 

$699 at Amazon

The second generation of the Apple Watch Ultra is available to buy as of today — but the new version isn’t on sale. First generation Apple Watch Ultras, however, has been discounted by $100 on Amazon bringing them to $699 instead of $799. The discount only applies to the watch with the orange Alpine Loop in small. The medium and large bands are about a dollar more, and watches with different colored bands aren’t discounted. We gave the first AW Ultra an 85 in our review, praising its long battery life, bright display and useful fitness and health features. Of course it doesn’t have the new features of the new Apple Watches, including the tap navigation and the S9 SiP (system-in-package) processor for on-board Siri requests. But if all you need is a rugged watch with lots of hiking, running and other activity features, now’s your chance to save.

OnePlus 11 5G

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OnePlus’ flagship phone is back down to its lowest price so far. 

$600 at Amazon

The OnePlus 11 5G Android smartphone is currently $100 off at Amazon. It’s dropped to this price a few times before, and matches its all-time low. This is the latest flagship phone from OnePlus, which earned an 83 in our review. It packs a powerful processor, a vivid screen and has a long-lasting battery that also happens to charge blazingly fast.

Amazon Fire Omni QLED TVs

Amazon

Many of Amazon’s Omni QLED series TVs are on sale ahead of October’s Prime sales event. 

$600 at Amazon

All sizes of Amazon’s Fire TV Omni QLED Series are on sale ahead of October’s sale. The 43-, 50-, 55- and 65-inch models are down to $380, $400, $440 and $600, respectively. Those match or beat the prices we saw for July’s Prime Day. The Fire TV Omni QLED sets are best for people who like Amazon’s Fire interface, which we found easy enough to figure out, though the OS does tend to push you towards Amazon’s own content. Beyond that Fire TVs do a good job of integrating Alexa’s helpfulness with a useful voice remote, and hands-free smart home support. And if you don’t feel like having Alexa listening in, you can turn off the mics with a built-in switch.

Samsung Galaxy S23 phones

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Our top pick for an Android smartphone is back down to $1,000. 

$1,000 at Amazon

All models of Samsung’s flagship S23 smartphones are on sale right now, including our pick for the best Android smartphone you can buy, the Galaxy S23 Ultra. The 256GB base model is down to $999 after a 17 percent, or $200, discount. The phone has been hitting that low regularly over the past few months, so if you’ve been thinking about getting one, it’s probably best to make your move when its at this price. The other two phones in the S23 lineup are also on sale, with the base model of the standard Galaxy S23 going for $700 and the S23+ going for $800, both of which are $100 discounts.

Amazon Fire HD 10 Kids Pro tablet

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Amazon’s device built for kids comes with an included “kid-proof” case and a two-year warranty.

$140 at Amazon

Updated versions of Amazon’s kids-focused tablets are on their way, though they won’t arrive until after October’s Prime sale. The new versions will have 25 percent faster processors, but if you don’t think your kid will care about having the latest model, you can save $60 on the current gen Fire HD 10 Kids Pro tablets. This is our current pick for the best tablet for kids as it comes with a “kid-proof” case and a two-year warranty — just in case your kid proves exactly how optimistic that terminology is.

It also comes with a free year of Amazon Kids+, which will incorporate a new “Explore with Alexa” feature that takes advantage of the upcoming improvements to Alexa’s conversational abilities, with a kid-friendly bent.

Solo Stove sitewide coupon

Solo Stove

Solo Stove is offering coupons that should work across its entire site. The offer stacks on top of other discounts, such as $150 off of the Solo Stove Bonfire 2.0.

Save $170 with code

$230 at Solo Stove

Solo Stove is offering sitewide coupons for up to $100 off its popular outdoor pizza ovens and fire pits. Enter SAVE20 at checkout to get $20 off purchases over $125, SAVE40 to get $40 off anything over $350 and SAVE100 to lower the price by $100 if your purchase is over $550. The codes should work with all fire pits bundles, pizza ovens or other products, and they even stack atop other discounts. The deal applies to the Pi Pizza oven, which we recommend in our guide, as well as the Bonfire 2.0 fire pit, which is one of our favorite bits of outdoor gear for fall.

Motorola razr+

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The runner up flip phone in our guide has only been on the market for a few months, but it’s already $100 off. 

$900 at Amazon

Motorola just released its new razr+ foldable flip phone a few months ago, but it’s already seeing a $100 discount at Amazon. We gave it an 85 in our Engadget review noting that it was giving Samsung a little competition in the flip foldable category. It’s also the runner up flip option in our guide to foldable smartphones in part because its exterior display is actually a little easier to use than Samsung’s version. Just keep in mind that the water resistance isn’t as substantial.

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