Most of the year, many of us would find it hard to justify spending hundreds of pounds on new tech, but all that changes come Black Friday.
The annual sales event not only marks the start of the holiday shopping season, but the launch some of the biggest and best tech deals of the year and – though it officially launches tomorrow – many retailers have already released early deals.
Though there are many more to come, these earlybird deals offer major discounts on both new and last-gen tech, with the biggest price cuts found on older devices.
To help you navigate the very best Black Friday tech deals from UK retailers, we’ve searched high and low to find you 2019’s top deals to-date:
For a Christmas gift sure to put a smile on anyone’s face, you needn’t look further than this Black Friday deal on the iPhone XR. The smartphone’s Liquid Retina display, powerful chip and breakthrough camera system are all among the most advanced in the industry. If you’re looking for deals on monthly contracts, however, this £33 per month deal on the new iPhone 11 may take your fancy, instead (£75 upfront, 60GB data, unlimited minutes and unlimited texts).
Thinking it might be time to join those bespectacled millennials and turn your house into a smart home? The Google Nest Hub is a great place to start. With its eponymous Assistant (security matched to your own voice), you can take advantage of its helpful functions without having to set a finger on its 7″ touchscreen — music, schedules, lists, commute estimations, lighting, TV channels, heating and more.
While Currys has put a wide range of laptops on sale in the run up to Black Friday, this 14-inch HP Pavillion is a brilliant all rounder. Even for high spec-demanding gamers. With a super fast Intel Core i7-1065G7 Processor, 512 GB SSD and powerful NVIDIA GeForce MX250 graphics card, this little machine can run the heaviest of applications with ease. A built-in Bang & Olufsen sound system is a dream for video editors, too.
Read our guide on the best laptop deals in the Black Friday sales.
4. Apple Airpods with Wireless Charging Case
With the latest Apple Airpods you’re automatically on, and automatically connected. As you’re sure to know, these wireless headphones sit comfortably in your ear and give you quick and easy control of both audio and Siri. Thanks to its compact charging case, you can also stream up to five hours of sound in a single charge.
5. Samsung A8
While the A8 isn’t quite as new or powerful at Samsung’s S10 or S10 Plus, it is the model set to take the brand’s Black Friday sales by storm. The great little phone has been reduced by more than half price on Amazon, making it the best smartphone you can buy for the money. It’s even splash and water-resistant up to 1.5 metres.
6. Xbox One X with Jedi Fallen Order and Now TV Bundle
The bigwigs of Black Friday gaming deals are back. This year, with a number of deals on both console bundles and their respective games. Competitors will find it hard to beat this 1TB Xbox One X bundle with Jedi Fallen Order, one month of Xbox Live Gold, one month of EA Access Plus, and two months of NOW TV. Not to mention a brilliant PS4 plus Call of Duty Modern Warfare bundle. Major titles like Borderlands 3 and the brand-new FIFA 20 have even been reduced for both consoles, with a wide range of game deals offering up to £23 off.
Read our guide on the best Black Friday gaming deals.
7. Fire HD 10 Tablet
Amazon’s latest Fire tablet has taken pride of place in its Black Friday sales with a surprisingly large discount. But what sets it apart from last-gen Fire tablets? This one is up to 30 per cent faster, according to Amazon, and has a larger 10.1″ screen, making it ideal for catching up on your favourite shows during your commute. It also has 10 hours of battery life and a super-crisp 1080p Full HD display.
8. Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H4 Wireless Headphones
As one of the world’s most beloved premium audio specialists, it’s rare we see Bang & Olufsen products with significant discounts. But, this year, it seems Amazon have taken one for the team; these beautiful bluetooth headphones are as good as they look — their wireless sound is pitch-perfect, with up to 19 hours of battery life, and wrapped leather, aluminium and steel.
9. Google Nest Hello Video Doorbell
For new home buyers, this will be a gift that keeps giving. While video doorbells are nothing new, the developing tech has long out-priced their widespread use, making this £80 discount on Google’s Nest a rare treat. The device has a wide view in crystal-clear quality, a microphone (meaning you can speak to visitors/the postman from anywhere in the world), and sends optional movement alerts to your smart device (even if someone doesn’t ring the doorbell). A home security saviour.
10. LG 55SM8200PLA 55-inch Smart 4K Ultra HD TV with Google Assistant
There are tonnes of TVs on sale in the run up to Black Friday, but all aren’t created equal. This 55-inch Ultra HD Samsung is a cut above (most of) the rest; its intuitive tech improves both picture colour and clarity, its sound system is from cinema-approved Dolby Atmos, and its 4K display ensures a pixel-perfect viewing experience. With voice commands, ThinQ AI even allows you to talk to your TV (be that to play something on Netflix, turn up the volume, or switch over to the news).
11. Google Pixel 4 XL
This large and supercharged smartphone is the epitome of bang for your buck. A competitor among many phones priced £100s higher, the Google Pixel 4 XL boasts a dual 16/12MP camera that often comes out top among leading smartphones’ best cameras. It is so good in difficult light, in fact, it has even captured the Milky Way. Available in orange, black and white. (If the very latest handset isn’t imperative, Currys have also reduced the Google Pixel 3a to just £329.)
12. Echo Dot (3rd Gen)
This smart speaker uses the world’s best-known virtual assistant (Alexa) to play music, answer questions, update you on the day’s news, and more. It has a sleek pebble-like design that will suit any room, in multiple colourways, and it’s impressive 56 per cent discount makes it particularly good value for money. If you already have a pair of decent speakers, Amazon is offering the Echo Input (which allows any external speaker to become an Alexa-enabled device) at over half price today, at £14.99, down from £34.99.
13. Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Labo Kit
As part of Nintendo’s inclusive Black Friday bonanza, you can get your hands on a Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Labo Kit of choice with savings of up to £69.99. Your choice is between the Nintendo Labo Toy-Con Variety Kit, Vehicle Kit or Robot Kit (all of which make brilliant gifts for creative kids) but. if you’d prefer to package the console with a game and case, the site also has a ‘build your own bundle’ feature – including the brand-new Pokemon Sword and Shield.
14. Samsung Harman/Kardon HW-Q60R 5.1 Wireless Sound Bar
Turn your living room into a home cinema with the simple addition of this sensational Samsung sound bar. With panoramic audio (boosted by a high-tech wireless subwoofer), this eight-speaker bar delivers true surround sound. It is relatively foolproof to get the best results, as well – the Q60 does all the hard work for you. Even reimagining sounds for full immersion (in Game Mode) when it’s connected to a console.
15. Apple iPad 10.2-inch, Wi-Fi, 32GB (Latest Model)
Apple fans, you’re in luck; you can now get the brand’s 7th-generation iPad for less than £300. The latest model does everything you’d expect and more, with its Retina display increased from the standard 9.7 inches to 10.2 inches and full-size Smart Keyboard compatibility. Available in Gold, Silver and Space Grey.
16. iRoomba Robot Vacuum
For those among you that hate vacuuming (hello, friends), no Black Friday deal could come much sweeter than this £169 saving on a high-tech robot vacuum. Without much more than a finger lifted, this super smart vacuum can clean your whole house with a simple command. Its auto-adjust cleaning head adapts to different floor surfaces as it cleans (even tackling pet hair with ease) and it can be started remotely by both app and Alexa.