Black Friday tablet deals 2021: the iPad, Fire and Galaxy Tab sales we’re expecting
If previous years’ events are anything to go by, the Black Friday tablet deals this year could bring some fantastic discounts on Apple and Android slates, as well as accessories and cases for them.
Well, the tablet deals for Black Friday 2021 could actually be even better this year, because lots of tech companies decided to launch debut slates this year to hit the home-working demand, so the selection will be even better than normal.
Black Friday this year falls on November 26, over a month away, but early Black Friday deals could start the reductions in about a months’ time. In fact, there are some discounts already, though calling them ‘Black Friday’ ones would be a bit of a stretch. We’ve listed them below though.
Tablets can often be pretty expensive pieces of tech, especially given that unlike phones, they’re definitely not necessary for everyday functioning. But they’re useful extras for productivity, entertainment and creativity, so it can be useful to have one, and the Black Friday deals will make them easier to pick up.
The season may not be perfect for the latest, more premium tablets – we rarely see ‘knock-your-socks-off’ bargains on iPads, which sometimes get discounts of less than 10%. But Amazon’s own tablets will probably match Prime Day prices (some might go lower). And even a penny off the price, is a penny saved for you.
Today’s best tablet deals in the US
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 | Wi-Fi | 128GB:
$959 $599 (save $360) at Best Buy
You’re getting loads of money off with this Microsoft Surface Pro 7 – we see deals on this product fairly frequently, but this is a match for the lowest price we’ve seen it at. It also includes the type cover, which many people regard as essential for the device. If you can’t wait until Black Friday and want a good Windows tablet, this is a great choice.
iPad mini (2019) | Wi-Fi | 256GB:
$549 $449 (save $100) at Walmart
This isn’t the newest iPad mini on the market, with a newer version that probably won’t see many sales. The 2019 iPad mini will probably see lots of discounts since it’s now a previous-gen model, but buying now ensures you don’t miss out.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite | Wi-Fi | 32GB:
$160 $129 (save $31) at Amazon
This is a super-affordable 8.7-inch Android tablet (despite the name, which suggests it has a 7-inch screen). It’s not powerful and the screen doesn’t look fantastic but it’s a good-value low-cost slate that will be a useful extra screen for streaming media or browsing the web.
Amazon Fire HD 10 (2019) | Wi-Fi | 32GB:
$149 $99 (save $50) at Amazon
There’s a juicy 1/3 off the price of this Amazon tablet. Sure, it’s two years old, but given each generation is only a small improvement over previous one, you might not notice a difference. That’s a good deal though we might see newer models brought to a similar price closer to Black Friday.
iPad Pro (2021) | Wi-Fi | 11-inch | 128GB:
$799 $749 (save $50) at Amazon
If you want Apple’s newest Pro-level tablet, with the M1 chipset and in its 11-inch size, then Amazon’s got a great deal for you. For the 128GB and 256GB versions, you can get $50, and that jumps up to $100 off if you want 512GB, 1TB or 2TB, though the prices are still much higher for those options.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 | Wi-Fi | 32GB:
$179.99 $229.99 (save $50) at Target
This low-cost Android tablet has a 7-inch screen and comes with 32GB storage. This kind of slate is useful for people who don’t need loads of power, and just need a handy portable device, and that $50 off could be put towards a case or apps.
iPad Air (2020) | Wi-Fi | 64GB:
$599 $539 (save $60) at Walmart
The iPad Air 4 saw a few okayish discounts over Cyber Monday last year, but 2021 is where we’re expecting some great sales since it’s not brand new. This early discount is on a small-storage version of the tablet and it’s a modest reduction, but buying now ensure you don’t have to scramble in late-November.
Lenovo Tab P11 | Wi-Fi | 128GB:
$279.99 $219.99 (save $60) at Best Buy
Lenovo makes high-quality Android tablets, and this is a fairly affordable option from the company, especially thanks to its $60 reduction. It comes with lots of storage, unlike lots of other tablets on sale, and with the lower price you could buy a keyboard, case or stand to make it a useful work device.
iPad Pro (2020) | Wi-Fi | 11-inch | 128GB:
$799 $699 (save $100) at Target
The previous-gen iPad Pro – which is still super powerful and fully-specced, despite having a newer version out – is available for a temptingly-low price ahead of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The 256GB version is also available for $100 off.
Today’s best tablet deals in the UK
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 | Wi-Fi | 128GB:
£619 £519 (save £100) at Currys
Samsung’s premium Tab S7 from 2020 has a powerful processor, a good-looking screen and is now fairly affordable too. If you need a top-end tablet, it’s a great choice, though look to see if the Tab S7 Plus is on sale too. The 256GB storage version is also available for £100 off from Currys.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus | Wi-Fi | 128GB:
£799 £679 (save £120) at Currys
This is arguably the best Android tablet you can buy right now with a giant high-res screen, a top-end processor, fast charging and more. Sure, its price makes it an iPad Pro rival, but the discount here makes it a lot more affordable. The 256GB version is £130 off too.
iPad Air (2020) | Wi-Fi | 64GB:
£579 £549 (save £30) at Amazon
While £30 off a year-old tablet isn’t anything to write home about, there aren’t many great iPad deals in the UK right now, so this is all we’ve got. Expect better deals when Cyber Monday rolls around. The savings bump up to a whopping £50 if you opt for the 256GB version.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 | Wi-Fi | 32GB:
£219 £175.81 (save £43) at Amazon
There’s a fair amount of money off this small-form Android tablet at Amazon, though bear in mind the price of this slate jumps about quite a bit, and we’ve seen it for less. Still, if you want a Samsung slate for a low price, this is one of your few options currently.
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 | Wi-Fi | 128GB:
£915 £715 (save £200) at John Lewis
This £200 discount on the popular Windows tablet doesn’t bring it down to an all-time-low price, as we’ve seen it about £70 cheaper on Amazon. However it’s not at that price any more, and John Lewis’ warranty may sweeten the deal.
iPad (2020) | Wi-Fi | 32GB:
£329 £299 (save £30) at John Lewis
John Lewis is reducing the price of the older entry-level iPad, which has since been replaced in Apple’s line-up by the 2021 model. It’s a modest reduction for a low-storage tablet, but this does bring the asking price under the £300 barrier.
Lenovo Tab M8 | Wi-Fi | 32GB:
£110 £89 (save £21) at Currys
This super-low-price Android tablet is an easy portable screen for basic tasks – it’s a tiny bit old, but you probably won’t mind, especially since it’s one of the few sub-£100 tablets we’re seeing ahead of Black Friday.
Lenovo Tab M10 | Wi-Fi | 16GB:
£110 £90 (save £20) at Argos
Admittedly this deal is very similar to the Tab M8 one shared above – the difference is that this tablet is bigger, but the deal is on the model with less storage. If you’re a fan of external or cloud storage, this is a better choice, but if you don’t want that hassle probably stick to the smaller slate, as it’ll have more space for apps and downloads.
iPad Pro (2021) | Wi-Fi | 11-inch | 256GB:
£844 £799 (save £45) at Laptops Direct
This is a curious one: Laptops Direct is advertising a tablet with all the same specs as the current fifth-gen iPad Pro, though is labelling it as the third-gen tablet. We can only assume this is a typo, and you’re actually getting the new model, which would make this a good deal since it launched for £1,099 earlier this year.
Black Friday tablet deals: FAQ
When will the best Black Friday tablet deals start in 2021?
While early Black Friday deals kick off a week or two before the official day, which in 2021 lands on November 26, don’t expect every tablet to get discounted early.
Judging by precedent, Amazon will offer discounts on its products ahead of Black Friday – that means Fire tablets, and Kindles, could get reductions early. But for other slates, like Samsung, Lenovo and Kobo models, you may want to wait until the proper weekend.
Sometimes, we see tablet deals hit on Cyber Monday instead, and that’ll also be the best time for accessory discounts – think Apple Pencils, cases and the like.
What Black Friday tablet deals do we expect to see in 2021?
The biggest deals will probably be on Amazon’s devices, judging by precedent: that means Fire tablets, Kids tablets, and Kindles. Each could see discounts of around 40%, on both the gadgets and any accessories you might want for them.
We might see fair discounts on many mid-range and cheap Android tablets, like those from Lenovo in particular, as the company has loads.
Opposite from Amazon, Apple’s tablets often have pretty poor discounts, at least for new iPads. They’ll often get 10% or 20% reductions which, especially for the top-end models, doesn’t exactly make them that much more affordable. Older iPads sometimes see better discounts, but they sell out fast.
Should I wait for the Black Friday tablet deals?
So you’re looking at a calendar, flipping the pages until November 26, and realizing there’s quite a while until the sales. Should you go tablet-less until then, just to save a bit of money, or just buy one now?
Well, it depends why you want one. University term starts months before Black Friday, so if you’re a student (or buying for one), you shouldn’t wait. Likewise if you’ve got a creative project you need one for, or require a tablet for business, it’s worth buying now.
It’s only worth waiting until Black Friday if a tablet is something you want, but don’t need. That includes if you’ve got an older slate which serves you well, but maybe struggles for certain tasks – keep on keeping on until the sales if that’s the case.
Black Friday tablet deals in the UK from last year
2020 iPad Pro 11-inch – 128GB:
$799 $729 at Amazon (save $70)
You shouldn’t pay the MSRP for an iPad Pro. Full stop. The cheaper iPad Pro 11-inch with 128GB of storage is now $70 off. You can save even more by spending more: the 512GB is now $100 off too, while the 1TB edition is $150 off, however 256GB is sold out.
Lenovo Smart Tab M8 (32GB):
$99 $89 at Walmart (save $10)
Pick up a great cheap tablet in the Lenovo Smart Tab M8 today at Walmart. With a near-borderless display and metal chassis, you’d be surprised at how premium these little tablets feel for the price. Inside you’re also getting 32GB, a quad-core processor and full Google Assistant support – not bad.
Fire HD 10 tablet, 32GB:
$149 $79 on Amazon
Pick up a Fire HD 10 tablet for $70 off with this Cyber Monday Amazon deal. The Fire HD 10 has a 10-inch Full HD display with 32GB of onboard storage, up to 12 hours of battery life, and front-and-rear 2MP cameras. This model is ad-supported, but the $70 discount still applies for the ad-free version, resulting in a $95 pricetag.View Deal
Fire 7 Kids Edition:
$99 $59 at Amazon
Save $40 on the Fire 7 Kids Edition with this Cyber Monday Amazon deal. The Fire 7 packs a 7-inch display, 16GB of internal storage (expandable up to 512GB via microSD), and battery life for up to 7 hours of reading and media watching. The tablet comes with a kid-friendly plastic frame.View Deal
Fire HD 10 Kids Edition:
$199 $129 on Amazon
Get a Fire HD 10 Kids Edition for $70 off with this awesome Cyber Monday Amazon deal. The larger kid-friendly tablet has a 10.1-inch Full HD display, 32GB of internal storage (expandable up to 512GB via microSD), and up to 12 hours of battery life – plus a durable and easy-to-grab case.View Deal
Kindle (Latest model, backlit, ad-Supported):
$89.99 $59.99 on Amazon
Pick up the most affordable Kindle at an even greater discount thanks to this early Cyber Monday Amazon sale. The new backlight makes it easier to read on at night, the main complaint most customers had, and it will last up to a full month of battery life. The base price has ads, and you’ll have to pay a bit more for an ad-free version.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8-inch, 32GB:
$149.99 $99.99 at Best Buy (save $50)
The 8-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab A is now available for just $99.99 – that’s the lowest price we’ve seen yet on the 32GB model. Amazon was offering this deal just yesterday, but it’s now run out of stock so we don’t know how long Best Buy’s stock is going to last.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1-inch 128GB:
$329.99 $199.99 at Best Buy (save $130)
For just $100 more than the 8-inch model above, you’re getting a larger display and quadruple the storage space. That’s an excellent offer, with Best Buy dropping the price of this cheap tablet down to its lowest position yet – even though Amazon has only dropped it to $229 this week.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite (64GB):
$349.99 $249.99 at Best Buy (save $100)
With a 10.4-inch screen, 64GB of expandable storage, and a generous 7,040 mAh battery, the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite is a fantastic mid-range tablet that’s perfect if you want that everyday tablet for casual and work us. And, worth noting is all Galaxy Tab’s on sale right now at Best Buy comes with a free S-Pen – a great little gadget for drawing and handwriting.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 (128GB):
$649.99 $549.99 at Best Buy (save $100)
Alternatively, get the newest, latest, and hottest Samsung tablet currently on the market, the Galaxy Tab S7 right now for $100 less at Best Buy. With a 120hz refresh rate display, redesigned S-Pen, and 8GB of RAM, the Tab S7 is the perfect Android answer to a certain line of Pro tablets from a well-known company beginning with A.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus (128GB):
$849.99 $749.99 at Best Buy (save $100)
Or, really push the boat out with a $100 discount on the top-of-the-line Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus today at Best Buy. These gorgeous 12.4-inch slates have an AMOLED display that’s capable of bringing a tear to the eye of the most jaded of tech aficionados. Plus, an upgraded S-Pen and 128GB of internal storage will make sure you’ve got plenty of room and utility for all your casual, business, and gaming needs.
$929.99 $779.99 | 512GB: $1,029.99 $879.99
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 (128GB):
$959 $599 at Best Buy (save $360)
You’re getting a Black Type cover worth $129 by itself bundled into this awesome tablet deal on a Microsoft Surface Pro 7 at Best Buy today. That means you’re not only getting a great Windows tablet here, but also full laptop functionality if you choose. It’s also a decent price on this spec – a 10th gen Intel Core i3, 4GB of RAM, and 128GB SSD to be precise.
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 (256GB):
$1,329 $899 at Best Buy (save $430)
And, you can even get the same $300 off plus Black Type cover bundle deal on this upgraded spec Surface Pro 7 too. This one’s packing a 10th gen Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD – specs that will challenge even a Dell XPS when it comes to computing power. Recommended, especially if you’re going to be using your tablet for design work or heavy tasks.
Black Friday tablet deals in the UK from last year
Apple iPad Air 4 | 256GB | Wi-Fi:
£729 £699.97 at Amazon (save £29)
Save money on the first price cut we’ve seen on the brand new 2020 Apple iPad Air 4 at Amazon UK. Will it sell out? It’s very likely. We’ve already seen the standard 2020 iPad and the 2020 iPad Pro’s sell out, so we’d definitely hustle if you want to bag one.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7, 128GB:
£619 £549 at Amazon (save £70)
The latest Samsung Galaxy Tab S tablet is heavily discounted ahead of Cyber Monday with £70 off its normal selling price. That’s the lowest price we’ve ever seen on the latest release.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite:
£349 £299 with half-price Office 365 at Currys (save up to £90)
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite is a good, mid-range tablet that comes with a stylus. Sitting above Samsung’s cheaper Tab A models but below its premium Tab S slates, this tablet has a good screen and enough processing power, so it’d be great for students or casual tablet users.
Apple iPad Air 3 | 64GB | Wi-Fi:
£469 £399 at Currys (save £70)
This excellent deal saves you £70 on 2019’s iPad Air 3, which has a 10.5-inch Retina display and a ten-hour battery life. Its power and new low price make it ideal for students who want a 2-in-1 tablet or those who want a tablet for computing and entertainment. Offer ends 11.59pm November 27.View Deal
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1-inch 32GB:
£199 £159 at Amazon (save £40)
This is by far the cheapest Samsung tablet on sale right now from the company, and if you opt for the deal above you’ll get £40 off its usual selling price. 32GB may not be enough space for everyone, but it’s a top choice for those looking for the cheapest option.View Deal
Lenovo Tab M10 Plus:
£199.99 £149.99 at Amazon (save £50)
This affordable Lenovo tablet has a 10.3-inch FHD+ display, 4GB and comes on Android 9. It’s not going to be a processing powerhouse but it’ll be a dependable device that doesn’t break the bank.
Amazon Fire 7:
£49.99 £34.99 at Amazon (save £15)
Amazon’s smallest Fire tablet is its only one without a HD screen, but not everyone will care about screen resolution. At this low price it’s a pretty good buy though some might prefer one of the company’s bigger models.
Amazon Fire 7 Kids’ Edition:
£99.99 £54.99 at Amazon (save £45)
This is a version of the Fire 7 designed for children, with software that censors any inappropriate material and a large, colorful protective case to make it relatively kid-proof. You can pick this up in a few different colors.
Amazon Fire HD 8:
£89.99 £54.99 at Amazon (save £35)
Amazon’s newest Fire tablet on sale, the HD 8 is a mid-size offering that has a HD screen but less screen real estate than its big sibling. This version of the tablet has ads in the software; the ad-free version doesn’t seem to be on sale.
Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids’ Edition:
£139.99 £84.99 at Amazon (save £55)
If you feel your kids deserve HD viewing (or if you think you might pinch the slate from time to time) the Fire HD 8 Kids’ Edition might be better than the Fire 7’s alternative. It’s bigger than the Fire 7 Kids’ Edition but comes with the same software and protective case.
Amazon Fire HD 10 32GB:
£149.99 £89.99 at Amazon (save £60)
This is the biggest size of Amazon Fire tablet you can buy, though one that comes with less storage than our other alternative below. 10 inches is a lot of screen real estate, especially with HD resolution, making this pretty good as a portable stream machine.
Amazon Fire HD 10 64GB:
£179.99 £119.99 at Amazon (save £60)
If you think you’re going to be downloading loads of stuff to watch, play, read or listen to, the Amazon Fire HD 10 with 64GB storage will be the best option for you, as it has more storage space than any of its siblings. It’s the priciest tablet in this list, even with the discount, but it’s still more affordable than many rivals.
Amazon Kindle + 3 months Kindle Unlimited:
£69.99 £49.99 at Amazon (save £20)
The Amazon Kindle with backlight is once again down to its lowest price ever. We’ve seen this price drop a few times before, but this is the best price we’ve seen for the cheapest ereader. Plus, this week you can also grab three months of Kindle Unlimited for free at the same time. That’s excellent value for £49.99.
Amazon Kindle Kids Edition:
£99.99 £59.99 at Amazon (save £40)
The Kindle Kids Edition is £10 more expensive than the standard model right now, but it usually sits at a £30 premium. That’s because you’re getting a year’s access to Amazon Kids+ with free access to a massive library of books, a kid-proof case, and a two year worry-free guarantee here. Plus you’re getting extra features here like the vocabulary builder.
Kindle Oasis – 32GB Wi-Fi | 3 months Kindle Unlimited:
£259.99 £199.99 at Amazon (save £60)
Want to quadruple your storage on the Kindle Oasis compared to the e-reader you’ve seen above? If you want 32GB of space, you can get this version that is designed to be filled with audiobooks for £60 less than a normal day.
Kindle Oasis – 32GB Wi-Fi + 4G | 3 months Kindle Unlimited:
£319.99 £259.99 at Amazon (save £60)
This Kindle Oasis comes with a whole 32GB of storage, and it sports 4G connectivity as well as allowing you to do download ebooks when you’re away from a Wi-Fi connection. This is perfect when you’ve finished up that latest great book on holiday and you desperately need that next text fix.
TechRadar is scouring every retailer and rounding up all the top deals over the Cyber Monday period, and we’ve put all the best Cyber Monday deals in easy-to-navigate categories to help you find the bargains you’re looking for.
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