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With the big day near, it’s worth looking out for Black Friday tablet deals already. We’re expecting to see some fantastic offers this Black Friday and Cyber Monday with some awesome tablet Black Friday deals sure to pop up throughout the sales season. If you’re looking for the best Black Friday tablet deals out there, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve got all the key insight into what to expect thanks to some detailed analysis of what happened during the Black Friday deals last year. Whether you’re looking for the latest iPad or a budget-priced Amazon tablet for your kids, we’re breaking down everything you need to know about when to buy. Read on while we guide you through everything you need to know to ensure you get the best and most appropriate tablet for you.

Best Black Friday Tablet Deals We Saw Last Year

Last year, retailers were super keen to offer great Black Friday tablet deals. The world had changed and more people than ever were embracing how useful tablets can be for both work and pleasure. Thanks to their portable nature and how easy they make video calls, many consumers were keen to snap them up for less. Retailers like Walmart, Best Buy, Amazon, and many others offered some keen prices for the best tablet Black Friday deals encompassing a wide range of different brands.

That meant there was something for everyone. If you were keen to buy something Amazon flavored, Amazon had significantly reduced much of its range. That included the Fire HD 10 tablet which was reduced to just $70 for a strictly limited time only, saving consumers $80 on the usual price. In a similar manner, it was possible to buy the Fire 7 Kids Edition for just $60 saving $40 on the regular price.

One of the biggest hits in the Black Friday tablet deals was all things iPad. We saw deep discounts on the latest iPad Pro 11-inch which was $70 off the usual price at Amazon along with $100 off the iPad Pro 12.9-inch. Bigger savings could be enjoyed if you bought the larger storage capacity option or opted for a cellular model. If you wanted something a little smaller, the regular iPad was reduced by $40-50 depending on the storage choice, while the iPad mini was up to $100 off if you chose a cellular model of the device. There were big savings of between $40 and $100 on the iPad Air too — one of the best iPads out there at the time. Otherwise, if you simply wanted a basic iPad with the standard storage option and Wi-Fi only, the discounts were a little more modest but otherwise still worth checking out.

Apple-related tablets weren’t the only cheap tablet Black Friday deals either. There were huge savings to be had on Samsung’s range of tablets. It was possible to buy the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8-inch for just $100 at Best Buy while the 10.1-inch version was reduced by $130 bringing it down to $200. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite was also reduced at Best Buy making it just $250 instead of $350. Continuing the theme, you could also save $100 on the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus too.

That’s not forgetting the Microsoft Surface Pro range. Part laptop, part tablet, there were huge savings at Best Buy with over $250 to be saved on the Microsoft Surface Pro 7 depending on which specification you wanted. Various Lenovo tablets were also reduced at Walmart with modest discounts on the Lenovo SmartTab M8 and other discounts on the Lenovo Tab E10 and Lenovo Tab M10.

What Black Friday Tablet Deals We Expect to See This Year

So, what’s likely to happen with this year’s Black Friday tablet deals? We’re expecting to see very similar deals to last year but with a more modern twist. That’s because technology has moved on and retailers will be keen to embrace the latest options when it comes to what they put on sale. While older technology will still feature prominently while retailers try to clear dated stock, the highlights are definitely going to be newer options.

Tablet Black Friday deals simply can’t exist without some deep discounts for Amazon’s range of tablets. That means we’re definitely going to see price cuts on the Fire range of tablets, the Kids Editions of those tablets, along with Kindles too. It simply wouldn’t be a sales season without Amazon throwing itself in enthusiastically by offering great discounts. It’s very likely that we will see around 40% off a lot of what Amazon offers as well as discounts on bundle deals so you can get a case or charger with your new Amazon Fire HD purchase.

In addition, Apple’s range of iPads are always discounted during every sale season and pretty much all year around too. These discounts tend to be a lot slimmer than you see from other brands but they are still worth checking out. Expect to save between 10% and 20% on all things iPad. It’s worth looking out for older models which will be more deeply discounted, as well as considering a larger storage option. Generally, the more you spend the bigger the discount so cellular models are often quite generously discounted during the Black Friday tablet deals but obviously, they are only worth it if you need cellular connectivity. This may be a chance for the older iPad and iPad mini to be reduced too given there are new models for both now available. Whether you want to buy one of these depends on how much you want the latest technology. Fortunately, Apple tends to provide software updates for a long time to come so there’s no harm here in buying older technology but you may be irritated by having slower performance.

Elsewhere, it’s very likely that we’ll see discounts on other mid-range Android tablets too. We’re thinking of all things Samsung such as the Galaxy Tab range but we’re also thinking of Lenovo which offers a number of different tablets that are likely to be discounted. Keep an eye on retailers like Best Buy and Walmart for the best prices here.

Should You Buy Tablet on Black Friday or Cyber Monday

If you’re not sure if you should hold on and wait for the Black Friday tablet deals or buy now, that depends on your situation. If you need a tablet immediately because your existing one has died or you simply can’t work properly without one, then you need to get it now. While the tablet Black Friday deals are the best out there, there are still good deals currently available so you hopefully won’t miss out too much.

Ideally though, you should wait until Black Friday. Black Friday is the last sales season of the year and while there may be other discounts later in the year, none are going to be as good as Black Friday. This is the sweet spot for consumers to get the best bargain, especially if they want to buy a tablet that’s recently launched such as the new iPad mini.

You also don’t want to wait until Cyber Monday. Typically, discounts on Cyber Monday are about the same as on Black Friday. In the past, they were better but that’s simply not the case any more. Instead, Black Friday tablet deals are where the bargains are to be had. That’s because, typically, stock expires by Cyber Monday. Retailers often only have a set number of tablets on sale and once they’re gone, they’re gone. You don’t want to miss out for a better deal that will never arrive so hit the buy button on Black Friday so you don’t miss out. In the unlikely case something is cheaper a few days later, you can usually return the first item anyhow.

Black Friday Tablet Deals FAQ

Whether you’re an experienced user of Black Friday deals or new to the whole process, you probably have questions. We get it. It’s a confusing world out there so it’s important to know what you’re doing before you dive into the tablet Black Friday deals unfolding. That’s why we have answered some key questions you might have so you won’t get confused and you’re guaranteed the best deal.

How Much are Tablets on Black Friday?

The price of tablets varies depending on which Black Friday tablet deals you’re thinking of. iPads tend to be more modestly discounted than Android based devices so expect to see at most 20% off the usual price. 10% is much more likely when it comes to the newest models though such as the latest iPad 10.2 or the iPad mini. If you want a large storage option or cellular connectivity, you’re in luck as this is usually where the deepest discounts lie.

Alternatively, if you’re thinking of something Samsung flavored, Lenovo related, or an Amazon Fire HD tablet, the tablet Black Friday deals tend to be much better. You may even get to enjoy 50% off on certain models which could be massively useful for certain people. Don’t forget about the Microsoft Surface Pro 7 too which enjoyed big price cuts last year.

Do Tablets Go on Sale on Black Friday?

Pretty much always. Tablets are a key seller during Black Friday because they’re hugely popular, very practical, and they make great gift ideas for the holidays. It simply wouldn’t be Black Friday without some tablets being discounted during this period. They’re a huge driver of the sales season, much like TVs and other technological devices.

It’s worth doing your research to check that the tablet on sale is actually at a good price. Some discounts are fairly incremental and should only be purchased if you were planning to do so anyhow. Sometimes, retailers just want to shift existing stock, after all. Not everything is an ideal impulse purchase and tablets are rarely cheap before they’re discounted so it’s worth knowing what you’re getting into.

Should You Wait Until Black Friday to Buy a Tablet?

If you can, waiting for Black Friday is always a good idea for any big purchase. Tablets are likely to be at their lowest price all year and there aren’t any other pivotal sales seasons for the rest of 2021. To get the most from your money or to be able to get the best set of features for less, wait until Black Friday.

However, if that’s not possible because you simply desperately need a new tablet — such as if your existing one has failed or you need one for video calls or work purposes — there are still some good deals out there before Black Friday. Just try your best to wait it out until the big day to get the most from your money. This is even more important if you’re thinking of an Android tablet or Amazon Fire HD as iPads are rarely discounted by a significant amount. If you wait for an Amazon Fire HD tablet though, you should be able to save a lot of cash on what they usually cost outside of sales events like Black Friday.

Who has the Best Black Friday Tablet Deals?

No one retailer has the monopoly on the best Black Friday tablet deals so it’s worth looking around. As with most items, retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart, and Target are worth checking first. All of these tend to offer extensive stock on all things tablet related so they’re all keen to discount their existing product lines during Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Because they all offer so many different options, there should be something for every budget and need from one of them.

Elsewhere, some smaller retailers can be worth checking out too which is why it’s important to look here often as we round up the best deals going on throughout the sales season and beyond. Shopping around is always the best idea as retailers often compete and price match, bringing prices down even lower than before. Don’t forget though — if you see a great deal on Black Friday, snap it up now before the stock expires. Nothing is guaranteed during such a major sales event.

Tablet Deals You Can Shop T0day

If you can’t wait until Black Friday, there are some great tablet deals you can shop today — we’ve rounded up some of the best below.

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Apple 11-inch iPad Pro 2021 (Wi-Fi, 128GB) - Space Gray

$749 $799

For a portable on-the-go device, the 11-inch iPad Pro can handle all your work and connections. This iPad makes you want to create more with its top-quality performance. more

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Fire HD 10 Tablet (2019 Release)

$100 $150

If you don't need the latest and greatest you can save. Buy the 2019 release of the Fire HD 10 Tablet and enjoy the full HD display and and updated CPU and cameras. more

Buy at Amazon

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Apple 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2021 (Wi‑Fi, 128GB) - Space Gray

$999 $1,099

The iPad Pro's 128GB storage is ideal for people who do light work. It makes you productive with its all-day battery life which means more content making to come. more

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Fire HD 10 Plus tablet+ Bluetooth keyboard + 12-month Microsoft 365 subscription

$250 $300

The latest version of the Amazon Fire HD 10 Plus tablet bundled with a Bluetooth keyboard case and 12-month Office 365 subscription is a portable productivity powerhouse. more

Buy at Amazon

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Certified Refurbished Fire HD 10 Tablet

$110 $160

Save money with this rcertified Fire HD 10 tablet and you'll also get the same limited warranty that comes with new tablets. With this deal you'll have all the advantages of a 10-inch HD tablet. more

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2021 Apple 12.9-inch iPad Pro (Wi‑Fi, 2TB) - Space Gray

$2,099 $2,199

Max out the 2021 Apple 12.9-inch iPad Pro with 2 terabytes of storage. This much storage with the powerful Apple M1 chip sets you up for video editing when you're in the field. more

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