There's just over a month to go until Black Friday, the worldwide sales event that sees hundreds of thousands of retailers slash their prices. Originally an American phenomenon, UK retailers now take part in the bargain bonanza each year – and tech products are always a huge part of the discounts.
Everything from the flashiest new smartphones (yes, it's possible we'll see price cuts to the Google Pixel 8 and iPhone 15 range) kitchen gadgets, iPad and Android tablets, the latest smart TVs and much more are likely to be included in the sales.
When is Black Friday? For those who aren't already counting down the days – the official date to remember is Friday November 24. Most of the discounts will be available from 00.01am on that Friday until the often-forgotten Cyber Monday, which falls on November 27 this time around.
Not sure where to start? As a tech writer who's covered the must-have products for a national newspaper, there are some crucial things you need to know to make sure you land the best deals available.
Early tech Black Friday deals to make the most of:
- Currys has slashed £100 off the Apple MacBook Air 13.3 inch model - buy here
- Get £500 off 2023 Samsung QLED TVs
What to expect from Samsung
- If you don't want to hang around until Black Friday then Samsung has already dropped £500 off QLED TVs
Samsung is known for reducing its prices a few days – if not, weeks – before Black Friday arrives. If you're after a deal on the new Z Fold5, Z Flip5, Buds 2 Pro, or Galaxy Watch 6, it is definitely worth keeping an eye out way before the official Black Friday date.
Taking a look at previous years also gives us a hint at what to expect this time around, as Samsung smart TVs and household goods, like its vacuums proved popular. In the 2022 sale the Galaxy brand slashed a huge £300 of select models in its TV range, and if the current prices are to go by this will likely be around again.
That's because Samsung already has a mega £500 offer on its newest 2023 Neo QLED and OLED sets, so you don't have to wait around until next month to grab a saving. The TVs usually catch shoppers' attention down to their sheer price, so now may be one of the only times to snatch hundreds off.
Taking a quick look, the 65-inch S95C OLED 4K is down from £3,099 to £2,599, while the 2023 S90C OLED 4K HDR is now £200 off, down to £1,799. You can catch all the deals, here.
Apple will throw in a freebie this Black Friday
Now onto hopeful iPhone 15 shoppers, as the newly launched range is bound to be on a handful of shoppers' lists this Black Friday - especially if it's on a loved one's Christmas wishlist. Although, there's a key thing to know about Apple and its history of huge sales events.
Unlike rivals Samsung, Apple doesn't generally feature any big discounts on its products, even on the official November 24th date. Instead, the brand focuses on throwing in gift cards, but only when you drop hundreds, even thousands, on a new product. The amount does depend, but last year we saw amounts of around £100 for shoppers who bought the latest iPad, Apple Watch or iPhone, however, it has to be spent on a separate product (maybe towards an iPad keyboard or iPhone case).
This is why its main Apple Store isn't one to keep an eye on for huge Black Friday discounts unless you're buying multiple products, as you will likely find bigger price drops on third-party retailers including Amazon and Currys.
Currys Black Tag event
Moving on to Currys, and the tech store is another one to keep an eye on days before the official date, we may even suggest this Monday, Novemeber 20 as THE date for avid Currys shoppers. Why? Well, it was this time last year when the store dropped its 2022 Black Friday offers, and carried on over until the Cyber Monday.
It's the place to go if you're on the hunt for home tech, kitchen gagets, smartphones and even office goods, plus there's the chance to get it earlier to avoid the rush of the sales. The only problem with shopping a few days before is there is no guarantee that prices won't drop even further, which is many shoppers wait until Cyber Monday.
Gaming was a huge focus last year, as the retailer dropped a huge £200 off gaming laptops and chairs, while other huge brands were heavily featured too. Including £150 off Shark and Dyson vacuums, and around £200 off Samsung's gadgets - another option for Galaxy fans.