As usual, the list of mobile tech gadgets, accessories, downloads, and streaming services on sale for Black Friday is massive. But some deals are better than others.
So if you don’t have time to sift through our 4000+ word Black Friday 2020 Mobile Tech Deals roundup, here are some of the highlights – the best Black Friday 2020 deals I’ve found so far.
Have a favorite deal that I missed? Let us know in the comments.
Some of my favorite deals this year? Free or really-cheap streaming.
New subscribers can score a 3-month subscription to Amazon Music Unlimited without paying a penny. Spotify is also offering the same deal for Spotify Premium. Used to have a paid account, but cancelled it? Spotify will let you score 3-months of Premium for the price of one ($10). TIDAL’s offering a deal that’s almost as good… or maybe a little better, depending on how you look at it. Pay $1 and you get a 4-month subscription to TIDAL Premium. Or pay $2 and you get 4 months of TIDAL HiFi.
Meanwhile Hulu is offering a 12-month subscription to its streaming TV & movie service for just $2 per month. You’ll have to put up with ads unless you upgrade to the non-discounted ad-free plan, but this is still once of the best deals Hulu has offered in a long time.
Amazon is running a Load Your Kindle eBook sale, and offering up to 40-percent off a Kindle Unlimited gift subscription. The Epic Games Store is running a Black Friday sale with up to 75-percent off select games through December 3rd. GOG is offering up to 91-percent off select games. Steam is running an Autumn Sale. And Google Play is offering up to 80-percent off select Android games.
Now let’s talk hardware. As is often the case, Amazon is offering some of its best prices of the year on Fire tablets, Fire TV devices, and Kindle eReaders. If you’re looking for a cheap tablet for streaming media, web browsing, or reading eBooks, it’s hard to find a better bargain than the Amazon Fire HD 8 at $55 or the Fire HD 10 at $80.
While both tablets ship with Amazon’s fork of Android called Fire OS, it’s fairly easy to side-load the Google Play Store if you want to run apps that Amazon doesn’t offer.
And if you’re wondering what the differences are between Amazon’s tablets, check out Liliputing’s comparison table.
Prefer a tablet that comes with the Play Store pre-installed? Best Buy is running a sale on Samsung tablets, with prices starting at $100 for a Galaxy Tab A with an 8 inch display and 32GB of storage. No hacking required to run millions of Android apps.
Best Buy is also offering some of the best prices on Apple iPad tablets – you can pick up a current-gen Apple iPad 10.2″ tablet for $280 and up.
There are so many deals on Windows laptops, Chromebooks, and even Linux laptops that it’s hard to whittle down the list. But here are a few that stand out:
- HP 14″ touchscreen Chromebook w/Celeron N3350/4GB/32GB for $129 – Best Buy
- Lenovo Chromebook Duet 10.1″ 2-in-1 w/MTK Helio P60T/4GB/64GB for $230 – Lenovo (coupon: TURKEYDUET – while supplies last)
- HP Chromebook x360 convertibles for $230 and up – HP (starts Nov 26)
- HP 14″ convertible w/Core i3-10110U/8GB/64GB for $379 – Best Buy
- Lenovo IdeaPad 1 14″ laptop w/AMD A6/4GB/64GB for $120 – Best Buy
- Dell Inspiron 14 5000 laptop w/Core i3-1115G4/8GB/256GB for $450 Dell
- Lenovo Yoga C740 14″ convertible w/Core i5-10210U/8GB/256GB for $550 – Best Buy
- Samsung Galaxy Book Flex Alpha 13″ QLED convertible w/Core i5-10210U/8GB/256GB for $650 – Best Buy
- Dell XPS 13 Touch w/Core i5-10210U/8GB/256GB for $700 – Dell
- Lenovo ThinkBook 14 Gen 2 w/Core i5-1135G7/8GB/256GB for $707 – Lenovo (coupon: THINKBFSALE)
- HP Envy x360 13″ convertible w/Core i7-1165G7/8GB/512GB for $750 – Best Buy
- Lenovo ThinkBook 14 Gen 2 w/Core i5-1135G7/16GB/512GB for $799 – Lenovo (coupon: THINKBFSALE)
- HP Spectre X360 13t convertible w/Core i5-1135G7/8GB/256GB for $800 – HP
- Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 for up to $500 off – Microsoft Store
- GPD mini-laptop sale – AliExpress
Most Amazon Fire TV devices are on sale for Black Friday, but if I were in the market for a new media streamer, the one I’d consider is the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K. It’s one of the fastest devices in Amazon’s lineup, and it’s on sale for $30 right now, which is $20 off the list price.
If you’re not a fan of Amazon’s ecosystem, the Roku Streaming Stick+ is also on sale for $30. It’s a few years old at this point, but it’s also speedy, versatile, and has pretty strong wireless reception. Even if you don’t have a 4K TV, I’d recommend spending the few extra bucks for these 4K-ready devices because they also come with a speed boost over 1080p models. Alternately, you might want to pick up a Roku Streambar 4K HDR for $100 at the moment. It lets you kill two birds with one stone and grab a soundbar for your TV that also acts as a media streamer.
There are also some great deals on smartphones this Black Friday. OnePlus is offering a OnePlus 8 Pro + OnePlus 7T bundle for $800. That’s like buying the former for $799 and paying just $1 for the latter. The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE is on sale for $550 at B&H and many other retailers, and the Galaxy Note 20 is just $750. and you can pick up a Moto Edge for $400 from Amazon.
While I don’t typically post carrier-specific deals, I will say that I picked up a Google Pixel 4a 5G for $349 this week from Google Fi. New subscribers can get the same phone for $299. So far I’m pretty happy with my purchase – battery life, camera features, and storage are all an upgrade over my aging Pixel 2. I’m still getting used to the much larger display, but it’s only been a day or two so far.
There’s no shortage of great deals on headphone deals. Here are a few of my favorites:
- Sennheiser HD 458BT wireless over-ear noise cancelling headphones for $100 – Best Buy
- Bose QuietComfort 35 II wireless over-ear noise cancelling headphones for $199 – Amazon
- Sony WH-1000XM4 wireless over-ear noise cancelling headphones for $278 – Amazon
- Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 for $300 – Bose
- Sony WF-1000XM3 true wireless noise-cancelling headphones for $168 – Amazon
Pretty much every smart speaker and display is on sale for Black Friday. Lenovo’s Smart Clock with Google Assistant is just $35. The Amazon Echo Show 5 is $45. Facebook’s Portal 8″ display is $65. And you can score a Google Nest Mini or 3rd-gen Echo Dot for just $19 each.
You can find even more deals in the Liliputing Black Friday 2020 Mobile Tech Deals roundup.