Black Friday 2018: Best Laptop, Tablet, and Phone Deals

Laptop makers love to hitch their wagon to a good sale, and Black Friday weekend is one of their favorites. There are a bunch of PC deals going on all the way through Cyber Monday as well. We’ve spent days sifting through sales to find devices worth your time. Below are the best laptop deals we’ve found so far, along with our favorite tablet and smartphone deals for good measure.

Note: Deals tend to flow and out of availability at a rapid rate during Black Friday, and some may not be available until 12 a.m. Friday, or early in the morning. Please bear with us. We will continue to update this list as we learn about new deals, and items sell out. You can read more WIRED Black Friday 2018 Deals guides here.

Best Black Friday Laptop Deals

Microsoft

For a little insight on the laptops we like, check out our new list of Best Laptops for 2018.

Samsung 11-Inch Chromebook 3 $99 ($100 off)

Walmart

This is a petite, lightweight Chromebook for lightweight tasks. It’s good for email, browsing, and some basics but it should do them admirably. At this price, that’s OK.

HP Pavilion 15-Inch Gaming Laptop $750 ($250 off)

Walmart

This HP laptop has a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 GPU, Intel Core i7 (8th Gen) CPU, a 1TB hard drive with 16GB of Optane memory, and 8GB RAM. If you like color LED-lit keys, it can likely rip through some office work, as well.

Asus 17-Inch Gaming Laptop for $999 ($400 off)

Best Buy

With an Intel Core i7 CPU, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 GPU, a 512 GB SSD, and 16 GB of RAM, you should be able to do just about anything on this gaming laptop, even a little VR. To get all that for one grand is a great deal.

Microsoft Surface Pro 6 with Keyboard for $799 ($260 off)

Microsoft, Newegg (+$20 gift card)

When the first Surface debuted, it was a strange tablet/laptop hybrid. Years later, the Pro 6 is one of the best, most versatile PCs you can buy, and its keyboard rocks (8/10, WIRED Recommends). To get it for under $1,000 with a Keyboard cover is an excellent example of a good Black Friday laptop deal.

Huawei MateBook X Pro with All the Fixins’ for $1,350 ($150 off)

Microsoft Store, B&H, Newegg

If you want just about the most kickass little laptop money can buy, the 14-inch upgraded MateBook X Pro is it (7/10, WIRED Review), with an Intel Core i7 (8th Gen), 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, and a Nvidia GeForce MX150 graphics card. The screen is extra nice on this one. It’s touch and stretches all the way to the edges, meaning you get a 13-inch screen in a much smaller body. The only downside is the webcam, which is stored inside a key on the F keys. It’s really fun to pop open, like old Corvette headlights, but isn’t a fun angle.

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Lenovo Ideapad 720S Laptop with 4K Display for $950 ($550 off)

Newegg, Lenovo ($450 off)

If you want a Retina-like display on a Windows machine, this IdeaPad packs a lot of pixels into a 13-inch rectangle. With an Intel Core i7 (8th Gen), 8GB RAM, a fingerprint reader, and a 512-gigabyte SSD for storage, it should be able to handle most work tasks with ease. If you want to spend a bit less, the Lenovo 710S is also a good buy and only costs $760 on Amazon right now.

Gigabyte Aero 15X VR-Capable Laptop $1,749 ($550 off)

Newegg

Deal ends Saturday, November 24

This is another nice gaming laptop, this one with top-notch specs, 8 GB of video RAM and a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070, which is quite capable of almost any gaming or VR system you can throw at it. It has all the ports you’ll need too.

Google Pixelbook Chromebook for $899 ($300 off)

Amazon

Is the Pixelbook excessive? Maybe, but even if you’re only running the Chrome browser, it doesn’t hurt to have a powerful processor and plenty of RAM/storage. And that’s just what Google’s official Chromebook has. Read our full review to learn more.

Black Friday Tablet Deals

Apple

To learn more about what’s hot, read our Best Tablets and Best iPads guides.

Apple iPad 2018 for $249 ($80 off)

Amazon, Apple

This is a rare iPad deal. The standard iPad is compatible with the Apple Pencil, making it the most well-rounded affordable tablet you can own. Period. It has better apps and better games than any other platform. It’s the same iPad you’ve seen before, and should last you years.

Apple iPad Mini 4 (128GB) for $300 ($100 off)

Amazon, Apple

Apple only sells a 128GB iPad Mini 4 now. It hasn’t updated its smallest tablet in a while, but it’s still the best option if you want a more travel-friendly screen size—and it still works great. The storage is more than you’ll likely need, and we’ve never seen it at this low a price before.

Apple iPad Pro 10.5 for $575 ($75 off)

Amazon, Apple

Apple may have released a new iPad Pro with Face ID and no home button, but it’s still selling last year’s 10.5-inch Pro, and it’s still an awesome Pro-level tablet. It can do most everything (work-wise) that the new iPads can do, and at this price, it’s hundreds cheaper.

Kindle Paperwhite for $80 ($40 off)

Amazon

No, it’s not technically a laptop, phone, or tablet, but whatcha gonna do? The Kindle is one of the last surviving ebook readers, and for good reason: it’s a fantastic reading device and gets a month of battery life on a charge. This model isn’t the brand new waterproof Kindle, but it’s still fantastic and has a wonderful built-in backlight

Fire HD 10 for $100 ($50 off)

Amazon

The Fire HD 10 is no workhorse, but it’s big enough and powerful enough to act as a second (larger) screen when you need one—perfect for simple games, hands-free Alexa, reading, or Netflix binging. (Of course, Amazon would prefer that you stream Prime Videos instead.)

Best Black Friday Smartphone Deals

Nokia

There are some smartphone deals happening on Black Friday too. To understand the market a bit more, you may want to check our Best Android Phones and Best iPhones guides.

Belkin 5,000mAh Portable Charger for $15 ($15 off)

Amazon

This charger is smaller than your phone, but will recharge it almost two times from an empty battery (depending on your phone model).

OnePlus 6 for $429 ($100 off)

OnePlus

The OnePlus 6 is still as powerful as any phone on the market, with a Snapdragon 845 processor and plenty of RAM. At less than $500, it’s a complete steal. Unlike the new OnePlus 6T (which we also really like!), the 6 still has a headphone jack. It also comes with a case in the box. The only downside: it won’t work on Sprint or Verizon. Read our full review to learn more.

Samsung Galaxy S9 for $520 ($200 off)

Amazon, Walmart, Samsung, Best Buy, B&H

The Galaxy S9 is still at the top of the class of 2018 phones. It’s as fast as they come, and its camera shines brighter than most Android phones outside the Pixel 3 (see below). It’s now on sale for $520 for the holidays, making it the cheapest flagship phone around—even cheaper than the latest OnePlus, though you should consider the OnePlus 6 above if you’re on AT&T or T-Mobile. If not, Samsung’s phone will work on any carrier.

Apple iPhone XR for $600 ($150 off)

Best Buy

This is our favorite new iPhone. It has the full-size screen like the X and XS iPhones, along with Face ID, and it comes in a rainbow assortment of colors. We like that Best Buy is just offering a straight discount on the phone for any carrier, though they like it if you sign up for a 24-month payment plan.

Sandisk 64GB MicroSD Card for $14 ($11 off)

Amazon

If you’re running low on storage and your phone has a MicroSD slot (many do), this is a cheap way to extend the life of your phone—and extend your sanity.

Nokia 6.1 for $180 ($75 off)

Amazon, Best Buy, B&H

The Nokia 6.1 is always a good deal, but during Black Friday weekend, it’s an outstanding phone deal. It’s a bit speedier than a Motorola Moto G6 (the go-to affordable phone), but even cheaper. Thanks to a nice metal unibody design and Android One, it’s a better overall phone. It gets security updates and new OS updates direct from Google. Very few other phones, even expensive ones, will get a fraction of the software love this little Nokia gets. It works on AT&T and T-Mobile networks.

Motorola Moto Z3 Play for $370 ($80 off)

Amazon

The Moto Z3 Play is such a nice mid-range Android phone that I kept using it for more than a month after I wrote my review of it. For a professional phone reviewer, that’s a life time. It doesn’t lag much and I really like the Moto Mod that comes in the box. It’s a magnetic battery pack you can snap on the back, and it’s thin enough that I just kinda left it on for days at a time. With it, you’ll always get at least two days of battery life. It works on all major wireless networks.

Motorola Moto X4 for $180 ($70 off)

Amazon

The Moto X4 is just a nice little phone. It’s right up there with the Nokia 6.1 and a step above the Moto G. If you want a dependable phone that won’t break the bank or drive you nuts, this is it. It’s not perfect, but it works well. It works on any U.S. wireless carrier.

Google Pixel 3 for $650 ($150 off)

Google Store

The Pixel 3 is the best Android phone you can buy for all these reasons. For Black Friday, Google is running a few different Pixel deals. The Pixel 3 will have a discount on it, and if you buy two, you’ll get the second one half off. On Cyber Monday, it will also run a promotion bundling it with the new Home Hub.

Black Friday Sale Pages for 2018

We’ve sifted through the mess of deals, but if you want to look for yourself, here are some links. Many of these prices may not be live until day-of.

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Carol Humphreys