Black Friday tech deals 2020: Offers from Samsung, Sonos and Now TV OLD

Louise Whitbread
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<p>Whatever you're after, this is the best time to get it</p> (The Independent)

Whatever you're after, this is the best time to get it

(The Independent)

Whether it’s Apple AirPods, a fitness tracker, or a portable speaker, tech gadgets are the products you’re likely to find on Christmas lists, but the prices aren’t always so attractive.

Luckily, Black Friday is just one day away, and it’s the best time of year to get a great deal on big-name brands such as Huawei, Beats and Samsung.

What began as a one-day sale after Thanksgiving, quickly went on to span the whole weekend until the following Monday, also known as Cyber Monday, while now many retailers also offering pre-sales the week before.

Follow live: Latest early Black Friday deals

However, one retailer has gone one (rather big) step further. Every year, Amazon’s deals tend to run for the longest period, and in 2019 it had deals available for two weeks, while this year it started its deals a month early. Other retailers that are known for their tech deals, including Virgin Media, Very, AO, John Lewis and Partners, Boots and Currys PC World, have already started their offers.

It’s easy to get lost in a sea of savings, which is why we're on hand to help you navigate the sale to find the biggest and best discounts on all things tech. We have separate guides on the best laptop deals, the best gaming deals and the best TV deals, but for all other tech, read on for the top offers.

Whether you’re shopping for yourself or others, rest assured you’ll be able to tick off your shopping list with our help.

Our IndyBest team hand-picks every deal we feature. We may earn some commission from the links in this article, but our selections have been made independently and without bias. This revenue helps to fund journalism across The Independent.

The best tech Black Friday deals

Now TV Broadband Superfibre package: Was £28 a month, now £24 a month, Now TV

Now TV
Now TV

Now TV is offering its Now Broadband superfibre package for its “lowest ever price” of just £24 a month for 12 months. Its fastest internet speed of 63 Mps gets you unlimited downloads, plus unlimited calls from the included line rental at less than £30. Plus, there’s no activation fee.

Sky is offering its superfast broadband for £25 a month for 18 months with a set-up fee of £19.95 at a speed of 59Mps, so its sister brand, Now TV’s deal is far more impressive.

If you don’t need super fast internet for streaming or gaming, you can get the brand’s 11Mpbs internet package for just £18 a month for 12 months. Or, for just £22 a month, you could opt for its mid-level broadband speed package of 36Mpbs and get a year’s subscription to Now TV’s Entertainment Pass, along with the free line rental.

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Echo Show 8: Was £119.99, now £59.99

Amazon
Amazon

Save £60 on this Amazon Echo Show 8 smart speaker, which has a 5.5in smart display with Alexa on hand to help. You can call friends or family with compatible Echo devices and/or the Alexa app, and watch films and TV and listen to audiobooks or the radio. You can also use it as an alarm clock and to help you manage your schedule for the day. If this one’s a bit out of your budget, there’s also currently a deal on the Echo Show 5 (down from £79.99 to £39.99). The Echo Show made it into our 2020 best smart speakers, with our reviewer commenting: “Like the Nest hub, the screen is useful for visual indications of everything from the weather to sports results."

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Hive Active Heating Thermostat: Was £179, now £121.99

Hive active heating thermostat: Was £179, now £121.99

Amazon
Amazon

There’s a decent £57.01 to be saved on this Hive thermostat, which conveniently doesn't need any installation. You can set up to six daily time schedules, and boost heating for up to six hours. There’s also a holiday mode to ensure you come home to toasty rooms if you’ve been away, and automatic pipe protection which claims to keep your pipes freezing. We’ve not tested this thermostat out, but Hive’s bulbs feature in our best smart lights guide for 2020, which mentions the ‘Hive ecosystem’ – including bulbs, this thermostat of course, smart plugs, motion sensors and more.

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Sonos move smart speaker with Alexa built-in: Was £399, now £299, Amazon

Sonos
Sonos

Amazon is slashing the prices of its big-ticket prices and this is no different. Featuring in our review of the best smart speakers, The Independent’s technology critic David Phelan said: “the audio it makes is superbly powerful with a wide stereo soundstage and strong vocals”, before praising its portability. It also has Alexa built-in, so you can instantly get the latest news, weather and more by just using your voice.

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Samsung Galaxy buds live: Was £179, now £105, Amazon

Amazon
Amazon

We could all do with a bit of noise-cancelling technology, especially while working from home, and this pair of headphones is said to rival Apple’s AirPods Pro. These are the sequel to the Samsung Galaxy Buds+, which we put head to head with Apple’s latest pair. In the review, our technology critic said they had the edge on their competitor “in terms of a secure but comfortable fit” and the “battery life is much better for the earbuds alone and this could easily be a deal-breaker for many”. We think these would make a great gift this Christmas, and with 40 per cent off now’s the time to tick it off you list.

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All-new Echo Dot (4th generation) | smart speaker with Alexa: Was £49.99, now £28.99

Amazon
Amazon

You can use this smart speaker to control everything in your home from the lights to the thermostat, and of course request your favourite tunes or even ask Alexa to tell a joke.

This 4th gen Echo Dot has a new spherical design that comes in twilight blue, charcoal grey and glacier white – though we imagine it retains many of the features of its 3rd generation cousin, which made it into our guide to best smart speakers. Our reviewer said the 3rd gen "is one of the cheapest and smallest smart speakers on the market. It can do all the Alexa-related stuff of the most advanced speakers such as answering questions, turning smart home gadgets on or off, and so on”. They added that the light sensor dims automatically according to the ambient light, so it also makes a great alarm clock” – a nice bonus for early risers.

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Sky Big Bundle (TV): Was £106, now £66.50

Sky
Sky

If lockdown’s given you a little more time to enjoy TV, you might want to consider the Big Bundle from Sky. For 18 months, you can enjoy £39.50 a month off the complete Sky TV package, which includes Sky Sport, Sky Cinema and Netflix as well as Kids, in HD, Ultra HD and Multiscreen. There are other bundle options too, for example, Sky TV and Sky Sports for £40 (was £60) a month or Sky TV and Sky Cinema for £34.50 (was £49) a month – or build your own package to suit.

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Apple iPhone 11 Pro 64GB: Save £406, Vodafone

Apple
Apple

For Black Friday, Vodafone is slashing its prices on its range of smartphones, with big-name brands such as Samsung and Apple included.

This iPhone 11 Pro 24-month contract has been reduced from £69 a month with £99 upfront cost to £55 a month with £29 upfront cost. However it’s only available online until 26 November, so move quick to score yourself a hefty saving. The phone has a super retina display in a 5.8in or 6.5in screen promising 4K video and image quality and a long-life battery. The larger Apple iPhone 11 pro max model was the best buy in our review of the best smartphones of 2020. Our technology critic said: "Where some earlier iPhones had average battery life, here, it’s epic – it lasts a full day and more with ease. It’s exceptionally intuitive to use, and highly enjoyable."

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Garmin Venu, light sand and rose gold: Was £329, now £229, Currys PC World

Garmin
Garmin

Save an unmissable £100 on this smart watch in a chic light sand and rose gold colour. Receive smartphone notifications, make contactless payments and track health and fitness all from your wrist. With a battery life of up to five days, options to switch up the strap and download new faces from the Garmin Connect store, bluetooth connectivity for music on the go and ability to view workout videos, ensure you don’t miss out on this Black Friday deal from Currys.

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Anker Power Bank, PowerCore Essential 20000 Portable Charger: Was £34.99, now £19.99, Amazon

Amazon
Amazon

Save £15 on this high capacity portable charger, that can provide five charges for iPhone XS, almost five full charges for Samsung Galaxy S10 and over two and a half charges for iPad mini 5. The twin USB ports also allow you to charge two devices at the same time. Also included in the price along with the power bank is a micro USB cable, a travel pouch and an 18-month warranty. If that wasn't enough to convince you, Anker's powerbanks featured not once but twice in our round-up of the best portable chargers, so we can testify to their reliability.

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Philips Hue white and colour ambience starter kit: Was £149.99, now £89.99, Amazon

Amazon
Amazon

This quite the discount for such a high-quality piece of kit. The Independent’s technology critic David Phelan rated this pack so highly that it took the hot spot in our review of the best smart lights.

Phelan said: “Philips knows pretty much all there is to know about lighting, including and how to illuminate a room in different colours or adapt to different situations.” Compatible with the Hue app, Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant, you won’t even need to leave your seat to create ambience. You can even sync these with music, films and games for a truly immersive experience. A perfect kit for anyone looking to make their first steps into creating a smarter home.

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Echo Dot (3rd Gen): Was £39.99, now £18.99, Amazon

Amazon
Amazon

Amazon has slashed the price of its popular smart speaker by more than 50 per cent, and at less than £20, this is the time to buy. It impressed our reviewer in our round-up of the best smart speakers. They said: “It can do all the Alexa-related stuff of the most advanced speakers such as answering questions, turning smart home gadgets on or off, and so on. Radio, podcasts and audio books all sound good, with clear vocals. Echo devices can make audio calls to one another and these work well, too.” The latest fourth generation Echo Dot is also on sale, reduced from £49.99 to £28.99. This is one of the hottest products during the Black Friday event, so add one to your basket quick.

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Apple iPhone 12: Save £180, O2

O2
O2

O2 has kicked off its Black Friday event with a bang, offering huge savings on a range of handsets, including this iPhone 12, as part of its unlimited data bundle.

With an £80 upfront fee, you can pay as little as £50 per month for 36 months and benefit from a range of extras, including six months of Deliveroo Plus, a 12-month Disney+ subscription and Apple TV+ for the year. If you don’t think you need unlimited data, there is also 3GB, 5GB, 15GB and 90GB, which will make the price even cheaper.

The phone itself is 5G enabled, so you will be ready for the next generation of fast download speeds, while the HDR display provides a crisp image of all your video streaming needs and the super sharp camera lenses may just transform your photography skills. If you need to upgrade your mobile, this is the device to do it with.

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Echo Show 5 Black: Was £80, now £39.99, Amazon

Amazon
Amazon

Enjoy a fantastic 50 per cent off the Echo Show 5 in Amazon’s sale. The device earned a spot in our review of the best smart speakers, where our technology critic, David Phelan, praised its top performance. He said: “Of all Amazon’s echo devices with screens (there are two other echo show models with 8in and 10in displays respectively, plus the baseball-sized echo spot with a tiny screen), this one is the best balance of size and capability.”

The 5.5in smart display allows you to manage your calendar, listen to the radio, check the news or even watch films. Phelan added: “It is also superbly sized for use as a bedroom alarm clock and Amazon has installed a physical switch that slides a cover in front of the lens for absolute certainty of privacy. It looks good and works well for video calls (when you slide the lens cover open again)."

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Amazon Fire TV stick: Was £39.99, now £24.99, Amazon

Amazon
Amazon

Save an impressive 38 per cent on Amazon’s popular Fire TV stick, which landed a spot in our review of the best TV streaming devices. We’re all watching far more TV right now, so there’s no better time to improve our set-up.

David Phelan, our technology critic, said: "The Fire TV Stick is a tiny gizmo that plugs into the HDMI socket on the TV (though you also need to plug the cable into the mains). As well as access to a huge library of movies and TV shows you can rent and buy – including some in 4K – there’s access to apps like Netflix, Prime Video, BBC iPlayer and, most recently, Apple TV.

“It’s easy to use, including a remote control with a microphone so you can tell the box what to do. It’s a Bluetooth remote so you don’t need line of sight to the Stick, and it can hide away out of sight round the back of your TV,” he added.

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Google Pixel 4s 4G: Save £570, Vodafone

Google
Google

This 24-month deal gives you unlimited minutes and texts with a huge 100GB of data for just £23 a month (down from £43 a month) and a £9 upfront cost (down from £99). Its features include a camera with HDR+ night sight and portrait modes for stunning pictures, a fast charging battery that it claims to last up to 24 hours and built-in Google Assistant. Move fast to avoid disappointment as the deal ends on 26 November.

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Bose SoundLink Over-Ear Wireless Headphones: Was £199.95, now £119.95, Argos

Bose
Bose

Bose headphones don’t come cheap, so you’d better move quick to bag a bargain. The brand has also appeared in our review of the best wireless headphones of 2020. Promising a wireless range up to 10 metres, with a built-in microphone system that allows for clear calls even in noisy environments. The soft ear cushions will sit around the ears so they can be worn for hours and you can connect to all your devices via bluetooth.

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Roku streaming stick+: Was £59.99, now £34, Amazon

Roku
Roku

If lockdown made you realise you needed to upgrade your streaming service game, this is the one for you. Included within our round-up of the best streaming sticks, our tester noted that the “interface is straightforward and works smoothly".

Enjoy live TV, or stream from one of the many channels – everything from Netflix and Disney+ to its dedicated horror or sci-fi station are available at your fingertips. If you’re looking to spend a little less, Roku express is a cheaper alternative (was £29.99, now £17.98) as is Roku premiere (was £39.99, now £27) both excellent options.

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Google Nest Cam Indoor Security Camera: Was £110, now £79, John Lewis

John Lewis
John Lewis

Make sure your home is safe with this security camera, which allows you to check in from via your phone, so you always can rest easy. It scans for motions and sound and will send you an activity alert directly to your phone. The Google nest range featured four times in our round-up of the best home security systems and now, with £31 off, this is a deal not to be missed out on.

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Amazon Fire TV cube: Was £109.99, now £69.99, Amazon

Amazon
Amazon

If all this time at home has made you realise you need to improve your home entertainment set-up then we’ve found what’s been missing in your life. Featuring in our review of the best streaming devices, of the cube our technology critic, David Phelan said it “does everything the other Fire models here can but adds extra features. For a start, there are eight microphones so you don’t need to use the remote to control it, just say, ‘Alexa, play Modern Love,’ for instance.”

You can stream all your favourites from Netflix, Prime Video, YouTube, ITV Hub, All 4, Disney+, Apple TV and more. The perfect addition to your home in time for Christmas.

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Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Tablet, 8" HD Display: Was £139.99, now £84.99, Amazon

Amazon
Amazon

If you're looking for the perfect Christmas gift for your little one, snap up this kid-friendly device while it currently has a huge 39 per cent off. You can stream content via wifi or download games and books for enjoyment on the go, and it includes a one year subscription to Amazon Kids+, which allows access to apps, games, videos, books and audiobooks, from the likes of Disney, Nickelodeon and Sesame Street. It has also featured in our review of the best kids’ tablets of 2020. “The 8in display makes more of a difference than you might think, while still keeping the overall size highly portable. Battery life and storage (32GB) are also noticeable steps up from the 7in model,” our technology critic said.

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Oppo A72 smartphone - save £144 and get a Nintendo Switch

Oppo
Oppo

If you’re in the market for a new phone, considering the Oppo A72 could land you a free Nintendo Switch. If you go for a 10GB or above plan and order before midnight on 26 November you’ll receive a Nintendo Switch 15 to 25 days after purchase (do note there are no guarantees it will arrive before Christmas Day). The budget smartphone claims to have a decent camera and battery life that will last all day and a good quality display screen.

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Samsung galaxy watch 42mm: Was £259, now £159, Samsung

Samsung
Samsung

The dapper-looking Galaxy watch is equipped with comprehensive sleep, heart and fitness trackers. It also has a plentiful three-day battery life and a helpful low-power mode for when you are running low. We reviewed a similar model in our round-up of the best smart watches.

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Amazon Arlo floodlight and echo show 5 white: Was £339.98, now £298.99, Amazon

Amazon
Amazon

Improve your home security set-up with this bundle from amazon which includes its popular smart speaker, the Echo Show 5, and an Arlo floodlight camera. The light claims to illuminate up to 7m of your home, and is wireless so will be simple to install. Plus, the HDR camera can zoom up to 12 times and has a 160 degree view and 2k colour night vision for peace of mind. You simply connect to the wifi and control through Amazon Alexa on your Show 5 device.

The Show 5 won a spot in our review of the best smart speakers, with our technology critic, David Phelan, praising its performance. He said: “Of all Amazon’s Echo devices with screens, this one is the best balance of size and capability.”

“It is also superbly sized for use as a bedroom alarm clock and Amazon has installed a physical switch that slides a cover in front of the lens for absolute certainty of privacy,” he added."

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Samsung galaxy note 20 ultra 5G: Was £1,179, now £929, Samsung

Samsung
Samsung

This year, Samsung’s Black Friday sale started from 18 November, with discounts across its smartphones, tablets, smartwatches and audio ranges. From 16 to 30 November, you can save £250 on the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G, that our technology critic, David Phelan, reviewed when it launched.

“The big display is bright, sharp and very attractive. It has what’s called a variable refresh rate. A fast refresh rate means everything looks smooth and responsive, from scrolling menus to playing video. Battery life is good. Mostly there will be plenty of charge left but the combination of the big, detailed screen and fast processor could mean a heavy-use day will see it pretty depleted by the end, though it’s still unlikely to run out,” he said.

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Beats by Dr Dre Solo Pro Wireless Noise-Cancelling On-Ear Headphones: Was £269, now £159, Very

Beats
Beats

Save £100 on these popular Beats by Dr Dre on-ear headphones that are sure to make a great gift. They feature two different listening modes: transparency and active noise cancelling. The former allows you to stay in touch with your surroundings, while the latter gives you totally completely sound.

Available in a range of colours including grey, black and red, the Bluetooth technology claims to have a great range with few dropouts, allowing for an uninterrupted experience. The microphone targets your voice and filters out any noise while you’re on the move, and the headphones switch off automatically when folded. A clever pair of cans to add to your Christmas list.

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Sky TV and broadband packages

Sky
Sky

Sky has kicked off its Black Friday event early, slashing its prices across its TV, broadband and mobile packages. If all this time at home means you’re reconsidering your current tech set-up, turn to the provider’s 18-month superfast broadband and Sky TV package, which is currently on offer for £39 a month, a whopping 40 per cent saving on the usual £67 a month price.

Perhaps its the latest iPhone 12 you’re after, thanks to Sky’s deals, you can get your hands on it from as low as £28 per month with no initial fee. All you need to do is decide which colour you prefer. There are plenty of other discounts to take advantage of, which will make sure Christmas is an entertainment-filled one.

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Google Nest mini 2nd generation: Was £49, now £19, John Lewis & Partners

Google
Google

This Google smart speaker and digital assistant works using voice control and allows you to play music from streaming platforms such as Spotify and YouTube Music. You can also check the weather, your diary, set reminders and hear the news whenever you ask. It supports up to six users and is compatible with smart devices and other Google Nest products. At this price, snap it up fast.

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HUAWEI P30 Lite 256 GB 6.15in FHD Dewdrop Display Smartphone: Was £299.99, now £199.99, Amazon

Huawei
Huawei

If you're looking for a new smartphone, don’t miss out on this bargain Huawei model with 33 per cent off. Perfect for picture taking, its features include 120-degree ultra wide angle lens, 246GB of RAM to store music, photos, videos and apps and a stylish 3D curved glass design. The more recent HUAWEI P40 previously appeared in our review of the best phones of 2020.

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Virgin Media broadband packages

Virgin Media
Virgin Media

The retailer has started its sale early, offering what it claims to be its lowest ever Black Friday prices. Available until 30 November, it’s offering savings on TV and broadband bundles, broadband-only packages and mobile phone handsets.

Its 18-month M100 Fire Broadband package is currently on offer for just £24.99 a month, with a 108 Mbps average download speed. It’s the most basic package but is ideal for binging your favourite shows. It usually costs £44 a month.

On the other end of the spectrum, its M500 Fibre Broadband package costs £42.99 a month, a £20 saving, with a 516 Mbps average download speed that is ideal for gamers. There’s plenty of other packages to choose from, so we’d snap up this offer now.

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Fujifilm Instax Mini 70 Camera with 10 pack of paper: Was £109.99, now £88.99, Very

Instax
Instax

We bet these cameras are on plenty of Christmas lists this year, and for good reason. They are perfect for capturing memories, instantly printing mini pictures in true retro style. This model has selfie, macro and landscape modes, with a timer, flash and mirror built-in, helping you get the perfect shot. When we can finally enjoy spending time with larger groups of family and friends again, you’ll want this to hand. We love the gold colourway, but it’s also available in black, blue and red.

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Samsung Galaxy buds – black: Was £119, now £89, Currys PC World

Samsung
Samsung

With a battery life of up to nine hours, and sweat and water resistance, these buds are great for keen runners, or lovers of any sport for that matter. AKG tuned sound promises a crisp listening experience, and they’re compatible with both iOS and Android. Wireless earphones are notoriously pricey, but with 25 per cent off this already well-priced pair, they’re a great find.

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Virgin Media TV and broadband packages

Virgin Media
Virgin Media

The brand’s Big Bundle features M100 Fibre Broadband with an average download speed of 108Mbps, a Virgin TV V6 box with 112 channels and a range of streaming services including Netflix and Amazon Prime, and a phone line which comes with voicemail.

Usually costing £62 a month, this 18 month contract is on sale for just £28.99 a month, in what Virgin claims is its lowest ever price for the bundle.

Sports fans should look to the Ultimate Oomph Bundle, with over 250 TV channels including some from Sky Sports, BT Sport 4K and Sky Cinema. It comes with two Virgin Media V6 boxes, meaning you can enjoy TV from multiple rooms.

This, along with ultrafast M500 Fibre broadband, a phone line and endless mobile data, calls and texts with a “truly unlimited” SIM card makes this a whopper of a package. It usually costs £139 a month but is currently down to £77.99 a month for 18 months.

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Bang & Olufsen Beoplay P6 Portable Splash-Resistant Bluetooth Speaker: Was £279, now £229, John Lewis

Bang & Olufsen
Bang & Olufsen

Save £50 on this sleek looking portable device, which won a spot in our review of the best Bluetooth speakers. Our technology critic, David Phelan, said: "The P6 has dazzlingly good looks in its anodised aluminium casing and leather strap and is a joy to use. It also has great audio.”

“The bass is bigger than might be expected but the overall sound is clean, detailed and very enjoyable. Vocals are precise and sharp while mid-tones are clear and easily audible,” he added. For such a small device, the 16 hour battery life is impressive. We think this “natural” colour way would look great wherever you place it.

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Talk Talk broadband and TV deals

Talk Talk
Talk Talk

Talk Talk has started its Black Friday sale with a range of deals across broadband and TV. Standouts include the Fibre 65 broadband package, its mid-level speed that is ideal for fast streaming and gaming, which is free for the first three months then just £26 a month, saving you £78 in total. It’s a 24 month contract, but there’s no set-up fee or mid-contract price rises. The entry-level Fibre 35 package is just £23.50 a month with the first three months free too.

If you’re looking for a broadband and TV package, its Fibre 35 with Talk Talk TV deal gives you the first three months of broadband for free and costs just £27.50 a month after that, with more than 80 Freeview channels to enjoy. You can access Prime Video, Netflix and Now TV via the Talk Talk box too.

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Powerbeats Pro True Wireless Bluetooth In-Ear Sport Headphones with Mic/Remote, Black: Was £219, now £159, John Lewis & Partners

Powerbeats
Powerbeats

We all need an extra boost when it comes to working out during the winter months, and these totally wireless earphones by Beats should do the trick. Not only is the fit adjustable and more secure with the ear hooks, these are also sweat and water resistant so you can exercise to your hearts content with a podcast or playlist on full blast.

They won a spot in our review of the best running headphones, where our tester said: “You could hang upside down in aerial yoga with these on and they wouldn’t even budge. They’re comfortable enough to wear all day long – and with a 9-hour battery life, you could definitely do that." With no wires to get in the way of your workout, they seem like a winner. They are available in a range of unusual colours too, from spring yellow to moss green.

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Ring alarm five-piece starter kit: Was £249, now £169, Very

Ring
Ring

This five-piece set from the Amazon-owned brand equips you with everything you need to set up a smart alarm system at home. All you need to do is plug in the base station, connect all of the components and set up the Ring app, and you’ll be able to control your Ring alarm at all times.

The system claims to be pet friendly, so won’t unnecessarily alert you if your furry friends are walking around, but for any other movement, you can get real-time notifications to your phone whether you’re out and about or still inside.

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Apple AirPods: Apple AirPods with charging case: Was £159, now £124.49, Amazon

Apple
Apple

Enjoy an impressive 22 per cent off the second generation AirPods in Amazon’s early Black Friday sale. David Phelan, our technology critic, rated these highly in his IndyBest review of the best wireless earbuds, saying: “Apple’s distinctive earbuds have been massively successful since they first launched and they remain even now some of the very lightest in-ears you can find.

“The design is unchanged since day one, but improved electronics inside mean that you can say, ‘Hey, Siri’ to invoke the virtual assistant without even touching the earbuds,” he added.

He also rated the pro version of the AirPods which are on sale too, down from £249 to £209, but still commended the standard AirPods for their sound quality: “The fit is slightly different from the pro – there’s no silicone ear tip – and there’s no noise-cancelling. Even so, audio quality is very good, as is call quality, which works even if you only use one earbud.”

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Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Digital Camera Body: Was £1199, now £929, WEX Photo Video

Olympus
Olympus

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Fitbit Versa 2: Was £199.99, now £129, Amazon

Fitbit
Fitbit

Our technology critic, David Phelan, rated this model highly in his IndyBest review of the best smartwatches of 2020, for its versatility and accuracy when tracking activity.

“Its operating software is straightforward and easy to use and there are lots of advanced fitness features, such as sophisticated sleep tracking which helps you understand how you’re sleeping thanks to a nightly sleep rating. It can do this because the battery life is enough to last up to five days so there’s time to recharge it.” He particularly recommends it for Android users, adding: “This Versa has Alexa built-in: press and hold the side button to ask it questions, set a timer or start a workout. This is a very effective tracker, especially for monitoring."

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JBL Xtreme 2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker with Rechargeable Battery: Was £279, now £149, Very

JBL
JBL

Save more than £121 on this speaker from JBL, a brand that features in our review of the best Bluetooth speakers. With a huge 15 hour battery live, the portable device is waterproof and can wirelessly connect to up to two smartphones or tablets, allowing you to take it in turns to be DJ. It even features a bottle opener, so will come in handy for gatherings with friends when we can finally socialise again.

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When is Black Friday 2020?

This year, Black Friday will take place on 27 November running across the weekend until Cyber Monday.While most retailers run pre-sales the week before, Amazon started its sale a whole month early, and some other retailers including John Lewis, Currys PC World, O2, Boots, AO and Superdrug have already followed suit too.

We predict even more brands will start earlier this year too, in a bid to make up for lost revenue while shops are shut for the second time this year.

The tech Black Friday deals to expect

Amazon had a great offering in 2019. Some of the best included an Apple iPhone XS (64GB) in silver that was £999 but came down to £699, this Samsung Galaxy S10 128 GB that was £799 but was reduced to £549 and this Sony RX100 IV Advanced Compact Premium Camera with 1.0-Type Sensor, 24-70 mm F1.8-2.8 Zeiss Lens, 4K Movie that was £1,000 but was slashed to just £439.

These Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H4 Wireless Headphones also saw big savings from £250 to £177.99.

Argos too had plenty of choices, such as these Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case that were £199 but dropped to £169 and this iPad 2019 7th Gen 10.2in Wi-Fi 128GB which was reduced from £449 to £409.

Last year Currys PC World reduced a BOSE SoundTouch 10 Wireless Smart Sound Multi-Room Speaker from £89.99 to £69.01, this Google Nest Mini from £49 to £29 and a Samsung Harman/Kardon HW-Q60R 5.1 Wireless Sound Bar came down from £599 to £349.

How to get the best Black Friday tech deals?

Many brands begin unveiling their deals the week before the Black Friday, which customers can get priority access to by signing up to newsletters.

As tech gadgets tend to make popular Christmas presents, write a shopping list of what you’re looking for and stick to it, to not only stay within budget but to avoid impulse purchases you may later regret.

Don’t just shop with one brand either, retailers often offer competitive deals on tech products and brands such as Apple, who are known for not participating much in Black Friday, can often be found with big savings at places such as Amazon, Currys and John Lewis & Partners.

Here at IndyBest, our team will also be handpicking the biggest discounts through the Black Friday sale, so ensure you check back regularly for updates for what’s on offer.

How long will the discounts last?

While Black Friday itself is Friday 27 November, it runs through to Cyber Monday on 30 November, which typically marks the end of most of the deals.

For the majority of tech retailers and brands, we’re expecting them to begin their pre-sales in mid-November. So check back here as we will be adding the best deals as soon as they begin.

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