Black Friday is now just over a week away - 23 November 2018 - but the sales have already started with some great offers from the top stores online in the UK.
The main action happens on Thursday and Friday of Black Friday week, but in order to get some breathing space, many retailers increasingly push out deals early - are we'll bring you the best of them here.
Black Friday quick links
Below are quick links straight to the Black Friday deals pages for the top retailers, just in case you're looking for something that we haven't covered.
- Amazon Black Friday
- Currys PC World Black Friday
- AO.com Black Friday
- Argos Black Friday
- John Lewis Black Friday
- Very.co.uk Black Friday
- Game.co.uk Black Friday
What are the best Black Friday deals?
There are deals across so many areas. On Pocket-lint we round them up by category to help you find what you're looking for. Here's where you'll be able to find all the deals.
Best smart home deals
• Google Home Mini and Philips Hue Smart Bulb B22 Starter Kit save £105, now £79.99 (was £184.99): Google Home Mini will put Google Assistant anywhere in your home, along with a Hue starter kit for smart lighting, with big savings on this bundle. View the Google Home and Hue deal at Currys
Best phone deals
Best tablet deals
• Apple iPad Mini 4, save £160, now £299.99: The Apple iPad Mini is a brilliant tablet with 10 hours of battery life from a 7.9 inch tablet with 128GB of storage. A fantastic Black Friday bargain. View the Apple iPad Mini 4 deal at Amazon
• Microsoft Surface Pro (2017 version): Save £700, now £1,999: When we reviewed the Surface Pro we thought it was a really great device - well made, quiet and sophisticated too. View the Microsoft Surface Pro offer at AO.com
• Apple iPad Pro 2018, save £100, now £669 with code N77PP: The new 11-inch Apple iPad Pro is available at a discount for Black Friday. View the Apple iPad Pro deal at Very
• Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 inch tablet: save £70, now £158.90: A bargain tablet from Samsung that includes an 8MP camera, 1920 x 1200 display and even a kids mode for the little ones to enjoy. View the Samsung Galaxy Tab A offer on Amazon
Best PS4 Deals
• PlayStation 4 500GB with Red Dead Redemption 2, now £249.99: The highly acclaimed cowboy game that everyone is talking about makes for a great pairing with the PlayStation 4 at this price. View the PlayStation 4 deal on Amazon
• PlayStation 4 1TB with FIFA 19, now £299.99: You can get double the hard drive storage with this deal and FIFA fans also get the game and loads of extra Ultimate Team content bundled in. View the PS4 1TB with FIFA 19 deal on Amazon
• PS4 Pro with Red Dead Redemption 2 and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, now £399.98: Not only do you get the best PlayStation yet, plus the biggest game around in Red Dead 2, you get COD: BO4 for a super low bundle price. View the Red Dead 2 + COD: BO4 PS4 Pro on Amazon
Best Nintendo Switch deals
• Nintendo Switch with Pokemon Let's Go Pikachu and Just Dance 2019, save £63.44, now £299.99 (was £362.43): Get the Pikachu version of the latest Pokemon game and the 2019 version of the great dancing game Just Dance bundled with the coolest console around. View the Nintendo Switch bundle on Amazon
• Nintendo Switch Neon with Lego DC Super Villains, save £23.99, now £299.99: Lego fans will love this offer. The console plus Lego DC Super Villains for a super price. View the Nintendo Switch Neon deal at Game
• Nintendo Switch Console with Grey Joy-Con, save £20, now £259.99: Just the console and nothing else, but this is likely the best price you'll find the Nintendo Switch for. Click to see the deal at Zavvi
Best Xbox deals
• Xbox One S 500GB with Forza Horizon 3 and Hot Wheels DLC, now £259.99: Getting the Xbox One S with one of the best games around and all its downloadable content was a bargain. View the Xbox One S with Forza Horizon 3 deal on Amazon
• Xbox One X 1TB with Forza Horizon 5, Forza Motorsport 7, Tekken 7, Project Cars 2, Xbox LIVE Gold and a wireless controller, save £71.96, now £489.99: While the Xbox One X on its own represents the best of gaming, this bundle goes one better with a collection of fantastic games and a wireless controller too. View the Xbox One X offer at Currys PC World
• Xbox One S 1TB with Fortnite + Elder Scrolls Online, Basic Plus accessory pack and Now TV 2 Month Entertainment Pass, save £32.97, now £274.99: As well as two games, this Xbox One S bundle also comes with Now TV for 2 months and an accessory pack too. View this Xbox One S deal at Game
Best game deals
• Call of Duty WWII, £19.99 or £14.99 preowned: It might not be the latest Call of Duty game out there, but it's still a bargain at this price. Classic telling of heroism from a time of tyranny. View Call of Duty WWII PS4 deal at Game
• Sleeping Dogs Definitive Edition, £3.60 with Xbox Live Gold, was £23.99: The Definitive Edition of the critically-acclaimed, award-winning open-world action adventure, re-mastered for Xbox One. We love the original version when it was released. Remastered at this price it's a total bargain. View the offer on Microsoft
Best fitness tracker deals
• Garmin Fenix 5 save £130, now £349.99 (was £479): The Fenix 5 packs in all Garmin's fitness and sport skills, in a package that's more elegant, making it a great smartwatch for all occasions. View the Garmin Fenix deal on Amazon
• Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music now £259.99, save £40 (was £299.99): The Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music gives you Bluetooth connectivity for headphones with support for Deezer or Spotify downloads on the move. It gives you great fitness features with GPS and heart rate tracking and also does mobile payments. See the Garmin deal at John Lewis
• Fitbit Charge 2 save £60, now £89.99 (was £149.99): The Fitbit Charge 2 is a great choice for those wanting a fitness tracker, but not something that's going to be really bulky. It will track steps, your heart rate and automatically detect and log exercise. View the Fitbit Charge 2 deal at Currys
Best TV deals
• LG 65-inch 4K HDR OLED TV, save £1800, now £2499 (was £4299): LG's OLED65C7V delivers one of the best pictures, with some standout colours and wide viewing angles. View the LG OLED65C7V deal at Currys
• LG 55-inch 4K HDR OLED TV, save £1000, priced at £1499 (was £2499): The OLED55C7V came with a very large saving here, and for a great TV with 4K and mutli HDR, Dolby Atmos with realistic sound. See this LG OLED55C7V deal at Currys
• Philips 50PUS6523/12 50-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart TV, save £101, now £349 (was £450): This dark silver slim-bezel 2018 model TV has both HDR Plus and Freeview Play plus Philips' Pixel Precise engine for smooth moving images. See this Philips 50PUS6523/12 deal on Amazon
• Sony 43-inch 4K HDR TV, save £250, now £449 (was £699): This 43-inch Sony TV sports Triluminos Display for a great picture, seen in all its HDR glory and up-scaling - idea for your next big buy. See this Sony Bravia KD43XE7093B deal on Amazon
Best headphone deals
• Beats Studio3 Wireless noise cancelling headphones (porcelain rose), save £100.99, now £199 (was £299.99): Beats Studio3 Wireless earned rave reviews for offering a really comfortable fit, great sound and stupidly long battery life. View the Beats Studio3 Wireless offer at Very
• Bose QC35 II noise cancelling headphones, save £40, now £289 with discount code N9MF9 (was £329): Apply the five character discount code at checkout and you get some of the finest ANC-equipped over-ear headphones on the market. The second generation QuietComfort35 headphones feature the same comfortable fit, amazing noise cancelling, sound and portability but add Google Assistant to the mix. View the Bose QC35 II deal at Very
• Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H5 wireless, save £89.01, now £139.99 (was £229): The H5 in-ears offer fantastic custom-tuned sound. They ship with a number different ear tips, are dust and splash resistant as well as featuring magnets so the tips snap together. View the Beoplay H5 deal on Amazon
• Sony XBA-N1AP Premium High-Res Audio in-ear headphones, save £30.01, now £119.99 (was £150.00): If you're not ready to hop on the wireless bandwagon, the Sonys are arguably one of the best pairs of wired earphones going. You get clear sound, 1.2m cord and a frequency response of 4Hz-40,000Hz. View the Sony XBA-N1AP offer on Amazon
Best speaker deals
• Marshall Acton Bluetooth speaker, save £70.00, now £99.99 (was £169.99): With its retro guitar amp stylings, complete with those iconic volume/tone dials, this is an awesome-looking speaker. Its 41W of power is plenty to fill small/medium sized rooms. What's more, with Bluetooth and 3.5mm connectivity you can connect just about everything to it. View the Marshall Acton deal at Currys
• Beats by Dr Dre Pill+ Bluetooth speaker, save £45, now £119 (was £164): The Pill+ by Beats is a handy, loud and long-lasting portable speaker featuring 12-hour battery life, a Lightning connector for charging and the ability to pair with a second Pill+ for a more immersive stereo audio feel. Its simple button system makes it easy to control, and the downloadable app makes it more customisable. View the Beats Pill+ offer at Very
Best smartwatch deals
• Garmin Fenix 5 now £349.99, save £130 (was £479): The Fenix 5 packs in all Garmin's fitness and sport skills, in a package that's more elegant, making it a great smartwatch for all occasions. View the Garmin Fenix deal on Amazon
• Fitbit Ionic save £50, now £249.99 (was £299.99): The Fitbit Ionic is a great smartwatch with a leaning towards sports. GPS, heart rate tracking and mobile payments make it the complete package. View the Fitbit Ionic deal on Currys
Best camera deals
• Sony A7 full-frame mirrorless camera, save £674.75, now £875.24 (was £1549.99): The original full-frame mirrorless camera is a few years old, but it's still a great small-scale system with a big sensor at its heart. This deal comes with a 28-70mm lens in the box too. View the Sony A7 deal on Amazon
• Panasonic Lumix GX800 mirrorless camera: Save £200.99, now £299 (was £499.99): A great little system camera from the Micro Four Thirds family is all about small scale portability and retro-style design. It's got a 12-32mm lens included for an altogether bargain price. View the Panasonic GX800 deal on Amazon
• Panasonic Lumix TZ80 compact camera: Save £110.99, now £249 (was £359.99): The do-it-all point-and-shoot camera that'll fit in your pocket, yet zoom in afar unlike a smartphone camera. View the Panasonic TZ80 deal on Amazon
Best laptop deals
• 2017 Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch with Touch Bar save £300, now £2,199 (was £2,499): Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, AMD Radeon Pro 560 graphics, Silver. Two-year guarantee included. View the MacBook Pro offer at John Lewis.
• 2017 Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch with Touch Bar - save £200, now £1,599 (was £1,799): Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD, Intel Iris Pro graphics, Space grey. Two-year guarantee included. View the MacBook Pro offer at John Lewis.
• Microsoft Surface Pro (2017 version) - Save £700, now £1,999: When we reviewed the Surface Pro we thought it was a really great device - well made, quiet and sophisticated too. View the Microsoft Surface Pro offer at AO.com
Here's everything you need to know about Black Friday 2018 in the UK.
When is Black Friday 2018?
Black Friday is Friday 23 November 2018. Cyber Monday is Monday 26 November 2018.
What is Black Friday?
Originally a US-only event, Black Friday has stretched across the pond and to other regions too. It is a day in November, the day after the US holiday of Thanksgiving, where retailers heavily discount thousands of items in the build-up to Christmas.
It lasts an entire day traditionally, but some retailers start their Black Friday deals early, including Amazon in the US and Amazon UK, which often starts its sales period a week beforehand. Black Friday is followed by Cyber Monday - an online event the Monday after that essentially carries on the bargains for an extra day.
In reality, the bargains can begin up to a week before Black Friday and carry on until the end of November with retailers making the most of the opportunity to sell more products in an ever-more competitive market.
Which retailers will offer Black Friday UK deals?
Amazon UK has announced its "biggest ever" Black Friday sale. The event will run acrposs 10 days from 16 – 25 November and naturally we'll bring you a curated selection of all the best Amazon UK Black Friday deals on our Amazon Black Friday hub page.
Argos runs deals all through the year, but Black Friday is a time to get something special. There are great bargains on tablets, TVs and games consoles but there are cheaper goods to be had in almost every category it covers.
Carphone Warehouse always offers a range of deals on mobile devices, tablets and accessories. It runs its Black Friday bargains for 24 hours, both instore and online.
Currys PC World runs deals throughout the year and Black Friday is no exception when it has some super offers available.
eBay is the land of deals for many, be that new from store outlets, or from individuals who have something that you want, but they don't. Traditionally, there a full range of deals available through eBay, and although they haven't specifically been positioned as Black Friday deals, it's always worth looking. Games consoles, in particular, were very cheap last year.
EE's Black Friday usually takes the form of some major deals on handsets, although you can also get bargains on price plans and PAYG deals too.
John Lewis has a commitment to be "Never Knowingly Undersold" so, as the site points out, it has to "match competitors' prices". The advantage with John Lewis is that it offers aftercare and often guaranteed cover for five years for many products, which is ideal for big gadgets like TVs or laptops.
Game starts pushing a range of offers on consoles and games early, but you can expect some even bigger deals come Black Friday. Generally, these take the form of extra games added to bundles, if you're looking for a new machine.
Mobiles.co.uk is part of the Dixons Carphone group and a strong competitor when it comes to price. It has some great offers on the day and will no doubt soon add a page where you can be notified of any deals.
O2 isn't a big Black Friday participant but could be tempted to offer some major discounts this year considering its competitors will.
Last year TalkTalk took the unprecedented step of starting its Black Friday deals a month early. It heavily discounted its fibre and standard broadband packages. A TalkTalk Fast Broadband package with 17Mbps was available for £19.95 a month.
Tesco usually has a countdown time on a dedicated Black Friday site long before the day kicks off. Last year, it also gave you the opportunity to the latest offers in advance, as well as register as a new customer to make sure you're ready to go when the clock hits zero.
Tesco Black Friday deals usually last a week or so.
Three always has something planned for Black Friday, promising lots of deals on the big day.
Vodafone will be taking part in Black Friday for the fifth year, we expect. It also ran a countdown clock on its site prior to the day so it's more than likely to do the same again.
Dyson always slashes prices for Black Friday. It will start its deals long before Black Friday, if last year is anything to go by.
Samsung always offers plenty of bargains across its online store. There's no indication that this year will be any different.
We will be updating highlighted deals across retailers and brands as and when they go live, both in the buildup to Black Friday, the day itself and throughout Cyber Monday.