Black Friday Tablets 2013: The Surface Will See the Best Deals
UPDATE: Check out the best Black Friday tablet deals
|Store||Black Friday Deal|
|Apple||Apple iPad Air with $75 Apple Gift Card from $499|
|QVC||Kindle Fire HD 32GB 7" WiFi 4G Android Tablet for $250|
|Groupon||Google Nexus 7 16GB 7" Android Tablet (1st gen) for $120|
|Best Buy||Apple iPad Air 16GB WiFi Tablet for $450|
|Walmart||HP 7 8GB 7" Android Touchscreen Tablet for $89|
|Barnes & Noble||LeapFrog LeapPad Ultra Learning Tablet for $105|
|Best Buy||Microsoft Surface 11" 32GB Windows RT Tablet for $200|
|Microsoft Store||Microsoft Store Black Friday Sale: Up to $350 off tablets|
|MegaMacs||Apple 1st Gen iPad 64GB WiFi Tablet with AppleCare for $280|
|Dell Small Business||Dell Venue 8 8" 16GB Android Tablet for $130|
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Black Friday 2013 Tablet Predictions
Forecasted to overtake PC sales by Q4 of this year, tablets are once again the "it" item for the holidays. And whereas Apple was once king of the hill with its unbeatable line of iPads, new Android devices have flooded the market and chipped away at Apple's dominance. All this cutthroat competition has translated into better and faster deals for consumers. And while not all tablets will be discounted alike, there's bound to be some eye-catching Black Friday tablet deals this year.
Flagship Google Tablet for $200
With the introduction of the new Nexus 7 this summer, Google nixed its entry-level 8GB model, making the 16GB tablet the cheapest Nexus 7 around. And unlike 2012 when there were no deals on the Nexus, this year we instantly saw a discount on the 16GB version, shaving $29 off the launch price. (Granted, the 2013 Nexus 7 was also priced $29 higher than last year's model.)
As a result, this year we predict that you'll be able to find the 2013 Google Nexus 7 16GB for $200 during Black Friday, which is a price we've already seen once this summer. That's a very modest discount, but considering last Black Friday saw no discounts at all, it's progress indeed.
The iPad 4 Will Drop to $399 on Black Friday
Now that the iPad Air is out, retailers have slashed the discontinued iPad 4 to $399. Though we'd like to see it drop further in the near future, it's unlikely as retailers still have stock of the iPad 2, which is already selling for the same price.
Surprisingly, we expect to see more deals on the iPad Air, which we predict will sell for $440. Already Walmart has taken $20 off the list price of the 16GB model, making it the fastest discount we've seen for any iPad model. If you want a deal on the upcoming iPad mini 2, however, you might be in for a disappointment; last year we didn't see any Black Friday discounts on the iPad mini, probably because it was an entirely new product category. Starting in early 2014, however, we should see an influx of deals that drop prices on the tablet by 10%. For more details on Black Friday iPad deals, check out our complete Apple predictions page.
The Best Black Friday Tablet Deals Will Come from Microsoft
Since their launch, Microsoft's Surface tablets have endured a bumpy ride. Now, the tablets are on life support with RT deals as low as $319 — a stark contrast to their $499 launch price last fall. Even the Surface Pro experienced a $100 price drop this summer. And with both models having gotten a refresh, these first-gen Surface tablets are essentially looking at the bargain bin come November.
To date, the Microsoft Surface 32GB Windows RT Tablet has fallen to as low as $314, while the Pro has been as low as $719. Both deals were one-time only affairs, but we think we'll see those prices again in November. In fact, with new Surface RT and Surface Pro 2 models competing for consumers' attention, chances are very high that Microsoft's first-generation Surface will be the most sharply-discounted tablet of the holiday season.
Amazon's Budget Tablets Bypass the Discounts Again
When it comes to cheap tablets, its tough to beat the Kindle Fire HD's price. These tablets are sold so inexpensively that Amazon breaks even with each tablet sale. As a result, for the past two years no new Kindle Fire HD tablet has seen any significant discounts on Black Friday. Rather, last year we saw deals on the Kindle Fire SD, with prices 18% under MSRP. However, now that Amazon has introduced its new Kindle Fire HDX tablets and dropped the price of the Kindle Fire HD to $139, we think the latter will have a better chance of seeing modest deals this Black Friday.
Summary: Black Friday Tablet Predictions
- Google Nexus 7 16GB for $200
- Apple iPad 4 16GB WiFi for $399
- Apple iPad Air 16GB WiFi for $440
- Microsoft Surface RT for $314
- Microsoft Surface Pro for $719
- Minimal to no discounts on the Kindle Fire HD