Not quite smartphone, not quite laptop – yes, it’s the humble tablet. Globally popularised by the iPad in 2010, you’d be hard pressed to find a household without one or two knocking about. But tablets are expensive given their capabilities sometimes match those of a PC or Mac.

Some are cheaper though, and tablets are an ideal media consumption device.

Black Friday is an excellent time to be on the lookout for a cheap tablet deal. Retailers can give big discounts to big brands, from Apple to Google, Acer to Huawei. If it runs iOS or Android, as most do, you've got thousands of awesome apps at your disposal.

Not all deals are good deals though; £100 off a £600 tablet is still a £500 purchase - consider whether you'd spend that any other time of year. We are poised to hand pick all the best tablet deals right here.

Black Friday tablet deals

What tablet deals are available on Black Friday 2017?

We've seen the odd bit of money off an iPad, so watch for retailers like Currys PC World and Argos to offer those. Apple itself doesn’t take part in Black Friday beyond store credit vouchers, but you could get lucky. Plus it does have iPads on its Refurbished Store all year round.

Android tablets are far more likely to be sold at great prices given their generally lower RRPs in the first place. However high-ticket Samsung and Google tablets can also get a good price cut so keep your eyes peeled – on this page.

Amazon's Fire tablets all have low prices to start with, and are now criminally low. They have arguably dropped from 'affordable' to 'essential' with offers across the Fire tablet range - the best bringing the Fire 7 down to a ridiculous £30.

If you find that you’re missing out on Amazon’s Lightning deals, which run for just a few hours and offer limited stock, we'd recommend signing up for Amazon's 30 day free trial of Prime, which will get you access to deals 30 minutes before everyone else. Plus, you'll get free next-day delivery with the Prime trial, as well as access to Prime Instant Video and more.

Sign up for Prime now to take advantage of the Black Friday action.

Beyond Amazon, here are a few of the best places to check for Black Friday bargains - many of which will have deals live now:

The best tablet deals today

1. Samsung Galaxy Book 10.6

From: Samsung

Was: £649

Now: £499  (£150 off)

Save £150 on Samsung's 10in Galaxy Book productivity tablet.

2. iPad mini 4 Wi-Fi 128GB Space Grey

From: Amazon

Was: £419

Now: £365  (£54 off)

Amazon is selling the iPad mini 4 way cheaper than Apple itself right now.

3. Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1in 4G

From: Samsung

Was: £279

Now: £229  (£50 off)

Save £50 on the Samsung Tab A, a good Android alternative to an iPad.