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 can be expensive given their capabilities rarely match those of a PC or Mac.

Some are cheaper though, and tablets are an ideal media consumption device, especially on the go.

The good news is there are often cheap tablet deals about, and 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 if it wasn't discounted. We are poised to hand pick all the best tablet deals right here.

You also want to make sure the tablet you're buying isn't a dud - while you're safe with just about any iPad, not all Android tablets are created equal. Check out our rankings of the best tablets and best cheap tablets for inspiration and some detailed buying advice so that you know what to look for.

Best tablet deals right now

What tablet deals are available?

You occasionally see the odd bit of money off an iPad, so look at retailers like Currys PC World and Argos for those, as Apple itself doesn’t often discount its iPads. There are always iPads on its Refurbished Store all year round though of course, while official resellers like KRCS can sometimes offer more competitive prices.

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

There's of course, 2-in-1 tablet computer hybrids, such as the Microsoft Surface Pro and the Surface Go which run Windows 10. Though slightly pricey, we have an entire article dedicated to Microsoft Surface deals, which goes through the new models, accessories, usual prices, and, of course, where to find the best deals – including how to spot deals on refurbished devices and student discounts. Go to the article here.

Amazon's Fire tablets all have low prices to start with, and are criminally low when they go on sale - which is surprisingly frequently. They tend to drop from 'affordable' to 'essential' with offers across the Fire tablet range. Amazon has brought down the already-budget 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.

See our guide on the best Amazon tablet, which includes comparisons, reviews and buying advice.Tech Advisor also has a range of articles on tablets, tablet cases and related gadgets and accessories which should also help you decide.

Tablet deals for students

Another great resource to help you snag deals is Tech Advisor's Student Beans page. The Tech and Mobile section can help you save up to 25% from big brands such as Apple (10% off for students), Asus, HP, Lenovo, Logitech and many more. See all tech student deals here.

Here are a few of the best places to check for tablet bargains:

Best Tablet Deals December 2018

1. Apple iPad Mini 4 WiFi 128GB

From: Currys PC World

Was: £399

Now: £299  (£100 off)

Get the iPad Mini 4 from Currys for £100 less than the Apple Store - see our full review here.

2. Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 10.5in

From: Amazon

Was: £599

Now: £496.40  (£102.60 off)

You can get money off Samsung's latest flagship tablet from Amazon at the moment, which is the cheapest we've seen it so far. Find out more in our Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 review.

3. Apple 9.7in iPad Pro 32GB WiFi - Refurbished

From: Apple Refurbished Store

Was: £519

Now: £439  (£80 off)

This is the cheapest you'll find an iPad Pro. Apple's Refurbished Store is a great way to get iPad deals, and this is no exception.

4. Samsung Galaxy S8 with 10GB data and free Samsung Tab A 10.1in tablet

From: Virgin

Now: £0 upfront, £35 per month

This rate usually applies to 5GB of data. Virgin has a number of bundle deals with Samsung phones and tablets on now. See them all here.

5. New iPad Pro models

From: KRCS

Now: Up to £37 off

Apple's brand new iPad Pro models have up to £37 off at KRCS. This is the only place we've seen a discount on the newest iPads. Some models are currently out of stock but if you order now, you'll still be able to get the cheaper price. See our iPad Pro 12.9in review.

Click here for the best Samsung deals and Samsung voucher codes.