As with most other global sale events Black Friday didn't necessarily start out as such a big deal in Singapore until the world of online retail took off. Now it's one of the best chances all year to grab the latest tech at bargain prices.
Black Friday 2019 lands on November 29 and Cyber Monday is December 2, although as was the case the last few years, it's very likely that we'll see excellent sales well ahead of these dates, and even for a few days afterwards as well.
With Amazon Singapore just launching, and the likes of Microsoft, Lenovo, Harvey Norman and many other great retailers participating in the sales, there'll be plenty of chances to get your hands on discounted laptops, smartphones, game consoles, headphones and just about everything in between.
With Christmas just around the corner, Black Friday 2019 is a great chance to stock up on tech gifts, for yourself and for others, so you're sure to get them delivered in time and you won't be spending nearly as much on them either.
Here at TechRadar, we're trawling through all the latest and greatest deals online and hand-picking the cream of the crop for you. So stay tuned to this page if you want to save on big ticket tech, or check out our regular Singapore tech deals page in the meantime.
Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 (i7 / 16GB / 512GB) | SG$2,287 (was SG$3,268 – save SG$981)
Microsoft, like Lenovo, is putting on some sweet discounts for 11.11, and you can score a variety of configurations of the Surface Laptop 2 on sale right now. The largest saving comes from choosing this particular configuration, and we think it's certainly worth it – Intel Core i7 CPU with 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD makes for a very potent laptop.
Microsoft Surface Pro 6 | from SG$1,188 (save up to 35%)
For designers, creatives and anyone seeking a portable and powerful computing solution, now's your chance to get a discounted Surface Pro 6 from Microsoft. All configurations are discounted, so you can save up to SG$1,230 if you go for the top model, plus, bundling it with a Type Cover and Surface Pen discounts the whole package even further.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 2 (GTX 1650 / i5 / 8GB / 256GB) | from SG$2,338 (was SG$3,449 – save SG$1,111)
This ultra portable powerhouse from Lenovo packs some serious punch. There are four configurations for you to choose from with the base model containing an Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD, 15.6-inch display, and a dedicated Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 GPU. Lenovo's current deal saves you big on the whole range of configurations, just be sure to enter the code DOUBLE11 at checkout to get the full discount.
HP Spectre x360 13-inch 2-in-1 (i5 / 8GB / 512GB) | SG$1,999 (was SG$2,499 – save SG$500)
the HP Spectre x360 is giving Dell's XPS 13 a serious run for its money as one of TechRadar's favourite laptop lines. With a Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM, a 512GB SSD, and a 13.3-inch FHD touch display, this 2-in-1 comes packing enough to satisfy creatives and professionals alike.
Lenovo Legion Y540 15-inch gaming laptop (GTX 1660 Ti / i7 / 8GB / 256GB + 1TB) | SG$1,816 (was SG$2,299 – save SG$483)
This Legion gaming laptop should hit the spot if you're not so keen on the more business- and creative-oriented models above. It comes loaded with an impressive 1TB HDD, 256GB SSD, 8GB of RAM, a 9th-gen Intel Core i7 CPU, and a dedicated Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti GPU with 6GB of its own RAM. Use the code DOUBLE11 at checkout to knock off the extra dosh on this portable gaming beast from Lenovo's store direct.
OnePlus 7 smartphone | SG$595 (was SG$970 – save SG$194)
This flagship device from OnePlus is a real powerhouse of a handset, and is already affordable as it is, but when you knock 20% off from Banggood, and then another 25% with a coupon, it becomes a total catch. Featuring a 6.41-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with a waterdrop notch, a Snapdragon 855 chipset, 8GB RAM, a 3,700mAh battery, and a whopping 48MP camera array, this smartphone packs some serious specs. Be sure to use the code bgop7b8 at checkout to get the extra 25%, although you'll need an account to do this.
Sony WH-1000XM3 Noise-Cancelling headphones | SG$449 (was SG$549 – save SG$100)
This isn't the biggest saving we've seen on these cans, but they are still the best noise-cancelling headphones available right now and any discount can be worthwhile! The WH-1000XM3 are available in either black or silver from Harvey Norman Singapore.
Jaybird Tarah wireless sports in-ears | SG$89 (was SG$145 – save SG$56)
For a lightweight, yet rugged pair of wireless in-ears, Jaybird offers some of the best around, and the affordable Tarah are no exception. The IPX7 rating will protect your earbuds from sweat and rain, and a fast-charging 6-hour battery life will get your through any workout, but the best part is the uncompromising sound that you can equalise via the Jaybird app. Check them out at Amazon Singapore.
Plantronics Backbeat Fit 2100 wireless sports in-ears | SG$69 (was SG$129 – save SG$60)
For an even more affordable option than the Jaybird above, you can try out the Plantronics Backbeat Fit 2100 from Amazon for almost half price. They feature a similar IP57 weather-resistant rating and 7 hours of battery life but have an ear-tip design that allows in environmental sounds, so you can be aware while you jog or work out. They're available in Black, Blue or Grey.
Last year's Black Friday deals
So you can get an idea of what top tech items went on sale last year and how much for, we've put together a list of some of the best bargains from Black Friday 2018.
It's fair to say that many of these products, categories and brands will see similar savings this year so if you've got your eye on a Surface product from Mirosoft, for instance, there's a good chance you'll find on this Black Friday.
Surface Pro Core i5 / 256GB / 8GB | S$1,388 (save S$400)
This is the lowest price we've seen on a Surface Pro for quite some time and is the cheapest way to get into Microsoft's glorious 2-in-1. With a 7th-gen Intel Core i5, 256GB SSD and 8GB of RAM, this machine packs plenty of punch in a portable package.
Surface Pro Core i7 / 512GB / 16GB | S$2,388 (save S$800)
When the other two Surface Pro options aren't enough in the way of storage or RAM, this model doubles both, bringing them up to 512GB of SSD storage and 16GB of RAM. Considering what this typically costs, this is the best value option if you're looking for a Surface Pro as your main on-the-go workstation.
Ultimate Ears MegaBoom Bluetooth Speaker | S$199 (save S$200)
From the kings of durable and portable bluetooth speakers comes the MegaBoom, and Harvey Norman currently has it less than half price for Black Friday!
Asus ZenBook Flip UX370 13-inch 2-in-1 | S$1,736 (save S$462)
Somewhere between 2-in-1 and convertible ultrabook, this ZenBook Flip comes with an 8th-gen Intel Core i5 CPU, 512GB PCIe SSD, 16GB RAM, and other premium features like Harman Kardon audio and USB-C connectivity.View Deal
Philips 50-inch Ultra Slim 4K HDR LED Smart TV | S$1,278 (save S$521)
Featuring the Philips P5 engine to bring vivid detail and depth to your picture, this 4K HDR Smart TV is sure to be the star of your living room. Intelligent features such as a built-in Google Assistant and Ambilight LED technology make for a TV that adapts to your needs.View Deal
The history of Black Friday sales
While it originated in the US, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are a huge deal in Singapore, with the shopping craze slowly starting to build as the online retail world heats up.
The tradition of sales on Black Friday began in the ‘60s, when American retailers used to mark profits and losses in their ledgers in black and red ink respectively. Before the Christmas season kicked off, retailers tried to turn year-long losses into black-marked profits, thus kicking off the largest and most popular shopping trend of the year.
A single day that brings with it massive savings means that it’s also famous for shoppers battling one another, with each Black Friday bringing a new bunch of YouTube clips showing people fighting over flat-screen TVs.
But gone are the days of Black Friday doorbuster sales; while many retailers offer discounts in store, the culture of online shopping has caught up, meaning shoppers can beat the crowds and browse the bargains from home or, if the boss isn’t looking, from work.
What’s the difference between Black Friday and Cyber Monday?
Originally Cyber Monday wasn't connected to the Black Friday sales and was introduced as recently as 2005. It was the day – after the spending spree of Black Friday had settled down – that people went, “Yikes! It’s nearly Christmas and I haven’t bought presents yet!”
Cyber Monday was launched as the day online retailers offered big savings to holiday shoppers. Where Black Friday focused mostly on consumer electronics, Cyber Monday catered to things like clothing and accessories.
But now there’s barely any difference to spot between the two. What is often advertised as a Black Friday sale starts well before the actual day arrives, then rolls over into Cyber Monday and, very often, beyond. The two sales have merged into what could be described as "Black Friday and Cyber Monday and the Week Before and After".
Why Black Friday and Cyber Monday matter
Black Friday and Cyber Monday have changed the way we shop in the run-up to Christmas, and they’ve had a massive effect on the retail industry, especially online.
For the shoppers, the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales frenzy means a whole week or more of what appear to be good deals, but if you aren’t too careful, you could end up going overboard.
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If you’re savvy, though, and take advantage of TechRadar's Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals monitoring, you really can save a lot of money on some of the hottest tech in town.
Black Friday 2019 FAQ: what it is, when it happens and where to get the best deals
Are Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales held in Singapore?
Most definitely. Black Friday may have started off as an American tradition, but it's become increasingly popular in Singapore over the last five years or so, with major retailers like Harvey Norman and Microsoft offering big bargains on a wide variety of products, with the sale usually extending well beyond Cyber Monday.
What and when is Black Friday?
Black Friday is the Friday immediately after Thanksgiving in the US. It’s the day when retailers offer big discounts to kick-start the holiday shopping season. Black Friday 2018 will be Friday, 23 November.
What and when is Cyber Monday?
Cyber Monday is the Monday immediately after Black Friday. Cyber Monday 2018 will be on Monday, 26 November.
What is Black Friday deals week?
It’s the week that includes Black Friday. Retailers are increasingly offering deals before and after Black Friday itself in an attempt to stand out from the crowd.
Are Black Friday deals real?
Yes, although in some cases the discounts have been negotiated well in advance with suppliers. As with any sales, you’ll see a mix of genuine bargains, discounted end-of-line stock and mysterious things found in the back of a warehouse somewhere.
Where can I find the best Black Friday deals?
Right here on TechRadar of course! We scour all the top retailers’ Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals so that you don’t have to – and we tell you whether the deals are worth getting excited about too. Whether it’s a 4K HDR OLED TV or an Xbox One controller, if it’s discounted we’ll have the details here.
How do I get the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2018 deals?
Know what you want, know what you can afford to spend and know the market: you’ll often spot retailers charging higher than usual prices in October so they can offer amazing discounts on Black Friday. Pay particular attention to real prices, not RRPs: TVs are particularly bad for this, with sets whose RRP is eleventy billion dollars routinely selling for a few hundred dollars.
It’s also a very good idea to be flexible: for example, if you fancy a Sony 4K TV then think about the features you want rather than a specific model number: the BRV123ABD54-88C-9218-B may not be discounted on Black Friday, but an almost identical set with the specification you want probably will be.
Can I get cashback on Black Friday deals?
Sometimes, yes. Your credit card may offer cashback on purchases, and some big brands often offer cashback even when you purchase from a retailer.
How can I stay safe on Black Friday?
Black Friday brings out the scammers as well as the sellers, so be wary of unsolicited emails or links to deals on social media, no matter how legitimate they look: anything asking for card details or login details may be a scam. Phishing sites do big business on Black Friday, so be extra suspicious – and if you’re on a PC, make sure your security software is up to date. Many security suites automatically block known scam sites.