Black Friday Shoppers Should Look For Deals On Smartphones, 4K TVs, Tablets, IHS Markit Says

When the holiday stocking-stuffing season officially kicks off this Friday, tech-savvy U.S. shoppers are in for a treat, as smartphone competitors figure to begin offering special package deals and discounts on those devices.

NOTE: To watch a brief video of Paul Gagnon, IHS Markit analyst, discussing the U.S. holiday outlook for technology-minded shoppers, click here ; http://on.ihs.com/blackfriday2016

As they head to retail outlets and shop online on Black Friday, November 25, and through the holidays, American shoppers may also want to add 4K televisions, tablets and notebook PCs to their wish lists. Due to a variety of market factors, it's a great time to shop for deals specifically on those types of electronics, according to new analysis from IHS Markit (Nasdaq: INFO), a world leader in critical information, analytics and solutions.

All eyes on Samsung

Ever since mid-October, when Samsung Electronics recalled its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones due to their overheating, competitors such as Apple, Sony, Google and LG Electronics have not yet been able to capitalize on Samsung's perceived weakness with their own offers. However, things may soon be different, bringing good tidings to smartphone shoppers, said Jusy Hong, analyst for IHS Technology.

"While the U.S. smartphone market has shown a definite stagnation for a couple of years, it promises to pick up and Black Friday may mark the start of that turnaround," Hong said.

Samsung's Note 7 incident may benefit Apple in a big way. Apple's iPhone shipments declined from 48 million in Q3 2015 to 45.5 million in the most recent quarter. However, Apple is expected to enjoy strong demand in Q4, partly making up for Samsung's missteps. The iPhone 7 Plus, the LG V20 and the Google Pixel XL are all high-end, large-screen devices that compete directly in the space vacated by the Note 7.

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