Brits to buy 1 million tablets this Christmas, Currys predicts

Brits will splash out on over 1 million tablets this Christmas, according to the retailer, with the iPad Air and Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 sure to be popular.

Brits will splash out on over 1 million tablets this Christmas, according to Currys and PC World. The Dixons-owned retailers reckon the iPad Air and Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 will sell like warm mince pies -- especially with its festive cashback deals.

The gadget warehouses are offering up to £50 cashback on any iPad , Android slate, Amazon Kindle Fire or Chromebook laptop . The offer lasts until 4 December -- that's next Wednesday, so get a move on.

The amount you save depends on how much the gadget costs. Up to £130 you get a tenner back, up to £200 you get £20, up to £300 you get £30 and more than £300 bags you £50 -- unless it's an iPad.

Buy an Apple tablet from either store and if it's up to £300 (ie, last year's iPad mini), you get £20 back. Between £300 and £500 you get £30, and more than £500 (the bigger storage iPads, some of the ones with 4G) you receive a tasty £50 in your back pocket.

Tablets are replacing laptops as many peoples' home computer, Currys says, with 40 per cent of the company's Web traffic now from phones and tablets. Other gadgets expected to be popular this year include kitchen devices like juicers, and headphones.

This weekend is expected to be especially busy, as UK retailers match offers from US companies, who do much of their Christmas promotional efforts this weekend (and a very happy Thanksgiving to all our American readers). Tomorrow is called 'Black Friday' across the pond, while Monday is 'Cyber Monday', with both the cause for special offers and discounts.

Is a new tablet on your Christmas list? Are you plumping for Apple's new retina iPad mini , or a classy Android slate like the new Nexus 7 ? Write Santa a letter down in the comments, or over on our festive Facebook page.


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