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Sony's Xperia 10 is just $169 unlocked for Black Friday

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All kinds of smartphones are on sale this Black Friday, from the cheapest budget models to the priciest flagships. And I'll level with you — the Sony Xperia 10 is not the cream of the midrange crop, nor is it worth the $349 that it normally costs. But at 50% off from B&H Photo right now, well, Sony's modest handset just became a whole lot more attractive.

Yes, B&H has the 6-inch Sony Xperia 10 for $169 on Black Friday. That's half the device's normal $349 asking price, and honestly, the perfect amount to spend on this phone.

Sony Xperia 10 smartphone: was $349 now $169 at B&H
The Xperia 10 offers a bright 6-inch LCD display with a unique 21:9 aspect ratio and a top-notch aluminum design. This unlocked model works on all GSM networks and even Verizon on the CDMA side, and is an attractive deal at 50% off for Black Friday.View Deal

The Xperia 10 comes unlocked, so you can use it on GSM-based networks, like T-Mobile or AT&T, though it's also been cleared to work on Verizon, too. With a unique 21:9 aspect ratio, the bright, full HD+ LCD panel on this Sony phone is well suited for reading content and multitasking. And with an all-aluminum chassis, it's quite well-built for a cheap handset, too.

So what's the catch? Subpar performance and battery life held it back, as we noted in our Xperia 10 review. The user experience and longevity on a charge simply paled in comparison to similarly-priced offerings from Motorola, Google and Nokia, and such faults are inexcusable at the cheap-but-not-too-cheap price point of $349.

Knock that down to $169, though, and we're talking a whole different ballgame. Even despite its flaws, you won't find another sub-$200 unlocked phone that is appreciably better than the Xperia 10 across the board. And that simple fact earns B&H's proposition a spot on our budget phone deal short list.

However, the Xperia 10 is certainly not the only smartphone going for a lot less this weekend, so be sure to keep a close watch on our Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals hubs for the latest and greatest savings out there.

  • Amazon: New holiday deals every hour
  • Walmart: Best deals you can get now
  • Best Buy: Shop holiday deals now 
  • Dell: Save up to 40% on XPS, monitors, desktops
  • Newegg: Sales on components, graphics cards, SSDs 
  • Mixbook: 45% off sitewide via "BF19" 
  • Lenovo: Up to 56% off ThinkPads 
  • HP: Up to 63% off Envy, Spectre, and more laptops
  • Alienware: Up to $550 off Alienware gaming desktops and laptops
  • B&H Photo: Up to $500 off Canon, Nikon, and more
  • Adidas: Up to 50% off select apparel
  • Chewy: Up to 60% off pet food and toys; BOGO select items  
  • Xfinity: $150 Prepaid Visa card with Internet + TV bundles
  • Verizon: Free phone and 50% off activation fee when purchased online
  • Microsoft: $500 off Surface Book 2 
  • Purple: Up to $400 off Purple mattresses