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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 

Adam Ismail is a staff writer at Jalopnik and previously worked on Tom's Guide covering smartphones, car tech and gaming. His love for all things mobile began with the original Motorola Droid; since then he’s owned a variety of Android and iOS-powered handsets, refusing to stay loyal to one platform. His work has also appeared on Digital Trends and GTPlanet. When he’s not fiddling with the latest devices, he’s at an indie pop show, recording a podcast or playing Sega Dreamcast.