South Korea's Kospi reversed early losses to close up 0.46 percent at 2,557.97 as automakers notched gains: Hyundai Motor closed up 0.94 percent and Kia Motors rose 0.28 percent. Blue-chip tech stocks were mixed as investors took profits. Samsung Electronics fell 1.19 percent by the end of the session after it announced a record profit earlier this week.
Apple suppliers in Asia were in focus after the iPhone maker posted an earnings beat on Thursday. Apple, which launched iPhone X sales on Friday, also said its iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus models had "instantly" become top-selling products.
South Korea's LG Display closed flat and LG Innotek shed 0.57 percent. Taiwanese Apple suppliers, however, had a more upbeat session: Camera lens supplier Largan Precision soared 3.64 percent on the day and Hon Hai Precision Industry ended 0.44 percent higher.
Down Under, the S&P/ASX 200 rose 0.47 percent to end at 5,959.88, with mining stocks popping on the day. Rio Tinto added 1.06 percent in the session, Kingsgate soared 6.82 percent and Newcrest Mining closed up 2.45 percent.
Greater China markets were mixed. Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index was up 0.28 percent by 3:07 p.m. HK/SIN while mainland markets recorded losses: The Shanghai Composite slid 0.36 percent to close at 3,371.21 and the Shenzhen Composite lost 0.71 percent to finish the session at 1,975.92.
The Caixin services PMI for October released Friday came in at 51.2. The official metric for non-manufacturing activity had come in at 54.3.
Also of note, authorities issued draft guidelines regarding the overseas investments of Chinese companies. Those new rules will mean companies have to get approval for foreign deals conducted through their offshore subsidiaries, although other regulations were streamlined, Reuters reported.
Markets in Japan are closed for Culture Day.
U.S. stocks closed mostly higher on Thursday as investors parsed through tax reform details. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 0.35 percent, or 81.25 points, to close at 23,516.26.