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The best 5G phones in Australia
The future is calling.
We've completely overhauled our best picks for 5G phones in Australia, thanks to new releases from Apple, Google, Oppo and more.
- : Best 5G iPhone
- : Best 5G Samsung
- : Best 5G Pixel
- : Best 5G phone on a budget
Telstra, Optus, and Vodafone have all kicked off their 5G rollouts across Australia. While Optus and Telstra have made significant progress already, Vodafone's rollout will hit its stride mid-2020. Widespread 5G in on the horizon. It's still a ways off, but it's coming, and many cities already have limited access to the super-fast mobile network.
It's not quite time to put all your chips on 5G, but those expecting coverage might be considering their next smartphone upgrade. Even if you struggle to get a 5G signal at your address, 5G phones will revert to regular 4G coverage, where the reception isn't strong enough. So you're free to upgrade and future-proof your handset even if the next-gen network is still a pipedream in your area.
Here are the most popular 5G phones already available in Australia through every telco.
The most popular 5G phones in Australia
So we know what’s popular, but what’s really the best 5G model for you? We’ve compared all the 5G phones from across the biggest names in tech and narrowed it down to not just the top 10 devices overall, but the best 5G iPhone, Samsung and Pixel.
iPhone 12 Pro Max
Best 5G iPhone
At $1,849, it’s certainly not an entry-level price tag, but you get what you pay for - a big, beautiful 6.7-inch OLED screen, Apple’s best-ever smartphone camera setup, good battery life and that all-important 5G connectivity.
Otherwise, you can save some cash if you’re willing to sacrifice a bit of screen size and battery life with the iPhone 12 Pro, which you can grab from $1,649 at Kogan.
Check out iPhone 12 Pro Max plans below.
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G
Best 5G Samsung
The S20 FE 5G (wow, that’s a lot of letters) comes in six fun colours, rocks three rear camera lenses and one in front, 6GB RAM, 128GB storage, a silky smooth 120Hz screen and, of course, 5G capability. All for under a grand. We’re sold.
Prefer to buy your device on a plan? Check out the most popular Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G plans.
Google Pixel 4a 5G
Best 5G Google Pixel
We were big fans of the Pixel 4a, and its 5G upgrade only has more to love. Don’t get us wrong, we love the Pixel 5, but for $200 less, we’d happily take the Google Pixel 4a 5G. This pocket-sized powerhouse retails for just $799, making it one of the most affordable 5G-enabled phones on the market.
In a market flooded with three and four-lens rear snappers, the Pixel 4a 5G’s dual setup might sound a bit disappointing, but its non-5G variant managed to take some incredible photos with just one lens, so the 5G version will produce even better pics.
If you’re looking for the best 5G phone under $800, this is absolutely it. It’s not currently available on any plans, but you can always grab it for $789 from Kogan and pair it with a big-value SIM-only plan.
iPhone 12 mini
This year’s return to a smaller form factor is quite a controversial one, but we’re here for a pocket-friendly device that doesn’t compromise on the specs, and the iPhone 12 Mini is just that, with the same state-of-the-art A14 chip as its Pro cousins.
Here are the most popular iPhone 12 Mini plans.
Oppo Find X2 Pro
There’s 5G too (of course!) and, as we’ve come to expect from Oppo, a killer tri-lens camera set-up that takes a leaf out of Apple and Google’s book with some smart post-processing software that takes snaps to the next level.
Check out Oppo Find X2 Pro plans below, or catch it from $749 on Kogan.
ASUS ROG Phone 3
For one, with a 6,000mAh, this beast will keep you going all day, and probably all day tomorrow, too. Its camera, while not the best we’ve ever seen, is a massive improvement on its predecessor and takes some really nice shots. Oh, and with 512GB storage, you can pack it chock-full of photos, apps, games and more.
Google Pixel 5
While we think the Pixel 4a 5G is the best value overall, in addition to the above, the Pixel 5 also comes with an extra 2GB RAM and a 90Hz screen refresh rate, which might just be enough to justify the extra $200.
It’s available outright for $1345 at Kogan, or you can score it on one of the plans below - some of which come with added goodies.
OnePlus 8 Pro
This 5G-enabled smartphone has been dubbed the ‘flagship killer’ thanks to its out-of-this-world 120Hz display, snappy performance, IP68 water and dustproof rating, and sleek styling.
As you’d expect from a device not technically on sale in the country, there are no telcos currently offering plans, but you can get it outright from $1,661 at Amazon.
Samsung Galaxy Note20
It’s got the amazing camera we’ve come to expect from Samsung, incredible battery life and three years of guaranteed software updates, so it’s sure to keep you going for at least a few years.
For those who want to buy the Note20 outright, Kogan is slinging it for just under $1,320, otherwise, you can check out the best plans below.
Oppo Reno4 Z 5G
This affordable device packs some seriously big specs into something that costs less than half of the most expensive smartphones on our list. There’s 5G (obviously), an impressive 120Hz screen, a staggering six cameras (four rear, two selfie) and fantastic battery life with 18W fast charging.
If you want your Oppo Reno 4Z 5G on a plan, currently, Woolworths Mobile (which runs on Telstra’s network) is your only option - see popular plans below. Otherwise, you can purchase it outright through Kogan for $599.
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