The best 5G phones in Australia

The future is calling.

Best 5G iPhone
iPhone 13 Pro Max
Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max
4 out of 5 stars
4
Starts at
$1849
Processor
A15 Bionic
RAM
6GB
Resolution
Super XDR Retina
Best 5G Samsung phone
Galaxy S22 Ultra
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
4 out of 5 stars
4
Starts at
$1849
Processor
Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
RAM
12GB
Resolution
QHD
Best 5G Android phone
Google Pixel 6 Pro
Google Pixel 6 Pro
4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5
Starts at
$1299
Processor
Google Tensor
RAM
12GB
Resolution
QHD
Best cheap 5G phone
Motorola Edge 20 Fusion
Motorola Moto Edge 20 Fusion
3.8 out of 5 stars
3.75
Starts at
$449
Processor
Mediatek Dimensity 800
RAM
6GB
Resolution
FHD
Best mid-range 5G phone
Samsung Galaxy A73
Samsung Galaxy A73 5G
4 out of 5 stars
4
Starts at
$799
Processor
Snapdragon 778 5G
RAM
6GB
Resolution
FHD+
Fergus Halliday
Digital Content Editor
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April 19, 2022
6 min read

Widespread 5G connectivity in Australia is closer than you think. Telstra, Optus, and Vodafone are all well on their way when it comes to the rollout of 5G mobile networks across Australia.

Even if coverage on par with today's 4G networks is still a ways off, many Aussies already have limited access to the super-fast speeds made possible by the next-generation 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. 

Category
Product
Price [RRP]
Availability
Screen size
Refresh rate
Main camera
Rating
Icon Star Full  LightBest 5G iPhone
From
$1849
6.7-inches60Hz12MP wide lens + 12MP ultrawide + 12MP telephoto
4 out of 5 stars
4
Icon Star Full  LightBest 5G Android phone
From
$1299
6.7-inches120Hz50MP wide angle lens + 48MP telephoto lens + 12MP ultrawide lens
4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5
Icon Star Full  LightBest cheap 5G phone
From
$449
6.7-inch90Hz108MP main camera + 8MP ultra wide camera + 2MP depth sensor
3.8 out of 5 stars
3.75
Icon Star Full  LightBest 5G mid-range phone
From
$799
6.8-inches120Hz108MP wide lens + 5MP depth sensor + 12MP ultra wide camera + 5MP macro camera
4 out of 5 stars
4
Best 5G Samsung phone
From
$1849
6.8-inches120Hz12MP ultra-wide lens + 108MP wide-angle lens + 10MP telephoto lens + 10MP telephoto lens
4 out of 5 stars
4

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max

Best 5G iPhone

iPhone 13 Pro Max
iPhone 13 Pro Max
Our Rating
4 out of 5 stars
4
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
5
Design
4 out of 5 stars
4
Camera
5 out of 5 stars
5
From
$1,849
Pro Bullet Powerful camera
Pro Bullet A15 Bionic processor
Con Bullet Expensive
Con Bullet Bulky size

Pricing and availability only accurate as of last page update.

If you're in the market for the 5G iPhone in 2022 and your budget is as big as your ambitions, then Apple's iPhone 13 Pro Max is the obvious choice.

While size is the most tangible difference between the top-end of the iPhone 13 lineup and the rest, the iPhone 13 Pro Max also boasts a larger battery and a more capable camera. The difference between the performance offered by this device and the standard iPhone 13 or iPhone 13 Pro isn't huge, but if you're looking for areas where the biggest iPhone of 2021 has the edge, they're easy enough to find.

Although the iPhone 13 Pro Max doesn't quite make the most of the larger form-factor in the way that something like the Galaxy S22 Ultra or a Galaxy Note series device would, it's still the most compelling candidate for those looking for the best 5G phone that runs on iOS.

Processor
Apple A15 Bionic
Display6.7-inches, Super Retina XDR display, OLED
RAM6GB
Storage128GB
Battery4,352mAh
Rear camera12MP (f/1.5) wide lens + 12MP (f/2.8) telephoto + 12MP (f/1.8) ultrawide
Front-facing camera12MP (f/2.2)
Connectivity5G, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1
PortsLightning port
Best budget smartphones

The best cheap smartphones in Australia

Looking for a cheap phone? We've ranked the best budget smartphones available in Australia.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

Best 5G Samsung phone

Galaxy S22 Ultra
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
Our Rating
4 out of 5 stars
4
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
4
Design
5 out of 5 stars
5
Camera
4 out of 5 stars
4
From
$1,849
Pro Bullet S-Pen stylus
Pro Bullet Samsung-made display
Con Bullet Expensive
Con Bullet Camera quality can't compete with Apple or Google

Pricing and availability only accurate as of last page update.

While the Pixel 6 Pro has Samsung's latest flagship beat when it comes to delivering bang for buck, it's hard to argue that the Galaxy S22 Ultra isn't the brand's best and brightest when it comes to 5G devices.

The Galaxy S22 Ultra is a new Galaxy Note in all but name. Even if it shirks away from competing with Google and Apple when it comes to camera quality, the Galaxy S22 has both beat when it comes to catering towards power users.

A sleeker refreshed design and the return of the S-Pen stylus as an integrated accessory rather than an add-on are likely music to the ears of consumers disheartened by the recent demise of the Galaxy Note series. If this year's Samsung Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22+ seemed a little underwhelming to you, that's probably because Samsung saved their best tech for last, and specifically for the Galaxy S22 Ultra.

Processor
Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
Display6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X display HDR10
RAMStarts at 8GB
StorageStarts at 128GB
Battery5000mAh
Rear camera12MP ultra-wide lens (f/2.2) 108MP wide-angle (f/1.8) lens, 10MP (f/2.4) telephoto lens, 10MP (f/4.9) telephoto lens
Front-facing camera10-MP
ConnectivityWi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2, 5G
PortsUSB Type-C port

Google Pixel 6 Pro

Best 5G Android phone

Google Pixel 6 Pro
Google Pixel 6 Pro
Our Rating
4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
4
Design
4 out of 5 stars
4
Camera
5 out of 5 stars
5
From
$1,299
Pro Bullet Tensor processor
Pro Bullet Class leading price
Con Bullet No power adapter
Con Bullet Slippery design

Pricing and availability only accurate as of last page update.

In line with previous Google-branded smartphones, the Google Pixel 6 Pro eschews camera gimmicks in favor of more practical premium inclusions like water resistance, 5G connectivity, a 120Hz screen, additional RAM and a bigger battery.

Some might miss the convenience of facial recognition, sure, but acclimatizing back to touch ID isn’t as cumbersome as you might imagine. The Pixel 5 was our top pick for Android smartphones in 2021 and the Google Pixel 6 Pro builds on that legacy in strong fashion.

If you're in the market for an Android-based 5G phone and don't fancy paying the high price attached the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, then the Pixel 6 Pro is a more than worthy alternative. It's a phone with everything you need and an absence of the unnecessary parts that make phones expensive.

Processor
Google Tensor
Display6.7-inch AMOLED, 120Hz
RAM12GB
Storage128GB
Battery5,000mAh
Rear camera50MP (f/1.9) wide angle lens + 48MP (f/3.5) telephoto lens and 12MP (f/2.2) ultrawide lens
Front-facing camera11MP (f/2.2) wide lens
Connectivity5G, Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2
PortsUSB Type C port

Motorola Moto Edge 20 Fusion 5G

Best cheap 5G phone

Motorola Edge 20 Fusion
Motorola Edge 20 Fusion 5G
Our Rating
3.8 out of 5 stars
3.75
Performance
4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5
Camera
3 out of 5 stars
3
Design
4 out of 5 stars
4
From
$449
Pro Bullet Affordable 5G
Pro Bullet Solid battery life with fast charging
Con Bullet Chunky design
Con Bullet Camera is slow to focus

Pricing and availability only accurate as of last page update.

When it comes to this budget-friendly 5G handset, cheap doesn't have to mean compromised. Even if it's far from compact and loses some marks for iffy camera performance, Motorola's Edge 20 Fusion 5G packs in an enormous amount of bang for buck.

For an asking price of less than $500, consumers come away with 5G connectivity, a 90Hz OLED screen, a quad-lens camera and all-day battery life. While the Motorola Moto Edge 20 Fusion 5G can't compete with flagships like the iPhone 13, this more modest take on what 5G smartphones should offer (and how much they should cost) is easier to live with than you might expect.

Processor
Mediatek Dimensity 800
Display6.7-inch FHD, OLED, 90Hz, HDR10+
RAM6GB
Storage128GB
Battery5000mAh
Rear camera108-megapixel (f/1.9) main camera, 8-megapixel ultra wide (f/2.2) camera and 2-megapixel (f/2.4) depth sensor
Front-facing camera32-megapixel
ConnectivityWi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 5
PortsHeadphone jack, USB Type-C port

Samsung Galaxy A73 5G

Best mid-tier 5G phone

Samsung Galaxy A73
Samsung Galaxy A73 5G
Our Rating
4 out of 5 stars
4
Performance
3.5 out of 5 stars
3.5
Design
4 out of 5 stars
4
Camera
3.5 out of 5 stars
3.5
From
$799
Pro Bullet Gorgeous screen
Pro Bullet Long battery life
Con Bullet Iffy night mode
Con Bullet No wireless charging

Pricing and availability only accurate as of last page update.

While Samsung’s popularity in the premium range has wavered in recent years, its mid-range and budget Galaxy handsets have only become more consistent in their strengths.

Back in 2020, Reviews.org’s Joe Hanlon questioned whether the Samsung Galaxy A71 was actually the best Samsung smartphone of 2020. Our recent assessment of the Samsung Galaxy A73 5G was similarly enthusiastic.

The Galaxy A73 5G’s two-day battery life and stunning Super AMOLED display see it hold its own as an alternative to the Galaxy S21 FE, which is actually about $200 more expensive.

The quad-lens rear camera isn't going to replace your Nikon or Panasonic Lumix camera anytime soon, but smartphone photography has never been Samsung's strength to begin with. The Galaxy A73 5G makes a calculated gamble that consumers looking at a mid-tier 5G smartphone like this one care more about practical performance than pretty pictures, and it's a bet that pays off.

Processor
Snapdragon 778 5G
Display6.8-inch Super AMOLED, FHD+, 120Hz
RAM6GB
Storage128GB
Battery5000mAh
Rear camera108MP (f/1.8) wide lens, 5MP depth (f/2.2) sensor, 12MP ultra wide (f/2.4) camera and 5MP macro (f/2.4) camera
Front-facing camera32MP
ConnectivityWi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5, 5G
PortsUSB Type-C port

5G phones we also considered

Here are more 5G phones that we considered that didn't make the cut.

OnePlus 10 Pro

OnePlus 10 Pro
OnePlus 10 Pro

OnePlus haven’t officially launched down under just yet, but thanks to imports, they’ve quickly built up a large fanbase in Oz, and if you’ve never gotten your hands on one before, the OnePlus 10 Pro will quickly make a convert out of you.

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.

ASUS ROG Phone 5

Image of ASUS Rog Phone 5
ASUS ROG Phone 5

It’s marketed as the ultimate gaming phone (which it is), but there’s so much more to love about the ASUS ROG Phone 5 than its incredibly speedy Snapdragon 888 5G chipset and whopping 16GB RAM.

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 256GB storage, you can pack it chock-full of photos, apps, games and more.

The ROG Phone 5 isn’t available on any plans, and at an RRP of $1,699, it’s not cheap. However, you can get it for $916 at Kogan and chuck in a SIM-only plan.

Oppo Find X3 Pro

OPPO Find X3 Pro
Oppo Find X3 Pro

Oppo’s recent forays into the luxury smartphone market have been huge successes and the Find X3 Pro doesn't break this streak. It’s beautifully designed, armed with the latest specs, and sports one of the most spectacular displays we’ve ever seen on a phone.

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 X3 Pro plans below, or catch it from $939 on Kogan.

5G phone buying guide

What to look for when comparing 5G phones
Best 5G Phones Australia

While 5G connectivity used to be reserved for the premium end of the market, that's no longer the case.

In 2022, Aussies can pick up a 5G handset for as little as $349 outright. In some ways, that's radically changed the equation. 5G isn't necessarily going to be an extra you expect to pay a premium for, but something included as standard.

However, in other respects, the same small print that applied to early 5G handsets continues to be apply to modern ones. The first few generations of 5G handsets often included both a 4G and 5G modem. That extra hardware contributed to a shortfall in power efficiency, causing many 5G devices to drain their batteries faster than their 4G counterparts.

For that reason, those shopping for a 5G phone will want to favor more recent devices over older ones. The closer you are the cutting edge, the less impact that 5G connectivity is likely to have on overall battery life.

5G phones FAQs

Here are the most commonly asked questions about 5G phones

For most people, their location and mobile provider are going to be a much for more significant factor when it comes to 5G speeds.

Research conducted by Ookla in 2021 found that the iPhone 13 Pro Max led the pack when it came to median 5G download speeds in the United States and Canada. However, that edge in 5G speed may not necessarily hold up in Australia.

For most consumers, the difference between 4G and 5G speeds is going to be much more significant and noticeable than the different between different sub-generations of 5G devices.

Unless you have a specific business or other use case that requires 5G connectivity, it's probably not worth upgrading to a new device for 5G alone.

That said, the cost associated with 5G connectivity has fallen over the last two years such that, if you are looking to buy a new phone in Australia, making sure it has 5G is a smart way to futureproof that purchase.

Nope! While most major flagships tend to offer 5G as standard in 2022, it's far from universal.

With a few exceptions like Apple's iPhone range, most manufacturers and carriers include 5G in the branding for relevant devices. Although this makes naming conventions a little clunky, it does make it a little easier for consumers to tell whether a device has 5G without having to dig into spec sheets.

Fergus Halliday
Written by
Fergus Halliday
Fergus Halliday is a Digital Content Editor for Reviews.org who specialises in technology, entertainment, gaming and pop culture. His work has been published in Gizmodo, Kotaku, Press Start Australia, The AU Review, Screen Rant, Superjump and more. You can follow him on Twitter.

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