Best 5G phones in Australia
iPhone 12 Pro Max
Best 5G iPhone6.7-inch OLED displayTriple-lens camera
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G
Best 5G SamsungSmooth 120Hz screenSix colours available
Google Pixel 4a 5G
Best 5G Google Pixel6.2-inch OLED display3.5mm headphone jack
Oppo Reno4 Z 5G
Best budget 5G120Hz screenQuad-lens camera
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 the big three.
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
There’s no denying it, Apple makes a damn good premium device, and the iPhone 12 Pro Max is no exception. 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
There’s a reason why the Galaxy S20 FE 5G came up trumps when we pitted it against the O.G. S20 5G – it boasts all the best features, all while shaving a couple of hundred off the price. It retails for $1,149, but with Kogan’s $995 deal, it’s pretty hard to resist.
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 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
If you’re looking for the cheapest 5G iPhone, the 12 Mini is as close as you’re going to get. It certainly isn’t budget-friendly with a starting price of $1,199, but for Apple, we expected as much.
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
Oppo’s first real foray into the high-end smartphone market has been a huge success if the Find X2 Pro is anything to go by. It’s beautifully designed, 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 X2 Pro plans below, or catch it from $1,499 on Kogan ($100 less than RRP).
ASUS ROG Phone 3
It’s marketed as the ultimate gaming phone (which it is), but there’s so much more to love about the ASUS ROG Phone 3 than its incredibly speedy Snapdragon 865 chipset and whopping 12GB 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 512GB storage, you can pack it chock-full of photos, apps, games and more.
Google Pixel 5
Just because the 4a 5G is our favourite child in Google’s 5G family, that’s not to say we don’t still love the Pixel 5. It’s essentially a more grown-up 4a 5G, with a bit of extra battery life, IP68 water and dust-proofing and the availability of the oh-so-chic ‘Sorta Sage’ colour.
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 $999 at Google, or you can score it on one of the plans below – some of which come with added goodies.
OnePlus 8 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 8 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 $1,309 at Kogan.
Samsung Galaxy Note20
The Samsung Galaxy Note20 isn’t our favourite out of the tech giant’s 5G phones (see the S20 FE 5G etc. above), but it’s still a great device. The biggest selling point of the Galaxy Note series has always been that big, beautiful screen, and the Note20 certainly doesn’t disappoint.
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, Amazon is slinging it for just under $1,350, otherwise, you can check out the best plans below.
Oppo Reno 4Z 5G: Best 5G phone on a budget
If you’re simply looking for the cheapest 5G phone out there, the Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G takes the cake with prices starting from $414. However, if you’re willing to spend an extra $100-$200, you can do even better with the new Oppo Reno 4Z 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 $499.