It was not too long ago that bagging yourself a 5G phone would cost you thousands of dollars. Now, however, you can find plenty of mid-range phones and some budget ones that support 5G. As the next generation of wireless cellular technology, 5G is undeniably better, offering plenty of benefits.
With a 5G-enabled phone, you can enjoy incredible download and upload speeds, less traffic congestion, and more simultaneous connections. Not all phones support 5G just yet. But we now have a lot more options than before, and the list is only getting longer as mobile manufacturers rush to catch up and adopt the technology.
If you are looking for the cheapest 5G-enabled phones in Australia, here’s a rundown of the best ones we’ve seen so far.
Apple iPhone 12 5G
If you are looking for a cheap 5G phone in the Apple ecosystem, the iPhone 12 5G is worth considering. Apple wasn’t quick to jump into the dual-sim bandwagon. But it did eventually start releasing dual-sim iPhones, first among them being the iPhone XS and XS Max.
We are glad that they did, as the company introduced a very fresh and unique take to dual sims. The iPhone 12 features a dual sim with a nano-sim and an e-sim. The e-sim lets you activate a cellular plan from a carrier without having to a physical nano-sim.
Aside from its dual capabilities, this phone features an attractive design, excellent cameras, full 5G connectivity, and outstanding performance. The display is an attractive 6.1-inch OLED screen. Prices start at A$869 for 64Gb of storage.
Apple iPhone 12 Mini 5G
There’s isn’t much to be said about the iPhone 12 Mini has an exceptional design. Nevertheless, it packs some incredible improvements underneath. The iPhone 12 mini has a 5.4-inch display that is noticeably brighter.
You can enjoy smoother movement thanks to its Pro-Motion technology, which delivers a higher refresh rate. It is powered by Apple’s much faster A14 Bionic chip, and so you should have no problem gaming or multitasking.
In the camera department, the iPhone 12 mini-packs the main camera set up, including wide and ultra-wide lenses. All four cameras are 12MP with either f/1.6 (wide), or f/2.4 (ultrawide) apertures. You can bag yourself one starting from around A$699.
Samsung Galaxy S21
The Galaxy S21 comes with a few downgrades to make room for a small price drop. But that doesn’t make the phone any less incredible. The design philosophy is strikingly similar to that of the Galaxy S20.
It sports a 6.2-inch AMOLED display complete with a neat punch-hole selfie camera. However, Samsung did away with the traditional curved display in favour of flat edges. Samsung didn’t make any camera upgrades, so it’s just as excellent as that of the Galaxy S20, perhaps better since the software was upgraded.
You’ll find the same triple rear camera configuration comprising a 12MP main camera, 12MP ultra-wide, and 64MP telephoto capable of a 3x hybrid optical zoom. The Galaxy S21 comes with either Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 or Samsung’s own Exynos 2100.
Galaxy Z Fold 3
The Galaxy Z Fold 3 is Samsung’s third-generation flagship foldable, and it sure does give new meaning to the term “the third time’s the charm.” It has a wedge-shaped, book-style, vertically folding form factor.
The external display is a 6.2-inch HD+ Dynamic AMOLED screen that is un-foldable to form a 7.6-inch QXGA+ AMOLED internal display. Under the hood, you will find a Snapdragon 888 chip running the show backed by 12GB of RAM.
It packs a 4,500mAH battery and a triple rear camera system made up of a 12MP f/1.8 main camera, a 12MP f/2.2 ultrawide camera, and a 12MP f/2.4 telephoto camera capable of 2x optical zoom. Compared to its predecessors, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 comes with quite a bit of improvement. The phone costs A$1,699 for a 256GB variant.
Think it’s pricey? Well, it’s worth considering that the Galaxy 2-Fold 3 is about A$500 cheaper than its predecessor, the Galaxy Z Fold 2.
Google Pixel 6 Pro 5G
Among the latest phone releases, this year is the Google Pixel 6 Pro. Launched on October 28th, 2021, Google’s latest handset raises the bar, especially in the camera department. It has a curved display and glass back in three bold colour choices: cloudy white, stormy black, and sorta sunny.
The camera’s design language is truly unique, comprising of a 50MP wide lens, a 12MP ultrawide lens, and a 48MP telephoto shooter. The camera band is horizontal, spanning the entire width of the phone. For the selfie camera, you get an 11.1 MP lens.
It runs Google’s very own Tensor chip, which is plenty powerful, offering advanced on-device artificial intelligence and machine learning capabilities.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip
The biggest thing about the Samsung Galaxy z Flip at first glance is obviously its clamshell-style form factor. Samsung addressed the durability and design concerns of its predecessor. The phone can collapse in half vertically, transforming into a compact device that easily fits in your pocket.
On the front, you will find a 1.1-inch Super AMOLED display which unfortunately doesn’t offer much information. But unfolded, the phone sports a 6.7-inch Super AMOLED display with a layer of ultra-thin glass for an extra level of polish.
For the camera, we get two 12MP lenses, one with an ƒ/1.8 regular wide lens and the other with ƒ/2.2 ultra-wide optics. They do quite well in decent lighting and offer excellent contrast and color. For those who crave foldable tech, this is the phone for you.
As 5G deployment increases, 5G-enabled phones are becoming a must-have. Yes, you don’t have to grab one at the moment, as coverage is still limited. But if you peg yourself as an early adopter, it is worth getting one, and above we’ve provided the list to get you started.