5G is officially live in Australia — albeit it in very limited areas. Telstra’s 5G network has been switched on in selected locations in all major cities, while Optus has began offering its own 5G home broadband services to eligible customers along with a selection of phones. Vodafone is trailing behind, having only launched its own network to the public in early 2020.
If you’re lucky enough to live or work in a 5G-enabled area, you’re probably eager to give the next-generation mobile technology a good try. However, your existing smartphone, tablet, or broadband device won’t be able to support the frequencies that 5G runs on; instead, you’ll need to upgrade to a 5G-capable model.
Luckily, there are many 5G smartphones and Wi-Fi devices available to buy, which are typically available on 5G phone plans from Telstra, Optus and Vodafone, along with Woolworths Mobile, Southern Phone and TeleChoice (although without 5G network access). The following 5G phones and devices are currently available in Australia (note: some devices may be missing):
- Samsung Galaxy S21 5G series
- iPhone 12 5G series
- Google Pixel 5 5G
- OPPO A54 5G & OPPO A74 5G
- Motorola Moto G 5G
- Realme 7 5G
- Nokia 8.3 5G
- Vivo X50 Pro 5G
- Samsung Galaxy Note 20 5G & Note 20 Ultra 5G
- Samsung Galaxy S20 5G, S20+ 5G & S20 Ultra 5G
- Samsung Galaxy A32 5G, A52 5G and A72 5G
- OPPO Find X3 Pro 5G, Find X3 Neo 5G & Find X3 Lite 5G
- OPPO Find X2 Pro 5G, OPPO Find X2 Neo 5G & OPPO Find X2 Lite 5G
- Telstra 5G WiFi Pro (Telstra)
- Optus 5G broadband hub from Nokia
Samsung was one of the first manufacturers to offer 5G phones. With it’s 2020 S20 Galaxy phones, Samsung offered the devices as both 4G and 5G versions, with 4G devices saving you a bit on your plan fees, however with the 2021 release of the Galaxy S21 series, all three devices were released as 5G phones with no 4G variant. OPPO and other manufacturers also released 5G phones starting in 2019 and carrying on into 2021, while Apple and Google both introduced their first 5G-compatible phones in the second half of 2020.
To start using the Telstra, Optus or Vodafone 5G networks, you’ll need to pick up a 5G-compatible phone. Read on for more info on some of the most popular 5G-capable phones on the market, including pricing and plans.
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5G Phones in Australia
Not sure which 5G phone is right for you? Below you’ll find more details 5G smartphones from the following manufacturers:
- Apple 5G iPhones
- Samsung 5G smartphones
- OPPO 5G smartphones
- Google 5G smartphones
- 5G phones from other manufacturers
In this guide we’ll also cover:
Apple iPhone 5G phones
It’s been a long time coming, but Apple has finally launched its range of 5G-compatible iPhones. In fact, the tech giant has decided to make its entire iPhone 12 range 5G compatible, which means that you’ll get access to 5G connectivity no matter if you choose the cheapest or the most premium of the iPhone 12 series. There are four devices to choose from: the iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max.
The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini have many of the same features, including dual 12-megapixel wide angle and ultra wide cameras with 2x zoom, a 12-megapixel TrueDepth camera with Portrait Mode, along with the A14 Bionic Chip and MagSafe and QI wireless charging. While both devices have a Super Retina XDR display, the iPhone 12 Mini is 5.4 inches, while the iPhone 12 is 6.1 inches. Battery capacity is also slightly different: the 12 Mini has up to 15 hours video playback, while the 12 has slightly more battery capacity with up to 17 hours video playback. Both devices come in the same range of colours and 64GB, 128GB, 256GB storage sizes.
While the iPhone 12 and its mini counterpart have plenty of quality features included, if you do want a more premium 5G iPhone experience, the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max might be what you’re after. There are similar features to the 12, including the powerful A14 Bionic Chip, the MagSafe and QI wireless charging, as well as the same front-facing 12-megapixel TrueDepth camera with Portrait Mode. The rear camera setup is the big difference, with both devices including a triple 12-megapixel wide angle, ultra wide and telephoto cameras.
Both devices come in the same four colours as well as 128GB, 256GB, 512GB storage sizes. The iPhone 12 Pro has a 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR display, while the larger iPhone 12 Pro Max has a 6.7-inch Super Retina XDR display. As for battery capacity, the 12 Pro offers the same 17 hours of video playback, while the 12 Pro Max is up to 20 hours video playback. The iPhone 12 Pro Max also has some improvements with its rear camera setup, thanks to its 87% improvement in low-light conditions, plus it has up to 5x optical zoom, compared to the 4x optical zoom of the 12 Pro.
Samsung 5G smartphones
Samsung was the first smartphone manufacturer to release a 5G phone in Australia with the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G. And 2020 saw a big step forward with the release of even more 5G-compatible Galaxy devices across a wide range of price points. If you’re looking for a 5G Samsung phone, you won’t be limited to selecting a more expensive, premium device.
The Samsung Galaxy S21 series, released early in 2021, adopted 5G across all of its models. Samsung’s other phones released in 2020, such as the Galaxy Z Fold2 and the Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra, have 5G variants. As for more affordable 5G devices, Samsung has the Galaxy A71 5G as part of the more budget-friendly Galaxy A series of phones.
If you’re looking at the Galaxy S21 phones, each of these devices comes in a different size — the S21 is 6.2 inches, the S20+ is 6.7 and the S20 Ultra is up at 6.8 inches. All three use a Dynamic AMOLED display, include a 64-bit Octa-Core processor and run on Android 11. The S21 and S21+ come in 128GB and 256GB, while the S21 Ultra comes in 256GB or 512GB.
For a bigger screen, the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 5G phones offer some upgrades to the S20 series from 2020. The Galaxy Note 20 5G features a 6.7-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, 256GB of storage, a 4,300mAh battery with PowerShare, and an Exynos 990 Octa-Core processor. You’ll also get a triple rear camera setup (64MP, 12MP, 12MP), plus a 10-megapixel camera in front. If you’re looking the Note 20 Ultra, you’ll get a 6.9-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X display, 256GB or 512GB storage (512GB device available with 5G compatibility only), a 4,500 mAh battery with PowerShare, and an Exynos 990 Octa-Core processor. You’ll also get a quad-rear camera setup (108MP, 13MP, 12MP, laser auto focus) plus a 10MP front-facing ‘hole punch’ camera.
As for the Galaxy A72 5G phone, it includes a 6.7 inch Infinity-O Super FHD+ AMOLED Plus display, Octa-Core processor, 8GB of RAM and your choice of 128GB or 256GB storage capacity (plus expandable Micro SD memory up to 1TB) and a 5,000 mAh battery. As for cameras, you’ll get a quad rear-camera setup (64MP, 8MP, 12MP, 5MP) and a 32MP front-facing camera.
Many of the above listed devices are available from a range of providers including Telstra, Optus, Vodafone and Woolworths Mobile. While Woolworths Mobile has 5G Samsung devices available on a plan, you won’t be able to access the Telstra 5G network (Woolworths Mobile operates on the Telstra 3G/4G network) with your plan. Telstra, Optus and Vodafone are all rolling out their own 5G mobile networks, with availability and coverage varying between telcos.
Samsung Galaxy S21 Plans
The following table shows selected published 24-month plans for the Samsung Galaxy S21 5G on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Use our tool for mobile phone plan comparison to see a wider range of plans from other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.
Samsung Galaxy S21+ Plans
The following table shows selected published 24-month plans for the Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Use our tool for mobile phone plan comparison to see a wider range of plans from other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra Plans
The following table shows selected published 24-month plans for the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Use our tool for mobile phone plan comparison to see a wider range of plans from other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.
OPPO 5G smartphones
OPPO doesn’t release as many phones as Samsung, but 5G has been a bit of a priority since 2019. If you’re after a 5G OPPO phone, there are a few to choose from, including the OPPO Find X3 Neo, Find X3 Lite and the Find X3 Pro, along with the more recent devices in the A series, the A54 and the A74, which are also some of the cheapest 5G phones on the market. Not all of these devices are typically stocked by the telcos, so you may need to buy your device outright.
The OPPO Find X3 Pro is one of the more recent OPPO devices to include 5G connectivity. The Find X2 Pro has a 6.7-inch curved OLED display, 12GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage, a 4,500 mAh battery and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor. As for cameras, you’ll have a triple rear-camera setup (50MP, 13MP, 50MP, 3MP) along with a 32MP front-facing camera.
The following table shows a selection of published 24-month 512GB OPPO Find X2 Pro 5G plans from Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of advertised standard cost, lowest to highest, then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Compare mobile plans from a wider range of offers from other providers using our comparison tool. This is a selection of products which may contain links to a referral partner.
Google 5G smartphones
Google is one of the latest smartphone manufacturers to release its first 5G devices. The Google Pixel 5 and Google Pixel 4a 5G are the first 5G Google phones and were released late in 2020. While the Google Pixel 5 is now available from retailers with a RRP of $999 AUD, and it’s also available on a plan from select telcos, the Pixel 4a 5G is set to be released in November 2020, however it does have similar specs to the Pixel 5. If you’re interested in a 5G Google phone, the Pixel 5 includes a 5.96 inch FHD+ Flexible OLED display, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G with Octa-Core processor, 4,080mAh battery and wireless charging. You’ll also get a 8MP front-facing camera and a dual-rear camera setup with a 12MP and 16MP ultra-wide camera.
The following table shows a selection of published 24-month Google Pixel 5 plans from Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of advertised standard cost, lowest to highest, then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Use our phone plan comparison tool to see a wider range of plans from other providers. This is a selection of products which may contain links to a referral partner.
5G smartphones from other manufacturers
Apple, Samsung, OPPO and Google might be the biggest names when it comes to 5G-compatible phones, but there are plenty of other manufacturers also coming out with their own 5G-compatible smartphones. LG was one of the earlier manufacturers to release a 5G phone in 2019 with its LG V50 ThinQ 5G phone, while 2020 saw the company release the 5G-compatible LG Velvet at the outright price point of $899 AUD RRP, however LG has decided to pull the plug on smartphones so these devices will soon be unavailable. Motorola has its Motorola Edge, which is available to buy outright from retailers at the RRP of $999 AUD and the more affordable Moto G 5G for $499 AUD RRP.
Nokia has also joined the 5G phone game with its first ever 5G device, the Nokia 8.3 5G. This particular device has been designed with longevity in mind and is compatible with a wide spectrum of 5G networks, so you’d be able to use it in various countries with 5G networks. Huawei, while one of the bigger known manufacturers has perhaps dropped in popularity due to the lack of integrated Google apps, but it too has released a 5G phone with the Huawei P40 Pro+ now available in Australia. Some perhaps lesser-known smartphone manufacturers have also released 5G devices that are available in Australia including Vivo and Xiaomi.
No matter your price point or preferred manufacturer, the good news is that as mobile technology improves, more smartphone companies are releasing 5G-compatible devices, so there are plenty of options to choose from if you’re looking for a new 5G smartphone.
The following devices are older 5G devices which are no longer available from telcos:
Telstra 5G Phone Plans
Below are the month-to-month Telstra Upfront plans you can pair with the any of the above 5G devices, not including your device payment. These are published plans from Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of monthly cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Use our comparison tool for mobile phone plans to see offers from other mobile providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.
Optus 5G Phone Plans
Optus is continually rolling out its 5G mobile network with many sites live in capital cities and more populated areas such as the Central Coast of NSW. If you want a 5G phone plan from Optus, the telco currently does not charge extra on its postpaid phone plans for 5G access. The telco is also the first to offer access to its 5G mobile network to smaller providers that currently offer plans on the Optus network.
Below are the month-to-month Optus postpaid plans you can pair with eligible 5G devices, not including your device payment. These are published plans from Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of monthly cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Use our mobile phone plan comparison tool to see offers from a larger range of mobile providers.
Telstra 5G Wi-Fi Pro hub
Telstra first launched its 5G home internet offerings with a HTC 5G Hub, however in 2020, the telco released its newest 5G device, the mmWave-ready 5G Wi-Fi Pro. This hub has been designed for use with Telstra’s 5G mobile broadband plans to deliver you 5G and 4GX networks at your home, plus, it will be compatible with the next upgrade of 5G technology with its mmWave support.
The Telstra 5G Wi-Fi Pro is available to order from Telstra on two-year mobile broadband device payment plans at $49.91 per month over 12 months or $24.95 per month over 24 months. This excludes the cost of your mobile broadband plan — how much you pay each month depends on which plan your choose to bundle with.
Below are the month-to-month Telstra mobile broadband plans you can pair with the 5G Wi-Fi Pro, not including your device payment. These are published plans from Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of monthly cost, from the lowest to highest. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.
Telstra Mobile Broadband Plans
The following table shows a selection of published Telstra mobile broadband plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest. This is a selection of products with links to referral partners.
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Using Telstra’s 5G network
Right now, Telstra’s 5G network is free to use on the telco’s Medium, Large and Extra Large postpaid phone plans with an accompanying 5G-compatible device. If you’re on a Small Telstra plan, you’ll need to upgrade to a larger tier to access 5G on your smartphone.
The same applies to 5G home broadband customers using the 5G Wi-Fi Pro. 5G is included free on Medium and Large mobile broadband plans, but not available to Small and Extra Small customers: again, you’ll need to upgrade your plan in order to use Telstra’s 5G network.
Once you’re up and running on Telstra 5G, you can expect speeds significantly faster than the telco’s current 4G network. We’ve personally seen speed test results of more than 1,000 megabits per second with the 2019 released Samsung Galaxy S10 5G in Sydney, and Telstra has reported up to 1,900 megabits per second with the OPPO Reno 5G in 2019.
If you do fall under Telstra’s 5G umbrella, expect a serious boost in speeds and reduction in lag when using your 5G device. If you’re still waiting on 5G — as most of us are — you can still use any of the above devices on Telstra’s fast and efficient 4G and 4GX network, which is available across Australia.
Optus 5G home broadband
Optus had initially set its 5G sites live in very selected locations, and launched the first Australian 5G home broadband plan – although customers had to have a compatible Optus device, the Nokia FastMile 5G modem. Currently, the telco is rolling out 5G broadband into selected areas, with eligible residents now able to enjoy unlimited 5G broadband for just $75 per month.
The following table shows selected published Optus 5G home broadband plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest.
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Optus 5G Home Broadband (24 months)
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During Optus’ initial invite-only 5G rollout, the plan was available in limited suburbs, including Glendenning, Minchinberry, Niagara Park and Bonnyrigg in NSW, as well as Cook in the ACT and Kenmore in Queensland. Since then, Optus announced that its 5G network is now live in limited areas of Auchenflower, Castle Hill, Kallangur, Kenmore Hills, Kingsford, Macquarie Park, Rosebud, and Strathpine.
You can check your suburb on Optus’ website to determine if your address is 5G-ready. Optus has confirmed plans to send over 1,200 5G sites live in 2020 – but for now, you may need to be patient if you’re outside of a 5G-covered area.
Optus’ 5G broadband plans include the new Nokia FastMile 5G modem, plus the Optus 50Mbps Satisfaction Guarantee. If you’re not happy with your plan speed or 5G signal, and you’re not regularly achieving speeds of 50Mbps or faster, Optus will cancel your service and waive all cancellation fees.
If you want to explore more phone plan options while 5G rolls out across Australia, Canstar Blue allow you compare mobile phone plans from over 30 providers to help you find the best mobile phone plan for you.