Best Black Friday Android and Apple mobile phone deals in Australia 2021

Black Friday week's standout handsets

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Mobile phone deals are already on offer at the start of Black Friday week. Samsung smartphones feature prominently in early sales and a handful can be found already unlocked from retailers like Amazon, JB Hi-Fi and The Good Guys, with more expected to be unlocked later in the week. 

In previous Black Friday sales, we've seen entry-level deals take centre stage - phone deals from companies like Huawei and HMD Global (Nokia) enjoyed the vanguard of interest from shoppers last year. But this year, deals on entry-level phones stand side-by-side with deals on premium smartphones that were only released as recently as January 2021.

That means there's something for just about everyone in 2021. Whether you're after a do-it-all, high-end handset with a gorgeous AMOLED display like the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G, or a low-cost device like the Nokia 5.4 as a second phone for some gaming time on the couch, you've got an excellent chance of finding what you're after this year. You can read up on some of the best deals available now in our guide below. 

Google Pixel 6 (128GB)

    Credit: Google
  • From: Optus
  • Was: AU$999
  • Now: AU$849

Optus is offering AU$150 off the price of Google's new flagship smartphone when paired with one of the company's postpaid Optus Choice Plus Plans. The Google Pixel 6 has a number of improvements over it's predecessor the Google Pixel 5. Features, like a 50MP camera sensor, in-dsiplay fingerprint scanner and more powerful custom-made processor are worthy upgrades in the Pixel 6. 

See the Google Pixel 6 (128GB) at Optus. 

In Australia, the Google Pixel 6 can be purchased and paired with a post-paid plan from Optus, Telstra and Vodafone (See the widget below). 

Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G (128GB)

  • From: Amazon
  • Was: AU$649
  • Now: AU$547 (AU$102 off)
Credit: Samsung

This deal is available today only in the Amazon Black Friday sales. The Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G is built with 4 lenses which combine to make up a 64MP main camera. It also features a large 4,500mAh battery capacity and a iP67 rating for water resistance.  

See the Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G at Amazon. 

In Australia, the Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G is also available to purchase from the major carriers Optus, Vodafone and Telstra and can be paired with a post-paid plan from these carriers (see the widget below). 

Realme 8 5G (128GB)

    Credit: Realme
  • From: Amazon
  • Was: AU$393.57
  • Now: AU$283.81 (AU$109.76 off)

The Realme 8 is on sale for the next eight days. At less than AU$250, this deal is quite a bargain considering the Realme 8's 5G capability, large 5000mAh battery capacity, 48MP rear camera and 6.5-inch AMOLED display. 

See the Realme 8 5G at Amazon. 

In Australia,the Realme 8 5G isn't available on any pre or post-paid plans from major carriers Optus, Vodafone or Telstra, but it can be paired with a SIM-only plan (like those in the widget below).  

Xiaomi Mi 11T Pro 5G (256GB) 

  • From: Catch
  • Was: AU$1,227
  • Now: AU$979 (AU$248 off) 
Credit: Xiaomi

On sale for the next eight days only, the Xiaomi Mi 11T Pro 5G is said to be made for movie lovers. It features a large 6.67-inch WQHD+ AMOLED display with HDR10+ and a 120Hz refresh rate. It also has a fast Snapdragon 888 processor and 12GB RAM. 

See the Xiaomi Mi 11T Pro 5G at Catch. 

In Australia, the Xiaomi Mi 11T Pro 5G isn't available on any pre or post-paid plans from major carriers Optus, Vodafone or Telstra, but it can be paired with a SIM-only plan (like those in the widget below). 

Xiaomi Redmi Note 9T 5G 

  • From: Ebay
  • Was: AU399.95
  • Now: AU$297 (AU$102.95 off)
Credit: Xiaomi

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 9T 5G joins the 2021 contingent of affordable smartphones that have 48MP rear-facing cameras and large 5000mAh batteries. Its large battery means its capable of powering on for several days. This phone also has a side-mounted fingerprint sensor for the security conscious. 

See the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9T 5G at Ebay. 

In Australia, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9T 5G isn't available on any pre or post-paid plans from major carriers Optus, Vodafone or Telstra, but it can be paired with a SIM-only plan (like those in the widget below). 

Vivo Y52 5G 

    Credit: Vivo
  • From: The Good Guys 
  • Was: AU$375
  • Now: AU$245 (AU$130 off)

This deal on the Vivo Y52 5G runs until November 24. The phone sports 5G so you'll benefit from the fastest connectivity speeds currently available. It also has a 48MP rear-facing camera and large 5000mAh battery that should last for several days. 

See the Vivo Y52 5G at The Good Guys. 

In Australia, the Vivo Y52 5G isn't available on any pre or post-paid plans from major carriers Optus, Vodafone or Telstra, but it can be paired with a SIM-only plan (like those in the widget below). 

Apple iPhone 13 (128GB Midnight)

  • From: Kogan
  • Credit: Apple
  • Was: AU$1,349
  • Now: AU$1,329 ($20 off)

The Apple iPhone 13 is Apple's latest and most advanced iPhone to date. it features a Super Retina XDR OLED display that sports advanced colour accuracy. The iPhone 13 has a newly designed dual camera system that features the biggest wide camera sensor ever included in an iPhone. This sensor can capture 47 percent more light and hence more detail in images than previous iPhone generations. 

See the iPhone 13 at Kogan. 

In Australia, the Apple iPhone 13 can also be purchased and paired with post-paid plans from major carriers Optus, Telstra and Vodafone (See the widget below).

Apple iPhone 12 Mini White (128GB)

  • From: The Good Guys
  • Was: AU$1,279
  • Now: AU$948 (AU$331)
Credit: Apple

The iPhone 12 mini is a smallish phone measuring just 5.4-inches, but it carries some of the best technology Apple has to offer. It's a 5G capable phone with a gorgeous OLED display and powered by the very fast A14 Bionic chipset. The iPhone 12 Mini only has 64GB of internal storage, but if you transfer your files regularly or use the cloud, that should be no issue. 

See the Apple iPhone 12 mini (128GB) at The Good Guys.

In Australia, the 128GB Apple iPhone 12 mini is also available for purchase from major carriers Optus and Telstra and can be paired with a post-paid plan from these and other carriers (see the widget below).

Oppo Find X3 Lite

This more affordable version of the Oppo X3 Pro is now even more affordable thanks to this Black Friday deal. The Oppo X3 Pro Lite features a 6.4-inch FHD+ (2400x1080) display, with choice of 60Hz or 90Hz refresh rate. It also has a 64MP main quad rear-facing camera and 32MP front-facing selfie camera. This is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G processor and 8GB of RAM.

In Australia, the Oppo Find X3 Lite can also be purchased at Optus and paired with an Optus Choice Plus plan that includes 5G coverage (See the widget below).

Samsung Galaxy S21 5G 

    Credit: Samsung
  • From: JB Hi-Fi
  • Was: AU$1,249
  • Now: AU$849 (AU$400 off) 

Arguably Samsung's most popular smartphone for 2021, the premium Samsung Galaxy S21 5G features a 6.2-inch (2400 x 1080) display with 64MP rear-telephoto camera and 10MP front-facing camera. 

See the Samsung Galaxy S 21 5G at JB Hi-Fi.

In Australia, the starter model Samsung Galaxy S21 5G is available for purchase from major carriers Optus, Telstra and Vodafone and can be paired with a post-paid plan from these and other carriers (see the widget below).

Samsung S21 Ultra 5G (256GB) 

  • From: Amazon
  • Was: AU$1,949
  • Now: AU$1,347 (AU$600 off)
Credit: Samsung

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is leaps ahead of its predecessor the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra in terms of functionality, making it a great value all-rounder. It features a large 6.8-inch WQHD+ AMOLED display with a resolution of 3,200 x 1,440-pixels. The display can adjust its refresh rate to match what you're doing, changing between 10Hz to save battery power and 120Hz for high fidelity gaming.

See the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra at Telstra.

In Australia, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G (256GB) is also available for purchase from major carriers Optus and Vodafone and can be paired with a post-paid plan from these and other carriers (see the widget below).

Nokia 5.4 (128GB)

    Credit: HMD Global
  • From: Amazon
  • Was: AU$349
  • Now: AU$238 (AU$111 off)

HMD Global has prioritised the camera systems in the Nokia 5.4, giving the device a 48MP rear-facing quad camera with night mode, and 16MP front-facing camera. It also features a 6.39-inch HD+ punch hole display.

See the Nokia 5.4 (128GB) at Amazon. 

In Australia, the Nokia 5.4 isn't available on any pre or post-paid plans from major carriers Optus, Vodafone or Telstra, but it can be paired with a SIM-only plan (like those in the widget below). 

Samsung Galaxy S20FE 5G  Smartphone (128GB) Navy

    Credit: Samsung
  • From: Amazon
  • Was: AU$999
  • Now: AU$895 (AU$104 off) 

This Fan Edition of the Samsung Galaxy S20 sports 5G capability and comes with a vivid 6.5-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display and 120Hz refresh rate. With a snappy Snapdragon 865 processor powering the handset, it should do just about everything you need it to. It comes with a 2-year manufacturer warranty. 

See the Samsung Galaxy S20FE 5G Navy (128GB) at Amazon. 

In Australia, the Samsung Galaxy S20FE 5G (128GB) is also available for purchase from major carriers Optus, Telstra and Vodafone and can be paired with a post-paid plan from these and other carriers (see the widget below).


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