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The best smartphone sales in Australia 2020: find the top EOFY deals

EOFY 2020: mobile phones
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1. Best EOFY tech deals
2. Best EOFY laptop deals
3. Best EOFY 4K TV discounts
4. Best EOFY Dell Australia deals
5. Lenovo EOFY sales
6. Amazon Mid-Year tech deals
7. eBay Plus Month tech deals

UPDATE: Huawei has a terrific EOFY deal on the Huawei P40 Pro, shaving AU$200 off the device's RRP – details can be found below. 

Australians love smartphones, but it's no secret that new handsets can be pretty expensive, particularly during trying times such as these. With brands like Apple and Samsung now happy to exceed the $1,500 mark (or in the case of Apple, the $2,000 mark) for their top models, it's important to keep an eye out for a good deal. With that in mind, we're here to let you know about the best smartphone sales as they occur.

Of course, you don't always have to pay the full ticketed price – with the Australian business year coming to a close, there are bound to be some fantastic end of financial year (EOFY) sales offering discounted prices on the best phones of 2020.

That said, purchasing a new smartphone, even a discounted one, will still set you back a fair chunk of change. That's why it's important to find the right phone for your everyday needs.

Whether you're looking for a mid-range handset or a more premium model, we'll be here this EOFY 2020 to track down the very best discounted options for you. Keep an eye on this page over the next week, because we're expecting to see some great sales in the lead up to June 1. 

Want to score a great laptop deal or other tech bargain? Check out our other EOFY 2020 deals roundups below.

Best EOFY 2020 smartphone sales

Huawei P40 Pro (256GB) | AU$1,399 (RRP AU$1,599; save AU$200) 

Sporting a class-leading quad camera array that boasts 50MP f/1.9 primary and 40MP f/1.8 ultra-wide cameras, along with a 12MP telephoto lens and time-of-flight (ToF) sensor, Huawei P40 Pro sets the standard when it comes to smartphone photography. Powered by Huawei's Kirin 990 5G chipset, the P40 Pro also offers excellent performance and access to Australia's 5G networks. Thanks to this terrific EOFY promotion, the Huawei P40 Pro can be yours in either Deep Sea Blue or Silver Frost for just AU$1,399 – that's a discount of AU$200 from the phone's RRP. View Deal

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus (256GB) | AU$1,279 (RRP AU$1,699; save AU$420)

If you're keen on laying your hands on arguably the best Android smartphone there is, then this is your chance to save a couple of hundred dollars. Amazon has slashed the price of the Note 10 Plus by 20%. With 256GB of onboard storage, a 4,300mAh battery, brilliant camera array and features catered towards productivity, this is one heck of a buy at this price. Available in Aura Glow and Aura Black colour options.View Deal

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus (128GB) | from AU$999 (RRP AU$1,299; save up to AU$300)

Amazon has knocked down the price of the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus, bringing it just shy of the AU$1,000 mark. It has a wonderful 6.4-inch display, and a triple lens camera array on the back. And while Samsung has released a newer line of flagships, we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the S10 Plus. Discount available in the Prism Black or Prism White colour options.View Deal

Last year's EOFY smartphone sales

Last year, we found numerous great deals on some of 2018 and 2019's best smartphones. This year, we hope to find just as many bargains in an effort to help people through this trying time. Below, you'll find some of the best sales we uncovered during last end of financial year.

EXPIRED: Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (international version) - 128GB (Midnight Black) | $911 (usually $1,499 for the Australian version)

Last year, you were able to get a stunning Galaxy Note 9 without paying the full Australian retail price. Amazon Australia sold the international version of the handset in Midnight Black for only $911. Worth noting: the listing stated that it's only covered by a 12-month warranty.

EXPIRED: Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (international version) - 128GB (Ocean Blue) | $899.99 (usually $1,499 RRP for the Australian version)

Just like the previous deal, Amazon Australia was selling the international version of the handset in Ocean Blue for only $899.99. Worth noting: the listing also stated that it was only covered by a 12-month warranty.

EXPIRED: Samsung Galaxy S10e - 128GB (Prism Green) | $899 (save $300 off $1,199 RRP)

Amazon Australia had an excellent deal on the 128GB Samsung Galaxy S10e in Prism Green, with the handset priced at only $899 - that's $300 less than the RRP at the time. And, as this was an Australian Model, it also came with a 2-year warranty.

EXPIRED: Samsung Galaxy S10e - 128GB (Prism Black) | $899 (save $300 off $1,199 RRP)

The same brilliant deal was also available for the 128GB Samsung Galaxy S10e in Prism Black, with Amazon pricing the device at only $899 - that's $300 less than the RRP at the time. Like the handset above, this was an Australian Model, meaning it also came with a 2-year warranty. 

EXPIRED: Samsung Galaxy S10e - 128GB (Prism White) | $899 (save $300 off $1,199 RRP) 

Like with the Prism Green and Prism Black handsets above, Amazon's deal extended to the 128GB Samsung Galaxy S10e in Prism White, priced at only $899, which was $300 less than the RRP at the time. Again, this was an Australian Model, so it came with a 2-year warranty. 

EXPIRED: Google Pixel 3 (International version) - 64GB (Just Black) | $1,044 (usually $1,514 for the Australian version)

A phone that took fantastic photos, this Google Pixel 3 deal was a real bargain at the time. Becextech had an excellent deal on the 64GB black model that brought the price down from the usual AU price of $1,514 to just $1,044 – that was a saving of 31%!

Features to look for in EOFY phone sales

1. Operating system (OS)

The first big thing you'll need to decide is whether you're after an Android handset, or would prefer to hitch your wagon to Apple's iOS ecosystem. 

There are a huge number of Android handsets on offer from several major manufacturers, which all generally have their own strengths (and occasional weaknesses). That means there's a lot more choice for those who want to embrace the customisation and freedom that Google's mobile OS is known for.

On the other hand, Apple's iPhones, while more closed-off in nature, are excellent options for those who prioritise predictability and want to ensure they get the latest OS updates as as soon as they're available. They're also ideal for those who already own Mac computers and subscribe to Apple's various services.

3. Technical specifications

Depending on how much you're willing to spend, Android phones offer varying degrees of performance, with top handsets like Samsung's Galaxy S20 and Apple's iPhone 11 offering plenty of grunt under the hood thanks to their top-of-the-line specs.

When purchasing a new handset, it's important to find out if its chipset is powerful enough to handle your daily tasks. At present, the Snapdragon 865 chipset is what you'll find in most top Android models, barring those from Samsung, which use the Korean company's own Exynos chips in Australia. You’ll find that, among the Snapdragon and Exynos chip families, the more powerful the processor, the higher the model number.

Apple's iPhones, on the other hand, often pack a similar amount of horsepower depending on which generation of device they belong to. Apple's own A13 Bionic chip powers its most recent iPhone 11 and iPhone SE models, which should guarantee terrific performance for at least a couple of years. After that, you may start to notice some slowdown.

4. Storage

Most manufactures will offer their handsets with various amounts of onboard storage. Depending on what you want to do with your phone, you'll want to settle on a storage size that's right for you. Smartphone storage can range anywhere from 16GB to 1TB, though you can expect the price to rise significantly as that number gets larger. Many Android phones will offer expandable storage via microSD card slot, meaning you can add more capacity should you ever need it.

5. Display

Without question, the best kind of display you can get is an OLED, as it offers deep blacks and individually-lit pixels, allowing for always-on-displays that consume very little battery due the majority of the screen being off. They're also incredibly vibrant, with vivid, organic colours that really bring videos and games to life.

Various types of OLED displays are featured in most top models, including the Samsung Galaxy S20, iPhone 11, Huawei P30 Pro, Google Pixel 4 and more. Some of the more affordable options, however, still opt for LCD displays, and while they aren't quite as impressive when it comes to vibrancy and contrast, they do tend to offer excellent brightness.