This week’s bargain phones: iPhone XS, Samsung Note9 and Google Pixel 2XL

Alex Kidman 23 October 2018 NEWS

Save on the iPhone XS, Pixel 2XL or Galaxy Note9 with our weekly round-up of the sharpest deals on premium smartphones.

Premium phones are the high performance sports cars of the telecommunications world, often with price tags to match. It can be pretty tough to talk a car salesperson down in a meaningful way, but shopping around for a discount smartphone is thankfully a little easier.

There's serious competition in the smartphone world to grab your buying dollar, and that means shopping around is a smart move.

Each week, we check the prices for a selection of popular handsets across a range of Australian vendors to find the best deals. This does limit your colour options as specific hues end up with price cuts or price premiums. If there's a colour listed next to a handset, it's usually because that specific hue is available at a discount, but other colours might not be.

Prices are as advertised on each vendor's website on 23 October 2018. Availability and pricing are subject to change without notice.

iPhone XS 64GB

The iPhone XS combines the power of the Apple A12 Bionic with the same powerful camera found in the larger Apple iPhone XS Max. It's not Apple's lowest cost phone this year because that's the iPhone XR, which went on pre-sale last Friday. We've gathered up the full details of all contract plans for the iPhone XR here if you're keen on that phone.

Want to learn more about the iPhone XS? We've gathered up everything you need to know about the iPhone XS, including contract plans here.

Predictably, so early in the iPhone XS's life cycle, there's not much doing in bargains just yet, with only Kogan undercutting the official price. Once you take shipping into account that might be a moot point, making Apple your best bet for getting the hue and storage size you want.

Here are the best deals this week for the iPhone XS 64GB from retailers selling to Australian customers.

Device Retailer Price Buy Now
iPhone XS 64GB Silver Kogan $1599+delivery Buy Now!
iPhone XS 64GB Space Grey The Good Guys $1,629 Buy Now!
iPhone XS 64GB Apple $1629 Buy Now!
iPhone XS 64GB Gold DWI $1676
iPhone XS 64GB Space Grey Amazon $1708.50 Buy Now!
iPhone XS 64GB Silver Expansys $1864.99

Samsung Galaxy Note9

In the big screen phone space, the Samsung Galaxy Note9 reigns supreme, although the emergence last week of Huawei's Mate 20X, with its included stylus, might give it a run for its money if we ever see a release of that phone Down Under.

If you're looking for a phone contract or more details, we've gathered everything you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy Note9 here.

The Note9 continues to enjoy some solid price competition even though it's only a few months old. Here are this week's deals on the Samsung Galaxy Note9 for you to compare:

Device Retailer Price Buy Now
Samsung Galaxy Note9 128GB Midnight Black Kogan $1249+delivery Buy Now!
Samsung Galaxy Note9 128GB Midnight Black Expansys $1249.99
Samsung Galaxy Note9 128GB Blue DWI $1282
Samsung Galaxy Note9 128GB Ocean Blue Amazon $1284.99 Buy Now!
Samsung Galaxy Note9 128GB Midnight Black The Good Guys $1,499 Buy Now!
Samsung Galaxy Note9 128GB Samsung $1,499 Buy Now!

Google Pixel 2XL

Google's replaced the Google Pixel 2XL with the new Google Pixel 3XL, but unlike most manufacturers, it's not quite game over for 2017's flagship Google phone. It's still in line to get the next version of Android ("Q") in 2019, and Google's even confirmed the new night-shooting mode will come to the Pixel 2XL's camera in due course.

If you want a clean Google experience at a fraction of the price of the Google Pixel 3XL, it could be an excellent buy.

Want to know more about the Google Pixel 2XL, including specifications and reviews? Read our complete guide here.

One catch here is that stock of the Google Pixel 2XL appears to be super-low right now, which makes sense with a new handset coming in. As such, many vendors aren't selling it at all. Kogan's got the cheapest price this week, but DWI's deal is for the 128GB model for not that much more.

Check out this week's Google Pixel 2XL deals below:

Device Retailer Price Buy Now
Google Pixel 2XL 64GB Just Black Kogan $949+delivery Buy Now!
Google Pixel 2XL 128GB Just Black DWI $1036
Google Pixel 2XL 64GB Just Black Amazon $1,099 Buy Now!

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