This week’s bargain phones: iPhone 8 Plus, Samsung Note9 and LG G7 ThinQ

Alex Kidman 20 November 2018 NEWS

Pay less for an iPhone 8 Plus, Samsung Galaxy Note9 or LG G7 ThinQ in our weekly round-up of the best offers for premium smartphones.

Christmas is fast approaching, and with it, the prospect of buying lots of pricey presents. Whether you're looking to save a few bucks to spend elsewhere or simply trying to make the most of your smartphone buying dollar, we've got you covered with the best deals on premium smartphones in Australia right now.

Every week, we scan the prices for a selection of premium handsets across a range of retailers selling to Australian consumers. We do the bargain hunting, so all you need to do is choose the phone that best suits your needs.

Buying the lowest cost version of a given handset may limit you in terms of your colour options. If we've listed a colour after a phone, the chances are it's that colour you can get at the listed price.

Prices are as advertised on each vendor's website on 20 November 2018. Availability and pricing are subject to change without notice.

iPhone 8 Plus 64GB

Apple's newest flagship is the XS/XR range, but it's kept 2017's iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus around as more "affordable" options.

The closest match to that in 2018's iPhone crop is the Apple iPhone XR:

Apple iPhone XR

Apple's more affordable flagship

The iPhone XR provides Apple's latest processor and operating system in a package that's more affordably priced than the iPhone XS Max.

  • Good battery life
  • A12 Bionic processor is still great
  • Wide choice of colours

The A11 Bionic that powers the Apple iPhone 8 Plus is still a solid contender, and it has the best battery endurance of any of Apple's 2017 models.

Want to learn more about the iPhone 8 Plus? We've gathered up everything you need to know about the iPhone 8 Plus, including contract plans here.

Apple's iPhone models tend to retain their value over time, but that's a problem if you're looking for a bargain because they're few and far between. Kogan's technically got the lowest price on an iPhone 8 Plus this week, but once you factor in shipping cost and waiting time, buying direct from Apple might be a smarter move. You should also consider the trade-offs in opting for the iPhone XR instead; while you get a faster processor and FaceID unlocking, you would also trade down from two rear lenses to just one. Still, they're very close in price, so it's well worth comparing and considering.

Here are the best deals this week for the iPhone 8 Plus 64GB from retailers selling to Australian customers.

Device Retailer Price Buy Now
iPhone 8 Plus 64GB Space Grey Kogan $1097+delivery Buy Now!
iPhone 8 Plus 64GB Apple $1149 Buy Now!
iPhone 8 Plus 64GB Space Grey The Good Guys $1149 Buy Now!
iPhone 8 Plus 64GB Gold DWI $1159
Apple iPhone 8 Plus 64GB Gold Expansys $1239.99
iPhone 8 Plus 64GB PRODUCT(RED) Amazon $1329 Buy Now!

Samsung Galaxy Note9

We're still a little while away from the formal unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy S10, and probably even further away from the foldable "Galaxy F" (or will it be "Galaxy X"?) phone, expected at some point in 2019.

That means that Samsung's current flagship remains the Samsung Galaxy Note9, a phone with an exceptional camera, great battery endurance and, of course, Samsung's exclusive S-Pen stylus.

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.

DWI has the best deal on the 128GB Samsung Galaxy Note9 this week, shaving more than $400 off the regular asking price, although that's for the Ocean Blue colour only.

Here are this week's deals on the Samsung Galaxy Note9 for you to compare:

Device Retailer Price Buy Now
Samsung Galaxy Note9 128GB Ocean Blue DWI $1069
Samsung Galaxy Note9 128GB Midnight Black Kogan $1098+delivery Buy Now!
Samsung Galaxy Note9 128GB Ocean Blue Expansys $1134.99
Samsung Galaxy Note9 128GB Midnight Black Amazon $1449 Buy Now!
Samsung Galaxy Note9 128GB Midnight Black The Good Guys $1,499 Buy Now!
Samsung Galaxy Note9 128GB Samsung $1,499 Buy Now!

LG G7 ThinQ

LG has for years produced generally good, sometimes great, phones under its G series branding, and for 2018, it's going all-in on AI optimisations, right down to including it in the brand name of its current flagship handset.

LG's struggled somewhat to have the same cachet as, say, Apple or Samsung, but it produces fine phones that can often be found at a significant discount to that of its rivals. At that point, its phones become a lot more attractive.

Keen to find out more about the LG G7 ThinQ, including specifications and our review? Read our complete guide here.

Amazon isn't often the absolute cheapest for premium phones, but the deal you can score on the 64GB LG G7 ThinQ is one of the best we've seen for a long while, given you're getting a Snapdragon 845, dual cameras and good audio quality for well under $800. Something tells us this is a deal that won't last long.

Check out this week's LG G7 ThinQ deals below:

Device Retailer Price Buy Now
LG G7 ThinQ 64GB Aurora Black Amazon $759.90 Buy Now!
LG G7 ThinQ 64GB Moroccan Blue DWI $799
LG G7 ThinQ 64GB Moroccan Blue Expansys $836.12
LG G7 ThinQ 64GB Aurora Black Kogan $839+delivery Buy Now!

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