This week’s cheap phones: The magnificent 7

Brodie Fogg 18 January 2017 NEWS

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7 is the luckiest number this month with sales on the iPhone 7 and Galaxy S7 Edge.

Every week, finder searches for the best smartphone bargains in Australia. This month. Kogan and DWI's Back to School sales bring the goods with discounts on the Apple iPhone 7 32GB, Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and Sony Xperia XA.

iPhone-7-front-look-image-179x340Apple iPhone 7 32GB $915

The Apple iPhone 7 had an interesting 2016. Despite initial controversy regarding the lack of a headphone jack, punters still swarmed to pick up Apple's latest when it first released back in September. That could have something to do with the fact that Apple's wireless Airpods are actually a pretty impressive piece of tech or even the backing of everyone's favourite moustachioed plumber.

Maybe it's just that Apple are still masters at manufacturing superbly crafted smartphones. The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus were two of finder's top reviewed phones of 2016.

CP-S7-EDGESamsung Galaxy S7 Edge $799

Its cheaper S7 sibling is perpetually on sale but it's not often we see typically pricey S7 Edge at nearly the same price. Despite the S7 Edge's curved sides being a neat innovation, many agree the asking price was a bit much at launch.

Of course, the S7 Edge isn't just a pretty face. It also packs a powerful Exynos 8890 chipset, standout battery life and a responsive camera that will make even the most inexperienced photographers feel like a real Tracey Moffat. For more details, check our review.

DWI is currently selling the S7 Edge at $799, $450 cheaper than Samsung's official price tag.

DWI: $799

xperia-xaSony Xperia XA $275

Last August, Sony launched its new X range. While its new vibrant range didn't necessarily intend to replace the current Z lineup, both the X Performance, Xperia X and cheaper XA have more or less taken the spotlight over at Sony.

The Xperia XA, if not a little expensive at launch, offers a very tidy Android experience, a comfortable 5-inch screen and a great camera for the price. If you're a PlayStation fan not looking to get tied up with the Nintendo Switch, you can also play console games through the Xperia range using remote play.

The XA usually sells for around $499 but DWI is offering it up for just $275, about 45% cheaper than the original asking price. As a wise socialite once said, that's hot.

DWI: $275

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