Amazon's new Big Smile Sale has stacks of Aussie bargains on laptops, headphones and more

And it drops the price of the first-gen Amazon Echo Show 8 to its lowest yet

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Australia's shopping calendar has got a new addition! Amazon kicked off its first ever Big Smile Sale (opens in new tab) on Sunday, April 10 and it goes on till 11:59pm AEST on Wednesday, April 13. 

Amazon isn't rebranding its Prime Day sale thankfully (so we've got an even bigger deals bonanza to look forward to in the coming months), but the Big Smile Sale is setting quite the precedent by offering the first-generation Echo Show 8 at its lowest price yet – for just AU$59! That's the RRP of the third-generation Echo Dot – you know, the one that looks like a fabric-covered puck?

So what exactly is the Amazon Big Smile Sale? The online retailer doesn't quite explain it, but we're guessing it's a teaser to what Prime Day 2022 will bring. Amazon does say it's the "inaugural" sale, so expect the Big Smile Sale to become a fixture in our sales calendar.

Unlike Prime Day, though, Big Smile Sale isn't exclusive to Prime members. Anyone can take advantage of the offers and save a packet on a wide variety of items, from clothing to tools, tech and beyond.

There are some Prime-exclusive deals though, so if you really like the price drops on those, you might want to consider signing up for a Prime membership (opens in new tab). You'll get a 30-day free trial to decide if it's for you or not, and you can cancel any time.

If you wish to continue on, it'll cost you AU$6.99 a month (or AU$59 annually) and, not only does it get you free and fast delivery on millions of items, it also includes access to Prime Video, Prime Reading, Prime Music and Prime Gaming at no extra cost.

Back to the Big Smile Sale: it's not as 'big' as Prime Day or Black Friday, with a more limited number of offers, but the discounts are really quite generous. If you're keen on picking up a few things, head on over to the Big Smile Sale page on Amazon (opens in new tab) and take a gander.

In the meantime, we've listed a few of our top picks from the sale below. As it's a multi-day sale, note that some offers will be just for a day, while others will be available for the full duration of the sale. And expect new offers to be added each day as well.

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Amazon Echo Buds | AU$169 AU$109 on Amazon (opens in new tab) (save AU$60)

Amazon finally saw fit to bring its noise-cancelling true wireless earphones, the Echo Buds, to Australia last year and, within a couple of months, dropped its price to its lowest yet (AU$99). While it's AU$10 more than the lowest price, this is still a good deal for anyone looking for true wireless 'buds that feature active noise cancellation. You'll also have Alexa at your beck and call for streaming music, getting directions, making calls and more. This option comes with a wired charging case. The Echo Buds with Wireless Charging Case (opens in new tab) is also discounted, now down to AU$129 from AU$199 (saving you AU$70) and back to its lowest price.

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Amazon Echo Show 5 | AU$129 AU$69 (opens in new tab) (save AU$60)

With a 5-inch screen and all the Alexa smarts onboard, this is the 2021 edition of Amazon's tiny smart speaker. It fits into any space and can help you control your smart home setup. If you don't have connected devices, you can still use it to watch videos, check the weather, keep up with the news and listen to music. And at AU$69 a pop, it's remarkably affordable.

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Amazon Echo Show 8 (1st gen) | AU$169 AU$59 (opens in new tab) (save AU$110)

The original middle child has seen a price drop since the latest Echo Show 10 made its debut. What was AU$229 now has an RRP of AU$169, but there's a very generous AU$110 off right now, taking the first-gen Echo Show 8 smart display to its lowest price yet and cheaper than the discounted second-gen Echo Show 5. That means the value for money here is much better as you get a bigger screen to make full use of Alexa's smarts. Available in two colour options.

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Garmin Instinct | AU$399 AU$229 (opens in new tab) (save AU$170)

The Garmin Instinct 2 has hit shelves now, so the original version gets a price drop. At AU$229, this is the lowest price we can remember seeing on the watch, and it comes with the key features you’d want including solid sports tracking, pool and open water tracking, and 16 hours of battery life in GPS mode. Discounted in light blue (opens in new tab) and light grey (opens in new tab) colours.

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Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5i | i5 / 8GB / 256GB | AU$1,399 AU$957 (opens in new tab) (save AU$442)

If you've been holding out for a laptop with some decent specs without the four-figure price tag, you're in luck. This 14-inch Lenovo houses an 11th-gen Core i5 CPU that's paired with a decent 8GB of RAM to keep things ticking along. It's an absolute steal at 32% off.

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Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Pro | i7 / 16GB / 512GB | AU$1,999 AU$1,439 (opens in new tab) (save AU$560)

Need some more grunt under the hood than what the IdeaPad can offer? Then take a gander at this 14-inch Lenovo option instead. There's a powerful 11th-gen i7 processor powering it, along with a very generous 16GB of system memory to make sure it can handle anything you throw at it. There's plenty of storage too and all for 28% off.

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HP Envy x360 | i5 / 8GB / 512GB | AU$1,899 AU$1,424 (opens in new tab) (save AU$475)

If you're an HP fan, you can't look past the Envy x360 convertible. This sleek 15-incher – in silver – is powered by Intel's 11th-generation i5 CPU and gets you plenty of storage too. There's also an Nvidia GeForce MX450 graphics chip to take care of some light gaming. And a 25% discount means you're not paying top dollar for this gorgeous machine.

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TP-Link AX1800 Wi-Fi 6 mesh router | AU$479.95 AU$379 (opens in new tab) (save AU$100.95)

This mesh system supports up to 1.8Gbps speed and promises to cover every nook and cranny of your home. You can net yourself a 2-pack for 21% off when you choose the Deco X20-DSL model. But if you want to add some smarts, then the AX1800 Deco Voice X20 3-pack (opens in new tab) option – which is perfect for bigger or multi-storied homes – comes with Alexa support for voice commands and is 25% off right now. If a 3-pack of the Deco Voice X20 is too much, then there's 24% off the single pack (opens in new tab) too, down to just AU$229 from AU$299.

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Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 | AU$599 AU$407 (opens in new tab) (save AU$192)

It's one of the best noise-cancelling over-ear headphones in the business and has dropped down to AU$330 in the past during Prime Day. But if you can't wait till the next major sale comes along, a AU$192 saving is nothing to be scoffed at. Available in only the black version at this price.

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Sennheiser HD 450 SE wireless headphones | AU$299 AU$149 (opens in new tab) (save AU$150)

Sennheiser's HD 450 Special Edition has been around for a while, but with this awesome half-price discount, you can score that clean, crisp Senny sound for less. This Amazon-exclusive version of the headphones comes with Alexa voice assistant built-in, for even more hands-free convenience.

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Sony WI-SP510 neckband in-ear headphones | AU$91 AU$59 (opens in new tab) (save AU$32)

For the sporty type, neckband in-ears offer a great form factor, saving you the worry of losing an individual bud as you can simply drape them around your neck. These Sony headphones punch considerably above their weight with their punchy, bassy sound, despite their low price – and that low price has been lowered by a generous 35%. This is a no-brainer of a deal, available in black, blue, white and a hi-vis orange.

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Philips Hue White and Colour Ambiance starter kit | AU$314 AU$209 (opens in new tab) (save AU$105)

Philips Hue is our favourite smart light maker and we can't recommend the White and Colour Ambiance starter kit highly enough. If you're yet to try out smart lights at home, grab a pack to get started. It comes with the Hue Bridge that lets you control up to 50 bulbs at once, but you can forgo the Bridge and just use Bluetooth instead. A couple of bulbs in the box completes the package. This 33% discount is only on the E27 fitting, so check your lights before you purchase.

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Braun Silk-épil 9 Skinspa SensoSmart epilator | AU$329 AU$219 (opens in new tab) (save AU$110)

Keen on silky-smooth, hair-free skin? Braun's Silk-épil epilators are some of the best in the beauty business and can keep your skin clean for up to four weeks. The more you use it, the slower the regrowth. So save yourself 33% on the ticket price and steer clear of the messy, hot wax.

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Philips Multigroom Series 7000 16-in-1 trimmer | AU$139 AU$98.10 (opens in new tab) (save AU$40.90)

This Philips trimmer keeps you well-groomed for a pretty decent price, offering really good bang for buck. There are 14 attachments in the box to take care of 16 different functions for your face and body. And at 29% off, it's got even more value, so grab it while the going's good.

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Philips Sonicare DiamondClean 9000 | AU$619 AU$389.25 (opens in new tab) (save AU$229.75)

Considering you're getting two electric toothbrushes – one in black and one in pink – this is an absolute steal. And they're no ordinary electric toothbrushes either; they're one of the best money can buy and can keep your pearly whites and gums healthy between dentist visits. So take advantage of this massive 37% discount and grab the set before the sale ends.

Sharmishta is T3 sister site TechRadar's Managing Editor for APAC, and contributes to T3 on occasion, particularly if any local Aussie product testing is needed. She's a keen photographer, managing Digital Camera World for the APAC region, and also helps produce two of Future's photography magazines in Australia. She loves trying to find ways and means to make her home (and life) smarter and, when she's got time to herself, she can usually be found with her nose buried in a good book... erm, ereader.