Telstra Tough Max: Compare prices, specifications and availability

Telstra's Tough Max offers robust construction with the advantage of access to Telstra's full 4GX network.

Telstra Tough Max at a glance

When does the Telstra Tough Max come out? You can pick it up right now as a Telstra exclusive – just in case the name didn't give it away.
What's new about the Telstra Tough Max? In addition to being ruggedized and water resistant, it's also Blue Tick compliant, meaning Telstra recommends it for regional and rural areas.
How much does the Telstra Tough Max cost? On plan from Telstra, you can get it for as little as $62 a month

What is the Telstra Tough Max?

The Telstra Tough Max, which is also called the ZTE T84, is a 4.7-inch Android smartphone that's been designed to take a licking and keep on kicking.

It's ruggedized so you can feel a bit more confident taking it with you into the great outdoor or work site. This includes an IP67 rating to keep it dust and water resistant and a Gorilla Glass 3 scratch-resistant screen.

It's a Telstra exclusive, made by the Chinese manufacturer ZTE, which Telstra specifically targets towards rural and regional users who may need a phone that's both rugged and able to connect to Telstra's 4GX network thanks to its Blue Tick compatibility.

Is the Telstra Tough Max powerful?

The Tough Max is a little more powerful than you might think. While the lower screen res (720p) might lead you to expect something underpowered, the Tough Max actually packs in a Qualcomm Quad Core 1.2GHz GPU.

The Tough Max is backed up by the phone's Category 4 LTE modem, which means you'll get good speeds across the Telstra 4GX network. It even has the Telstra Blue Tick to say it's recommended for regional and rural areas.

Does the Telstra Tough Max have a good camera?

Again, surprisingly (within its price range) yes! The rear camera is 13 megapixels with an LED flash and the front camera runs to 5 megapixels. That's not premium quality, but it should be solid for selfies and video chats. And while the 16GB of internal memory might not dazzle, the Tough Max can take up to 32GB of external storage.

How do I charge the Telstra Tough Max?

No need for anything too special cable-wise with the Telstra Tough Max. The Tough Max charges via a standard Micro USB port. However, the phone is also compliant with the Qi standard of wireless charging, so you can grab the optional extra charging pad and never need to plug in again.

Is the Telstra Tough Max water resistant?

It sure is. As we noted before, the Tough Max is rated to IP67 as part of its ruggedization. That means that it is completely sealed against dust and can cope with being submerged in a metre of water for up to 30 minutes. However, that doesn't mean that this is recommended. It does mean the occasional splash, rainfall or accidental toilet trip isn't going to faze the Telstra Tough Max.

When will the Telstra Tough Max be available in Australia?

Right now! It's a Telstra exclusive phone as if the name didn't make that explicit.

How much does the Telstra Tough Max cost?

Telstra only makes the Tough Max available on Telstra contract plans, so your purchase price depends on what you're looking for in terms of data and contract. The table above outlines the currently available deals for the Tough Max, but it's priced in a way that doesn't add all that much to Telstra's plan pricing. Most plan tiers offer the phone with no additional handset repayments at all.

Telstra Tough Max Specifications

Product Name
Telstra Tough Max
Display Size
720 x 1280
Qualcomm 1.2GHz Snapdragon quad core CPU
16GB plus up to 32GB via microSD
Operating System
Android 5.0.2
Front camera
Rear camera
142.9 x 71.9 x 12mm
Available on contract

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