Telstra 5G Wi-Fi Pro review
- mmWave compatible for future use
- Good 5G throughput on existing networks
- Decent battery life even with multiple tethered devices
- UI isn't as good as the HTC 5G Hub
Telstra announced its new 5G network in 2019 with a single 5G-capable handset and a single 5G-capable mobile Wi-Fi hotspot, the intriguing HTC 5G Hub. Almost a year later, it's released its second hotspot, replacing the 5G Hub with the Telstra 5G Wi-Fi Pro. It's the telco's first mmWave-compatible 5G hotspot, which is nicely forwards looking even though right now what it's rolling out is purely sub-6Ghz 5G networking technology.
- Large for a hotspot
- inbuilt ethernet port
- Good indoor and outdoor 5G performance
- can't test mmWave immediately
- limited UI
- 4,500mAh battery good for up to 9 hours
- depending on usage
- Good throughput and future proofing, but not inexpensive and less flexible than its predecessor
Should you buy it?
The Telstra 5G Wi-Fi Pro is an interesting device. While it didn't quite hit the gigabit wireless 5G world for me in my own testing, there's certainly plenty of speed here to be grabbed to cover most people's downstream usage habits, and the promise of mmWave compatibility means it could be much faster once actual mmWave networks roll out.
However, what Telstra's doing right now is selling it on the promise of its existing 5G networks, and that's where you have to weigh up its value proposition. It's not an inexpensive device in its own right, and of course you've got to also factor in ongoing 5G data costs as well. Depending on your plan choice, simple access to Telstra's 5G networks may cost you more after June this year, let alone however much data you slurp down on it.
The simpler UI of the Telstra 5G Wi-Fi Pro does let it get on with the job of just being a Wi-Fi hotspot, but if you've used the HTC 5G Hub with its Android interface, it's also a much less flexible unit in terms of configuration, which feels like a backwards step.
Pricing and availability
The Telstra 5G Wi-Fi Pro sells in Australia for $599 outright, or on payment terms over 24 or 36 months. There's not much of a discount for taking the 24 or 36 month term; you're just stretching out the cost over that timeframe.
You'll also need to pair it up with a compatible Telstra 5G Mobile Broadband Plan.
Where to buy
AC, 4500mAH inbuilt battery
Removeable 4500mAH, QC3.0 and PD2.0 quick charge
Active: Up to 9 hours
Standby: Up to 400 hours
5G (sub 6GHz (n78) n5/n7, mmW: n258), 4G LTE (1/3/7/8/28 Cat 20) UMTS (1/5)
Simultaneous Dual Band Wi-Fi (Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ax 2.4 GHz, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/n/ac/ax 5 GHz)
OS 9 or later
Android 4.1 or later
We've put Telstra's 5G network to the test across multiple states to separate the speed hype from the somewhat more variable reality.Read more…
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