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Telstra Essential Plus review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

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As a rebadged Alcatel handset, the Telstra Essential Plus isn't fancy, but it's also cheaper than many of the carrier's plans. If all you need is simple smartphone operation, it's an easy recommendation.

  • It's very cheap
  • 4G capable
  • Android Oreo Go
  • Blue Tick certified
  • It would only go fast if you dropped it off a cliff
  • Battery life isn't great
  • Generic design

5 inches

Display size

8GB

Internal storage

5 MP

Rear camera

2,000 mAh

Battery size

Finder rated as Average vs similar phones

Details

Display

Display Size
5 inches
Pixels per inch (PPI)
214.66 ppi

Camera

Rear camera megapixels
5MP
Video recording
1080p
Front camera megapixels
2MP

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
138mm x 65.7mm x 9.8mm
Weight
134g

Connectivity

NFC
No
Wi-Fi
802.11 b/g/n
Network category speed
N/A

Power, storage and battery

Processor
MT6739
RAM
1GB
Operating system
Android 8
Internal storage
8GB
External storage support
Up to 32GB
Battery capacity
2,000mAh

Device features

Headphone jack
Yes
Fingerprint sensor
No
Water resistance rating
N/A
Wireless charging
No
Launch price (RRP)$99
Launch date2018-08
Telstra Essential Plus

The latest rebranded Alcatel phone to arrive with a quick coat of Telstra paint is the Telstra Essential Plus. It's a slightly reworked Alcatel 1, which means it joins the very small family of phones running Android Oreo Go here in Australia. It's also only $99 outright, which means it's extremely affordable.


Design

  • Small in the hand.
  • Feels cheap (because it is).
  • Headphone socket included!

Camera

  • A camera is present. That's about it.
  • Slow to start, slow to focus.

Performance

  • Slow application performance.
  • Android Oreo Go apps work a little better than you might think.
  • Display washes out a lot when flat on a desk.

Battery life

  • Woeful battery life.

Verdict

  • Hard to argue against the value of a $99 4G smartphone.
  • A good choice for low needs phone users.

Pricing and availability

Compare SIM-only plans for the Telstra Essential Plus


Specifications

Display

Display Size
5 inches
Pixels per inch (PPI)
214.66 ppi

Camera

Rear camera megapixels
5MP
Video recording
1080p
Front camera megapixels
2MP

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
138mm x 65.7mm x 9.8mm
Weight
134g

Connectivity

NFC
No
Wi-Fi
802.11 b/g/n
Network category speed
N/A

Power, storage and battery

Processor
MT6739
RAM
1GB
Operating system
Android 8
Internal storage
8GB
External storage support
Up to 32GB
Battery capacity
2,000mAh

Device features

Headphone jack
Yes
Fingerprint sensor
No
Water resistance rating
N/A
Wireless charging
No

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2 Comments

  1. Default Gravatar
    Kgg
    January 29, 2019

    When I am contacted by someone on contact list, number shows on screen but not name of person. How do I fix the issue?

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      Jeni
      January 30, 2019

      Hi Kgg,

      Thank you for getting in touch with finder.

      Kindly check if the person’s number is not duplicated. In addition, please check if you saved the number on the sim or on the phone then check the memory/storage you choose on your phone. If you still need technical help, you may visit the nearest Telstra shop or contact their technical support team for further assistance.

      I hope this helps.

      Thank you and have a wonderful day!

      Cheers,
      Jeni

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