Telstra Superior review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

Telstra Superior
Telstra Superior

Quick Verdict

Telstra isn't fooling anybody by calling its rebadged Alcatel 3V the Telstra Superior. It's a distinctly low-budget phone, but for what you're paying, you do get good value.

The good

  • High resolution screen for a budget phone
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Dual-lens cameras

The bad

  • Slow application performance
  • Low battery life
  • Bland design

Telstra Superior at a glance
When was the Telstra Superior released? August 2018.
What’s new about the Telstra Superior? Fingerprint sensor, dual-lens camera, Android 8.0.
How much does the Telstra Superior cost? $199.

The Telstra Superior isn't really superior to all that many phones, but at its price point, it does offer superior value.

All of Telstra's phones used to come via Chinese maker ZTE, right up until that firm found itself subject to some rather severe US trade restrictions, forcing its factory lines to shut down.

Telstra has pivoted to a new Chinese supplier for its own-brand phones in Alcatel. It has taken the Alcatel 3V as its first "Telstra branded" Alcatel handset and dubbed it the Telstra Superior. It's a low-cost prepaid handset and that raises the question as to what Telstra considers it superior to.

Design

  • Terribly generic design.
  • Fingerprint sensor.
  • Cheap plastic feel.
  • Protective case included.

Camera

  • Dual cameras are unusual at this price point.
  • Can't access second camera except for bokeh effects.
  • Simple camera app.

Performance

  • Mediatek MT8735A is predictably sluggish.
  • Few preinstalled apps.
  • Display is very good for its price range.
  • Budget for a microSD card.

Battery life

  • Poor battery life.
  • Micro USB charging.

Verdict

  • Not a great handset, but appropriate for its price point.
  • A good choice if you just want a big handset.

Pricing and availability

Telstra Superior

Big screen, small price

With its 6-inch screen and dual-lens camera, the Telstra Superior packs in plenty of value at a budget-friendly price.

Promoted
  • The Telstra Superior is available directly from Telstra for $199 as well as from local retailers like Target.
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OS Android 8
Display size (inches) 6
Display resolution (pixels) 2160 x 1080
Pixels per inch (PPI) 402.5
Processor MT8735A
Height (mm) 162
Width (mm) 76
Depth (mm) 8.05
Weight (g) 169
Battery size (mAh) 3,000
Wireless charging No
Internal storage 16GB
MicroSD expansion 128GB
Fingerprint scanner Yes
RAM 2GB
Water resistance N/A
Rear camera (1) resolution 12
Rear camera (1) aperture f/2.2
Rear camera (2) resolution 2
Rear camera (2) aperture f/2.4
Rear camera (3) resolution
Rear camera (3) aperture
Front camera (1) resolution 5
Front camera (1) aperture
Front camera (2) resolution
Front camera (2) aperture
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Network category speed N/A
NFC support Yes
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Updated December 14th, 2018
Name Product Processor type Display size Display resolution Internal storage Provider in CTA
Telstra Essential Plus
Telstra Essential Plus
MT6739
5
960 x 480
8GB
Telstra Superior
Telstra Superior
MT8735A
6
2160 x 1080
16GB
MT6750
5.3
1280 x 720
16GB

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