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.
- High resolution screen for a budget phone
- Fingerprint sensor
- Dual-lens cameras
- Slow application performance
- Low battery life
- Bland design
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.
- Terribly generic design.
- Fingerprint sensor.
- Cheap plastic feel.
- Protective case included.
- Dual cameras are unusual at this price point.
- Can't access second camera except for bokeh effects.
- Simple camera app.
- Mediatek MT8735A is predictably sluggish.
- Few preinstalled apps.
- Display is very good for its price range.
- Budget for a microSD card.
- Poor battery life.
- Micro USB charging.
- Not a great handset, but appropriate for its price point.
- A good choice if you just want a big handset.
Pricing and availability
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.
- The Telstra Superior is available directly from Telstra for $199 as well as from local retailers like Target.
Telstra Superior specs
Power, storage and battery
|Display size||6 inches|
|Pixels per inch (PPI)||402.5|
|Rear camera megapixels||12MP + 2MP|
|Rear camera aperture size||f/2.2 + f/2.4|
|Front camera megapixels||5MP|
|Front camera aperture size|
|Dimensions||162mm x 76mm x 8.05mm|
|Network category speed||N/A|
|Operating system||Android 8|
|External storage support||Up to 128GB|
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