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Telstra Superior review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

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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

6 inches

Display size

16GB

Internal storage

12MP + 2MP

Rear camera

3,000 mAh

Battery size

Finder rated as Average vs similar phones

Details

Display

Display Size
6 inches
Pixels per inch (PPI)
402.5 ppi

Camera

Rear camera megapixels
12MP + 2MP
Rear camera aperture size
f/2.2 + f/2.4
Video recording
1080p
Front camera megapixels
5MP

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
162mm x 76mm x 8.05mm
Weight
169g

Connectivity

NFC
Yes
Wi-Fi
802.11 b/g/n
Network category speed
N/A

Power, storage and battery

Processor
MT8735A
RAM
2GB
Operating system
Android 8
Internal storage
16GB
External storage support
Up to 128GB
Battery capacity
3,000mAh

Device features

Headphone jack
Yes
Fingerprint sensor
Yes
Water resistance rating
N/A
Wireless charging
No
Launch price (RRP)$199
Launch date2018-08
Telstra Superior

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

Compare SIM-only plans for the Telstra Superior


Specifications

Display

Display Size
6 inches
Pixels per inch (PPI)
402.5 ppi

Camera

Rear camera megapixels
12MP + 2MP
Rear camera aperture size
f/2.2 + f/2.4
Video recording
1080p
Front camera megapixels
5MP

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
162mm x 76mm x 8.05mm
Weight
169g

Connectivity

NFC
Yes
Wi-Fi
802.11 b/g/n
Network category speed
N/A

Power, storage and battery

Processor
MT8735A
RAM
2GB
Operating system
Android 8
Internal storage
16GB
External storage support
Up to 128GB
Battery capacity
3,000mAh

Device features

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

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2 Comments

  1. Default Gravatar
    Brian
    January 13, 2019

    I would like to know how to extend the ring to this phone please

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      John
      January 15, 2019

      Hi Brian,

      Thank you for reaching out to finder.

      To extend the ring time, enter the following sequence on your mobile phone:

      **61*101** (number of seconds: 15, 20, 25 or 30) #.
      Then press the call/send button.

      Hope this helps!

      Cheers,
      Reggie

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