Telstra's New Budget Smartphones Are Actually Alcatels

Image: Telstra

Telstra has just launched three new pre-paid smartphone offerings that sit in a price bracket that won't make your eyes bleed: The Alcatel 1X, Telstra Superior and Telstra Essential Plus.

And if you were wondering what a Telstra branded phone actually is — same. So we found out.

As it turns out, they're actually just renamed Alcatels. The Essential Plus is basically the Alcatel 1, and the Superior is the Alcatel 3V.

While the hardware is no different to the original Alcatels, the software for these Telstra branded phones have been developed to work optimally on the Telstra network.

These are the specs you're looking at:


Telstra Essential Plus/Alcatel 1

Image: Alcatel
  • 6-inch 18:9 2K display
  • 1.45GHz Quad Core
  • Android Oreo 8.0 OS
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB storage
  • 5MP front/dual 12MP and 2MP rear cameras
  • 3,000mAh battery
  • 4G

Price: $99


Telstra Superior/Alcatel 3V

Image: Alcatel
  • 6-inch 18:9 2K display
  • 1.45GHz Quad Core
  • Android Oreo 8.0 OS
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB storage
  • 5MP front/dual 12MP and 2MP rear cameras
  • 3,000mAh battery
  • 4G

Price: $199


Alcatel 1X

Image: Alcatel
  • 5.3-inch 18:9 FWVGA+ display
  • 1.3GHz Quad Core
  • Android GO OS
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16GB storage
  • 5MP front/8MP rear cameras
  • 2,460mAh battery
  • 4G

Price: $129


The devices are also launching alongside Telstra's new Pre-Paid Extra offer — this allows customers to save up to 50GB of unused data when they recharge $30 or more before expiry.

Telstra is also offering a 5GB Data Bank bonus on their first three $30 or above recharges when they recharge before 3 September 2018.

All three phones will be available in Telstra stores and online from August to September. However, you will also be able to buy them outright elsewhere for the same price. You just won't be able to get the Telstra-optimised versions.

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