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Telstra's new smartphone toughs it out at twice the Max

Telstra's Tough Max 2 knows that when the going gets tough, the tough get going with the extra durability, water resistance, Blue Tick, wireless charging and more that the Tough Max 2 offers.

My name is Telstra Tough Max 2, smartphone designed for those that need extra durability, true friend of tradies, construction works, miners, farmers, outdoor adventure enthusiasts and even everyday consumers.

Son of the original Tough Max, loyal servant of its impending new owners. I will have my vengeance against accidental damage of all kinds, in this life and the next, by preventing it from happening in the first place.

Ok, ok, so perhaps Maximus Decimus Meridius and his adventures were hundreds or even thousands of years before smartphones were invented, which actually might have helped ol' Maximus get through to his loyal legions and defeat the evil Emperor Commodus Aurelius, but here in 2018, we can rustle up some examples and happily crow that things truly are different. 

What we have now is Telstra's second-generation Tough Max product, the Tough Max 2, and via its upgrades, it has definitely seen a promotion in skills and capabilities.

It is equipped with Gorilla Glass for screen protection, it has an IP67 Rating making it water and dust resistant, and thus fresh water resistant up to one metre for up to 30 mins, and of course, a rubber casing to help protect against bumps and knocks.

On top of that is the essential Blue Tick rating, ensuring better 4GX range and reception in rural and regional areas, while an RF port, which is for use with compatible external antennas that are sold separately), can ensure your Blue Tick has even more ticker to connect to "Australia’s largest mobile network".

David Hunt, head of Post-Paid Mobiles Consumer at Telstra, said, “Approximately 70% of damage issues reported to the Telstra Tech Bars in 2017 were a result of drops or bumps.

“We know that phone durability and breakages are a pain-point, not only for tradies but for many smartphone users, so Telstra has worked together with ZTE to produce the Telstra Tough Max 2 and hopefully provide a solution for those customers looking for a hard wearing phone.”

So, what are the other improvements that Telstra's Tough Max 2 delivers on its previous iteration?

  • There is a new, larger five-inch screen
  • 16MP rear and 8MP front facing camera
  • 32GB of internal storage up from 16GB
  • A rear fingerprint scanner for fast access
  • Qi Wireless Charging (Qi chargers sold separately)
  • A large 3000mAh battery
  • Quick Charge 2.0 enabled
  • Android Nougat 7
  • Tri-programmable “Super Key” (short press, long press, double press) 

Available now at Telstra and JB Hi-Fi on a range of plans, Telstra has chosen to highlight its $79 per month Go Mobile Plus plan.

We're told that "customers who take up the $79/mth Go Mobile Plus plan can benefit from no additional phone repayments, a 12-month subscription for a Foxtel Now Starter Pack (valued at up to $420), choosing from Pop, Drama, Docos, Kids, and Lifestyle options (minimum cost $1896 for 24 months)."

More plans and pricing information is here.


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Alex Zaharov-Reutt

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