After leaking back in October, Telstra has today officially unveiled the Telstra Tough Max 2, a ruggedised phone that includes their much vaunted ‘Blue Tick’ certification and enough protection to run it through a full days work no matter what your occupation.
As usual the Telstra Tough Max 2 is a rebadged handset with ZTE again doing the work with the phone listed as a T85 on their website. The ZTE website also lists support for Qi Wireless charging for anyone looking for that wireless option.
The Tough Max 2 is available from both Telstra and JB Hi-Fi on a range of plans, with the phone coming with no additional payments for those opting for the $79/mth Go Mobile Plus and above which also includes 5GB of data. A 12-month subscription for a Foxtel Now Starter Pack which is valued at up to $420 is also included, letting you choose between Pop, Drama, Docos, Kids, and Lifestyle options.
The phone comes with Corning Gorilla Glass covering the screen, a rubber casing around the edges to protect it from knocks and bumps and an IP67 water and dust resistance rating – it can be in up to 1m of water for up to 30m – allowing for protection against the elements.
Spec wise, the phone has a 5″ HD (1280×720) resolution display while under the hood is a Qualcomm (neither Telstra nor ZTE say which) Octa-core processor, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of on-board storage which you can add to with a microSD card (up to 128GB). A 16MP rear camera and 8MP front facing camera are included as well.
Full specs include:
- 5″ HD (1280×720) resolution display with Corning Gorilla Glass
- 1.4Ghz Octa-core SoC
- 3GB RAM
- 32GB ROM with microSD Card slot up to 128GB
- 16MP PDAF Rear camera with LED Flash and 8MP Front camera
- Wi-Fi 802.11/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, A-GPS, NFC, FM Radio
- Rear Fingerprint Sensor
- Nano-SIM with Blue Tick
- 3G Network: 850/2100
- 4G Network: B1/3/7/8/28
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- 3,000mAh battery with Quick Charge 2 & QI Wireless Charging
- 146.4 × 72 × 11.9mm @ 153 grams
The inclusion of Telstra’s Blue Tick certification means that the phone is ideal for users in reginla areas, and as a bonus it also includes an external RF port for enhanced rural coverage.
The phone is available now, and you can check it out on the Telstra (or ZTE) websites