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Telstra’s new tablet range, just in time for Christmas


Posted on November 24, 2014

5 min read

The holiday season is almost upon us and that means it’s time for gift shopping. But when it comes to buying a present I often find myself walking around aimlessly from store to store thinking I never know what to get her or he’s so hard to buy for.

If you’ve ever found yourself in a similar situation, I have a gift idea that just might delight some of your hardest to shop for…


A tablet is the perfect gift because it puts all the things a person may be interested in and passionate about at their fingertips like movies, books, games, shopping, cooking – the list goes on. It’s just about picking the right tablet for the right person.

So to help guide your gift giving this holiday season, here’s a look at six new tablets set to join our range just in time for Christmas.

The Techie: Nexus 9

Nexus 9

The latest tablet in the popular Nexus range to come to Telstra and it’s Google’s sweetest release yet with Android Lollipop preloaded! It has an 8.9inch display, slim design with a soft grip back and subtle curved edges, perfect for people who love the latest technology. Available for $479RRP (Wi-Fi) on Nov 25.

The Thrill Seeker: Samsung GALAXY Tab S

Samsung GALAXY Tab S

This tablet is ideal for thrill seekers and outdoorsy types. This tablet is 4GX compatible which means in 4GX areas customers will experience faster speeds than our current 4G. The large 10.5inch screen is also remarkably bright and clear in sunlight so don’t be afraid to head outside and connect while out and about! Available for $599RRP (Wi-Fi) and $720RRP (4G enabled) on Nov 25.

The Fashionista: Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact

Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact

Perfect for a fashionista on the go because its world’s slimmest and lightest 8inch tablet. It’s also dustproof and waterproof up to 1.5 metres for up to 30 minutes in fresh water. It can fit easily into your briefcase or handbag and has a high quality 8.1MP camera and a 2.2MP front facing camera for video calling. Available for $499RRP(Wi-Fi) on Dec 9.

The Young Professional: HP 8

HP 8

The HP 8 is the first HP tablet to come join our range and I think it will appeal to a young professional who appreciates simple design. With Android, you can download Microsoft Office Mobile free from the Google Play store which means you can write and edit documents on the go. This tablet has a vibrant 8” display and the power and volume buttons are almost on the back where the sides of the tablet curve for easy access while you’re holding the device. Available for $199RRP (Wi-Fi) on Nov 25.

The Bookworm: Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

Amazon Kindle

Perfect for all the bookworms out there, it basically gives you access to a library of every book you could want or imagine, in the palm of your hand. The 6inch display features a next-gen built-in light so you can read with less eyestrain. Available for $174RRP(Wi-Fi) on Nov 25.

The Newbie: Alcatel Pixi 7

Alcatel Pixi 7

The perfect gift for under $100 this small sized tablet runs Android and offers a 7inch display, expandable memory as well as front and rear cameras. It’s ideal for someone new to tablets whether they are young or old. Available for $99RRP(Wi-Fi) on Dec 9.

How to choose the right tablet? Think about:

  • What you will use the tablet the most for – work or leisure? The Samsung GALAXY Tab S comes with great productivity features whereas Sony Xperia Z2 tablet has great entertainment features
  • Where will you use your tablet most – Indoors or outdoors? If you’re out and about most of the time then you might consider buying a mobile network connected tablet like Samsung GALAXY Tab S
  • Which operating system is best for you? Depending on what phone you have you might like to match operating systems. We have a range of iOS, Android and Windows tablets you can try in store to help make your decision
  • How big a screen DO you need? If you’re planning on spending most of your time watching videos or movies opt for a larger 10 inch screen. But if being able to connect on the go is important for web browsing or email, perhaps a more portable 7-8inch tablet is more suited for you


Telstra’s expanded tablet range can be purchased online soon, and displayed in the following stores from 25 November:

  • VIC: Chadstone, Doncaster, Eastland, Frankston, Geelong, Highpoint, Southland
  • NSW: Bondi Junction, Liverpool, Macquarie Centre, Miranda, Elizabeth St, Top Ryde, Warringah Mall.
  • TAS: Hobart
  • WA: Perth Hay St, Carousel, Karrinyup, Morley,
  • QLD: Sunshine Plaza, Toowoomba, Pacific Fair, Mt Gravatt, Loganholme, Indooroopilly

From 9 December the range will also be displayed in these additional stores:

  • VIC: Geelong CBD, Greensborough
  • NSW: Broadway, Charlestown
  • WA: Rockingham
  • QLD: Cairns Central, Robina, Clarindale
  • ACT: Canberra
  • SA: West Lakes

Not near these areas? Ring your local store for availability.

The Telstra mobile network offers 4GX in selected areas of Perth, Sydney, Darwin, Adelaide, Brisbane, Hobart and selected regional areas and is progressively rolling out to more places. In other coverage areas around Australia, you’ll automatically switch to our fastest available 4G, which is offered in all capital CBDs and associated airports, many surrounding suburban areas and in over 300 regional areas, or our 3G. Check coverage at