Huawei-made EE Kestrel announced as the UK’s most affordable 4G LTE capable smartphone
In the UK, Orange has had some experience with launching own-brand smartphones, so perhaps it’s natural then that EE would go that route sooner or later too – since EE is part Orange, part T-Mobile.
The UK’s first 4G operator, EE has now announced the Kestrel, an Android-powered smartphone made by Huawei. It will be out around the end of April, and it will be the cheapest 4G handset offered on Pay as you go. In such an arrangement, you’ll only have to pay £99.99 to get one.
Obviously though, it will also be an option with contracts, in which case it will be given to you for free if you choose a plan that costs at least £13.99 per month. For that amount, you’ll be receiving 500 minutes, unlimited texts, and 500 MB of 4G data each month. This, incidentally, is a new plan, which is being touted by EE as being its most affordable 4G plan to date. Yet there will be other, more expensive plans on offer too for pairing the Kestrel with.
The EE Kestrel comes with a 4.5-inch 540×960 touchscreen, a 5 MP rear camera with 720p HD video recording, a 1 MP front camera, a 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, microSD card support, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 150 Mbps 4G LTE, GPS, and a 2,000 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Its dimensions are 131×65.3×7.85 mm, and it weighs 145 grams.