EE Kestrel now available in the UK with 4G LTE support, £99 price tag
Missing its initially announced release time frame of “late April” by just a bit, the EE Kestrel is now available to order. The Kestrel is made by Huawei and is EE’s first own-brand smartphone. In the past, Orange launched many such devices, and now that it’s a part of EE it makes sense that the newer brand would be on there.
EE claims that the Kestrel is the most affordable 4G-capable smartphone available in the UK, and it may just be right. On Pay as you go, you can buy the EE Kestrel for just £99 (with a £10 top-up). If you’d rather get it with a contract, you’ll need to choose a plan that costs at least £14 per month and you’ll get the phone for free.
So what exactly is it you are getting? The Kestrel comes with 4.5-inch 540×960 touchscreen, a 5 MP rear camera with LED flash and 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 133×65×7.85 mm, and it weighs 145 grams.
Clearly, the Kestrel is positioned in such a way that it should compete with the very successful Moto G, which doesn’t have 4G LTE support. So if you want a cheap but capable Android smartphone that has 4G, and don’t mind having EE as your operator – this might just be for you. If so, you can buy one from EE right now.