The UK's first 4G LTE provider, EE, today announced the launch of a brand new 4G handset for the entry-level segment. Dubbed Kestral, this device isn't going to go toe-to-toe with the likes of the Galaxy S5, the HTC One M8 or even last year's iPhone 5S. However, it will give budget-conscious customers a way to get onto EE's 4G network without breaking the bank.
The device runs on Qualcomm's 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 400 processor, 1 GB of RAM, and 8 GB of storage. It packs a 4.5-inch and there's also a 4.5-inch 960 x 540 LCD touchscreen panel and a 5-megapixel camera for photos. Up front you've got a 1-megapixel camera for selfies and video calling. The whole thing runs on Android 4.3, but it's not clear if there's a custom UI running on top of that (from the photos, it looks that way). The device is manufactured by Huawei, though it's EE's own-brand hardware.
The Kestral costs just shy of £100 on pay as you go, but given EE introduced the device alongside several new entry-level pay as you go plans, we'd say the company is hoping to snag a few new monthly subscribers with this one. These new 4G plans start at £13.99 for 500 MB of 4G data, 500 minutes, and unlimited texts. The new 4G Extra plans start at £21.99 for 2 GB of data, 1000 minutes, and unlimited texts. Check out all the new plans below: