EE launches own budget Kestrel 4G phone

We heard a whisper about an own-brand EE 4G phone, but expected it to launch nearer summer. Seems we were wrong with the EE Kestrel landing this very day.

It looks like a tidy piece of kit too at first glance, although the proof will be in the testing. EE's first branded phone is made by Huawei, offering a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor and with Cat 4 4G, download speeds of up to 150Mbps.

But at its heart, this is still a budget range Android 4.3 handset, with the remaining specs of a 4.5-inch (960 x 540 resolution) qHD display, 1GB RAM, 8GB of storage (albeit with microSD slot for expansion), 2,000mAh battery, FM radio 5-megapixel main camera and 1-megapixel rear camera bearing that out. You also get EE's custom interface and apps from EE and Amazon pre-installed.

A budget 4G handset with a price to match though. You can bag this for £13.99 a month on a 24-month deal, which gets you 500 minutes of talktime, unlimited text messages, 500MB of 4G data and of course, the free phone. If you want PAYG, you can have that too. The phone will cost you £99 on a 4G PAYG plan.

More own-branded 4G phones to come from EE, but if Kestrel floats your boat, head to your EE dealer now to get your name down for one.

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