Just weeks after announcing a phone called Kestrel, EE has today announced plans for a tablet called the Eagle – and some other hardware too.
Let’s start with Eagle – the slightly better, but still weird name given the 8″ tablet. The device has a screen resolution of 1280×800, and Cortex-A9 1.6ghz quad processor – not to mention a 5 megapixel rear facing camera (and a 1MP on the front). Crucially for EE, it has 4G – and they claim it will be the cheapest 4G tablet available, costing only £199 on Pay-As-You-Go or £49.99 upfront if you sign up to a two year contract of over £15/month.
Joining Eagle is a couple of 4G hotspot devices. There’s ‘Kite’ for £69.99 on PAYG, that looks like someone has ripped the screen from an iPhone and ‘Osprey’, which is only £49.99 on PAYG and is made of chunky plastic.
Finally, there’s ‘Buzzard’, which is a 4G hotspot designed for in-car use. Powered with a 12v connection (the cigarette lighter socket) and contained within a cup-holder shaped yellow shell, it will enable up to ten simultaneous wifi connections. It’ll cost £49.99.
So there’s the new EE bird range. We’re still not sure about the naming, but they look like interesting devices. The news also comes as the company announce that 4G sales have finally overtaken 3G, and as the second phase of the 4G rural rollout has been completed – meaning 2588 small towns and villages can now receive 4G. Let’s just hope that 4G is reliable.
By James O'Malley | May 21st, 2014