Orange and T-Mobile are/were no strangers to in-house smartphones, with the likes of the Orange San Francisco and T-Mobile Vivacity going down a wallet-friendly storm.
As such, it’s no surprise to hear that Orange and T-Mobile’s tag-team, EE, is firing out its own in-house handset, namely the Kestrel – named after the British bird of prey. “Squawk!” Or something.
The Kestrel, built by Chinese manufacturer Huawei, is detailed over on the EE Newsroom, and makes the bold claim of being the “UK’s lowest price 4G smartphone”. More on that in a sec.
The EE Kestrel boasts specs that are “traditionally associated with a more expensive handset” (ahem), including a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor (yeah, right), 5MP rear camera (yeah, that's entry-level, guys), and a qHD resolution on the 4.5in display (not even 720p?).
On the plus side, the EE Kestrel is CAT 4-capable, meaning it’ll happily zoom along on EE’s double-speed network (er, where available).
As for EE Kestrel pricing, you’re looking at £99.99 on 4G PAYG, or from £13.99 per month on contract.
Not to put a downer on things, but isn’t the Nokia Lumia 920 a) 4G-ready, and b) available from £12.50 per month on Tesco Mobile?
There’s a whole bunch of other stuff going on at EE, including a revision of its contract prices, new contract options for business customers, and deals if you fancy taking EE home broadband too. If that floats your boat, click here to read more.