EE's Eagle set to take flight as 'UK's cheapest 4G tablet'

EE's Eagle set to take flight as 'UK's cheapest 4G tablet'Remember the 4.5in EE Kestrel from a couple of months back? You know, the own-brand smartphone that gives you quad-core 4G networking for a penny under £100 on PAYG?

Well it now has a tablet cousin in the EE Eagle, which revisits the avian-based naming strategy but on a larger 8in scale – and for twice the price.

Under the surface the Eagle is actually a rebadged Huawei MediaPad M1, but the M1 itself only appeared for the first time at MWC in February, so it's by no means an outdated piece of kit.

EE billed the Kestrel as the “UK’s lowest price 4G smartphone” when it was announced back in March, which it clearly isn't any more even if it was back then (which it wasn't).

But with the Eagle it's again beating the affordability drum by calling it the UK's cheapest 4G tablet, priced at £199.99 on PAYG or £15p/m plus £49.99 up front, which will land you 2GB of 4G data every month.

EE also reckons it's legitimate competition for Apple's iPad mini, for which it charges £26 a month for on 4G (though that's for 3GB of data a month). That's getting a bit carried away if you ask us, but talk is cheap and compared to the Eagle the iPad mini very much isn't.

On to the specs, and the 8in display comes at a resolution of 1280 x 800, and there's a 1.6GHz quad-core processor, 5MP camera and a decent enough 16GB of storage, which you can add to via microSD card.

The Eagle does lose a few points for only having Android Jelly Bean on board, rather than the newer KitKat, but EE is promising an update will appear at some point in the future. Presumably once the MediaPad M1 gets it.

If you're interested, you can pick up the EE Eagle on 28 May, which is next Wednesday.

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