Mobile network EE has announced a range of new own-brand devices including the 4G-ready EE Eagle, Buzzard, Kite and Osprey.
It's onwards and upwards for EE with the launch of more 4G devices after announcing the Kestrel smartphone. The Eagle is the 'UK's most affordable 4G tablet' according to EE which will cost £199 on pay as you go or £49 on a two-year contract. See also: What is 4G?
The Eagle is a rebranded Huawei MediaPad M1 so features an 8in screen, 1.6GHz quad-core processor and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. It also has a microSD card slot and will take on the iPad mini 2 and Nexus 7. See also: The 25 best tablets of 2014: What's the best tablet in the UK right now?
Olaf Swantee, CEO of EE, said: "With more experience of 4G than any other UK operator, we have unique insight into how the technology is changing behaviour. Our mobile devices have effectively become mini TVs with video traffic already making up over half the data on our 4G network."
EE Kite, Osprey and Buzzard 4G Wi-Fi
As well as the Eagle, EE has unveiled the 'pocket-sized premium' Kite which is a Wi-Fi hotspot at £69 aimed at a younger audience. The UK's most affordable 4G Wi-Fi hotspot device is the Osprey which will come in at £49 and feature a rugged design.
Last but not least is the EE Buzzard which is the UK's first '4G car Wi-Fi' at the same £49 price point as the Osprey. The network says it’s the first in a line of superfast in-car devices which will plug into your vehicle's 12v connection and offer a 4G data connection for up to 10 users – if your car is that big.
To go with these new bird-related devices, EE has announced new 4G Wi-Fi plans which start at £10 for 1GB of data. The firm also promised it will double the footprint of its high capacity network to 40 towns and cities by the end of the year.