UK: Huawei Kestrel announced as EE’s first carrier-branded smartphone

Huawei Kestrel announced as EE's first carrier-branded smartphone

EE, which is a British joint venture of T-Mobile and Orange, is the latest carrier to launch its own-brand smartphone. Made by China’s Huawei, the EE Kestrel is touted as the cheapest 4G handset offered on Pay as you go. Sans any strings attached, users are able to get it for just £99.99 (about $166). Alternatively, there’s the on-contract option that includes the free phone with a new, affordable plan starting at £13.99 per month. For that cash, users receive 500 minutes, unlimited texts and 500MB of fast LTE data per month.

Specs wise, the EE Kestrel sports a 4.5-inch qHD (540×960) screen, 1.2Ghz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chip, 1GB of RAM, 5-megapixel camera on the back, 1-megapixel front-facing camera, and 8GB of internal storage that can be expanded with microSD cards. Android 4.3 Jelly Bean is running the show, and at this point – we’ve no idea whether it will ever get the KitKat update…

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