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EE has introduced a new range of own-brand 4G-capable devices in a bid to capitalize on any remaining momentum it has from the launch of devices like the Kestrel and Eagle almost one year ago.
First up is the 5.2-inch full HD display-equipped Harrier, which also has an 1.5Ghz octa-core processor and 13-megapixel camera. It also supports EE’s recently introduced Wi-Fi calling feature that allows you to route voice and SMS via Wi-Fi if you have no cellular coverage.
The Harrier will be priced at £199.99 on pay-as-you-go (PAYG) or free on 4GEE plans costing from £21.99 when it arrives on April 28.
Alongside the Harrier, EE also launched the Harrier Mini, which offers a 4.7-inch HD display, 1.2Ghz quad-core processor and an 8-megapixel camera. It’ll cost £99 on PAYG and will be available for free on plans costing £16.99 or more.
In addition to the two smartphones, EE also launched follow-up devices to 2014’s Osprey Wi-Fi hotspot. The Osprey 2 promises to allow connections for up to 10 devices simultaneously, and will last for up to 15 hours, EE said. The company also introduced a smaller Osprey Mini, which offers the same 10 simultaneous connections but can be personalized with different colored bumpers.
While the pricing makes it clear that EE isn’t trying to compete with high-end devices from the likes of Samsung or Apple, the spec list offers a lot of bang for your buck. Of course, there’s more to the overall phone experience than features alone, so we’ll need to test the Harrier and Harrier Mini before deciding if they offer a viable alternative to other mid-range players.
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