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EE eyes the iPad Mini and Nexus 7 with affordable Eagle 4G Android tablet

Will go on sale later this month for £199
Wed May 21 2014, 15:28

EE Eagle is an affordable 4G Android tabletUK MOBILE OPERATOR EE unveiled its first Android tablet on Wednesday, the EE Eagle, which it claims is most UK's most affordable 4G tablet.

The EE Eagle following the bird name trend set by the firm's first smartphone, the EE Kestrel, and will go on sale in the UK next week priced at £199.

EE has yet to reveal the device's full specifications, but has said that it's essentially a rebranded version of the Huawei Mediapad M1 unveiled at this year's Mobile World Congress (MWC).

This means the device will arrive with an 8in 1280x800 resolution display, putting it head to head against the iPad Mini and Google Nexus 7, powered by a quad-core processor. The tablet will also arrive with 16GB of internal storage expandable to 32GB via microSD card, dual 5MP and 1MP cameras, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and 4G connectivity.

It will need decent battery life too, as a survey from market research firm GMI revealed today that 89 percent of Brits see this as the most important device feature, more important than 4G connectivity.

EE will offer the Eagle tablet for £199 upfront from 28 May, or for £49.99 on 24 month tariffs priced at £15 per month and above.

Alongside the EE Eagle tablet, the mobile operator also outed three 4G WiFi dongles. One of these is a device named the EE Buzzard, which aims to deliver 4G connectivity in-car. The dongle, which will fetch £49.99 on pay as you go, will "enable any car with a 12v connection to instantly become a 4G WiFi hotspot for up to 10 connections, and avoid the need for expensive in-built solutions".

The other two dongles, named the Kite and the Osprey, promise to bring 4G to busy professionals and youngsters, and are priced at £69.99 and £49.99, respectively.

As well as launching several devices, EE also took the opportunity to boast that it now has 3.6 million 4G customers, which sees 4G overtaking 3G on the network.

It was not all good news for EE today, though, as it also received a stern warning from the ASA for claiming to be the "UK's most reliable broadband" in a marketing campaign. µ


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