This entire site started way back in 2002 when Orange launched the SPV. It was an own-branded smartphone manufactured by a little known (and little-mentioned) company called “HTC”. Now EE, who have swallowed up Orange (and T-Mobile), are launching two new smartphones – the Harrier and Harrier Mini. They’re also announcing two new 4G WiFi devices, the Osprey 2 and Osprey 2 Mini.
The Harrier has a 5.2″ screen, 13 megapixel shooter and an octa-core 1.5GHz CPU. It also comes with Cat 4 4G capability, a 2,500mAh battery and will do the new WiFi calling magic. Costing just £199.99 on pay as you go, it’s not badly priced either. That means that contracts will start at £21.99 per month for 4G connectivity. As well as all the usual kit (GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth), you also get Android Lollipop and a thin 8.9mm chassis.
The smaller Harrier Mini is almost half the price at £99.99 on pay as you go the and is very similar in style. This time there’s a quad-core 1.2GHz CPU, 4.7″ HD display (which isn’t actually too “mini” at all) and an 8 megapixel shooter all running on the same Android Lollipop OS. Expect to see it on 4G EE contracts from just £16.99 per month, which really isn’t that bad at all.
Meanwhile, if mobile internet connectivity is your thing, the two new 4G WiFi devices will be available from early next month. The Osprey 2 grabs a 4G signal and delivers Wifi connectivity for up to 10 devices with a chunky 5,150mAh capacity for “more than 15 hours uninterrupted” streaming. It’s free on pay monthly plans from £15 and that’ll give you 3GB of data. If you don’t want a contract then pay £69.99 on pay as you go and enjoy 6GB of inclusive data.
Meanwhile the Osprey 2 Mini is smaller and does pretty much the same but, we presume, with slightly less battery life and a three coloured “bumpers” to personalise it. This one is free on from £15 on contracts, and that provides 3GB of data. Pay £49.99 on pay as you go and you get 6GB out of the box.
More details below, or head to ee.co.uk for all the information. We’re going to try and get hold of these new devices to see how they fare.
EE UNVEILS NEW OWN-BRAND DEVICES, INCLUDING UK’S MOST AFFORDABLE 4G SMARTPHONE WITH WIFI CALLING
· The new Harrier Mini smartphone offers UK’s most affordable access to WiFi Calling
· New Harrier smartphone also unveiled, featuring an Octa Core processor, 5.2” Full HD screen and 13MP camera
· Connect in more places and charge mobile devices with the new and improved Osprey 2 4GEE WiFi device, or swap colours day-to-day with the Osprey 2 Mini
· New products mark the next phase of EE’s own-brand device roll out and build on the successes of 2014
23rd APRIL, 2015 – EE, the UK’s most advanced digital communications company, today unveiled two new smartphones and two new 4GEE WiFi devices optimised for EE’s double speed network – marking the next phase of its own-brand device roll out.
EE’s successful own brand device range launched last year and is designed to offer premium mobile features at an entry level price point, allowing more consumers and businesses across the UK the opportunity to access the biggest and fastest UK network.
Harrier from EE
Due to launch on the 28th April for consumers and businesses, EE’s second own-branded smartphone, the Harrier, offers outstanding value for money and boasts specs and features typically found on more expensive handsets. The Harrier’s stunning and slim 8.9mm chassis hosts an Android Lollipop OS, with an Octa Core 1.5Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor providing smooth and seamless multitasking that’s associated with some of the most recent flagship devices. Similarly, the Full HD 5.2” display gives unprecedented picture quality for its class, making high definition videos streamed and downloaded over 4G more immersive than ever.
The Harrier features CAT 4 chipset technology which ensures users are able to access EE’s 4G double speed network, offering real world download speeds of up to 60Mbps (with theoretical maximum download speeds of 150Mbps) for the ultimate in connectivity and performance.
The handset also features a 13MP rear facing camera, making it the perfect way to capture those special moments on the move. The combination of the biggest 4G network in the UK, plus a large 2,500mAh battery means it’s now possible to reach even the most isolated parts of the UK and still share pictures and videos with lightning speed.
The Harrier will also be capable of supporting EE’s recently launched WiFi Calling service with customers able to use the service from this summer.*
Harrier from EE will be available for £199.99 on pay as you go and free on 4GEE plans from £21.99 per month. The Harrier will also be available for small businesses, corporates and the public sector.
EE is also launching the Harrier Mini, a more compact version of the Harrier handset. Similar in style to the Harrier, the Harrier Mini also features an Android Lollipop operating system with a 1.2 GHz Quad Core processor to ensure even the most demanding apps run smoothly. The smartphone also features a 4.7” HD display and 8MP camera for capturing high quality pictures and video in low light. The Harrier Mini will be the most affordable way to utilise WiFi Calling when the service is activated on the device this summer, allowing EE customers to make and receive calls and texts in areas of zero signal**, such as basement flat of rural homes and offices.
Harrier Mini from EE will be available for £99.99 on pay as you go and free on 4GEE plans from £16.99 per month. The Harrier Mini will also be available for small businesses, corporates and the public sector.
Osprey 2 and Osprey 2 Mini
As the UK’s number one mobile broadband provider, EE is also introducing two new 4G WiFi devices which will be available from early May.
The Osprey 2 provides customers with a 4G mobile internet hotspot, allowing up to ten devices to connect at any one time. Providing exceptional battery life – with a huge 5,150mAh capacity allowing users to stream for more than 15 hours uninterrupted – Osprey 2 also acts as a portable battery pack so customers can be confident of never running out of power on their tablet or phone when on the move.
EE is also launching the Osprey 2 Mini, a compact version of the Osprey which also allows up to 10 devices to connect at any one time and can be personalised with one of three coloured ‘bumpers’ that come with the device, helping create standout in any student library or coffee shop.
Both devices are ideally suited to those who want a reliable internet connection while they are out and about without having to rely on public hot spots or worry about draining their phone by tethering.
The Osprey 2 will be available free on pay monthly plans from £15 including 3GB of data, or £69.99 on pay as you go including 6GB data. The Osprey 2 Mini is available for free on pay monthly plans from £15 including 3GB of data, or £49.99 on pay as you go including 6GB data. Both the Osprey 2 and Osprey 2 Mini will also be available for small businesses, corporates and the public sector.
Pippa Dunn, Chief Marketing Officer at EE, said: “Customer take-up of our existing EE branded products has been phenomenal, so we’ve worked hard to create new feature packed devices.
“The Harrier and Harrier Mini are another big step forward and will allow even more people to benefit from a premium smartphone without the premium price – as well as provide access to a superfast 4G experience that only the UK’s biggest and fastest mobile network can provide.”
EE’s superfast 4G service is currently available in over 500 major towns and cities across the UK, as well as approximately 4,000 smaller towns and villages.
Further information on the Harrier, Harrier Mini, Osprey 2 and Osprey 2 Mini will be available on ee.co.uk and ee.co.uk/business in due course.