In the UK, EE is continuing to add devices to its recently created bird-themed own-brand roster. First we had the EE Kestrel smartphone, which is already available for purchase for a good price, and today the operator officially announced the Eagle, its first own-brand tablet.
Like the Kestrel, this device too is made by Huawei. In fact it’s nothing more than a rebranded Huawei MediaPad M1, a tablet that was unveiled in February. The Eagle looks exactly the same, unsurprisingly. Everything is identical save for the branding, and even Huawei’s Emotion UI Android overlay is there doing its thing.
The EE Eagle comes with an 8-inch 1,280×800 IPS touchscreen, a 1.6 GHz quad-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, a 5 MP rear camera, a 1 MP front camera, 150 Mbps 4G LTE support, Wi-Fi, and a 4,800 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and you shouldn’t count on ever seeing an update past that.
The Eagle will be out on May 28 and it will be priced at just £199 on Pay as you go, which compares very favorably to the MediaPad M1′s suggested retail price for the UK of £250 – and that’s for the Wi-Fi-only model, whereas the Eagle will have 4G support too. So this could be a good deal for someone looking for a decent 4G-enabled tablet that isn’t too expensive.
If you’d rather sign a 24-month contract with EE, then you’ll be able to get the Eagle for £49.99 upfront on plans that start at £15 per month.