EE is Launching the Hawk, a £150 Budget Smartphone

By Tom Pritchard on at

Last week we reported on rumours that EE was launching a brand new smartphone aimed at people shopping on a budget. Now we have confirmation that this is true. Not all the rumoured details were accurate, but the EE Hawk is heading our way.

The Hawk is set to be released tomorrow, costing £150 on PAYG (with a £10 top-up) or from £15 a month on a 24 month contract. Every Hawk also comes with a free pair of JBL sport headphones, and contract customers can enjoy three months of BT sport and six months of Apple Music absolutely free. So all round this is a pretty good deal.

As for the specs of the phone itself, it has a 5-inch 720p display (it's cheap, what did you expect), a 13MP rear camera, an 8MP front camera, a 1.5GHz octacore processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, microSD expansion, and a 2,500 mAh battery which EE promises will last a full 10 hours. Judging from the product images EE sent over, it also has a fingerprint scanner on the back, and NFC for contactless purchases.

The phone itself runs Android 7.1 (Nougat), comes packed in an all-Gorilla Glass body that mimics the design of recent premium phones, and allows download speeds of up to 300 Mbps (provided you pay for the high speed contracts).

So if you're tired of seeing smartphones consistently sneak up in price, due to features that aren't all that special, there are new options available to you. Though, obviously, this one means you'll have to ditch your current network and sign on with EE.

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