EE has pulled the wrappers off a new own–brand handset, which it's claiming is the cheapest 4G phone available in the UK right now.
The EE Rook comes in at £49 for new customers and £39 for those who already use the soon–to–be BT–owned network. It’s a pay–as–you–go only affair.
Specs are understandably nothing to shout home about. There’s a 1GHz quad–core chipset, a five-megapixel camera round the back, a basic 0.3-megapixel shooter up front and 1GB of RAM.
Storage space is limited to just 8GB, Although that can be expanded, making it a far more capacious device if you’re willing to pay a few more quid for a microSD card.
The screen comes in at just four–inches, with a resolution set at 480 x 800.
What’s more, EE has loaded the Rook up with the latest version of Google Android, Lollipop 5.1 That puts it well ahead of a string of cheap Google–backed phones that don’t use Mountain View’s best software.
The Rook may not be the phone for you if you’re after a replacement for last year’s iPhone. But with such a low price it seems well worth it for those looking to buy a smartphone for the first time.
Rob Kerr, mobiles expert at uSwitch.com, said: “In terms of specs, The Rook has solid, entry-level features including a fast processor, the latest Android 5.1 and all-important 4G, so this is a good bet for EE pay as you go customers who want the 4G experience for less.
“But beware that the handset will be locked to the EE network, so you’ll need to fork out an unlocking fee if you want to use it on other networks.”