EE has, over the last few years, become the UK’s largest network and one with one of the better 4G networks up and down the UK. Considering that 4G tariffs aren’t exactly cheap these days, and devices like the Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9 cost a pretty penny themselves, it’s no wonder the networks have taken to releasing their own devices. Huawei and EE seem to be leading the way on this front, and both networks have released affordable Android smartphones that offer 4G performance without the associated price tag. EE has been offering the Harrier and Harrier Mini for some time now, and they’re adding a tablet, the Harrier Tab, to the line this Summer.
Running Android 5.1 Lollipop, the Harrier Tab is an 8-inch 1080p affair powered by an Octa-Core Snapdragon at 1.5 Ghz, which we’re assuming to be the Snapdragon 615. With 2GB of RAM and 16GB of expandable storage via microSD cards, and an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera and a 4,950 mAh battery, the Harrier isn’t a bad tablet. In fact, there are some decent specifications at work here, and for £199.99 on pay-as-you-go, it’s not that expensive, either. Especially when you can 10GB of data month and the tablet (which supports speedy Cat 4 LTE) for £18 a month for 24 months, including access to EE’s Double Speed 4GEE network.
With the announcement of their new Action Cam last week, and now the Harrier Tab, it looks like EE is making a big Summer push in the UK. With devices like the Moto G proving just what you can get for your money, it’s no wonder EE and Vodafone have taken to producing and releasing their own devices. Vodafone have come out strong with their Smart prime 6 and similar devices, now it’s up to EE to prove to customers that they have something just as good to offer consumers in the UK. At £200 outright, the Harrier Tab will face competition from the likes of the Hudl 2 and the Kindle Fire line of tablets, albeit with access to the UK’s largest network to back it up.