EE Launches the Harrier and Harrier Mini to Offer Affordable 4G Option to UK

April 23, 2015 - Written By Tom Dawson


EE, the UK’s largest network is launching a number of new own-brand devices this morning, with the Harrier and Harrier Mini stealing the show as some of the UK’s most affordable 4G devices. Coming in at 5.2-inches and 4.7-inches, the two devices feature similar designs and should offer users a clear and simple choice on the network. This is the second time that EE has launched devices under their own name, so it’s interesting to see what they have to offer this time around, and those interested in good value have a lot to like about these new devices.

Starting with the Harrier, this 5.2-inch Full HD device is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm processor – presumably a Snapdragon 615 – and features Android 5.0 Lollipop, which has very few software modifications onboard. The Harrier features Cat 4 LTE technology which allows it to reach speeds of up to 60mbps on EE’s double-speed 4G network where available, as well as access to the network’s new WiFi calling offering. With a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 2,500 mAh battery the Harrier seems a fairly solid device, especially considering its price tag of just £199.99 and contracts starting from £21.99 a month with the handset for free.

The Harrier Mini is much the same, with a similar design language and the same Android 5.0 Lollipop software. The only differences here are a smaller size thanks to the 4.7-inch 1280 x 720 display and a quad-core Snapdragon 410 instead of the octa-core model. Again, this supports WiFi calling, and while the 8-megapixel rear-facing camera is a little underwhelming, the Harrier Mini is available from just £99.99 on pay as you go or free on plans starting from £16.99 a month. That’s cheap, no matter how you look at it.

Alongside the Harrier and Harrier Mini (which you can take a look at in the gallery below), EE is also launching two new 4G hotspots. The Osprey 2 and Osprey 2 Mini both allow 10 devices to be connected at house, the only real difference is that the Osprey 2’s massive 5,000 mAh battery will last a lot longer than the more portable Osprey 2 Mini’s smaller battery. These are interesting new devices from EE as they offer seriously good value and they’re even cheaper than the likes of the Moto G in the case of the Harrier Mini.