EE launches the UK's most affordable 4G smartphone for just £49 off-contract

As in other parts of the world, smartphone prices have reached record lows in the UK in recent months. For example, you can currently buy Microsoft's Lumia 435 for £39.99 on pay-as-you-go, including £10 of credit, and other devices are available at similarly low cost.

But today, the UK's largest carrier - for now, at least - has announced a new device, which it claims is the country's most affordable 4G handset. The EE Rook costs just £49 for new customers and £39 for existing ones, with no contract obligation.

The Rook runs Android 5.1 Lollipop and comes with Google services. Its key specs include:

  • 4-inch display with FWVGA (854x480px) resolution
  • Quad-core 1GHz MediaTek processor (64-bit)
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB storage (plus microSD card support up to 32GB)
  • 5MP rear camera
  • 0.3MP front-facing camera
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • 1500mAh battery
  • 126 x 64 x 10.3mm; 130g

Unsurprisingly, given its low price, the Rook's spec sheet is pretty bare-bones - it's worth noting, for example, that the rear camera doesn't include auto-focus, and doesn't even have a flash, although it is capable of recording video at HD (720p) resolution.

The handset is on sale now from EE, and currently includes a discount of up to 20% on select EE accessories.

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