EE Has Own-Brand Products – From BenQ

UK mobile operator EE has branched out with the launch of its own smartphones. Released at the end of April, the Harrier and Harrier Mini are 4G models using EE’s new Wi-Fi Calling feature.

Much like apps such as Viber and Skype, Wi-Fi Calling can be used to bypass a weak mobile phone signal; instead, a Wi-Fi network is used to place calls. EE’s new phones include the feature by default (Harrier Mini owners will need to wait until the summer to have WiFi Calling activated).

Manufactured by BenQ, but sold under the EE brand, the Harrier and Harrier Mini run Android 5.0. The Harrier has a 5.2″ display (1920 x 1080) and uses a 1.5GHz octa-core processor (Qualcomm Snapdragon). It uses a 2,500mAh battery. The Harrier Mini is a 4.7″ model (1280 x 720) with a 1.2GHz quad-core processor.

On sale now, the Harrier smartphone costs £165 ($250) on pay-as-you-go, while the Harrier Mini costs £85 ($130) ex VAT.