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The Hawk is EE's latest own-brand smartphone

Thursday, November 30th 2017 by Oprah Flash

Android Army rejoice, EE has created a new smartphone with boosted 4G technology that runs on Google’s operating system.

The Hawk goes on sale from tomorrow (1 December) on both pay as you go for £149.99 and on a 24-month contract from £14.99 a month with no upfront cost.

One of the things EE is well known for is its network power and this phone embodies that. Sharon Meadows, director of devices from EE, said: “We’ve built the most advanced mobile network in the UK and we want as many people as possible to enjoy the benefits.

“The Hawk gives customers superfast 4G+ speeds, 4G Calling and Wi-fi Calling, plus a range of features typically associated with flagship smartphones – all at a fraction of the price.”

Wi-fi Calling allows pay-monthly customers to use wi-fi to make calls whenever signal is hard to connect to. With 4G Calling you can stay connected to 4G when making a call, so you can multi-task and continue to use the internet while you’re chatting on the phone. You’ll also be able to can make and receive calls using 4G, in areas across the UK where it can usually be tricky to do so such as rural villages.

The enhanced data connectivity technology on the handset means you won’t have to wait for ages to download a HD movies or music albums if you choose to buy this phone.

It is very easy to get your hands on a smartphone these days, earlier we told you about mobiles that you can buy for under £20. It is also easy to fall into the trap of paying a huge monthly bill for a popular high-end phone if you don’t do your research and shop around.

EE’s Hawk seems to be a happy medium. You get a run-of-the-mill phone with a decent tech spec for a good price.

When you power up the phone you’ll notice that it runs on the Android 7.1 Nougat operating system. Android phones are famously easy and straightforward to use, plus you’ll have access to hundreds of thousands of apps of the Google Play store.

You’ll have noticed many of the smartphones that have been released in the past few years have included new ways to unlock your phone whether it's facial recognition or iris and fingerprint scanners.

The Hawk is on trend in this sense and has a fingerprint scanner on the back of the phone under the camera.

Speaking of cameras, there is a 13MP lens on the back of the phone and 8MP at the front. A few of the other budget range phones like the Samsung Galaxy A3 and Huawei P10 Lite have similar camera specs so the Hawk is in good company.

The NFC functionality allows you to make contactless payments with just your phone using Android Pay.

The Hawk’s screen is 5 inches with a 1280 x 720 HD resolution display, which is ample for for watching videos or viewing images.

One of the most important questions these days when it comes to buying a new phone is, how much storage does it have? In this case, you’ll have 16GB of internal storage with the option to expand this with a Micro SD Card.

This isn’t a match to some of the phones packing 128GB of storage but is still enough for you to download the essential apps. To make the most of it you can store your pictures and videos on the memory card to free up more space for your apps of choice.

The Hawk's NFC functionality allows you to make contactless payments with your phone

Every Hawk from EE also comes with a free pair of JBL headphones with JBL Signature Sound, which EE says is perfect for streaming immersive audio on the move.

Vodafone also has a range of its own handsets, called Smart. The phone that most resembles EE’s latest model is the Vodafone Smart N8. It also packs a 13MP camera and fingerprint scanner on the back of the phone. Operating on the same system as the Hawk, the Vodafone Smart N8 costs £79 on pay as you go.

You can also find an own-brand phone from Virgin Media but its current offering isn’t quite as high tech. The VM 595 Black costs £19.99 on pay as you go which includes a £10 top up. The phone lets you make calls, send texts and listen to the radio but it’s not a smartphone so you won’t be able to download any apps.

Where can I get the Hawk from EE

You can buy the Hawk outright for £149.99 or choose a 24-month contract that starts at £14.99 a month. The phone goes on sale tomorrow (1 December) which is when the various tariffs and plans for the phone will be available.

If you choose the pay-monthly option EE has a range of extra perks. This includes three months of free access to the BT Sport app and six months of free access to Apple Music.

If your home broadband connection is supplied by EE you’ll also get an extra 5GB of data added to your monthly tariff.

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