EE today launched five smartphones that are certified to run on its 4G LTE network. They are the Nokia Lumia 920 and Lumia 820, the Samsung Galaxy S3 LTE, the HTC One XL and the Huawei Ascend P1 LTE.
In addition, we expect the new iPhone 5, the Sony Mobile Xperia Ion and the Motorola Razr M (or Edge) 4G handsets to come to the UK fairly soon as well. EE also unveiled two additional devices, the Huawei E589, a Mi-Fi device that can connect up to five devices to the 4G network with a 10 hour battery life, and the E392, a USB dongle that offers 3G compatibility as well.
All the handsets – bar the Samsung Galaxy S3 LTE which is a quad-core beast – will come with a Qualcomm Snapdragon system-on-chip, the MSM8960, a dual core Krait-based model that runs at 1.5GHz and includes an LTE modem.
All are arguably mainstream to high-end handsets which hint at the market that EE will be aimed at; one made up of a discerning audience who will not mind paying a premium for much faster speeds and flagship smartphones.
EE’s 4G service rolled out today in four cities across the UK wit that number quadrupling by Christmas to cover 20 million people. That number will swell by the end of 2013 to 42 million and by the end of 2014 reach 98 per cent of the UK population.