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EE to follow Kestrel with 8in Eagle tablet, another budget 4G offering

EE has unveiled a new budget 4G offering, this one a tablet which it hopes will challenge the likes of Apple's iPad mini and Google's Nexus 7.

The Eagle tablet follows the budget Kestrel 4G smartphone, and the slate is a rebranded version of the Huawei Mediapad M1. It comes with an 8in display which has a resolution of 1280 x 800, 16GB of storage (plus a microSD slot for expansion), twin cameras and of course 4G LTE support. The device will go on sale from the middle of next week.

The display resolution looks to be the weak point here, with 1280 x 800 being dated now, and lagging well behind the iPad mini Retina and Nexus 7 – but the price is the sweet point, with the Eagle set to retail at £199 on PAYG, which is good value for money for a 4G slate. While the Nexus 7 might be £199 for the base model, if you want LTE support, you have to cough up £299.

You'll also be able to bag the Eagle for £50 from EE with a contract – plans start from £15 per month.

EE is making a big 4G push next week, introducing a trio of 4G Wi-Fi dongles in addition to the tablet. The Buzzard is an in-car device which facilitates a hotspot for up to 10 connections, and comes in a container that sits snugly in a car cup holder. It will retail at £50. The firm is also launching the compact Kite 4G Wi-Fi dongle (at £70), and the Osprey, a rugged model which promises to be colourful and pitched at a youth audience (at £50).

New 4G Wi-Fi plans are also being introduced to span a number of data allowances, and new plans for small businesses are promised, too.