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EE’s new 4G phone is crazy cheap

The EE Rook is officially the cheapest 4G phone you can buy in the UK from today, at just £39.99 for existing EE customers. But is it actually any good?

From today you can walk into any EE store or browse to the EE website and bag yourself a Rook, for just £39.99 if you’re an existing customer or £49.99 otherwise (plus a £10 top-up). And while that makes it the cheapest 4G phone in the land, the EE Rook also sounds pretty bloody decent on paper.

For a start, the Rook comes packing full Android Lollipop 5.1, in an almost vanilla form. Considering many £400+ handsets are still yet to make the leap to Lollipop, let alone update to 5.1, that’s an impressive feat indeed.

The Rook is a chunky little 4-inch phone, with a reasonably crisp 480×800 screen resolution (233 pixels-per-inch). A basic 1GHz quad-core MediaTek processor runs the show, backed by 1GB of RAM, so we’re not expecting the smoothest experience at all times. However, the 4G support means the Rook should be nippy enough when streaming media or browsing the web, so hopefully should prove a solid choice for younger users or super-poor students.

The understandably measly 8GB of built-in storage can be quickly and easily expanded via the memory card slot, so you’ll also have plenty of room to carry around your media if you don’t want to constantly stream.

As for camera tech, the EE Rook comes packing a 5-megapixel rear camera as well as a basic 0.3-megapixel front snapper. We’ll be sure to give them a full testing in our imminent review, and see how the Rook compares with EE’s Harrier Mini which just hit stores last month for £99.

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