EE Unveils the Rook a 4G Handset for £49

EE has been on a roll with its latest smartphone releases, with bird-named phones like the Eagle, the Harrier, and now this brand new handset available right now, The Rook.

The handset is incredibly cheap at just £49 for new customers and £39 for existing customers with EE boasting that it’s the cheapest 4G handset on the market. Though it’s worth noting that this won’t be able to compete against the likes of the iPhone 6 and the Sansung Galaxy S6.

It’s powered by a quad-core MediaTek chip, with 1GB RAM on board, which is pretty adequate for every day tasks, but probably won’t be able to handle the more resource hungry mobile games too well.

As for storage there’s 8GB of internal storage, with microSD support upto 38GB. It has a 5-megapixel rear camera with a 0.3 megapixel front facing camera. There’s no fancy autofocus or flash here however.

The device itself sports a 4-inch 800×480 display, which feels pretty archaic in comparison to phones with a slightly higher price tag. It also comes with Android 5.1 on board making it feel more up to date, though the 1500mAh battery may be lacking somewhat.


With the Rook it looks like EE are opting to get as many people on their 4G network as possible as cheap as possible. This phone may be good for your parents or grandma, and even offers a fairly affordable Android handset for your young teenager, but if you’re looking for a cheaper handset with decent specifications, perhaps something from HTC or Motorola may be a better option.


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