EE has revealed its first line-up of devices, including Samsung’s Galaxy S III, as well as hinting at a possible iPhone 5 LTE reveal imminently. The heavy Apple hint was dropped during the new 4G carrier’s launch in London, with chief exec Olaf Swantee teasing that there was a new device “very soon.” However, the new iPhone isn’t the only device EE subscribers will be able to use: there’s a range from Nokia, HTC, Huawei and more.
As you’d expect, there’s a combination of high-profile smartphones, USB data modems, and mobile hotspots to choose from. Samsung’s Galaxy Note II is joined by a small number of other Android phones, including the Huawei Ascend P1 LTE and HTC One XL, along with Nokia’s new Lumia 920 and Lumia 820.
Huawei, meanwhile, will be providing at least one 4G LTE USB modem, the E392, and a mobile hotspot, the E589,for sharing the LTE connection among up to five WiFi-tethered devices. They’ll also support HSPA for areas outside of 4G coverage.
What we don’t know, today, is pricing or specific availability. The carrier has also not announced actual speeds we can expect in the first wave – it only quoted up to 5x faster than 3G – but if the devices and data plans aren’t affordable then adoption may stumble.
Update: One correction: the carrier showed us photos of the Galaxy Note II as part of its initial line-up, but says that it’s actually the Galaxy S III LTE that will be launching.