First EE 4G phones on sale today!

The first 4G network in the UK is almost here, and to prove how close we are, Everything Everywhere (or EE as it now insists) has put its first 4G handsets on sale today.

You can buy the Samsung Galaxy S3 LTE, HTC One XL, and Huawei Ascend P1 LTE from today, while the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 LTE will be out on October 15th. Read on for the full skinny.

EE is expected to announce the official launch date of its 4G service any day now. And following the top-level talks yesterday, Vodafone, Three and O2 should launch their 4G services in spring of next year. The spectrum auction will take place at the start of the year, clearing the way for everyone to get their services up and running. EE customers are expected to have a 4G option around the end of this month.

So what of the handsets? Well they’re all 4G-equipped versions of existing devices, but that’s no bad thing. So the Galaxy S3 LTE is the S3 with added internet speed. You get the same 4.8-inch Super AMOLED display, as well as Smart Stay, which knows when you’re looking at it and so keeps the screen on.

The HTC One XL has the same 4.7-inch screen as the HTC One X, though it doesn’t have the same mad internal specs as the HTC One X+ we went hands on with this week. Come on HTC, pull your finger out and launch a 4G version of the One X+.

Meanwhile, the Huawei Ascend P1 LTE packs in a dual-core processor and an 8-megapixel camera.

The Galaxy Note 2 LTE will come with the same 5.5-inch screen as the standard Note 2, as well as the S-Pen stylus, for doodling and note-taking on-screen.

Buy any of these devices on Orange or T-Mobile, and when EE does launch its 4G network, you’ll have the option of moving across, or staying with your existing 3G plan. But why would you want to do that, eh?

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