It’s getting seriously competitive in the low-cost 4G handset space, with Kogan announcing presales on a $229 4G LTE 5″ handset.
The latest phone from Kogan to bear the “Agora” name comes with a 1.2Ghz Quad-Core processor, 5″ display screen with a stated resolution of 1280 by 720, 8MP rear camera and Android 4.4, AKA “KitKat”. It will take microSD cards, but curiously there’s no mention of how much onboard storage it has on Kogan’s web site. The release notes for the Agora state that it’s packing 8GB of storage on board.
Ultimately these aren’t bad specifications for the asking price of $229, although at that size the resolution is likely to be a bit of a jaggy sticking point, and not really the “stunningly sharp” display that the Kogan web site sells it as.
As with all things Kogan, you’re buying based on price but it’s hard to judge the actual quality, because this is a presale on a product that won’t actually ship until 29 August. It’s also a bit cheeky of Kogan to promote that a single year’s warranty is “free” — you have to pay $27.48 for three years or $34.95 for five — given even in the low cost space it’s reasonable to expect that a phone should last a year, and would therefore be covered by Australian consumer law anyway.
Kogan Agora 4G [Kogan]