Kogan's Agora brand may not drive techies wild like Galaxies or iThings do, but its motto is clear: try to deliver reasonable hardware at the lowest possible price. The company's first bid for a piece of the smartphone pie launched earlier this year, and today we're learning of its sequel. Design-wise, this second Agora handset is a little curvier than the last, with a soft key replacing its predecessor's physical home button. A 5-inch, 720p IPS LCD display occupies the face, and inside we're looking at a 1.2GHz quad-core MT6589 Mediatek SoC (Cortex-A7), 1GB of RAM and 4 gigs of internal storage, expandable with up to 32GB cards of the microSD variety. It runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, hosts two SIM slots, an 8-megapixel main camera, 2-megapixel front-facer, 2,000mAh removable battery and 3G (850 / 1900 / 2100), WiFi (802.11b/g/n) and Bluetooth 4.0 antennae.
Most importantly, it costs $189, £149 or 199 Aussie dollars -- it's up for order now at the relevant source links and is expected to ship to the US, Australia, the UK and other European countries, as well as a couple of Asian markets starting October 3rd. We're hoping to get a review unit through soon, so keep an eye out over the coming weeks for our impressions. In our opinion, anything that rings up at under $200 is worth a fair trial.
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Kogan launches 5" Quad-core Smartphone for under £150
London, United Kingdom, 18 September 2013 - Direct to consumer technology manufacturer Kogan.com/uk which makes the latest technology more affordable for all Brits, today launched a brand new, affordable, powerful quad-core smartphone, beating the big brands at their own game.
At just £149, the Kogan Agora Quad-core Smartphone boasts a stunning 5" HD IPS screen, a powerful 1.2Ghz quad-core processor, Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, dual SIM capability, and a sharp 8 megapixel camera.
Following the successful launch of the Agora Smartphone earlier this year, Kogan has upped the ante today with its new design. The Kogan Agora 5" Quad-core Smartphone is packed with features usually only found in smartphones four times the price.
Ruslan Kogan, founder and CEO of Kogan, said British shoppers deserved an affordable smartphone that still packed a punch.
"Some big tech companies think they can launch a phone for the budget-conscious consumer and still price it at over £450. At Kogan, we know better.
"We think everyone should be able to afford a great smartphone that has all the main features that you want, without paying for features you don't need.
"The launch of our first smartphone at CES this year was a roaring success, with many calling it the best bang for buck in the world. But, we know we can do even better. We've taken all the feedback we received and poured it into this new design.
"We have a very active social media community who regularly provide us with suggestions on what they would like to see next in a smartphone.
"Thousands of customers said they want a phone that looks stylish, but is also powerful and feature-packed - and that's exactly what the Kogan Agora Quad-core Smartphone delivers.
"The team at Kogan has been working hard to create not just the best value smartphone the UK, but the best in the world," Kogan said.
The Kogan Agora Quad-core Smartphone is available for £149, direct and exclusively from Kogan.com: kogan.com/uk/buy/agora-50-quad-core-smartphone/
CPU: 1.2Ghz Quad Core Processor
OS: Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
Screen Resolution: 1280 x 720
Screen Type 5" IPS LCD Screen
Internal Storage: 4GB
Memory: 1GB RAM
Camera: 8MP Rear Camera, 2MP Front Camera
Connectivity: 3G Tri-Band (850/1900/2100), WiFi 802.11b/g/n, GPS, BT 4.0
SIM: Dual Mini-SIM