Kogan launches AU$200 quad-core smartphone

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Online retail maverick Kogan is launching a new Agora smartphone, with a 5-inch IPS screen, dual-sim capabilities and a quad-core processor, all for AU$199.

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The processor runs at 1.2GHz, with 1GB of RAM and 4GB of memory on board. The 5-inch screen has a 1280x720 resolution and the OS is Android 4.2.2.

There is a microSD slot (up to 32GB), but it's worth noting that the new Agora isn't 4G long-term evolution compatible. It will run unlocked on all 3G networks in Australia.

The phone measures 144x74x11mm and weighs in at 153g, with an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel forward-facing camera.

The ever-bombastic Ruslan Kogan is declaring the Agora Quad-Core to be a challenge to the likes of Apple, saying that "some big tech companies think they can launch a phone for the budget-conscious consumer and still price it at over AU$700 — at Kogan, we know better".

The smartphone will also be available for the US and UK markets, priced at US$189 and £149, respectively.



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gregory.opera posted a comment   
Australia

I was looking at buying the water-proof (to 1M, for 30 minutes) Sony Xperia Z for the mother-in-law/son/brother-in law for christmas... But that's a lot of money (approximately AU$1600 all up).

This might do nicely as an interim solution...




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