Kogan Agora price in Australia official, brings ICS, dual core chip on the cheap

Kogan Agora

The price in Australia for the Kogan Agora has been revealed and the Android device becomes the latest gadget to get a CES 2013 launch. Showcased at the event in Las Vegas, it is positioned as the smartphone offering the best value in the world. And with the sub-$150 phone, the Aussie online retailer is betting it big and making the leap into the highly competitive mobile hardware space.

The Agora from Kogan brings a 5-inch LCD screen with capacitive touch capabilities and runs on the Android Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0.4) platform. The display offers a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels with a pixel density of 186ppi. And with its 142.8mm x 80mm x 9.8mm dimensions, it weighs about 180 grams.

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The candy bar phone has 4GB of in-built memory and can accept microSD cards with a maximum capacity of 32GB. On the processing front, there is a dual core Cortex A9 CPU which ticks at a speed of 1GHz, while 512MB of RAM has been plugged in to make sure applications run as they should.

For photography needs the phone gets a 5MP camera fitted on its rear panel with LED flash, while a front-facing VGA camera has also been added sporting a 0.3MP resolution. Furthermore, the dual SIM device is capable of 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. The 3G compatible phone also features GPS.

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Smartphone users always report dissatisfaction with their device’s battery life. But the Kogan device in question comes with a 2000mAh Li-ion battery pack to which the company attaches a standby time of around 400 hours. That is pretty impressive by itself, but the phone reportedly also squeezes out 7 hours and 40 minutes of talk time on 2G and almost 5 hours on 3G networks.

The Kogan Agora is listed on both the company’s Australian as well as its American online portals for $149. And while we’re not sure if the pricing is American or Australian, with added charges (delivery and such) it comes to $168. It can be pre-booked now and will begin shipping on February 14, 2013.

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Specifications at a glance:

Platform: Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
Display: 5-inch LCD capacitive touch screen
Screen resolution: 480 x 800 pixels
Pixel density: 186ppi
Main camera: 5.0MP on rear with LED flash
Secondary camera: 0.3MP on front panel
RAM: 512MB
Internal memory: 4GB, expandable up to 32GB via microSD card slot
Processor: dual core 1GHz Cortex A9 CPU
Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, USB 2.0
Battery: 2000mAh Li-ion
Dimensions: 142.8mm x 80mm x 9.8mm
Weight: 180g
Others: dual SIM