If you want a five-inch smartphone but currently have a tight budget, then perhaps the Kogan Agora 5.0 can be the solution for you. The smartphone will only set you back $149, a huge difference from many of the five-inchers aimed at the high end market segment. For instance the unlocked Samsung Galaxy Note 2 retails for $700 and the LG Optimus Vu 2 is more expensive at $860. The Kogan Agora 5.0 it will be offered on contract-free, pay-as-you-go plans from both AT&T and T-Mobile. The device is now available for pre-order, and should start shipping on Valentine’s Day.
Consumers get a screen with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, with a pixel density of only 186 pixels per inch. This resolution is naturally much lower than the ones on the Galaxy Note 2, which is 1,280×720 pixels, and the Optimus Vu 2, which comes with 1,280×768 pixels. Users, of course, should not expect the Kogan Agora 5.0’s low price to offer premium specifications. Inside, the handset is driven by a dual-core Cortex-A9 processor running at 1GHz, which works alongside only a meager 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage capacity. Fortunately, expansion is possible, with the help of a built-in microSD card slot for those who need extra space for files. Adding to the list of specifications is Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, a VGA camera on its front, and a 5-megapixel camera on its rear. The available connectivity options are 802.11n WiFi and HSPA. 4G LTE, however, is not supported.
Engadget, which got to handle the device recently, says that the Kogan Agora 5.0 is not such a bad handset especially for its price, despite the phone’s low specifications. According to their review, “the build quality is solid” and the display is “not notably terrible.” They also reportedly like some elements of the design, including its back panel, metal logo, and glossy rim.