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.
Kogan might not be a major player in the smartphone scene but the Australian technology company is making its presence felt by releasing a new 5-inch dual sim smartphone that’s very cheap. The all new Kogan Agora is probably the world’s cheapest 5-inch smartphone right now priced at only AUD$149/$US149/£119. And if you think that this might be a low end device with unimpressive specs you have another thing coming.
Kogan Agora 5-Inch Technical Specifications
- Operating System: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
- Networks: 850, 900, 1900 and 2100MHz 3G
- Display: 5 inches LCD 480×800 186ppi
- Processor: Dual-core 1 GHz Cortex-A9
- RAM: 512MB
- Storage: 4 GB, expandable via microSD up to 32 GB
- Camera: 5 MP rear, 0.3 MP front
- Battery: 2000mAh Li-ion, 2G talk: 7h 40m, 3G talk: 4h 50m, Standby: 400h
With so many smartphone models being released in the market today this particular model stands out primarily because of its cheap price and excellent features. For just $150 you can already have a dual sim device with a 5 inch display without any contracts.
The specification of this model is comparable to other entry level devices but then again those other devices cost more. Its use of a dual core processor is a great touch by the company which should allow for a lag free experience. The downside though is the use of just 512 MB of RAM which should have been increased to 1 GB.
In terms of build quality plastic is being used all around but it does not fell cheap at all. Just don’t expect it to be as sturdy as polycarbonate or aluminum smartphone models.
Kogan is selling this model exclusively through their online website and shipment is expected to begin in the middle of February. As of the moment the company can ship this device to 11 countries which includes the U.S. and U.K. with more countries hopefully to be covered soon.
If you are looking for a backup smartphone that doesn’t cost a lot then the new Kogan Agora is definitely worth considering.