Wednesday , March 29 2017

Kogan unveil the Kogan Agora 4G for $229

Kogan Agora 4G
Last night, Kogan began sending out emails to their subscriber list, teasing a new announcement set for 7:40am…timed for an announcement on the Today Show on Channel 9. The announcement is a new phone from Kogan, built in partnership with Taiwanese manufacturer Benq – The Kogan Agora 4G – the phone is the result of the partnership and is Kogan’s first foray into the 4G handset market with an own branded handset.

Right from the get-go, Kogan is pushing their phone against actual name brands. The phone they have taken time to take on specifically is the Motorola Moto G, saying “The Kogan Agora 4G even beats the Moto G in every benchmark measure.” But seeing as the Moto G is already on Android 4.4.4 and we don’t recall ever hearing of a Kogan phone receiving a software update, we know which one we’d prefer.

Hardware wise, the Kogan Agora 4G is a fairly basic affair, although includes an 8MP camera which may up the ante when you’re comparing pricing and specs around the 4G handset market.

Kogan Agora 4G Specs:

  • 5” HD
  • 1.2Ghz Quad Core
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB internal memory (expandable to 64 GB via Micro SD card)
  • 8MP Rear Camera with 1.3MP Front-Facing camera
  • Network:
    • 2G: 850/900/1800/1900
    • 3G: 850/900/2100
    • 4G LTE Cat 4: 700/900/1800
  • WLAN 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0 and Built-in FM
  • KitKat (Android 4.4.2)
  • 142.95×72.8×8.5mm @ 135 grams
  • Battery: 2500mAh

Pricing wise, Kogan has decided to show their phone against the big names of the market, seemingly forgetting that the phones they comparing against have much larger spec sheets than theirs, even showing pricing against the now 8 month old Nexus 5. They do beat other 4G Handsets on the market by spec like the namebrand LG 4G budget phone the F3, which comes with similar specs – although a smaller screen – priced from $199 on Telstra pre-paid. We’ve even see the newly released Moto G 4G getting down around this price range around the traps. But you can see where Kogan is going with this:

While you can buy an LG F3, or Motorola Moto G 4G today, you’ll have to wait until August 29th for Kogan to begin shipping the Agora 4G. It’s available to pre-order today for $229, and as a bonus you get free shipping – the offer for free shipping ends at 2am tomorrow morning, at which time you’ll have to pay the usual shipping charges Kogan imposes.

Kogan usually doesn’t supply handsets for review until the product has been on market for about twelve months, but we’ve let them know we’re anxious to take a look at the Agora 4G sometime before 2016.

Source: Kogan.

Daniel Tyson   Editor at large

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  • Pure0z

    Don’t supply a review model for 12 months. Now that is not showing any confidence in your product.

    • Terrence Chin

      Yeah, why bother supplying a review model at all? Lack of software updates is just another reason not to bother with Kogan.

    • vijay alapati

      does apple supply review models? i don’t think so….and also kogan is all about low cost….all they aim is to make it cheap….What u pay is what u get

  • 1GB of RAM is pretty bad. That’s Galaxy Nexus territory. Even the Nexus 4 has 2GB.

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      Doesn’t need it on kikat. You’re asking for too much for such a small price.

  • sully

    8gb internal memory isn’t going to be much use with google unable to be transferred to sd card.

  • age

    Its not a good phone. Poor specs for $249 if it sounds like a 3g old phone and just made it with 4g.. 4g is not a wow factor BC we get slow speeds a lot compared to using 3g imo

  • Smeeagain

    No doubt its going to have a low res screen, else they would of mentioned it in the specs.

    • Nick Boyce


  • PuGZoR

    For an extra $30 I’d go the Moto G 4G. Having said that they seem to have the HTC One M7 in red on special at the moment for $399.

  • Myk

    Kogan: we sell cheap Chinese imports and refuse to take you of our mailing lists!

    • JeniSkunk

      Bogan actually con-vinced Benq to do this device for them.
      For all that Bogan are cheap and nasty, I don’t think Benq are.

      • bunnybash

        Have you used something from Benq lately? Their laptops are rubbish – fall apart so quickly – their projectors are no longer considered anything other than low end. I would put Benq in the cheap and nasty category.

  • bunnybash

    Of interest

    – Kogan has thrown the down the gauntlet to the Moto G, which is universally regarded as the best budget Android phone. If they don’t actually deliver in reviews… good luck to them!

    – The Moto G doesn’t benchmark well – it OPERATES amazingly, doing day to day tasks on the Moto G is measurably quicker than doing the same tasks on the Galaxy S5.

    – Motorola have proven with the X and the G that they are genius as optimising Android – Kogan have proven that they abandon every product after release and are renowned for clunky, slow, terrible software. I don’t care whose panel Kogan use in their TVs – the pictures are not as good as the TV’s coming from Samsung and LG – why… software… Kogan have terrible terrible horrible software in all their devices.

    – Kogan’s price comparison chart is nothing short of funny – it’s like comparing a Great Wall vehicle to a BMW. I don’t care how cheap it is to buy, if I have to purchase another phone in six months because the quality is so bad and I am not getting updates, it’s not cheaper!

    – The Nexus 5, Moto G, Moto X, One plus One, and any other last generation phone is a better option than what Kogan is selling. I can’t wait to see a review!!!

  • IceyChow

    Whats wrong with a refurbished/secondhand flagship with a Snapdragon 800??? Can be similarly priced if not just a tad dearer

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