More androids unveiled – the Kogan Agora
This is the Kogan Agora, a Google Android-based smartphone. Kogan is an online-only company that gets its products custom-made in Chinese factories. That means they’re able to sell for rock-bottom prices. Before I tell you about that, though, let’s talk specs.
The Agora has a 320 x 240, 2.5″ touchscreen, full QWERTY keyboard, microSD card slot, and 3G. A ‘Pro’ model, also offered, adds Wi-Fi, GPS, and a 2-megapixel camera. Neither will blow the N97 out of the water, but when you factor in the price, you’ll see why they’re so special.
The Agora will sell for AU$299 (£130) and the Pro model for AU$399 (£175). That’s unlocked, and with no contract. For comparison, the N97 will cost £465 before it gets subsidised by contracts. At those prices, these are going to be fantastic entry-level smartphones, especially as they’re Android-powered, with all the joy that comes with that.
Both are available for pre-order now, with those orders arriving on Jan 29th 2009.
Kogan (via Engadget)
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Ok giving it some more thought, I’m probably going to be screwed by Orange for a data package without buying a handset from them.
£175 is almost worth taking a punt on!!
Other handset manufacturers could learn from this – stop doing shady deals with network providers and let anyone that wants to buy your product do so!
Hear, hear. It’s got to a stage where if you want an iPhone, a G1 or a Storm, then you have absolutely no choice which operator you go for. Very iffy for consumers, if you ask me.