A 5-inch quad-core smartphone for under £150? That'll be the Kogan Agora 5

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Screen Shot 2013-09-19 at 11.17.06.jpgName three things the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the Sony Xperia Z1 have in common. Both have sizable 5-inch displays, for starters, both use quad-core processors (the S4’s rare octo-variant notwithstanding) and both will cost you a fair bit more than £150. Which is what makes the new Kogan Agora 5 so appealing – it’s packing in a 5-inch display and quad-core processor and, at £149, will give you change back from three crisp £50 notes.

Of course, some concessions must be made to hit that price. For starters, you’re getting a 720p display rather than a Full HD one, and at 14.4 x 7.4 x 1.1cm it’s hardly the slimmest phone on the market. But those facts aside it seems (on paper) a decent blower.
Screen Shot 2013-09-19 at 11.17.14.jpgRunning Android 4.2.2, the quad-core processor is clocked at 1.2GHz backed by 1GB of RAM. 4GB of internal storage is onboard while a decently-sized 2000mAh battery is also included.

Even the camera, an 8MP number, doesn’t sound too shabby, while those trying to mix work and play will enjoy the dual-sim functionality onboard.

“Some big tech companies think they can launch a phone for the budget-conscious consumer and still price it at over £450. At Kogan, we know better,” said Ruslan Kogan, founder and CEO of Kogan.

“We think everyone should be able to afford a great smartphone that has all the main features that you want, without paying for features you don’t need. Thousands of customers said they want a phone that looks stylish, but is also powerful and feature-packed – and that’s exactly what the Kogan Agora Quad-core Smartphone delivers.”

Available for presale now and shipping on October 9, you can grab the Agora 5 direct from the Kogan online store.

Gerald Lynch