Kogan Agora 4G

Kogan is a brand more familiar to our Australian friends, but the company's Agora 4G handset just became the latest low priced Android phone to become available on UK shores. Since the Moto G, our expectations on what constitutes a good budget device have somewhat increased, but the Agora 4G – on paper at least – doesn't seem to disappoint.

It's now on sale for £149 and for that you're getting a decent looking list of specs. We're looking at a 5-inch, 1280x720 resolution display, a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 CPU, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of on-board storage. It's packing Android 4.4 KitKat and round back there's an 8MP camera with a BSI sensor accompanied by a 2MP shooter round the front. Powering the phone is a reasonable, if not outstanding 2500 mAh battery. Oh, and as the name implies, it has LTE. Or, it does if you're on EE or Three, at least.

The Agora 4G supports LTE on 700MHz, 900MHz and 1800MHz frequencies. In the UK only 1800MHz is deployed and only by EE and Three, so if you're on another carrier you'll have to make do without.

While Kogan isn't a brand we're too familiar with in the UK, the phone is made in partnership with BenQ and looks to deliver another potential winner in the low-cost space. You'll need to buy it online for the time being direct from Kogan – which also means delivery costs and potentially import duty – but if you're interested you'll find it at the link below.

Source: Kogan

 

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Kogan Agora 4G the latest low priced UK arrival

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Wait until they come out with the "Warlord" model....!

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Doesn't seems that better to me,

Same stuff:
- SnapDragon 400 Processor (quad A7 1.2Ghz)
- RAM 1GB
- 1280x720 Screen Resolution
- Storage capacity 8GB (no word on the SD cards capability)
- They cost $219

Kogan over Moto G:
- 5" vs 4.5" (for some is better)
- 8MP & 2MP vs 5MP & 1.3MP cameras (although not everything it matters is pixel count, we should see how much quality they can deliver)
- 2500mAh battery vs 2070mAh
- LTE 700 / 900 / 1800 Mhz bands (only better if your country/carrier has this bands)
- Real buttons!!! (at least for me is a great plus!) it even makes more space on the screen available

Moto G over Kogan:
- Motorola Brand (had a lot of bad experiences with BenQ and I never heard of Kogan before)
- Has a 16GB option, and the LTE version comes with 8 and SD support
- Already available and tested by many already.
- It has versions that start at only $179 (just 8GB and no "just" 3G) and another at $199 16GB/3G
- Higher pixel density
- 4.5" vs 5" (for some is better)
- LTE 700 / 850 / 1700 / 1900 Mhz bands (only better if your country/carrier has this bands)

All that been said, personaly, I don't think it blows anything away, even though I really like and miss the off-screen buttons and like the 21% more battery I wouldn't buy this Kogan phone, I would save 20 bucks and go for the 16GB and 3G Moto G. I wouldn't buy it even if I had to choose between the Moto G 4G and the Agora 4G at $219.

Just my opinion

That's a very good phone for that price. I imagine this will have awesome battery life with relative less power hungry spec and display a large battery

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one thing i never understood about the snapdragon 400. in articles, people say a snapdragon 400 processor. does this mean quad, dual or single core?

moto g

Snapdragon 400 is a family of processors (actually MCUs), in this family there are both dual core (like the one on the S4 mini) and others with 4 cores (like the one inside the Moto G). They both have more or less the same processing power and each one has some little advantaje over the other in different points.

The reason they have more or less the same processing power is because the dual core Snapdragons have 2 Krait procesors that are more powerfull and modern than the 4 arm-A7 processors the quad version has.

I might be wrong inm some details, but that is the basic idea