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Kogan “world-first” TV features Android, passive 3D, sub-$500 price

By Staff writers | 10:43 am 17/05/2013

Ruslan Kogan appears to be attempting tick every box he can to get people to buy a new TV with the unveiling of a new model that is not only inexpensive, but packs in some very interesting features that is apparently a “world first.”

Marketed as “the world’s first Android 4.2 Smart 3D TV,” the Agora Smart 3D LED TV is what is seems to say it is, offering up a 42 inch Full HD 1080p TV and packing in an installation of Google’s Android 4.2 “Jelly Bean” operating system alongside WiFi.

With Android on-board, games and apps can be grabbed from the Google Play Store to be shown directly on the TV, with playback of YouTube, Google Play Movies, and just about anything normally seen on Android phones and tablets.

If playing with apps isn’t on the preferred agenda, the TV will still work as others do, and features three HDMI ports, as well as VGA, composite, component, and an antenna port, with audio able to be sent out through either coax or headphone.

A digital HD tuner is built into the TV tuner, too, as is a PVR, so you can record straight to a USB drive, over either a USB 3.0 or USB 2.0 port, or even play back media files straight from a hard- or thumb drive. 3D technology is here too, with passive glasses used on the Kogan Agora, in case you have a desire to watch the 3D content that’s out there.

Pricing is set to $449 plus delivery for the TV, with delivery set to start in late July.

We’re aiming to get our hands on this TV shortly, though, not just to see if it’s an excellent value, but to find out if Android 4.2 works as well on a television as we hope.

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