Kogan cuts a 5 inch phone for under $200

Want a big phone without a big cost? Australian e-tailer Kogan has come up with a budget solution, offering a large screen without the equally large price.

Aimed at offering Australian customers a larger smartphone without the often larger tag, Kogan’s Agora 5 inch quad-core smartphone doesn’t bring with it an imaginative name, but will deliver a 5 inch quad-core smartphone with support for dual SIM cards, an 8 megapixel sensor, and Android 4.2.

“Some big tech companies think they can launch a phone for the budget-conscious consumer and still price it at over $700,” said Ruslan Kogan, founder and CEO of Kogan. “At Kogan, we know better.”

The comment is a jab at Apple, which recently announced that the plastic edition of its iPhone 5 smartphone started at around $739, even if it was pretty much last year’s model in a colourful plastic case.

“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,” Kogan added.

Kogan’s five inch model will arrive with many features seen in other devices, such as a HD-capable screen (1280×720), 2000mAh batter, GPS, WiFi, and Bluetooth, but will omit others, going without 4G LTE connectivity, a decent amount of storage inside (it comes with 4GB), and merely 1GB RAM, below the 2GB sweet spot that makes Android truly fly.

That said, it also comes with a price of $199, which makes it the most budget 5 inch phone we’ve seen all year, and will be hitting Kogan’s online store from this week.

  1. This review lists Bluetooth as a feature. However Bluetooth comes in many guises and more information should be forthcoming from manufacturers as to which version they use in any given model. As an Ford XR6 owner, a vehicle having a Bluetooth interface it is difficult to find a late model mobile ‘phone that will work within the parameters of the car’s BT system.
    Apples and Oranges eh?

    1. First, it’s not a review, rather a news write-up.

      And I know what you’re saying, but the problem you’re having appears to be more an issue of the Bluetooth system Ford has chosen to use.

      Most smartphones these days use Bluetooth 3 and above, though some of the less expensive models rely on Bluetooth 2.0.

      I’d be surprised to see any Bluetooth car system have a problem with a smartphone provided BT2.0 is provided with A2DP, and that’s pretty much every phone in the past two to three years.

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