Online retailer Kogan.com has long had its own line of Android phones. The newest is the Kogan Agora 8 and it is available now for pre-order at a very attractive price: $199 (plus delivery*).

With a metal body and a good sized five inch, high resolution (720 by 1280) display and 4G/LTE connectivity, that seems like pretty good value. It comes  with support for dual SIMs, or one SIM and a microSD memory card of up to 128GB to supplement the built-in 16GB of storage.

It’s powered by a quad core, 1.3GHz MediaTek MT6737 processor with 2GB of RAM and runs Android Nougat 7.0. The front camera has five megapixels of resolution one while the rear one, which is equipped with a flash, offers thirteen megapixels.

Kogan Agora 8

Fingerprint sensor at the rear of the grey metal case

Built in are the usual sensors along with a fingerprint sensor for easy unlocking. Bluetooth 4.1 and 2.4GHz WiFi up to 802.11n are supported. A Micro-B USB connector is provided for charging the 2400mAh battery.

The display is IPS and covered with 2.5D “Dragontrail” glass. The 2.5D means that the edge of the glass is curved for smooth integration into the phone body. Dragontrail glass is less well known than Corning Gorilla Glass, but it comes from Japanese glass giant Asahi and is designed to offer similar levels of robustness.

The Kogan Agora 8 is expected to be available for shipping from next week.


* I had a play with Kogan’s delivery cost calculator and it came to $9 for most places from Sydney to Wagga Wagga to Hobart to Kalgoorlie, but $21 for Darwin and Cape York.