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Kogan Agora 8 Plus review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

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At its price point, the Kogan Agora is fair value, but it struggles to stand out in any real way, and as a result, it's worth considering your options in this price range.

5.5 inches

Display size

1080 x 1920px

32GB

Internal storage

13 MP

Rear camera

2,950 mAh

Battery size

Finder rated as Average vs similar phones

Details

Display

Display Size
5.5 inches
Resolution
1080 x 1920px
Pixels per inch (PPI)
401 ppi

Camera

Rear camera megapixels
13MP
Rear camera aperture size
N/A
Video recording
N/A
Front camera megapixels
8MP
Front camera aperture size
N/A

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
155mm x 77mm x 9mm
Weight
173g

Connectivity

NFC
Yes
Wi-Fi
802.11 b/g/n
Network category speed
N/A

Power, storage and battery

Processor
MT6750T
RAM
4GB
Operating system
Android 7
Internal storage
32GB
External storage support
Up to 128GB
Battery capacity
2,950mAh

Device features

Headphone jack
Yes
Fingerprint sensor
Yes
Water resistance rating
N/A
Wireless charging
No
Launch price (RRP)$239
Launch date2017-11
Kogan Agora 8 Plus

The good

  • Large display screen
  • Fair design
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Dual SIM

The bad

  • Stuttering touch response
  • Poor battery life for such a large phone
  • Ordinary camera

Kogan came into the Australian market with low-priced TVs that promised the features that the established brands offered at a fraction of the price, thanks to dealing directly with numerous Chinese factories. Since that time, the company has expanded into everything from mobile phone services to travel, insurance and even groceries, as well as direct importation of a number of brand name headsets.

That's why Kogan is always part of our weekly bargain phone round-ups, but it has also dabbled in its own branded Android handsets.

My reviewing experience of Kogan branded equipment has always seemed to fall into one of two buckets. Some Kogan electronic equipment has offered superb value for money, but about the same quantity has simply been cheap and rife with flaws. It's been something of a guessing game, in other words.

As such, I approached the Kogan Agora 8 Plus with a little trepidation, unsure which way it would fall. It's also worth noting that I only had the handset to test for five days, which is less time than I'd typically like to review a handset.

Design

  • More style than your typical budget smartphone
  • 1080p display is an attractive inclusion at this price point
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Camera

  • Slow focus speed leads to a lot of blurry photos
  • Decent shots are possible, but only if you have plenty of patience
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Performance

  • 4GB of RAM is more than most budget smartphones offer
  • Frequent stutters when typing can get frustrating

Battery life

  • Battery drains quickly despite the low-power hardware
  • Even light users will likely struggle to get a full day out of a single charge

Verdict

  • A solid yet unremarkable smartphone for folks on a budget

Pricing and availability

  • Price: RRP $269
  • Where to buy: Kogan

Compare SIM-only plans for the Kogan Agora 8 Plus

Kogan Agora 8 Plus specs

Display

Display Size
5.5 inches
Resolution
1080 x 1920px
Pixels per inch (PPI)
401 ppi

Camera

Rear camera megapixels
13MP
Rear camera aperture size
N/A
Video recording
N/A
Front camera megapixels
8MP
Front camera aperture size
N/A

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
155mm x 77mm x 9mm
Weight
173g

Connectivity

NFC
Yes
Wi-Fi
802.11 b/g/n
Network category speed
N/A

Power, storage and battery

Processor
MT6750T
RAM
4GB
Operating system
Android 7
Internal storage
32GB
External storage support
Up to 128GB
Battery capacity
2,950mAh

Device features

Headphone jack
Yes
Fingerprint sensor
Yes
Water resistance rating
N/A
Wireless charging
No

Compare SIM-only plans for the Kogan Agora 8 Plus


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