Kogan Agora 8 Plus review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

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Quick verdict

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.

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 Agora 8 Plus at a glance
When did the Kogan Agora 8 Plus come out? November 2017.
What’s new about the Kogan Agora 8 Plus? Full HD display, 4GB of RAM, Android 7.0.
How much does the Kogan Agora 8 Plus cost? $239.

The Kogan Agora 8 Plus isn't fancy or expensive, but it ultimately has little that really stands out, even in the budget space.

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

Camera

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

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

Kogan Agora 8 Plus

A budget phone that doesn't cheap out on features

A sleek design, a full HD display and an eight-core processor make the Kogan Agora 8 Plus a solid addition to the budget smartphone space.

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OS Android 7
Display size (inches) 5.5
Display resolution (pixels) 1920 x 1080
Pixels per inch (PPI) 401
Processor MT6750T
Height (mm) 155
Width (mm) 77
Depth (mm) 9
Weight (g) 173
Battery size (mAh) 2,950
Wireless charging No
Internal storage 32GB
MicroSD expansion 128GB
Fingerprint scanner Yes
RAM 4
Water resistance N/A
Rear camera (1) resolution 13
Rear camera (1) aperture N/A
Rear camera (2) resolution
Rear camera (2) aperture
Rear camera (3) resolution
Rear camera (3) aperture
Front camera (1) resolution 8
Front camera (1) aperture N/A
Front camera (2) resolution
Front camera (2) aperture
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Network category speed N/A
NFC support Yes
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Updated November 21st, 2018
Name Product Processor type Display size Display resolution Internal storage Provider in CTA
MT6750T
5.5
1920 x 1080
32GB
MT6737
5
1280 x 720
16GB

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