Kogan’s cheekily named Kogan Agora XS is yet another budget handset

Alex Kidman 28 November 2018 NEWS

The naming is rather Apple, but the hardware underneath on the Kogan Agora XS is a little less exciting.

Kogan's latest own-brand Android phone borrows a marketing trick from Apple, what with being the Kogan Agora XS, but rather predictably for the budget technology company, it's a far more affordable device with significantly more constrained specifications.

The Kogan Agora XS has a 5.7-inch 1,520 x 720 pixel LCD with a modest 287 pixels per inch. It's an Android 8 smartphone running on Mediatek's MTK6763 processor with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage, which is in line with its price point of $299 plus delivery.

Charging is via USB-C to its 3,250mAh battery and it's equipped with NFC and a standard headphone jack. Notably, it's only capable of Wi-Fi to 802.11 b/g/n networks and not the faster 802.11 ac type, but then it's very common for budget handsets to offer lower specification features in return for that alluring price point. It's dual-SIM capable with the usual set-up of a secondary slot that also works as a microSD card reader for storage expansion.

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    On the camera front, the Kogan Agora XS has a front-facing 16MP camera that Kogan states is capable of facial unlocking, along with rear 12MP and 5MP sensors, although it's a fair bet that secondary sensor is just a depth sensor for portrait effects.

    If you're keen on the Kogan Agora XS as a Christmas present, it's available for pre-order now, but you'll have to actually give your recipient an IOU on 25 December, as the Kogan Agora XS doesn't ship until 28 December 2018.

    Kogan Agora XS

    Kogan Agora XS from Kogan

    With a 5.7 inch 19:9 display, dual rear cameras, the choice of fingerprint or face unlock and a powerful 3250mAh battery, the Kogan Agora XS gives you more phone for less money.

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    We've reached out to Kogan to see if we can get a review unit to test in the meantime. We're also presuming that it's the Kogan Agora "excess" rather than "10S", as per Apple, but anything's possible.

    Kogan Agora XS specifications

    OS Android 8
    Display size (inches) 5.7
    Display resolution (pixels) 1520 x 720
    Pixels per inch (PPI) 287
    Processor MTK6763
    Height (mm) 148.4
    Width (mm) 71.4
    Depth (mm) 8.3
    Weight (g) 180
    Battery size (mAh) 3,250
    Wireless charging Qi
    Internal storage 64GB
    MicroSD expansion 128GB
    Fingerprint scanner Yes
    RAM 4GB
    Water resistance N/A
    Rear camera (1) resolution 12
    Rear camera (1) aperture
    Rear camera (2) resolution 5
    Rear camera (2) aperture
    Rear camera (3) resolution
    Rear camera (3) aperture
    Front camera (1) resolution 16
    Front camera (1) aperture
    Front camera (2) resolution
    Front camera (2) aperture
    Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
    Network category speed N/A
    NFC support Yes

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