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Kogan’s new premium Agora 6 Plus smartphone features a mid-range processor


The Agora 6 Plus, Kogan’s latest own-brand handset, offers a range of what it’s calling "premium" features, although it’s worth paying attention to the fine detail.

As you might expect from a Kogan-branded device, the key selling point for the Agora 6 Plus is the asking price, which sits at $349 plus delivery, with stock expected to ship from 29 June.

As befits a phone with a "Plus" suffix, the other striking feature of the Agora 6 Plus is the size of the screen, as this is a 5.5 inch "phablet" style phone with Full HD resolution. It’s running Android 6.0 ("Marshmallow") with 32GB of onboard storage plus MicroSD expansion. Moreover, it's Dual SIM capable, although it’s not clear if both SIMs operate on 4G simultaneously; we’d guess this wasn’t the case as it is with most other Dual SIM phones.

Kogan brands the Agora 6 Plus as being a challenger to "premium" phones, but as you might expect given the price difference there are still some potential catches to be aware of. The underlying processor is an Octa-core unit, which sounds impressive, but it’s running MediaTek’s Helio P10 2.0GHz processor, rather than something in the genuine premium space such as Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 or Apple’s A9.

While we haven’t had the opportunity to test out the Agora 6 Plus specifically, previous benchmarks elsewhere for the Helio P10 suggest that its performance tends more towards the mid-range than a genuine premium product. Even within the MediaTek family, the Helio X10 tends to outperform the Helio P10. As such, while the Agora 6 Plus could be a decent buy at the asking price, it’s not really a "premium" contender.

Here are the specifications for the Kogan Agora 6 Plus:

KoganAgora 6 Plus
OSAndroid 6.0
Screen size5.5in
Display density400ppi
ProcessorHelio P10 Octa-Core A53 4 x 2.0Ghz + 4 x 1.2Ghz
Rear camera21MP
Front camera8MP

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