Kogan shows off sub $200 10-inch ICS tablet

Kogan shows off sub $200 10-inch ICS tablet
When it comes to budget tablets, many of them can be quite lackluster when it comes to features. Kogan is looking to raise the bar a bit with its new Agora tablet.

The Australian manufacturer traditionally makes budget portables such as netbooks and tablets running Linux and Android. It is now taking a swing at the tablet game.

The Kogan Agora tablet is an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich powered tablet that has a 10-inch display with a 1024 x 768 resolution. It runs on a 1.2GHz Cortex A8 processor, 1GB RAM, choice of 8GB or 16GB onboard storage, microSD expansion slot, a 2-megapixel rear camera, USB 2.0, and HDMI out.

If the name is striking you as somewhat familiar, it is because way back in 2008, Kogan announced it was going to launch the world's "second Android phone" in the form of the Agora and Agora Pro QWERTY smartphones. While they were spotted in photos, neither of those two products ever actually made it to market and were cancelled in early 2009

The Agora is scheduled to be available (for real this time) in Australia on June 25. The 16GB model will cost $176 AUD, which is about $176 US, and the 32GB model will run $199.  At first glance, it packs a nice set of specs for the under $200 category. It will be interesting to see how it performs in the real world.

source: Kogan via Electronista



1. shadowcell

Posts: 300; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

At first I was ecstatic to see a sub-$200 10" Android tablet on the market but then I noticed a little closer on the article: "Cortex A8". Such a weak ARM CPU that could only translate to mediocre performance. Might as well shoot me in the leg and force me to run a mile. The Tegra 2 would have been a formidable choice (perhaps Nvidia has an overstock).

2. PryvateiDz

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 31, 2011

When will they learn? Stop adding rear facing camera's on tablets, & have only a front-facing camera & everything will be good.

3. quryous

Posts: 106; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

I see plenty of people taking snapshots and video with tablets. I suspect that if they didn't sell so well companies would stop selling them. Can't say I expect a rear-facing camera in the 22" wall mount models, but for the smaller ones, 13" and smaller, the rear camera makes perfect sense to a lot of people.

4. DigitalMD

Posts: 226; Member since: Feb 17, 2010

And this raises the bar how? aren't we already flush is low end tablets in that price range? How about a high end tablet in a low price range.. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz .boring.

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