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Kogan's Low-Cost, Dual-SIM Android Smartphone Is Real

Remember that Kogan Agora rumour from earlier in the week? Turns out it’s real. Here’s the $149, dual-SIM, 5-inch Kogan Agora smartphone.

The Agora (Greek word for “marketplace”) is a modestly specced Android smartphone, packing in a 1GHz dual-core Cortex A9 processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of on-board storage and a 5-megapixel camera. The screen measures 5-inches on the diagonal with a resolution of 800×480. It also has dual-SIM capabilities. The device doesn’t support 4G, instead one slot is 2G and one slot is 3G.

The Agora is running Android 4.0.4 out of the box. Ruslan Kogan told us that he’s not sure about future updates to Jelly Bean and onwards but is still in negotiations with the as yet undisclosed manufacturer.

Kogan’s also throwing in a bit of extra value for everyone who buys the device: when you buy the Kogan Agora you get a Kogan Mobile SIM starter kit. That includes $100 worth of calls and 100MB of free data when you get started. Kogan told us today that Kogan Mobile is currently flat-chat printing SIM cards for new customers. No numbers just yet but they’ll arrive shortly.

We’re hands on with the device right now and it feels smooth and zippy. The screen is bright and vibrant the price is stellar.

The Agora starts shipping soon for delivery in mid-February.