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 800x480. 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.



    A rebadged Samsung Galaxy Grand? The specs are almost identical.

    Also is sim slot 2 GSM only? That's usually the case with these phones, hopefully it's not and both sims support quad or pentaband 3G.

    Last edited 10/01/13 11:24 am

      Unlikely, I imagine that you'd need to have two antennas and radios for that

      It's states in the article one is 2G. So not really for people hoping to use to sims to up their data allowance.

      I wish.

      What it IS is a rebadged version of a chinese Galaxy Note 1 ripoff. All you need to do is see a picture of the back compared to a Note 1.

    Looks like an S1 to me

      Other than the dual core and 5" screen and 2 sim slots it's similarly specced.

    The phone is now up on Kogan's website: http://www.kogan.com/au/buy/agora-50-dual-core-smartphone/#product_overview

    Both SIM slots are quad-band 850/900/1800/2100 so it will be compatible with all Australian 2G and 3G networks.

    it weighs 590 grams!!!

    Need a review on this phone, bargain for $149, it can replace my work Nokia N97 LOL

    Hands on? http://www.engadget.com/2013/01/09/kogan-agora-phablet-hands-on/

    Looks pretty good from the videos, shame that it's 5inches or at that price point it could have been great for my in laws, can't see them going from a sub 2 inch dumb phone to a 5 in phablet / smart phone.

    Looks to be this?

    I don't know if I'd buy a cheap Chinese phone.

    Is it locked to kogans new mobile startup?

    FFS can't anyone bring out an equivalent of a dual sim card Galaxy S3?

      I saw someone at work yesterday with the one you wanted. It had HD screen, same size and shape as Galaxy S3 but without the quad core. I can it a bit laggy than the S3. It was dual SIM card and dual active. He bought it for $150 but not sure where from.

    Nope, "All phones and tablets sold by Kogan are network unlocked." From their site.

    But does it work on Telstra's Next G network ?

    @Ben J Telstra sold ZTE for ages.

    I don't have a lot of money and would love a new smartphone, but I've seen way too many comments on this site along the lines of "I bought a Kogan [whatever] and it broke within 2 days".

    Gonna wait for the full reviews, but fingers crossed it's not too good to be true. (Which means it probably is)

      I have bought from Apple stores, both 27inch imacs and iphones and they have broken within 3 months over the last couple of years, kogan sources from the same factories in China for his goods, just charges less as there is no bricks and mortar or middleman to pay, smart guy...

      I am with Kogan. Every single smartphone in the world is made in China, even Samsung and Apple. How Kogan differs is he gets rid of the middlemen and enables consumers to buy almost direct from the manufacturer, which means cheaper prices for the consumer and no retailers or massive advertising budget to rip you off.

    Dammit. Too late for my Hong Kong Business trip. This'd be perfect- 2G slot for my work sim card, 3G slot for local sim card data...

    I've bought lots of Kogan atuff and never had a problem. I'll get one of these as a backup.

    I have owned one of the clones Ben J listed until it got stolen on holidays. It was a great phone BUT the camera was crap and it was VERY temperamental about what headphones you could use.

    Still doesnt appear to be available
    Maybe this is just a Hoax :(

    Not a Hoax, ordered mine at least a month ago, received it 3 days ago, it's great!, unlocked, I'm using my TPG Sim. Screens great, heaps of apps already loaded...user friendly, photos are pretty good... Unable to locate a case to fit so far...either minutely smaller or bigger..dumb size :(

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