New Kogan Agora tablets run Android 4.0

Kogan Agora ICS tablets retail for under $200

The new Kogan Agora 10in tablets come in 8GB and 16GB models and are priced at just $179 and $199, respectively.

The new Kogan Agora 10in tablets come in 8GB and 16GB models and are priced at just $179 and $199, respectively.

Australian manufacturer and retailer Kogan has today unveiled two budget Android tablets, both running the latest 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich version of Google's Android operating system.

The new Kogan Agora 10in tablets come in 8GB and 16GB models and are priced at just $179 and $199, respectively. Both Agora tablets feature a 10in capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 1024x768, come with a HDMI port for connecting the device to a high definition television and have a 2-megapixel rear-facing camera.

"We've listened to feedback from our first foray into Android tablets, which people said was priced exactly where they wanted it - a guilt-free way to get into tablet computing. However, Android 2.3 provided limitations that we’ve overcome with Android 4.0 ICS," said Ruslan Kogan, CEO.

"While the new iPad is no doubt resolutionary, it does come with a comparatively hefty price tag. It's also a closed system which which limits functionality. Our tablets gives people freedom through USB and microSD inputs," he explained. "We want people to be able to experience a portable, powerful tablet and use the latest software for a fraction of the cost."

Kogan claims the Agora tablets both have a battery life of up to eight hours and says that 1GB of RAM and single-core 1.2GHz Cortex A8 processor should provide enough grunt to run most third-party apps without issue.

The ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime was the first tablet sold in Australia to ship with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich back in January. Since then, Acer has updated its Iconia A200 to ICS, while the ASUS Transformer Pad TF300T hit Australian shelves last week. Sony has also promised to upgrade its Tablet S and Tablet P devices to Ice Cream Sandwich by the end of this month.

Both the Kogan Agora 10" 8GB tablet and the Kogan Agora 10" 16GB tablet are now available to pre-order online, though they wont ship until Monday 25 June.

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Ross Catanzariti

Ross Catanzariti

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6 Comments

shine wong

1

It is a re-branded tablet from Eken A90, and it only cost $139.99 from android-sale.

A.T.

2

Thanks Shine Wong.

I have looked at the specs for the Eken A90 and noticed a few specs differences.

Eken does not have bluetooth and battery life stated around 4-5 hours whereas Kogan's version has bluetooth and battery is about 8 hours.

Oskar

3

I just purchased and received the 16 GB version and it came with no instructions and I have no idea how it works. I have tried to connect to internet via bluetooth and it wont let me. says no internet connection. Also when I plug in a USB mem stick I dont know how to open it. NEED INSTRUCTIONS PLEASE.
Besides these basic issues I am so far happy with it but need to know how to use it.

Coops

4

Oscar just go to Kogan support page and download the manual from there.

vamshi

5

I brought one of these old ones, this is just a crap, i have stopped using this the next day it was delievered....obsolute rubbish and money lost for a dumb tablet.
Kogan Agora 10 Inch Invoice No# KA064577

Lemontang

6

I received one of these at the beginning of August. And have to say I love it. Yes this is a budget tablet so one shouldn't expect it to perform like a $500+ one. But it's more than capable to be used for business which I use it for, and even handles games like Mine Craft quite well. Also tethered seamlessly to both my wifi networks & Bluetooth devices with little to no trouble.

For the uninitiated into the android tablet market this is a good entry level tablet for performing everyday tasks. But yes if you don’t know your way around the android OS jump on the Kogan website and download the manual.

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