While rumours of the iPhone 6 keep speculating that Apple’s next smartphone will feature a larger 5.5-inch screen, Aussie electronics company Kogan has come out with the Kogan Agora 4G, a 5-inch LTE-enabled smartphone for just $229.
This isn’t Kogan’s first 5-inch Agora smartphone – the company has previously released both dual-core and quad-core handsets in the past. But where this new model stands apart from Kogan’s previous attempts is the inclusion of 4G network support, meaning nice and fast LTE speeds.
Not only that, but the Kogan phone supports LTE bands on the 700, 900 and 1800MHz spectrum, which means that it will work on all three 4G networks in Australia, as well as the expanded 4G services that will launch in 2015 following the sale of the analogue TV spectrum in 2013. It won’t however, support Optus’ TD-LTE network (but then again, few phones do).
The most exciting aspect of the Kogan Agora 4G is that from a simple spec sheet analysis, it appears to be fantastic value for money. Packed into its body is the same 1.2GHz quad-core processor as the previous quad-core Agora phone, as well as 1GB RAM and 8GB of internal memory (expandable to 64GB via the MicroSD card slot), a 2500mAh battery, an 8MP rear camera and a 1.3MP front-facing camera.
It will also come loaded with Android 4.4.2 KitKat out of the box, and supports Bluetooth 4.0, which should help with the arrival of the Internet of Things.
The 5-inch display is a 1280 x 720 IPS screen, which means the pixel density might be a little low compared to some of the flagship phones hitting the market now like the LG G3, but frankly it’s not like anyone could complain given the price.
While it’s not the cheapest phone on the market, it does appear to have a pretty amazing lineup of specs for the price.