Thursday, 13 October 2011 10:32

More budget tablets from Kogan

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Fancy a tablet, but put off by the price of the iPad and other upmarket models? Kogan wants your dosh - just not so much of it, with prices starting at $149.

 

Or it might be more accurate to say that prices started at $149. Kogan's LivePrice system attempts to encourage early orders by gradually creeping the price up until the product actually ships. So within minutes of the announcement being made, the Agora 8in tablet was $149.01, and the 10in version had reached $189.09. When deliveries start in early November, the prices will be $229 and $269 respectively.

 

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So what do you get for your money? Both models feature a Cortex A8 CPU running at 1GHz, 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage. Wi-Fi (b/g), microSD, USB (1 port), HDMI and a front-facing 2MP camera are all standard.

The 8in model has an 800x600 display, while the 10in's resolution is 1024x768. Yes, that's the old 4:3 ratio. A 16:9 display may be preferable if watching video is particularly important to you, but 4:3 is arguably better for other types of content (especially books) and for at least some apps.

Both models use capacitive touchscreens. The Agora 10in includes a 5500mAh battery in place of the 8in's 3600mAh - those extra pixels need feeding.

The OS is Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), and includes the Android Market.

"The Kogan Agora 7in Tablet we launched earlier in the year was a roaring success, selling out multiple production runs within days. But we have had a lot of constructive feedback over the past few months in the Kogan community that have resulted in direct changes to the new range," said Kogan founder Ruslan Kogan.

"As a result, we know we're creating an device that will be loved by anyone wanting to own their own tablet without feeling guilty for forking out an arm and a leg," he added.

 


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