Kogan Agora To Be Second Android Device On Sale

Barring a sudden speed-release by an unknown party, the second commercially available Android smartphone will be the Kogan Agora.  A candybar-format BlackJack-a-like with a full QWERTY keyboard, the Agora will begin shipping in Australia on January 29th and have a 2.5-inch resistive touchscreen, GPS, WiFi and 3G.

Grunt is from a 624MHz processor with 256MB ROM and 128MB RAM; storage expansion is via a microSD slot.  There's a 2-megapixel camera, and the handset is triband UMTS/HSDPA (850/900/2100MHz) and quadband GSM/EDGE.  The Agora measures 108 x 64 x 14.8 mm and weighs 130g with its 1,300mAh battery; according to Kogan, that's good for up to 400 minutes talktime or 300 hours standby.

The specs are a little on the anaemic side compared to the G1 (the resistive touchscreen will likely be a particular disappointment to anybody hoping for another capacitive panel as on the T-Mobile phone) but the price is reasonable.  Kogan will be selling the Agora unlocked and unsubsidized for 399 Australian dollars ($256) or a cheaper version without WiFi, camera or GPS for 299 Australia dollars ($192), with preorders being taken now.  It's not limited to Australia, either; preorders are being accepted worldwide.

[via Android Community]

Press Release:

KOGAN UNVEILS 'AGORA'

FIRST AUSSIE PHONE POWERED BY ANDROID™

MELBOURNE, Thursday 4th December 2008 – Kogan Technologies today unveiled the Kogan Agora, the first Australian mobile phone powered by the Android™ operating system.

Kogan Technologies will sell the Agora for AU$299 and the Agora Pro for AU$399. Both models are available for sale today on www.kogan.com.au. The phones are sold outright – with no contract – and will work on any network.

The Kogan Agora (AU$299) features a full QWERTY keyboard, central navigation key, 2.5" touchscreen, microSD slot, and 3G connectivity.

The Kogan Agora Pro (AU$399) adds a 2 MP camera, Wi-Fi, and GPS to the Agora's impressive specifications.

Both models will ship to customers – in Australia and internationally – on January 29th 2009.

Kogan Technologies founder, Ruslan Kogan, said the Agora is proof that his company is achieving its goal of offering the latest technology at the best value prices.

"The Kogan team have been working very hard to bring out the exciting new phones powered by Google's Android operating system at the right mix of price and specifications," Kogan said.

"We've been listening to customers through our blog, and crammed in all the features we possibly could. The end result is the best value, fully-featured phone in the Australian market.

"We worked closely with manufacturers and vendors to develop drivers, software, and tweaks to make the Agora an intuitive and exciting experience for everyone.

"The design and features of the Kogan Agora makes the phone appeal to both consumers and business users.

"The Android operating system means the handset can capture and play music, photos and video, surf the web, play games, navigate, and organise your life with extremely powerful applications."

Kogan has been a long time supporter of open source and Android™ provides a real alternative to Apple's proprietary operating system for the iPhone.

"Google is a key player in developing efficient and innovative online solutions for customers around the world. The open source nature of Android means the operating system will continually improve over time," Kogan said.

Some of the applications pre-loaded on the Kogan Agora are:

· Gmail™

· Google Search™

· Google Calender™

· Google Maps™

· Google Talk™

· YouTube™

HIGHLIGHTS:

· 2.5-inch TFT-LCD flat touch-sensitive screen

· Integrated QWERTY keyboard

· High-speed 3G network connection

· One-Touch Google Search ™

· Easy Web Browsing

· Easy-to-use email with attachment support for images, videos, music and documents

· Customisable Home Screen with instant Email, text message and IM notifications

· Instant access to mobile Internet services (Gmail ™, YouTube ™, Google Talk ™, Google Calendar ™, Google Maps ™)

· Music Player

· microSD™ expansion slot for all your storage needs

· Wi-Fi network access (included with Kogan Agora Pro)

· GPS navigation capability (included with Kogan Agora Pro)

· 2.0 megapixel camera (included with Kogan Agora Pro)

SPECIFICATIONS:

Operating System

Android™

Google Mobile Functions

Google Search™, Gmail™, YouTube™, Google Maps™, Google Talk™, Google Calendar™.

Display

2.5-inch TFT-LCD flat touch-sensitive screen with 262K QVGA (320 X 240 pixel) resolution

Device Control

Central Navigation Key

Keyboard

QWERTY keyboard

Keyboard backlighting

GPS

GPS navigation capability (included with Kogan Agora Pro)

Connectivity

Bluetooth® 2.0 with Enhanced Data Rate

Wi-Fi®: IEEE 802.11b/g (included with Kogan Agora Pro)

Camera

2.0 megapixel colour camera (included with Kogan Agora Pro)

Audio

Built-in microphone and speaker

Headphone jack

Ring tone formats:

· MIDI, MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, PCM

Video

Video formats supported:

· MPEG2 H263, H264, MPEG4, AVI

Mail attachment support

Viewable document types:

· JPEG, GIF, WBMP, MIDI, AMR, MP3, WAV

Dimensions (HxWxD)

108 mm x 64 mm x 14.8 mm

Weight

130g

Battery

Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery

Capacity: 1300 mAh

Talk Time

Up to approximately 400 minutes

Standby Time

Up to approximately 300 hours

Processor MHz

624 MHz

Memory

ROM:

256 MB

RAM:

128 MB

microSD™ card expansion slot

Network

UMTS/HSDPA (850, 1900, 2100 MHz)

GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)

Other than as described in this release, Kogan and its products, are not affiliated with Google Inc or its products. Google™, Android™, Google Search™, Gmail™, YouTube™, Google Maps™, Google Talk™, Google Calendar™ are trademarks of Google Inc. Use of these trademarks is subject to Google Permissions.

About Kogan Technologies

Kogan Technologies is a wholly-owned Australian company established in 2006 by entrepreneur Ruslan Kogan. Kogan sells a wide range of consumer electronics in Australia, New Zealand, and around the world. The Kogan promise is based on a unique business model that passes the savings of dealing direct with the manufacturers onto Australian consumers. Bypassing middlemen, Kogan is able to offer the latest technology at the most affordable prices. Kogan's unique blend of quality technology and value for money offers price-conscious Australian technology consumers a real choice.