If there’s one thing that Android tablet producers can do to
put themselves ahead of their rivals it’s to cut the price. And a new tablet from
Australian company Kogan could be just what we’ve been waiting for.
Kogan has announced the 7in Agora Android tablet, which is now available for the amazingly low price of £89.06. The 7in tablet has a capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 800 x 480, which supports 720p video playback. The Agora is powered by a 1GHz Samsung Cortex A8 processor and comes with 512MB of DDR2 RAM but a lowly 4GB of storage. However the tablet comes with a microSD card slot to boost your storage up to 32GB. The Agora comes with a front-facing 1.3 megapixel webcam, a mini HDMI port, a USB port and a headphone jack. The Agora weighs just 390g with dimensions measuring 192 x 121 x 12mm.
The Kogan tablet will run Android version 2.2 or Froyo which is obviously quite a jump down from the Honeycomb OS running on the high-end tablets at the moment. However it won’t come with any custom UI and will give you complete access to hundreds of thousands of apps via the Android Market. While aesthetically the tablet isn’t the worst we’ve seen, it certainly won’t be winning any design awards. However for basic tablet functionality, which is what a lot of people want, this could be the answer - and at £90 you don’t have much to lose.
The Agora is on pre-order now for £89 via its Live Price offer, whereby people can get in on the deal while the tablet is still in production. Once the Live Price offer ends, the tablet will cost £119 – which we think is still a pretty good deal. Despite the great price we’ll have to reserve judgement until we get a unit into the office for some testing but we’ll be keeping our fingers crossed that it delivers on it promises.