BlackBerry Influenced Android Handsets Unveiled

If the G1 didn't tickle you then how about these...

We all know the next battle between mobile phones will be centred on the operating system, so what better time for Android to demonstrate its versatility…

Proving that if you don’t like the form factor of the T-Mobile G1 (and let’s face it, you shouldn’t) there’s going to be plenty of alternatives is Aussie handset maker Kogan which has unveiled the ‘Agora’ and ‘Agora Pro’.

Looking suspiciously BlackBerry / Nokia E71 influenced the duo sport 2.5in QVGA resistive (darn it!) touchscreens, lightening 624MHz CPUs, physical Qwerty keyboards, Bluetooth 2.0, microSD expansion slots and 3G with the Pro also throwing in WiFi, a 2MP camera and GPS for good measure. At 108 x 64 x 14.8mm and 130g they are pocket friendly as well while even better is the news the pair will retail sim free from just 299 AUD (£131) and 399 AUD (£175) respectively and are on presale now ready for a dispatch on 29 January.

Of course there’s a ”but” in all this though and the hint is in the pricing… yep, for once those traditionally tech starved Australians will be getting the Kogan exclusively and as yet there’s no plan for an international launch. Don’t shed too many tears though as I suspect there will be a well oiled line on grey imports before too long.

”’Update:”’ The ever wonderful Lars (you’re missed) has pointed out that Kogan will offer international shipping anywhere in the world for $59.85 (£26). Game on G1…

Kogan Agora Pro Product Page
Kogan Agora Product Page

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