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Kogan’s Agora 9: the budget phone with all-day battery

Are you looking for a budget-friendly smartphone, but need all-day battery life? Kogan’s Agora 9 is now available for sale – and while you won’t get the premium features associated with the iPhone, Samsung Galaxy S range, or new Google Pixel, you will get an affordable price and some neat specifications.

The newest Kogan-branded device includes a 5.45-inch IPS LCD display, 2GB of RAM, and is powered by a Quad-Core processor. Impressively, the Agora features a 4,000 mAh battery – unusual for a phone at this price point, and great news for anyone looking for an inexpensive battery solution. A single charge should get you around 40 hours on standby, and a full day (up to 20 hours) of active use.

Kogan’s newest phone also includes 6GB of onboard storage, with microSD card support for a further 128GB.

In addition to a microSD slot, the Agora will also support dual SIMs (one 4G, the other 2G). You cannot use the second SIM in Australia, however, you can when you travel overseas where 2G mobile networks are still in operation (like some Asian countries).

The Agora 9 also features a fingerprint scanner for added security, 8-megapixel front and rear cameras, and will run Android 8.1 Oreo. Overall, it offers all the essential features for the average smartphone user, at a reasonable upfront price: just $169 outright from Kogan’s online store.

Kogan Mobile operates on Vodafone’s 4G network, and offers a range of prepaid plans over 30 or 365-day recharge periods. Kogan’s 30-day prepaid plans are outlined below.

The following table shows selected published Kogan prepaid plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.

Should I buy Kogan’s Agora 9?

While the Agora 9 will get you through most days of talking, texting, and data use, it may not be the right smartphone for everyone. Camera-wise, both the front and rear lenses will underwhelm when compared to mid-range options from Huawei, OPPO, Samsung or even Nokia; so if phone photography is your passion, you may need to look elsewhere.

There’s also no telling when or if the Agora 9 will receive future Android updates – and while the Oreo operating system is great, Android users may prefer a device with guaranteed software upgrades.

Generally, if you like your smartphone with all the frills, the Agora 9 might not tick your boxes.

On the other hand, if you are looking for a basic smartphone with all-day juice (particularly one with dual SIM capabilities), $169 isn’t an unreasonable asking price. If the Agora 9 sounds like a great deal, it’s available to pre-order now from Kogan, with shipping to begin 27 November.

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