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

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Are you looking for a budget-friendly smartphone, but need all-day battery life? Kogan’s Agora 9 is now available for pre-sale – and while you won’t get the premium features associated with the iPhone, Samsung Galaxy Note range, or new Google Pixel 3, 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 4G SIMs, so you can switch between two different numbers and networks on the one device.

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.

Agora 9 bonus: free Kogan Mobile prepaid plan

If you’re thinking of ordering the Agora 9, Kogan is currently throwing in a free, prepaid Large 17GB Kogan Mobile plan with each pre-order.

Valued at $36.90, the Large plan features unlimited standard talk and text, plus 17GB of data, over 30 days. You’ll get a prepaid SIM card and your first month free with your Kogan Agora 9 purchase (although all subsequent recharges are up to you).

Kogan Mobile operates on Vodafone’s 4G network, and offers a range of prepaid plans over 30, 90, or 365-day recharge periods. Kogan’s 30-day prepaid plans are outlined below.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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Small

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $16.90 over 30 day billing period

3GBMax Data**/billing period $16.90Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Medium

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $29.90 over 30 day billing period

7GBMax Data**/billing period $29.90Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Large

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $36.90 over 30 day billing period

17GBMax Data**/billing period $36.90Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Extra Large

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $49.90 over 30 day billing period

32GBMax Data**/billing period $49.90Advertised Data^^/billing period
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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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