AUSTRALIAN HARDWARE MAKER Kogan has launched a budget tablet running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, undercutting the Nexus 7 by £40.
Released in the UK today, Kogan said the Agora ICS is not only cheaper than Google's £159 Jelly Bean tablet at £119, but also includes extra features.
For starters, it has a much bigger 10in screen, front and rear cameras, microSD expandable memory of up to 32GB and 1080p miniHDMI video output.
Like the Nexus 7, the Agora is available in 8GB or 16GB storage options, with the latter being only £10 extra. Both options have a capacitive LCD touchscreen with 10 point multi-touch support, although the 1024x768 resolution is significantly lower than that on the Nexus, which runs a 1280x800 HD display.
Powered by a 1Ghz ARM CPU, the Agora lacks the processing power of the Nexus 7's Tegra 3 quad core CPU, but matches its 1GB of RAM.
Kogan said it decided to launch the Agora in the UK beause it wants "people to be able to experience a portable, powerful tablet and use the latest software for a fraction of the cost".
Comparing the Agora to Google's new tablet, Kogan said its tablets aim to "give people freedom through USB and microSD inputs", something the Nexus doesn't do.
Kogan claims the Agora will run for eight hours after a single charge of its 8000mAh Li-Ion battery, though this is something we will be testing out when we get a hands on with a review unit.
The 545g Agora weighs more than the 340g Nexus due to its bigger size, but when compared to a similar sized new Ipad, which weighs 652g, it is more than 100g lighter.
The Kogan Agora ICS is available now from Kogan's official online store. µ
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