As Michael pointed out this week, pricing of some upcoming tablets has shown that the manufacturers haven’t been listening. Some people want tablets, but most want iPads, and to get the average consumer interested, the price needs to be low enough to make it an impulse buy.
Kogan’s new Android tablets look to fit the bill. Available in 8″ 800×600 (SVGA) and 10″ 1024×768 (XGA) models, the tablets come with Gingerbread 2.3 (no Honeycomb here, folks), a single core 1GHz Cortex A8 processor with 512MB RAM, 4GB built-in storage, microSD slot (up to 32GB can be added) HDMI output and a front-facing 2.0 megapixel camera.
Prices start from AU$149 for the 8″ model, and AU$189 for the 10″ model.
We’re trying to get a review unit in, so stay tuned![showhide]
Melbourne, Australia, 13 October 2011 – Kogan has fired up the tablet wars in Australia with the launch of its newAgora 8” Tablet (starting at $149) and Agora 10” Tablet (starting at $189), both powered by Android.
Both models have bright, 4:3 ratio capacitive touchscreens, revamped lightweight designs, a wealth of input and output options, and will ship direct to customers with a bundled protective pouch.
Ruslan Kogan said that Kogan’s ability to design, create, and deliver the tablets meant that Kogan can cut out traditional middlemen, resulting in extremely low prices for Australian shoppers.
“There’s a lot of hype around tablets and the so-called post-PC era of consumer electronics. It’s difficult to leave your house these days without seeing someone using a tablet.
“But, a lot of people are still concerned about the expense of the tablets on the market, and can’t justify spending up to $1000 on an entertainment device.
“We’re now entering the tablet wars in a concerted way and ensuring that we have the best value option.
“The Kogan Agora 7” Tablet we launched earlier in the year was a roaring success, selling out multiple production runs within days. But we have had a lot of constructive feedback over the past few months in the Kogan community that have resulted in direct changes to the new range.
“As a result, we know we’re creating a device that will be loved by anyone wanting to own their own tablet without feeling guilty for forking out an arm and a leg,” Kogan said.
And Ruslan Kogan was adamant we include this statement in the release: “It is true. The Kogan Agora range of tablets does have a screen and a battery. Our tablets also happen to look like a tablet. I hope this does not aggravate Apple and cause further legal proceedings.”
The new Agora 8” and 10” tablets are lightning fast, extremely comfortable to use, and have full access to Android Market and hundreds of thousands of apps.
The range is available today from kogan.com.au using the patent-pending LivePrice system: