Third Android Phone Debuts in Australia

The Kogan Agora Pro is the third Android smartphone to come on the market after the G1 and the G2 and is expected to debut down under as early as the end of January 2009.

The Agora Pro and its little brother, the Agora, look strikingly similar to any traditional Blackberry handset with their full QWERTY keyboards (and a Crackberry form factor) but are much cheaper than RIM's current offerings. The non Pro version costs £132 while the pro one will fetch around £176.

While the Agora boosts a central navigation key, a 2.5-inch touchscreen, a microSD slot and 3G connectivity (but no camera) , the Pro version adds a 2MP camera, FM Radio, Wi-Fi and GPS, an exceptionally good bargain given the fact that it should be available unlocked.

Both smartphones come with a whole set of Google applications including Google Maps, Gmail and a Youtube video player.

Although the company is unknown in UK, Kogan is a well-known brand in Australia where it sells Chinese consumer electronics goods sourced directly. International customers can also buy the device online on Kogan's website.

A second Android-based smartphone was launched back in November; the Sciphone Dream G2 is already available on a number of wholesale Chinese website like Alibaba.com and Madeinchina.com.

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