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Kogan Releases £89 HTC Flyer Tablet Rival

Australian company Kogan has unveiled a new tablet, named Agora, that costs £89.02 at the moment; the price will increase over the next few weeks to £119.

Kogan, which only sells products online, operates a dynamic price policy, otherwise known as Liveprice, and says that the estimated release date for the tablet will be the 27th of May.

The tablet (opens in new tab) has almost the same specifications as the Samsung Galaxy Tab Wi-Fi. It has a Samsung Hummingbird SoC which is based on the Cortex A8 SoC and clocked at 1GHz, 512MB DDR2, 4GB onboard storage that can be upgraded to 36GB thanks to an optional 32GB microSD card, Wi-Fi, a 7-inch capacitive 1024x600 pixel touchscreen, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, HDMI and USB ports and a 3600mAh battery.

The only big difference, other than the lack of 16GB onboard storage, is the fact that it only has a front facing 1.3-megapixel camera while the Galaxy Tab has a rear five-megapixel camera as well.

At 390g and measuring under 12mm thick, it is small enough to match the Galaxy Tab and may prove to be a very capable competitor to the Apple iPad 2 and the HTC Flyer, especially when bearing in mind that it costs only a fraction (£96 including delivery vs £399 and £600).

As expected, the tablet is compatible with the Android Market and its Flash compatibility makes it a very attractive proposition indeed ahead of the Advent Vega, which costs more than twice the price but comes with a bigger 10-inch screen and a faster, dual core Tegra 2 chipset.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.