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Kogan Updates £100 Tablet With Faster Chip, Better Camera

Aussie company Kogan confirmed this morning that it would be shipping an updated version of its tablet device with significantly enhanced specifications without any increase in the selling price.

According to a post (opens in new tab) on the company's official website, the Kogan Agora 7-inch tablet PC will now come with a two megapixel camera rather than a 1.3-megapixel one and a 1GHz SoC with a dedicated 200MHz GPU.

A bit of digging leads us to believe that the Agora might be based on Samsung's Hummingbird Cortex-A8 based SoC which incidentally comes with a PowerVR SGX 540 GPU clocked at 200MHz. That's the same SoC as on the Samsung Galaxy Tab and the Galaxy S.

The tablet has also been upgraded so that it supports 3G USB dongles and external hard disk drives of up to 1TB. Given that it comes with an HDMI output, it could well be an excellent alternative to a bog standard PVR, especially if Kogan somehow manages to make its all-in-one keyboard compatible with it.

The rest of the specifications are not unlike the Samsung Galaxy Tab; 512MB RAM, a 7-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen, microSD card reader, Wi-Fi, a front facing camera and a microUSB port.

The Agora currently retails for less than £100, which is roughly a third of the suggested retail price of the Samsung Galaxy Tab, with the next batch of tablets expected to be delivered in July.

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 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.