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CES 2013: Kogan unveils £119 5in Android smartphone

Kogan has unveiled what it calls “the best value smartphone in the world” at CES 2013. The phone, called the Agora, is already available in the UK on preorder for £119 excluding delivery. The first deliveries are expected to happen just in time for Valentine’s day.

The device looks a lot like a bigger Samsung Galaxy S2. Like Samsung's former flagship, the Agora has a dual-core Cortex A9 system-on-chip clocked at 1GHz and a 480x800 pixel resolution - albeit on a 5in display.

But for the rest of the specs, the Kogan Agora is resolutely entry-level. There’s only 4GB onboard storage (with the option of adding a microSD card slot), 512MB of RAM, a rear 5-megapixel camera and a front facing VGA one, two SIM card slots, GPS, FM Radio, Wi-Fi, USB, Android 4.0.4 ICS, a 2000mAh battery with a talk time of nearly five hours.

The biggest surprise though is how affordable it is. At £119 and available unlocked, it costs the same as one of our favourite phones, the Sony Xperia U, but get an additional SD card slot and SIM slot.

Kogan is also a mobile virtual phone operator (MVNO) in Australia and it will be interesting to see whether it launches a similar service in the UK.

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