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Deal: £149 Kogan Agora 50 smartphone

What makes a good smartphone are great components. What makes a great smartphone though is when you can bring those components down to a very affordable price. Which is exactly what Kogan has been doing with the £149 Agora 50, due to be released on 9 October in the UK.

It is hailed by the vendor as the best value Android smartphone on the market and when it comes to hardware (and excluding Chinese drop shippers and foreign handsets), it is indeed one of the best devices on the market (together with the ZTE Blade V).

So, it is a quad-core smartphone (possibly based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8225Q) clocked at 1.2GHz, with a 1,280 x 720 pixel, 5in display, 1GB of RAM, 4GB onboard storage, an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 2-megapixel front-facing one, Bluetooth 4.0, two SIM card slots, Wi-Fi, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, a microSD card slot and a rather eye pleasing design.

Two things to take away from this. Firstly, quad-core processors are here to stay as far as entry level is concerned, with the Cortex-A5 being the most likely core to be used. You can check out our review of Kogan Agora smartphone here.

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