Kogan today announced a new 8-inch tablet at CES in Las Vegas. It runs on Android, looks like a giant iPhone and is yours for just $199.
On paper, on the price of the tablet reads as cheap. It runs on the same Quad-core processor as the Lenovo Yoga Tablet, has 1GB RAM and a big 4500mAh battery.
You also get mobile connectivity, which is something you don’t usually see until you pay in excess of $400. It’s not 4G connectivity, but it is HSPA+ (or what some of the telcos call 3G Plus), so you should enjoy decent speeds in metro areas.
What we find most interesting is how much the new Kogan tablet looks like an iPhone that has been stretched like pizza dough. The back of the tablet has the same segmentation as an iPhone 5, and it shares the same screen size as Apple’s iPad Mini.
Speaking of the screen, this will be the make-or-break element of this device, as it is with any tablet. Kogan opts for a 1024 x 768 pixel screen, which equates to about 160 pixels per inch. Next to the iPad Mini’s 326 pixel per inch, this screen will look a bit dull. But the Kogan tablet is a third of the price of an iPad Mini, and so the trade off is probably pretty fair.
The Kogan Agora HD Mini is available for presale now through the Kogan online store, with units to ship from March 6.