Non-G1 Android phone to hit Australia in January

Kogan Technologies' Agora phone will be the first sold Down Under to run Google's mobile operating system. It has a keyboard, a touch screen, and 3G connectivity.

The Agora phone is set to launch Down Under on January 29. Kogan Technologies

The first mobile phone running Google's Android operating system will hit Australia next month, with a company called Kogan Technologies announcing the imminent release of an Android-based handset it calls the "Agora."

The phone, which can be ordered from Kogan's Web site, will be shipped to Australian and international customers on January 29. The price to buy the standard handset has been set at 299 Australian dollars ($193.90), with a more featured version called the Agora Pro going for 399 Australian dollars.

Standard features of the Agora include a full QWERTY keyboard with a central navigation key, a 2.5-inch touch screen, a microSD slot, and 3G connectivity. The Pro adds a 2MP camera, Wi-Fi connectivity, and GPS navigation.

There has been no news yet as to when the other Android phone, the HTC Dream, also known as the G1, will reach Australia.

Suzanne Tindal of ZDNet Australia reported from Sydney.

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