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Kogan Agora 6 Plus 4G LTE (32GB) review: Budget phones shouldn't look as good as the Kogan Agora 6 Plus (review)

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The Good The Kogan Agora 6 Plus punches well above its weight when it comes to design and build.

The Bad The battery life is middling, and the Agora 6 Plus is still very much midrange under the hood.

The Bottom Line If it's in your price range, it's hard to look past the Kogan Agora 6 Plus.

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7.6 Overall
  • Design 9
  • Features 8
  • Performance 7
  • Camera 7
  • Battery 7

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There's a war being waged for the hearts and minds (and wallets) of the budget-conscious phone buyer, and Kogan's Agora 6 Plus has rolled in like a tank. Australia's own bargain e-commerce site has released a phone that packs in flagship selling points like a fingerprint scanner, 5.5-inch screen and aluminium construction, and it's available through the online store for AU$349.

It won't be breaking any benchmarking records, and the battery leaves something to be desired, but the Agora 6 Plus is a feature-rich phone for the kind of price you'd expect from Kogan. The aluminium body and big screen definitely means it looks the part, but there's an awkward disconnect with the midrange hardware under the hood. It'd need to make some trade-offs to hit that bargain price, so the real issue prospective buyers face is if those are trades you're willing to make.

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Design

  • 5.5-inch, 1,920x1,080-pixel resolution LCD screen (400ppi)
  • 154.5mm by 76.8 mm by 7.2 mm
  • 169g (5.9 ounces)

It's striking how little the Agora 6 Plus resembles a budget phone. It packs in amazing build quality for the price, with an impressively large screen and aluminium body. That may not sound like much on paper, but it didn't feel all that different from the other phone I'd been carrying around, the decidedly not midrange Nexus 6P (the rear-mounted fingerprint scanner didn't hurt in this regard).

The iPhone 6 design influences were thick on the ground too, down to the rounded edges and single row of drilled speaker grille holes across the bottom edge. Little flourishes like that help the Kogan punch above its weight in terms of design.

The LCD panel itself could be a little brighter and sharper, especially to cement that big-screen feel, but I didn't have any concerns using it in bright, direct light.

Once it's in your hand, where you can feel the Agora 6 Plus' pleasant heft, aluminium back and comforting curves, you can't help but think Kogan means business.

CNET/Dave Cheng

Features

  • Fingerprint scanner
  • Dual SIM
  • 21-megapixel rear camera, 8-megapixel front camera
  • Android Marshmallow 6.0
  • 4G LTE

The Agora 6 Plus manages to cram a whole lot in the very sleek package. And while it does have a very rich feature list, you'll find that under the hood you'll be damning with faint praise. Nothing performs particularly poorly, but you're getting a laundry list rather than anything standout.

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