Kogan Mini 8-inch tablet review

An iPad Mini in size, but not price

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Our Verdict

As it has with recent products, Kogan proves you can get a decent tablet for a fraction of the price of the competitors.

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1024 x 768
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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  • Great screen at this price
  • Android Jelly Bean
  • Zippy performance


  • Cheap-feeling body
  • Some software instability
  • Battery life could be better

From humble beginnings, Kogan's range of smartphones and tablets is blossoming into quite a respectable line-up of products. In the last 6-months, we've given positive reviews to the company's 10-inch Agora tablet and 5-inch Agora smartphone, both of which offer cheap, simple alternatives to similarly sized products from the likes of Samsung and Sony.

Kogan 8 inch

Kogan now introduces a middle child to the family, a piggy-in-the-middle in terms of size, with an 8-inch display, though remarkably, this is also the cheapest product in the range. Coming in two storage sizes, the 8-inch tablet is AU$119 for the 8GB version and AU$129 for the 16GB model.

Physically, the 8-inch Kogan tablet looks like the 10-inch ICS tablet we reviewed last year, only, predictably, smaller. It has the same smooth plastic chassis, with the same black matte finish, and basically the same button alignment.

Kogan 8 back

It is nice and lightweight, too, coming in at just 380-grams. This is, as we've been told by other manufacturers, the same weight as a paperback book, and is not at all too hefty to hold for long periods of time.

The right side of the unit is where all of the slots and ports are found, with standard fittings like a micro-SD card slot, 3.5mm headphones socket, micro-USB.

Kogan 8 ports

Not entirely standard

Kogan also includes a mini-HDMI port too, which is a strange choice indeed. Not that it isn't welcome, but all other phones and tablets we've seen with HDMI connecitivity use the smaller micro-HDMI connection. There seems to be an abundance of mini-HDMI cables on eBay though, so this shouldn't be too great a problem for those who want to use this socket.

Also of interest is the inclusion of a dedicated Back button on the top of the tablet, where you might expect to find the Power button -- which itself is on the right-hand side. This is another welcome addition, if curious, as it is handy to be able to exit apps using this key rather than the virtual-version of it on the screen.

If we have one gripe with this design, it is the seam which runs along the right hand side, where the base of the body joins the flat side where the ports are housed. This is also one of the places where your hands will be constantly when holding the tablet, and where your skin can sometimes catch on the lip. It's not a major issue, and it's certainly not sharp, but it is a regular reminder of how this is a cheap tablet.

Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet
Flash Memory Capacity16 GB
Processor ManufacturerARM
Graphics Controller ManufacturerARM
Graphics Controller ModelMali 400
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Product FamilyAgora Mini
Front Camera/WebcamYes
Operating System PlatformAndroid
Operating SystemAndroid 4.1 Jelly Bean
Brand NameKogan
Form FactorSlate
Processor Speed1.60 GHz
Processor TypeCortex A9
Screen Size20.3 cm (8")
Screen Resolution1024 x 768
Standard Memory1 GB
Weight (Approximate)380 g
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Memory Card ReaderYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Height10 mm
Width200 mm
Depth154 mm
Screen ModeXGA
ManufacturerKogan Technologies UK Pty, Ltd
Product ModelKATBL08A16E
Product NameAgora Mini 8" Dual Core Tablet (16GB)
Product LineAgora Mini
Aspect Ratio4:3
Manufacturer Part NumberKATBL08A16E_A
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.kogan.co.uk
Marketing Information

The Kogan Agora Mini 8" Dual Core Tablet PC is perfect for anyone who wants to experience Android on a bright and responsive multi-touch screen with illuminated soft-keys, while maintaining the portability thousands of happy customers have loved in the Kogan Agora Tablet Series.

A range of inputs, outputs and connection options, as well as access to thousands of apps & games Google Play make this a great entertainment and productivity device. Want a larger on-screen keyboard? This is your tablet!

Package Contents
  • Agora Mini 8" Dual Core Tablet (16GB)
  • AC Adapter
  • USB Data Cable