Kogan Electronics is launching three new budget computing products in Australia: an Android tablet, an Ubuntu notebook, and a set-top-box that brings Android to your TV set.
Honestly, I have a hard time getting all that excited about yet another Android tablet, but Agora’s model does have one thing going for it — a low starting price tag of about $140 (which will go up to $189 eventually). Those figures are in Australian dollars — but the exchange rate is close enough at the moment that $189 AUD is still under $200 US.
The tablet is expected to ship at the end of May and it features a 1 GHz Samsung processor, a 7 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel capacitive touchscreen display, 512MB of RAM, and a 3600mAh battery. The tablet runs Google Android 3.0.
The notebook and Internet TV Portal are much more interesting.
The Internet TV Portal runs between $149 and $199 and offers a way to run Android apps on a big screen TV. The set top box comes with a special remote control featuring Android buttons and navigation buttons.
Of course, unless your TV has a touch panel you’re going to have a hard time playing Angry Birds on your 42″ plasma. But I could see weather apps, video apps, web browsers, and many other Android apps working well on a TV.
The Internet TV Portal is due to hit the streets on May 27th.
The Kogan Agora laptop features a 1.2 GHz Intel Celeron SU2300 processor, 1GB of RAM and a 250GB hard drive. It has an 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display and looks a lot like any number of budget ultraportable laptops which came out in 2010.
What sets this model apart is the fact that it will ship with Ubuntu 11.04 Linux instead of Windows 7. It’s also pretty reasonably priced running between $300 and $349 (or about $315 to $366 US.
The Kogan Agora laptop is expected to ship May 27th.