This are the Top 10 cheapest smartphones in Kenya, please feel free to comment at the comment section.
1. Redmi 8A from Xiaomi – KES. 9,999
This was obvious. This series has topped this list for a while now. And their latest device isn’t an exception. In fact, I think it’ll be on top of my top picks for the rest of the year until the Redmi 9A launches. If you’ve seen my unboxing video, you know I love this device. I went out and bought it because I just couldn’t help myself.
It comes with 2GB RAM, 32GB storage, a single 12MP rear camera from Sony, a 6.22 inch HD screen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, a massive 5000mAh battery, support for fast charging, and to make everything better USB type-C. If you can get it, get it. USB type-C is the future of everything, Xiaomi knows this! I love the cameras. I love the performance. My full review video is dropping soon. However note these Redmis listed here all don’t have fingerprint scanners.
If you can walk to Xiaomi Store in Nairobi, you’ll get it for 9,999. On Jumia I see it is 10,599 for some reason. But if you don’t mind that increase, then Get it from Jumia.
2. Redmi 7A from Xiaomi – KES. 8,999
This features the same processor, same RAM and Storage options as the Redmi 8A. But there’s a different 13MP camera, a smaller 5.45 inch display, a smaller 4000mAh battery, no fast charging, and no USB type-C. But it is still a remarkable device nonetheless. Especially for everyone who keeps complaining about other devices being too big for their hands. On Jumia.
Under this you can also consider the Redmi 6A which also topped lists at its time.
3. TECNO Spark 4 Air – KES. 9,600
Be very careful about the specs of the devices you see listed on Jumia. For example multiple posts there claim this phone has a 6000mAh battery. False. You can be googling techish + phone name to see the actual device specs every time you have a phone you’re considering.
If you want dual cameras, this is one to consider. There’s a 13MP+2MP camera setup at the back. Inside you get 2GB RAM, 16GB storage (But there’s 32GB models on Jumia), a 3000mAh battery, and the Helio A22 processor. I think with small searching you can pick it up offline for less than the price above, but on Jumia you can get it with free headphones and an OTG cable.
4. Infinix Smart 4 – KES. 8,000 – 9,500
This remains one of Infinix’s least pushed line of devices. They’re always quietly launched, and quietly updated. This is another dual camera phone. There’s a 8MP+QVGA camera setup at the back. You also get 2GB RAM, 32GB storage, 4000mAh battery, and that Helio A22 processor. Consider it if you find it selling at a good price. Check it out on Jumia.
Under this you can also consider the Infinix Smart 3 series.
5. Redmi Go – KES. 5,499
This is the best device you can pick up for less than 6k. Getting it is the issue given it isn’t even listed on Jumia as of writing this. If you can get it from Xiaomi Kenya’s stores, do so. It is an Android Go phone. It comes with 1GB RAM, 8/16GB storage, a single 8MP camera, a Snapdragon 425 processor, and a 3000mAh battery.
6. Nokia 1 Plus – KES. 6,599
For the Nokia people, you’re also sorted. If you want a device where you’ll be able to enjoy Android 10, this is the only device on this list that can guarantee you that. By April 2020 this phone will be running the latest version of Android. It comes with 1GB RAM, 8/16GB storage, a removable 2500mAh battery, and is powered by a Mediatek MT6739WW processor. My major issue is that the display isn’t even 720p. Check it on Jumia. You can also check out
7. Safaricom Neon Phones – KES. 3,500 to KES. 6,000
Remember these phones have one disadvantage: they’re all single-SIM phones. But if you don’t mind that, walk into a Safaricom Shop and pick either of the following:
- Neon Ray (4G) – Ksh. 3,999
- Neon Nova (4G) – Ksh. 5,999
- Neon Storm (3G) – Ksh. 3,499
However, if you have 6k, and you don’t mind considering something different, check out the Redmi Go above. The good thing with Safaricom’s devices I presume is that you’ll be getting customer care from the company.
8. itel P33 – KES. 6,200
This is another Android GO device to consider. There’s 1GB RAM, 16GB storage, 5000mAh battery, and a 5.5 inch display. There’s two issues with it however: first there’s no 4G support. And second, it runs Android 8 Oreo. By now it should hopefully be discounted. If you’re wondering why this is on the list though, it’s because of the large battery, and the fingerprint scanner. These aren’t things you find at this price point.
9. Samsung A2 Core – KES. 8,100
For the Samsung diehard fans, here’s something to consider if you just can’t pick up any other brands. It comes with a small 5 inch screen, 1GB RAM, 16GB storage, a removable 2600mAh battery, and 4G support. However note it still runs Android 8 Oreo. Check it on Jumia.
10. Huawei Y5 2019 – KES. 9,989
If you’ve always wanted a Huawei device, here’s one to consider. It copies the Huawei Y6 Prime 2019 in many ways. With this phone you get a sizeable 5.7 inch HD dispaly, 2GB RAM, 32GB storage, 4G Support, the Helio A22 processor, a 13MP rear camera, plus a 3020mAh battery. You will love it, especially the faux leather finish.
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