Android Smartphones aim at different consumers with their wide range of price tags, whether you want a phone that costs less than KES 10,000, between KES 10,000 to KES 20,000 and even above 20 and 30K … all the way to the big foldable boys with six-figure price tags.
But you don’t need to spend that much to get a (great?) smartphone. The wide range of options means there is something for everyone.
In this article, we round up the best phones under 10k in Kenya.
Realme is currently in Kenya and has availed a couple of devices in the local market. So Realme C11 is, thus, pretty new, and impressive too. The key highlight of this phone is the massive 5000mAh battery and 6.5-inch HD+ mini-drop display.
On the camera department is a dual-camera setup – including a 13MP AI primary lens with a 2MP portrait lens. Under the hood is MediaTek’s Helio G35 Octa-core processor paired with 2GB of memory. Internal storage is 32GB, but you can expand it via microSD card. Realme C11 runs on Android 10. Buy the realme C11 on Jumia here.
Xiaomi Redmi 9A
Xiaomi has pretty solid devices and is well-known for its great value for money smartphones. Redmi 9A is still one hell of a phone with great specs for its KES 9,899 price tag. It has a 6.53-inch HD+ Dot drop display, a massive 5,000mAh battery, and a 13MP AI Camera.
The display notch houses a 5MP lens for selfies and video calling. Powering the Redmi 9A is a MediaTek G25 Octa-core processor with 2GB of RAM. 2GB RAM is not much, no doubt, but it’s just enough for your daily social media walks and other resource-conservative activities. Xiaomi Redmi 9A runs on Google’s latest Android OS, version 10, with MIUI 12 on top. Buy the Xiaomi Redmi 9A on Jumia here.
Huawei’s Y-series is well-known for its value devices, and Y5p ensures the flame keeps burning. Huawei Y5p is nearly priced as Xiaomi’s Redmi 9A at KES 9,799. Here’s what you’re getting at that price:
A 5.45-inch HD display, 2GB of memory, 32GB of internal storage(expandable up to 512 GB via microSD), and a 3020mAh battery. The phone runs on EMUI 10.1 based on Android 10 but with no Google Play Services. If Luckily, there’s no reason you should dismiss this device for lack of GMS.
For cameras, there’s a single 8MP on the back and a 5MP lens for selfies on the front. Buy the Huawei Y5P on Jumia here.
Infinix Smart 5
Infinix Smart 5 offers pretty darn good specs for less than 10K. The phone ships with a 6.6-inch HD+ display, 2GB RAM, 32GB internal storage (expandable to 256GB via microSD), and a 5,000mAh battery.
It also includes a primary 8MP lens with a QVGA lens on the back. And for selfies, the single 8 MP camera does the job. You’re also getting a fingerprint sensor on the rear.
Infinix Smart 5 runs on Android 10(GO Edition) out-of-the-box. Infinix Smart 5 starts at KES 9,495. Buy it on Jumia here.
HMD Global’s Nokia brand is back to reclaim its lost glory in the smartphone market. The company has launched a slew of phones in the lower and mid-range market already. Nokia C2 is one of their budget phones with a KES 8,000 price tag.
With the pure Android experience being the pitch here, Nokia C2 doesn’t disappoint on the software side. It provides you with a clean Android experience – no pre-installed junk.
The display is, however, relatively small at 5.7 inches. Under the hood, a quad-core processor powers the phone with 1GB of RAM. Performance shouldn’t be an issue running pedestrian apps thanks to Android 9 Pie (Go Edition).
Nokia C2 has a single 5MP camera on the back and rear, but the results are not so bad for starters. Internal storage is 16GB, but you can pack in some extra via microSD(up to 64GB). Buy the Nokia C2 on Jumia here.
Ulefone Note 7
Ulefone is not so popular in the tech space, but Note 7 has pretty good hardware in the company. From the design, the phone looks fantastic with minimal bezels on the top and sides. At this price, you’re getting a triple rear camera setup on the back (8 MP+2 MP+2 MP). Ulefone Note 7 costs KES 6,299.
On the memory side, there’s 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage (expandable up to 128GB). A 3500mAh battery powers the phone. The phone has Face Unlock but lacks a fingerprint sensor. Under the hood is MediaTek MT6580 quad-core processor. Ulefone Note 7 has Android 9.0 Pie(Go Edition) out of the box, and I would not vouch for this device if you ever wish to receive Android 10. Buy it on Jumia here.
Safaricom NEON Phones
If you want the basics of a smartphone without any ‘fancy’ additions, Safaricom has you sorted out. Safaricom NEON phones are the cheapest devices you buy in Kenya. You can get Safaricom Neon Kicka 5 at KES 3,649 on Masoko (down from KES 3,799), and Neon Ray at KES 3,449.
Neon Kicka 5 has a 4.95-inch display, 8GB ROM, and 512MB RAM. Keep in mind that the phones are locked on Safaricom’s network, so you cannot insert another SIM card.
Best of all, if you want the Neon Ray 4G, you can choose Safaricom’s flexible financing plan – Lipa Mdogo Mdogo. Under Lipa Mdogo Mdogo, you pay a KES 1000 deposit, then finish the remaining cash plus interest in 9 months by paying 20 bob a day.
Read More: Safaricom Lipa Mdogo Mdogo Flexible 4G Smartphone Financing Plan Explained
Some smartphones under KES 10,000 offer great value for money, but what might be disturbing is usually the scanty nature of software updates in this segment. If you fancy software updates, Nokia offers that along with its clean Android experience courtesy of Android One.
The bottom line here is; every phone has its advantages and disadvantages. And at under 10K, be well prepared to compromise.
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