Top 10 Affordable Smartphones In Africa Right Now
While some top phone brands like Samsung, Blackberry, Sony, HTC, Motorola, iPhone makers Apple are busy stealing headlines around the high-end smartphones market, there’s a lot of interesting things going on at the cheaper end of the market amongst some Chinese OEM like Tecno, Infinix, Xtouch and Oukitel phones. No doubt everybody wants to own the best phones in the market today but unfortunately, the best ones don’t come cheap and due to some financial constraints, people tend to settle for cheaper phones but still want the best of the cheap once.
There are great smartphones you can get with about N16,000 ($80) in Nigeria today and some for even as low as N10,000 ($50) and some of them offer real value despite coming with a very low price tag.
With the rapid increase in the number of low budget smartphones currently in the market today, making a choice of smartphone has become a more difficult task. But that not withstanding, we’ve rounded up a comprehensive list of 10 best affordable smartphones in Nigeria today. So without wasting anymore time, lets jump right in.
OS: Android 5.1.1 | Screen size: 5-inch | Resolution: 720 x 1080 | Memory: 1GB/2GB | Storage: 16GB | Battery: 2,200mAh | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 2MP | Price: N19,500 ($98)
Over the last few years, Infinix has bombarded the android market with lots of highly affordable smartphones with reasonable spec sheets, no surprise they’re the first in our list. The Infinix hot 2 came as the first android one smartphone in Nigeria and as an improved version of the initial infinix hot, It is availabe in different colours ranging from Blue, Red, Gold, White and Black with an irresistible sleek body design.
The Hot 2 X510 comes in two variant; 1GB RAM and 2GB RAM with both having an internal memory of 16GB which can be further extended to 32GB with a Micro SD card. It sports a 5-inch screen with a resolution of 720 by 1080 and having a PPI of 294 Pixels per square inch. Infinix Hot 2 is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core Cortex-A7 CPU, MediaTek MT6582 chipset and also houses a Mali-400MP2 GPU. Its 2200MAh Battery allows you enjoy music, videos and games on top of your calls and regular apps. The Android Lollipop battery saver feature will also give you an extra 90 minute before running flat.
OS: Android 5.1 | Screen size: 4.5-inch | Resolution: 480 x 800 | Memory: 1GB | Storage: 8GB | Battery: 4,000mAh | Rear camera: 5MP | Front camera: 2MP | Price: N16,800 ($85)
The gionee m3 mini is a smaller version of the official Gionee M3, It showcases a 4.5- inch screen that has a resolution of 480 by 800 pixels with 218 PPI.
The M3 Mini possesses a 1GB of RAM and a 8GB worth of internal storage which will serve great purposes for storage sake. It can be further extended to 32GB with a micro SD card if more storage space is needed.
The Gionee M3 mini hosts a quad-core Cortex-A53 CPU, MediaTek MT6736M chipset, Mali-T760 GPU. Its CPU runs at 1 GHz, which is just average for a smartphone processor.
The M3 mini features a 5 megapixel rear (primary) shutter, Its 2 megapixel front shutter is a perfect match for selfie lovers.
In terms of battery capacity, it houses a 4,000 mAh of battery juice, an impressive battery capacity for a mid-range phone.
3. Innjoo Max 2 Plus
OS: Android 5.1 | Screen size: 5.5-inch | Resolution: 720 x 1280 | Memory: 1GB | Storage: 16GB | Battery: 4,600mAh | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 8MP | Price: N23,500 ($117)
Innjoo was introduced into the Nigerian market in mid 2015, the company became well known in Nigeria after the highly anticipated launch of the Innjoo fire in collaboration with Jumia NG and MTN Nigeria. They have done quite well in making good android and windows smartphones with great features affordable in Nigeria today.
Coming with a price tag of N23,500 $(117), the Innjoo Max 2 plus which was launched alongside The Max 2 and Innjoo 2 is a nice smartphone one can own in Nigeria today with having to break the banks.
The Max 2 Plus shows off similar chic border design as the Max 2, It crams in a large 5.5-inch diagonal display offering ample screen estate for content viewing and gaming.
The touchscreen also has an HD resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels with 267 PPI. At the back, you will find a 13-megapixel shooter with double flash, while an 8-megapixel selfie snapper can be seen on the front of the device.
The Max 2 Plus is driven by a quad-core processor that runs along at speed of up to 1.3 GHz. The chip is paired with a manageable 1 GB of RAM and a suiting 16GB internal storage system, it also has microSD slot which hold up to 128GB of more storage if needed.
It packs a humongous 4600mAh battery that should deliver enough power to get you running for hours without needing to hook up the phone to a power outlet.
OS: Windows 8.1 | Screen size: 5-inch | Resolution: 720 x 1280 | Memory: 1GB | Storage: 8GB | Battery: 2,200mAh | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 5MP | Price: N28,000 ($140)
The Microsoft Lumia 540 comes armed with many intriguing features such as; Smart Dual SIM which makes it possible to easily enable call forwarding and call waiting between SIMs. It displays with a 5.00-inch touchscreen that has a resolution of 720 pixels by 1280 pixels at a PPI of 294 pixels per inch.
The Dual SIM based Lumia 540 is powered by 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor and it comes with 1GB of RAM. The phone packs 8GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 128GB via a microSD card. In the camera section, the Microsoft Lumia 540 Dual SIM holds a 8-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 5-megapixel front shooter for selfies.
The Microsoft Lumia 540 Dual SIM runs Windows Phone 8.1 and is powered by a 2200mAh removable battery. It measures 144.00 x 73.69 x 9.37 (height x width x thickness) and weighs 152.00 grams.
Connectivity options for the lumia 540 includes Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, FM, 3G, it runs on Windows Phone 8.1 operating system with Lumia Denim update which offers an affordable means of enjoying the Windows 10 through upgrade.
OS: Android 4.4.2 | Screen size: 5-inch | Resolution: 720 x 1280 | Memory: 1GB/2GB | Storage: 8GB/16GB | Battery: 1,920mAh | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 2MP | Price: N22,000 ($110)
The Infinix Zero X506 is a dual sim based smartphone from Infinix that was reportedly designed in France. it comes running the Android 4.4.2 kitkat.
The zero x506 comes in two different versions, the 2GB RAM version features a 16GB internal storage while the 1GB RAM versions uses 8GB worth of internal storage space which can be further extended to 32GB with a micro SD card if more storage space is required by the user.
The Zero X506 screen measures 5 inches with a resolution of 720 pixels by 1280 pixels, Screen sharpness can be measured in the density of pixels per square inch of screen, and at 294 PPI.
The Infinix Zero X506 hosts an octa-core Cortex-A7 CPU, MediaTek MT6592 chipset and a Mali-450 GPU. Its CPU runs at 1.4 GHz, which is higher than average for a smartphone processor.
It also features a 13 megapixel rear camera with 2MP camera sitting comfortably at the front for selfies and video call. In terms of battery capacity, the zero x506 shelters a 1,920 mAh of battery juice which is not good enough for gamers and heavy users. Infinix also has some budget mid-range smartphones like the Hot Note and Hot Note Pro topping the low-end smartphones market and competing the likes of Tecno Camon CX and Camon CX Air.
6. LG Bello II (LG Max)
OS: Android 5.1.1| Screen size: 5-inch | Resolution: 480 x 854 | Memory: 1GB | Storage: 8GB | Battery: 2,540mAh | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 5MP | Price: N27,000 ($135)
As touted by the company, the LG Bello II is the successor to the LG L Bello. The Android 5.1.1 Lollipop-based smartphone supports 3G connectivity with HSPA+. Other connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS, and Micro-USB. The handset packs 2540mAh removable battery in store. It measures 140.8×71.6×9.6mm and weighs 155 grams. The Bello II is available in White, Titan, and Gold colours.
The smartphone features an 8-megapixel rear camera while there is a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. The LG Bello II sports some selfie features such as Gesture Shot and Selfie Flash, already seen on the company’s G Series. Gesture Shot allows users to take selfies without pressing any buttons (click via opening and closing a hand in front of the front camera), and Selfie Flash turns the phone’s display into a soft flash for portraits.
OS: Android 4.4 | Screen size: 5.5-inch | Resolution: 720 x 1280 | Memory: 2GB | Storage: 16GB | Battery: 1500mAh | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 5MP | Price: N26,000 ($130)
Innjoo Fire Plus is outrightly an upgraded version of the Innjoo Fire, The major difference between the two is a bigger HD display and a better quality 13 megapixels camera at the back plus not withstanding, a bigger battery juice.
The fire plus is served in many colour varieties with a neatly designed polycarbonate shells in with the same colour options as the Fire: classic black, elegant white, luxury gold, or natural bamboo yellow. The Fire Plus runs comfortably the Android 4.4 (KitKat) on a 1.4GHz octa-core processor with 2GB of RAM. It manages a 16GB built-in storage, which you can extend by up to 128GB using a microSD card.
Innjoo Fire Plus features a 5.5-inch IPS display with a 720 x 1280 pixels resolution, which is way better than what I will describe as a pedestrian display from the Innjoo fire.
At the back is a 13 megapixels camera with a LED flash and a 5 megapixels front facing camera for selfie moments and video calls. The fire plus uses a worth of battery capacity
OS: Android 4.4.4 | Screen size: 4.5-inch | Resolution: 480 x 800 | Memory: 1GB | Storage: 8GB | Battery: 2,000mAh | Rear camera: 5MP | Front camera: 2MP | Price: N21,700 ($109)
Samsung Galaxy core prime is a budget android phone with a 4.5 inches (480 x 800 pixels, 207 ppi) display.The pocket friendly galaxy core prime with model number SM-G360 sets its buyers back by N21,700 ($109).
Under the hood of the galaxy core prime is a a quad-core (Qualcomm Snapdragon 410) Cortex-A53 processor, clocked at 1.2 GHz and backed by a sustainable 1 GB of RAM. The galaxy core prime is equipped with 8GB of storage capacity expandable to up to 64GB via microSD card. The Galaxy Core Prime runs not on the latest Lollipop OS version, but on Android v4.4.4 KitKat OS.
The device features a 5 MP rear-facing camera unit with LED Flash and auto-focus, plus a 2 MP front-facing shooter for selfies. The dual-SIM enable galaxy core primes uses micro-SIM type, and also supports connectivity options like Bluetooth v4.0, Wi-Fi, GPS, HSPA+, NFC and 4G LTE and lastly, the smart device is powered by a moderate Li-Ion 2,000 mAh battery unit.
9. Lenovo A2010
OS: Android 5.1 | Screen size: 4.5-inch | Resolution: 480 x 854 | Memory: 1GB | Storage: 8GB | Battery: 2,000mAh | Rear camera: 5MP | Front camera: 2MP | Price: N16,500 ($82)
Lenovo A2010 was launched in August 2015. The mid-range smartphone comes with a 4.5-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 480 pixels by 854 pixels
The Lenovo A2010 is powered by 1GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6735 processor and it comes with 1GB of RAM. The phone packs 8GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 32GB via a microSD card. As far as the cameras are concerned, the Lenovo A2010 packs a 5-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 2-megapixel front shooter for selfies, It runs Android 5.1 and is powered by a 2000mAh removable battery.
The Lenovo A2010 is a dual SIM (GSM and GSM) smartphone that accepts two Micro-SIM. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, FM, 3G, 4G (with support for Band 40 used by some LTE networks in India). Sensors on the phone include Accelerometer.
10. Alcatel One Touch Popstar
OS: Android 5.0 | Screen size: 5-inch | Resolution: 720 x 1280 | Memory: 1GB | Storage: 8GB | Battery: 2,000mAh | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 5MP | Price: N17,000 ($85)
Launched in September 2015, the Alcatel one touch popstar sports a a 5.0-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 720 pixels by 1280 pixels.
It runs the Android 5.0 lollipop, the OneTouch Pop Star is powered by 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6580 processor and it comes with 1GB of RAM. The phone packs 8GB of internal storage cannot be expanded to upto 32GB with a microSD. As far as the cameras are concerned, the Alcatel OneTouch Pop Star packs a 8-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 5-megapixel front shooter for selfies.
The dual SIM based OneTouch Pop Star and is powered by a 2000mAh non removable battery, Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, 3G. Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, and Gyroscope are also the available sensors in the smartphone.
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