Smartphones aim at different consumers with a wide range of price tags. There is always something for everyone. A phone that costs less than KES 10,000, between KES 10,000 to KES 20,000, … all the way to the premium phones with cutting-edge specs and six-figure price tags. For those shopping for a budget device going for less than 10,000 in Kenya, we got you.
In this article, we round up the best phones under 10k in Kenya.
- Infinix Smart 5 – Ksh 9,499
- Xiaomi Redmi 9A – Ksh 8,999
- Nokia C2 – Ksh 7,499
- Oukitel C19 – Ksh 7,199
- Safaricom Neon Ray Pro – Ksh 5,000 (or Ksh 3,399 plus 2000 Bonga Points)
Despite coming from a lesser-known brand, the Oukitel C19 is a device worth considering. Key selling points include a 4000mAh battery, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, a quad-core processor, and Android 10(GO edition). The display measures 6.49-inches, and it has a 720p resolution. It has a total of four cameras; three on the back(13MP main + 2MP depth + 2MP macro) and a single 5MP lens housed in a waterdrop notch.
The only caveat is the lack of a 4G network.
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 8,999 price tag. It has a 6.53-inch HD+ Dot drop display, a massive 5,000mAh battery, a 13MP AI Camera, and a 5MP selfie camera. There’s a MediaTek G25 Octa-core processor paired with 2GB of RAM.
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.
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, which isn’t available on most devices in this price range.
Infinix Smart 5 runs on Android 10(GO Edition) out-of-the-box. Infinix Smart 5 starts at KES 9,499. You can buy it on Jumia here.
Nokia C2 costs KES 7,500 and is one of Kenya’s cheapest android phones, offering a clean android experience. It features a 5.7-inch HD display, a quad-core processor, and 1GB of RAM. It runs on Android 9 Pie (Go Edition), but there’s an Android 10 update coming.
Nokia C2 has a single 5MP camera on the back and rear, but the results are not bad for starters. Internal storage is 16GB, but you can pack in extra via microSD (up to 64GB). Buy the Nokia C2 on Jumia here.
Safaricom NEON Ray Pro
Safaricom NEON phones are some of the cheapest smartphones you can buy in Kenya. Safaricom Neon Ray Pro retails at KES 4,999 or Ksh 3,399 plus 2000 Bonga Points.
Safaricom Neon Ray Pro has a slightly larger 5.5-inch display, 16GB ROM,1GB RAM, and 4G LTE support. Keep in mind that the phones are locked on Safaricom’s network, so you cannot insert an Airtel or Telkom SIM Card.
Neon Ray Pro is also available under Safaricom’s flexible financing plan – Lipa Mdogo Mdogo. With Lipa Mdogo Mdogo, you pay a KES 1000 deposit, then finish the remaining cash plus interest in 9 months by paying Ksh 20 a day.
You definitely don’t to spend much to have a smartphone. But as the devices in this list suggest, you must be ready to compromise.
Some phones under KES 10,000 offer great value for money, however. Xiaomi Redmi 9A offers great value for money. If you fancy software updates, Nokia is where it’s at.
Safaricom’s Neon Ray Pro is the cheapest you can get, but prices have increased recently. Other devices we previously had in the January list, like the Vivo Y1S and realme C11, no longer appear because of price hikes.