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Best Phones in Kenya Under Ksh.15,000 (February 2021)


You don’t necessarily need to spend much on a smartphone, thanks to the wide range of options available. And the good thing is, budget phones are getting better by the day. New phones are being launched by Huawei, Xiaomi, Samsung, TECNO, and others, making a run for your money.

In this article, we round up the best phones under KES 15000 in Kenya.

Best phones under 15,000

  • XIAOMI Redmi 9A – KES 10,399
  • Infinix HOT 10 Lite – KES 10,899
  • Xiaomi Redmi 9C – KES 13,200
  • TECNO Spark 5 Pro – KES 13,600
  • Realme C3 – KES 14,000
  • Vivo Y20 – KES 14,000
  • TECNO Pouvoir 4 – KES 14,000
  • Infinix HOT 10 – KES 14,499
  • Xiaomi Redmi 9 – KES 14,995

Xiaomi Redmi 9A

Sporting a 6.53-inch HD+ display, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, and a 5000mAh battery, this device retails slightly above 10,000. You can bet the Redmi 9A will offer strong screen time, and watching videos or browsing social media shouldn’t be an issue. The only caveat is the lack of a fingerprint sensor.

Xiaomi Redmi 9A
Xiaomi Redmi 9A

 

Infinix HOT 10 Lite

Infinix HOT 10 Lite shares the popular 2020 smartphone design language.

The phone features a 6.6-inch HD+ display, triple camera setup, and a fingerprint sensor at the rear.

Infinix HOT 10 Lite
Infinix HOT 10 Lite

The 5,000mAh battery should impress with longer screen time, although there’s no fast charging technology available. Infinix HOT 10 Lite is available in two memory configurations; 3GB + 64 GB or 2GB+32GB. The 3/64GB model sells at KES 13,500 on Xspark, and the lower variant is available on Jumia at KES 10,900.

Xiaomi Redmi 9C

Xiaomi’s value proposition for its smartphones is well documented, and the 9C doesn’t divert from the norm. Redmi 9C ranks for its 3GB/64GB memory configuration, 5,000mAh battery, and 13MP triple camera.

Xiaomi Redmi 9C specifications in Kenya
Xiaomi Redmi 9C in midnight grey, twilight blue, and sunrise orange

TECNO Spark 5 Pro

TECNO Spark 5 Pro’s main features include the huge 5,000mAh battery, 3GB RAM, 64GB ROM, rear quad camera setup, and Android 10. The  6.6-inch HD+ display should be handy, and the phone’s design is astonishing, plus it’s slightly cheaper since the last time we reviewed it.

TECNO SPARK 5 Pro
TECNO SPARK 5 Pro

Check out our TECNO Spark 5 Pro hands-on review.

Realme C3

realme C3-kenya
Realme C3

Realme C3 packs solid specs at its price.

It sports a 6.5-inch HD+ display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on top for scratch protection. MediaTek’s Helio G90 processor powers it with 3GB of memory.

realme C3 is equipped with a triple camera setup composed of a 12MP primary sensor, a 2MP macro shooter, and a 2MP portrait lens. The camera features several AI enhancements. realme C3 also includes adequate battery capacity (5,000mAh) and a rear-placed fingerprint sensor.

realme C3 was launched last year at a retail price of KES 14,000 for the 3GB/64GB model.

Buy the realme C3 on Jumia here.

Vivo Y20

This phone launched towards the end of the year selling at KES 14,000. Although the price has not reduced since then, Vivo Y20 has plenty to offer for its proposition. The phone sports a 5,000mAh battery, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage, Snapdragon 460, and a 6.51-inch HD+ display.

vivo Y20 in Nebula Blue
vivo Y20 in Nebula Blue

A biometric fingerprint reader is mounted on the side, and it comes in Obsidian Black and Nebula Blue.

TECNO Pouvoir 4

TECNO Pouvoir 4 Unboxing
TECNO Pouvoir 4

TECNO Pouvoir 4’s flagship feature is the massive 6,000mAh battery and a relatively larger 7-inch HD+ Drop Display. Although the phones need adequate time allowance to fill up, battery performance is impressive.

You’re getting a triple camera setup on the rear(12MP+2MP+2MP), a rear-placed fingerprint sensor, a dedicated Google Assistant button, an 8MP selfie camera, and a couple of colors to choose from. TECNO Pouvoir 4 runs Android 10 with HiOS UI on top. Buy it on Jumia here.

Infinix HOT 10

Infinix HOT 10 launched last year with 3GB RAM, 64GB internal storage, and a 6.78-inch HD+ display. The design is elegant and internals pretty solid – 5200mAh battery, Helio G70 processor, 16MP quad camera, and a hole-punch cut out housing an 8MP selfie camera.

Infinix HOT 10

Check out our Infinix HOT 10 review.

Xiaomi Redmi 9

Xiaomi Redmi 9
Xiaomi Redmi 9

Xiaomi Redmi 9 offers reliable performance compared to the rest on the list. It features a 6.53-inch FHD+( 2340x1080p) display with Corning Glass 3 for scratch protection.

Under the hood is 4GB of memory running in tow with a competent MediaTek Helio G80 processor drawing power from a 5020mAh battery.

Another unique feature apart from the impressive FHD+ display is the 18W fast charging technology. The caveat is Xiaomi includes a 10W charger out of the box.

However, the rest of the specs are solid. The phone uses the latest USB Type C port, and there’s NFC support for contactless payments. It has an IR blaster, so you can use the phone as a remote to control your TV.

Redmi 9 has a quad-camera setup on the rear and a single 8MP shooter for selfies and video calls. The quad-camera setup includes a 13MP wide-angle, an 8MP ultra-wide lens, a 5MP macro camera, and a 2MP depth-sensing lens.

Xiaomi Redmi 9 retails at KES 14,995. Buy it on Jumia here.

Also, Read: Best phones under KES 10,000

Wrapping up

The under 15,000 category offers pretty decent devices, but there are still many compromises to make. Especially in the camera department, don’t get your hopes so high.

Most smartphones with massive batteries in this category disappoint with their lack of fast charging. And USB Type C port absentia might irk some people, making Xiaomi Redmi 9 the only go-to option.

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Alvin Wanjala

Alvin is a freelance tech journalist. Talk to me via email at alvinwanjala[at]pm[dot]me

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