When it comes to the Kenyan market, I’m skeptical of talking about budget-smartphones because it’s very different, unlike other markets. The budget range in Kenya is often the under Ksh 10,000; however, let us upgrade and look at what’s beyond the entry-level devices. In this list, I’ve compiled the smartphones that will offer you a better value for your money priced between Ksh 10, 000 and Ksh 20,000.
You get a 6.4-inch 720p HD AMOLED display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio and it comes in a 3GB/32GB ROM memory configuration which is good at this price range. The device packs a 4000mAh non-removable battery. With a 32MP selfie camera on the front housed in a water-drop notch, there are limitless capabilities for selfie lovers. At the same time, there’s a dual 13MP + 5MP camera on the back.
Price Ksh 16,599. Buy it on Jumia here
Nokia 4.2 offers pretty good specs under the hood. It has a 5.71-inch IPS display, 3GB RAM, 32GB ROM, 4G LTE support, Octa-core CPU, 3000mAh battery, Dual main camera setup(13MP + 2MP) and an 8MP selfie camera. Other specs include a rear-placed fingerprint sensor and runs on pure Android 9.0 Pie out of the box.
Recommended Retail Price: Ksh 18,500. Buy the Nokia 4.2 on Jumia here for Ksh.15,499
Huawei Y7 Prime (2019)
Huawei Y7 Prime 2019 edition features a 6.26-inch 720p IPS display, 4000mAh battery, Android 8.1 Oreo and also 4G LTE support. There isn’t much to talk about the camera, but it packs a dual setup on the rear with a 13MP and 2MP sensor. For front snaps, the device has a 16MP selfie camera housed in a water-drop notch.
Price: Ksh 17,799. Buy the Huawei Y7 Prime (20190 on Jumia here for 14,799
One of the latest devices from Infinix offering better value for money. With a 6.2-inch display, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable storage, it is quite impressive. Also, the device is packed with a triple rear camera setup made of a 13MP + 8MP + 2MP lens. On the front is a 32MP camera housed in a water-drop notch that ensures the high 19:9 screen-to-body ratio is achieved.
Other specs include; LTE support, fingerprint sensor, 4000mAh battery and Android 9.0 pie splashed with XOS v4.0.
Price: Ksh 16,900. Buy it on Jumia here.
Xiaomi RedMi Note 7
RedMi Note 7 has a better display with higher 1080p resolution unlike other 720p devices in the list. Specs include a 6.3-inch display, 3GB RAM/32GB ROM and a 4000mAh battery with fast charge support. It comes with Android 9.0 Pie out of the box splashed with MIUI 10. In photography, you get a Dual 48 MP + 5 MP Rear and a 13 MP on the front.
Other specs include USB-Type C support, both Face and fingerprint unlock. The specs are quite premium-ish, but you can get this deal at a reduced price of Ksh 18,000. RedMi Note 7 is the go-to device in this list.