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Cheap Smartphones Available in Kenya with FHD+ 90Hz Displays


Smartphones are getting better and better, especially in the midrange category. This is true, thanks to trickling down of yesterday’s flagship specs. Midrange phones these days offer fast charging, quad-camera setup, and 90Hz displays or refresh rate is becoming a norm.

Lower mid-range phones were not yet there – at least in Kenya – but the recent weeks have marked the onset of 90Hz refresh rate displays. They’re still some caveats, though. All the recently announced 90Hz display phones use LCD as their de facto display technology. To some, that could be an issue, but it shouldn’t. The use of LCD technology is, arguably, one of the primary reasons for lower prices.

But to those looking for a smartphone with a 90Hz display in Kenya for cheap, here’s the best three – and only – options you got, for now.

List of Smartphones with 90Hz Refresh Rate Display

Realme 6

Realme 6 was the first phone in Kenya with a 90Hz display retailing at KES 30,000. To justify the price tag, realme 6 also includes 8GB of memory, 128GB of internal storage, 30W fast charging support, and a quad-camera setup.

Also Read: realme 6 Review: Some good value for money

Display 6.6-inch FHD+ 90Hz IPS LCD
Memory 8GB + 128GB
Camera Rear: 64 MP f/1.8 wide, 8MP f/2.3 ultrawide, 2MP f/2.4 macro, 2MP monochrome

Selfie: 16 MP, f/2.0

Battery 4,300mAh with 30W fast charging
Processor MediaTek Helio G90T
OS Android 10 with realme UI 1.0
Price KES 30,000 – Buy On Jumia here

 

TECNO Camon 16 Premier

TECNO Camon 16 Premier is TECNO’s latest Camon series device in Kenya launched last week. It also offers a 90HZ FHD+ IPS display, 8GB of memory, and 128GB of internal storage. Camon 16 Premier comes with a 33W fast charging brick, and it offers a little bit more juice relative to realme 6 with its 4500mAh battery.

Display 6.9-inch FHD+ 90Hz IPS LCD
Memory 8GB + 128GB
Camera Main (Quad): 64 MP wide (PDAF) + 8 MP (ultrawide) + 5 MP macro (f/2.4) + 2 MP f/2.4 (depth)

Rear(Dual): 48 MP(wide) + 8 MP (ultrawide)

Battery 4,300mAh with 30W fast charging
Processor MediaTek Helio G90T
OS Android 10 with HiOS
Price KES 28,499 – Buy on Jumia here.

 

Infinix ZERO 8

Infinix’s flagship ZERO series has received a 2020 upgrade. Infinix ZERO 8 features massive upgrades to its predecessor from the internals to the design. For the first time, we’re also getting a 90Hz display.

Relative to other devices in this list, you’re getting the same processor, memory, and support for fast charging technology. Infinix ZERO 8 has identical hardware features to TECNO Camon 16 Premier – You only get to choose between HiOS and XOS.

Display 6.85-inch FHD+ 90Hz IPS LCD
Memory 8GB + 128GB
Camera Main (Quad): 64 MP wide (PDAF) + 8 MP (ultrawide) + 5 MP macro (f/2.4) + 2 MP f/2.4 (depth)

Rear(Dual): 48 MP(wide) + 8 MP (ultrawide)

Battery 4,300mAh with 30W fast charging
Processor MediaTek Helio G90T
OS Android 10 with XOS
Price KES 29,999 – Buy on Jumia here.

 

Conclusion

There are only three devices available in Kenya with 90Hz displays that won’t stretch your budget. Both of these have an identical processor, memory configuration, and similar display panels – exempt the sizes.

The low price difference across the three devices shouldn’t matter. Software upgrades are not the best evaluation standard either. As it turns out, the choice boils down to your preferred custom user interface. Is it XOS? HiOS? Or realme UI(looks strikingly similar to OPPO’s ColorOS)?

If you need a higher 120Hz refresh rate, there’s a couple of options available, too, but not for a relatively low price. Samsung’s S20 and Note 20 series offer that for a hefty price tag.

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Alvin Wanjala

Alvin is a freelance tech journalist. Covers gadgets, cybersecurity, and social media. Talk to me via email alvinwanjala[at]pm[dot]me

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