Best Smartphones Under 10K in Kenya

Best Smartphones under 10K in Kenya

Best Smartphones Under 10K in Kenya

Best Smartphones Under 10K in Kenya

Getting a new smartphone with decent specs for less than ten thousand Kenyan Shillings was a big challenge a few years back.

Thankfully, competition and advances in technology led smartphone manufactures to start developing different products that cater to a wide range of price points.

This has led to a sizeable selection of decent phones that cost less than 10K.

In this article, we go through the best smartphones available in this price range. 

Keep in mind you won’t find the best specs and features at this price point. Many of the devices come with small amounts of RAM and internal storage.

To get the best out of smartphones at this price range, we recommend limiting app downloads to only the essentials.

This will help prevent the annoying ‘memory full’ error. It will also optimize performance and improve battery life.

Be sure to also invest in a memory card as soon as possible and get into the habit of moving files from the internal storage to the memory card. 

We update our list monthly to make sure it remains current and relevant.

Here are the best smartphones under 10K available online in Kenya.

(Last Updated in Feb 2022)

The Best Phones in Kenya Under 10K​
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    XIAOMI Redmi 8A, 6.22 Inches, 2 GB + 32 GB reviewThe Xiaomi Redmi 9A carries a higher price tag than most of its competitors. This is due to the more expensive chipset and higher quality hardware that Xiaomi used in the phone.

    The Redmi 9A has a large 6.53 inch screen. It uses a snappy Mediatek Helio G25 processor and comes with 2GB RAM plus 32GB internal storage.

    At the back of the Redmi 9A is a single 13 MP camera with an LED flash. The front has a 5 MP selfie shooter installed on a waterdrop design. The Redmi 9A ships with Android 10.0 and uses a beefy 5000mAh battery.

    XIAOMI Redmi 9A Features:

    • Body: Glass front, plastic back, plastic frame.
    • Display: 6.53″ IPS LCD, 720 x 1520 pixels resolution
    • Rear camera:13 MP, LED flash, HDR, panorama, 1080p@30fps
    • Front camera:5 MP, f/2.0, 1/4″, 1.12µm, HDR, 1080p@30fps
    • OS:Android 10.0, MIUI 12
    • Chipset: MediaTek MT6762G Helio G25 (12 nm). CPU: Octa-core (4×2.0 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4×1.5 GHz Cortex-A53). GPU: PowerVR GE8320
    • Memory: 2 GB of RAM; 32 GB storage. MicroSD slot.
    • Battery: 5,000mAh. 
    • Connectivity: Dual-SIM; Wi-Fi , Bluetooth, GPS, USB Type-C, reversible connector, USB On-The-Go, FM radio with built-in antenna.

    Nokia C20The Nokia C20 is a budget phone that has some decent features. It ships with Android 11 Go Edition. Android Go is a stripped-down version of Android designed to run on entry-level smartphones. Apps are optimized to use less space and memory.

    This ensures the phone user has a smooth and enjoyable experience without having to worry about the limited RAM and internal storage.

    The user reviews of the Nokia C20 are positive but the biggest drawback of the phone is the lack of a fingerprint reader. If your budget is tight then the Nokia C20 is worth considering. 

    Nokia C20 Features:​

    • Body: Plastic front, plastic back, plastic frame.
    • Display: 6.52″ LCD, 720 x 1600 pixels resolution
    • Rear camera: 5 MP, LED flash
    • Front camera: 5 MP
    • OS: Android 11, Go Edition
    • Chipset: Unisoc SC9863A (28nm). CPU: Octa-core (4×1.6 GHz Cortex-A55 & 4×1.2 GHz Cortex-A55). GPU: IMG8322
    • Memory: 2GB of RAM; 32GB storage, micrSD slot.
    • Battery: 3000mAh.
    • Connectivity: Dual-SIM; Wi-Fi , Bluetooth, GPS, microUSB 2.0, FM radio.
    • Misc: Free Gifts included in the sales package

    Samsung Galaxy A03 CoreThe Samsung Galaxy A03 Core is a budget smartphone aimed at users who need a reliable phone at a reasonable price.

    It comes with Android 11 Go edition, similar to the Nokia C20 but features a larger 5,000mAh battery. Similar to the C20, the Samsung Galaxy A03 Core also lacks a fingerprint reader.

    The Samsung Galaxy A03 Core screen is a 6.5 inch display that produces decent colours as well as contrast. Given the phone’s price tag, don’t expect too much though.

    In terms of imaging, this phone has a single 8 MP camera at the back and a 5 MP selfie shooter at the front. If you can live without a fingerprint reader and USB-C, then definitely consider the Samsung Galaxy A03 Core. You also get a 2 year warranty which is a welcome addition and gives this phone an edge over the Nokia C20.

    Samsung Galaxy A03 Core Features:

    • Body: Glass front, plastic back, plastic frame.
    • Display: 6.5″ PLS TFT, 720 x 1600 pixels resolution
    • Rear camera: 8 MP, LED flash
    • Front camera: 5 MP
    • OS:Android 11 (Go edition)
    • Chipset: Unisoc SC9863A (28nm). CPU: Octa-core (4×1.6 GHz Cortex-A55 & 4×1.2 GHz Cortex-A55). GPU: IMG8322
    • Memory: 2 GB of RAM; 32 GB storage. MicroSD slot.
    • Battery: 5,000mAh.
    • Connectivity: Dual-SIM; Wi-Fi , Bluetooth, GPS, microUSB, FM radio.
    • Misc: FaceID.

    Ulefone Note 7 KenyaThe Ulefone Note 7 is an Android 9 powered smartphone with a 6.1 inch screen.

    It uses a MediaTek MT6580 processor and comes with 1 GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage.

    In terms of imaging, this phone has a triple camera setup at the back that consists of an 8 MP, 2 MP and a large aperture 2MP camera along with Dual LED Flash.The selfie camera is a 5MP unit.

    The battery is a 3500mAh unit that should last through a whole day of moderate use.

    Buyer reviews of the Ulefone Note 7 are positive, but some buyers have noted the 1 GB of RAM isn’t the best for multitasking. 

    Ulefone Note 7 Features:

    • Body: Glass front, plastic back, plastic frame.
    • Display: 6.1″ IPS LCD, 600 x 1280 pixels resolution
    • Rear camera: 8 MP, f/1.8, (wide), 2 MP, 2 MP, LED flash
    • Front camera: 5 MP
    • OS: Android 9.0
    • Chipset: MediaTek 6580. CPU: Quad-core (1.3 GHz Cortex-A7). GPU: Mali 400 GPU
    • Memory: 1 GB of RAM; 16 GB storage. MicroSD slot.
    • Battery: 3,500mAh.
    • Connectivity: Dual-SIM; Wi-Fi , Bluetooth, GPS, microUSB, FM radio.
    • Misc: FaceID.

    5. Infinix Smart 5, 6.6", 2GB + 32GB (Dual SIM)

    Infinix Smart 5 review kenyaThe Infinix Smart 5 is similar to the Infinix Smart HD 2021 in many ways. It features the same modern-looking waterdrop design as the Smart HD 2021  and runs Android 10.0 out of the box.

    The Infinix Smart 5 uses Mediatek’s MT6761D Helio A20 processor and comes with 2GB RAM and 32GB internal storage.

    At the back of the phone is a triple camera setup that features a main 8 MP camera. The front of the phone has a 8 MP selfie shooter.

    Other notable features are a 5000mAh battery, microUSB 2.0 support and a rear-mounted fingerprint reader.

    If you need a larger screen, then go for the Infinix Smart 5. If you prefer a more compact phone, consider the Infinix Smart HD 2021.

    Infinix Smart 5 Features:

    • Body: Glass front, plastic back, plastic frame.
    • Display: 6.6″ IPS LCD, 720 x 1560 pixels resolution
    • Rear camera: 8 MP Main + 2MP secondary, LED flash
    • Front camera: 8 MP
    • OS: Android 10.0
    • Chipset: MediaTek MT6761D. CPU: Quad-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A53. GPU: PowerVR GE8320
    • Memory: 2 GB of RAM; 32 GB storage. MicroSD slot.
    • Battery: 5,000mAh.
    • Connectivity: Dual-SIM; Wi-Fi , Bluetooth, GPS, microUSB 2.0, FM radio.
    • Misc: Rear-mounted fingerprint reader.

    Tecno Pop 5pThe Tecno Pop 5p is a budget smartphone that has a 6.52 inch screen. It ships with Android 10 and has 2 GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage.

    Other notable features the Tecno Pop 5p are a 5000 mAH battery, a rear-mounted fingerprint reader, a 13 MP rear camera and a 8 MP selfie camera at the front with a flash.

    User reviews confirm the Tecno Pop 5p is a reliable and competitively priced budget phone. This phone is definitely a good option especially if you need a decent battery and fingerprint sensor.

    Tecno Pop 5p Features:

    • Body: Plastic front, plastic back, plastic frame.
    • Display: 6.52″ LCD, 720 x 1560 pixels resolution
    • Rear camera: 13 MP, LED flash
    • Front camera: 8 MP
    • OS: Android 10
    • Chipset: MediaTek MT6761 Helio A20. GPU: IMG PowerVR
    • Memory: 2GB of RAM; 32GB storage. MicroSD slot.
    • Battery: 5,000mAh.
    • Connectivity: Dual-SIM; Wi-Fi , Bluetooth, GPS, microUSB 2.0, FM radio
    • Misc: Rear-mounted fingerprint reader

    7. Infinix Smart HD 2021, 6.1, 2GB + 32GB (Dual SIM)

    Infinix Smart HD 2021 review kenyaThe Infinix Smart HD 2021 is a modern-looking smartphone that has a waterdrop design  and runs Android 10.0 out of the box.

    The Infinix Smart HD 2021 uses Mediatek’s MT6761D Helio A20 processor and comes with 2GB RAM and 32GB internal storage.

    At the back of the phone is a dual camera setup which features a 8 MP and 2 MP camera setup. The front of the phone has a 8 MP selfie shooter.

    Other notable features are a 5000mAh battery, microUSB 2.0 support and a rear-mounted fingerprint reader.

    Buyer reviews for the Infinix Smart HD 2021 are positive. The phone meets most expectations and comes highly recommended.

    Infinix Smart HD 2021 Features:

    • Body: Glass front, plastic back, plastic frame.
    • Display: 6.1″ IPS LCD, 720 x 1560 pixels resolution
    • Rear camera: 8 MP Main + 2MP secondary, LED flash
    • Front camera: 8 MP
    • OS: Android 10.0
    • Chipset: MediaTek MT6761D. CPU: Quad-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A53. GPU: PowerVR GE8320
    • Memory: 2 GB of RAM; 32 GB storage. MicroSD slot.
    • Battery: 5,000mAh.
    • Connectivity: Dual-SIM; Wi-Fi , Bluetooth, GPS, microUSB 2.0, FM radio.
    • Misc: Rear-mounted fingerprint reader.

    As we highlighted earlier, there are many options in this price range. The phones we’ve listed above provide the best value at this price point. Keep in mind you’ll be compromising on features when picking a phone at this price point so always check the specs sheet to ensure you get the features you can’t live without. 

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