Best Smartphones Under 15K in Kenya

Best Smartphones Under 15K in Kenya 2021

Best Smartphones Under 15K in Kenya

Best Smartphones Under 15K in Kenya

With a budget of ten to fifteen thousand Kenyan Shillings, you can definitely get a reliable and feature-packed smartphone here in Kenya.

In this guide, we go through the best phones under 15k that you can order online today.

At this price point, the phones with the best features often belong to the smaller brands in the phone industry such as Infinix, Tecno and Xiaomi.

In order to keep production costs low and to remain profitable, these companies usually use cheaper parts and leave out premium features in their budget phones.

Our list features the most competitively priced smartphones in Kenya with good features and reliable performance.

We’ve also picked phones which have a high number of positive buyer ratings. Below is our curated list of top smartphones that cost less than fifteen thousand Kenyan Shillings.

(Last Updated in February 2022)

The Best Phones in Kenya Under 15K​
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    Redmi Redmi-9T-4GB 64GB review KenyaThe Xiaomi Redmi 9T is a feature-packed smartphone that barely made it on to our list mainly because of its price. It’s comes in at just under Kshs. 16,000 which makes it a more expensive option, but we had to include it given all the specs it offers. 

    The processor in the Redmi 9T is an Octa-core Snapdragon 662 chipset paired with an Adreno 610 GPU. This easily makes the Redmi 9T the most powerful model on our list.

    For the camera, you get a Quad setup at the back that features a 48MP main shooter, an 8MP ultrawide and two 2MP macro and depth sensors. The selfie camera at the front is an 8MP unit.

    The battery on the Redmi 9T is a 6000mAh unit that will definitely last you a day or two. Other notable features are a side-mounted fingerprint reader, standalone microSD slot, 18W fast charging and stereo speakers.

    The user ratings for the Redmi 9T are largely positive. Many users are happy with the phone’s performance and battery life, making it easy for us to recommend this model.

    Xiaomi Redmi 9T Price: Kshs. 16,800.00

    Xiaomi Redmi 9T Features:​

    • Body: 162.3×77.3×9.6mm, 198g; Glass front (Gorilla Glass 3), plastic frame, plastic back; Water-repellent coating.
    • Display: 6.53″ IPS LCD, 400 nits (typ), 1080x2340px resolution, 19.5:9 aspect ratio, 395ppi.
    • Chipset: Qualcomm SM6115 Snapdragon 662 (11 nm): Octa-core (4×2.0 GHz Kryo 260 Gold & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 260 Silver); Adreno 610.
    • Memory: 64GB 4GB RAM, 128GB 4GB RAM, 128GB 6GB RAM; UFS 2.1 – 64GB, UFS 2.2 – 128GB; microSDXC (dedicated slot).
    • OS/Software: Android 10, MIUI 12.
    • Rear camera: Wide (main): 48 MP, f/1.8, 26mm, 1/2.0″, 0.8µm, PDAF; Ultra wide angle: 8 MP, f/2.2, 120˚, 1/4.0″, 1.12µm; Macro: 2 MP, f/2.4; Depth: 2 MP, f/2.4.
    • Front camera: 8 MP, f/2.1, 27mm (wide), 1/4.0″, 1.12µm.
    • Video capture: Rear camera: 1080p@30fps; Front camera: 1080p@30fps.
    • Battery: 6000mAh; Fast charging 18W, Reverse charging 2.5W.
    • Misc: Fingerprint reader (side-mounted); FM radio; Infrared port; 3.5mm jack, NFC (market-dependant).

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    Infinix Hot 11 PlayThe Infinix Hot 11 Play was launched in November 2021. It’s powered by a snappy MediaTek Helio G35 chipset which is a proven performer at this price point. The phone comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage which is sufficient for the average user. There’s also a microSD slot for memory expansion.

    This phone has a battery size of 6,000 mAh. Overall, the Infinix Note 11 Play is a good option for anyone looking for a decent all-round good performing phone from Infinix here in Kenya.

    Infinix Hot 11 Play Price: Kshs. 15,999.00

    Infinix Hot 11 Play Features:​

    • Body: Glass front, plastic back, plastic frame, 218g.
    • Display: 6.82″ IPS LCD, 720 x 1640px resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio, 263ppi.
    • Rear camera: Dual setup: 13 MP, f/1.8, (wide), 1/3.1″, 1.12µm, AF, Quad LED flash, Video 1080p@30fps
    • Front camera: 8 MP, (wide). 1080p/30fps video recording.
    • OS: Android 11, XOS 7.6.
    • Chipset: MediaTek MT6765G Helio G35 (12 nm). Octa-core (4×2.3 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A53). Mali-G52 2EEMC2.
    • Memory: 4GB of RAM; 64GB storage; dedicated microSD slot.
    • Battery: 6,000mAh.
    • Connectivity: Dual-SIM; HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE Cat4 150/50 Mbps; Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac; dual-band GPS; Bluetooth 5.0;
    • Misc: Rear-mounted fingerprint reader; microUSB 2.0, USB On-The-Go
      3.5mm jack; FM radio.

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    Samsung Galaxy A12 review kenyaThe Samsung Galaxy A12 is a budget friendly smartphone that runs on the Mediatek MT6765 Helio P35 processor and comes with 4GB RAM + 64GB internal storage.

    It has a Quad camera setup at the back which features a main 48MP shooter, a 5MP ultrawide and two 2MP macro and depth sensors. The selfie camera is a 8MP unit that supports 1080p video recording at 30fps. This setup is similar to the one in the Xiaomi Redmi 9T.

    For the battery, the Samsung Galaxy A12 has a large 5,000mAh unit which will comfortably last you a whole day and supports 15W fast charging. 

    Overall, the Samsung Galaxy A12 is a decent smartphone but our main issue is with the processor. While the Helio P35 does deliver reliable performance, it doesn’t compete well with the processors used by other companies in this price range. If you love gaming, this phone is probably not for you.

    The buyer reviews for the Samsung Galaxy A12 are positive and many buyers are happy with their purchase. If Samsung is your brand of choice for smartphones, then you can’t go wrong with this model.

    Samsung Galaxy A12 Price: Kshs. 15,900.00

    Samsung Galaxy A12 Features:​

    • Body: 164.0×75.8×8.9mm, 205g; Glass front, plastic back.
    • Display: 6.50″ PLS IPS, 720x1600px resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio, 270ppi.
    • Chipset: Mediatek MT6765 Helio P35 (12nm): Octa-core (4×2.35 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A53); PowerVR GE8320.
    • Memory: 32GB 3GB RAM, 64GB 4GB RAM, 128GB 4GB RAM, 128GB 6GB RAM; eMMC 5.1; microSDXC (dedicated slot).
    • OS/Software: Android 10, OneUI 2.5.
    • Rear camera: Wide (main): 48 MP, f/2.0, 26mm, AF; Ultra wide angle: 5 MP, f/2.2, 123˚; Macro: 2 MP, f/2.4; Depth: 2 MP, f/2.4.
    • Front camera: 8 MP, f/2.2.
    • Video capture: Rear camera: 1080p@30fps; Front camera: 1080p@30fps.
    • Battery: 5000mAh; Fast charging 15W.
    • Misc: Fingerprint reader (side-mounted); FM radio; 3.5mm jack.

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    Infinix Hot 10 Play KenyaThe  Infinix Hot 10 Play was released in January 2021. It features a MediaTek Helio G25 processor with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. As expected, there’s also a microSD slot for memory expansion.

    The Helio G25 processor in the Hot 10 Play has less processing power when compared to the Helio G70  in the Hot 10.

    The main improvement Infinix made in the Note 10 Play is to add a larger battery. The Note 10 Play comes with a 6,000 mAh battery unit while the Hot 10 has a 5,200mAh unit.

    The less powerful processor and larger battery make the Hot 10 Play ideal for users who need a phone with a long-lasting battery.

    Unfortunately, Infinix is still using microUSB ports in 2021. Many smartphone manufacturers have already switched to the more efficient and future-proof USB C port. 

    This is hardly a deal breaker though, as many of us still have microUSB cables. Overall, the Infinix Note 10 Play lives up to its name. It delivers more playing time thanks to the large battery and efficient processor.

    Infinix Hot 10 Play Price: Kshs. 14,999.00

    Infinix Hot 10 Play Features:​

    • Body: Glass front, plastic back, plastic frame, 207g.
    • Display: 6.82″ IPS LCD, 720 x 1640px resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio, 263ppi.
    • Rear camera: 13 MP, (wide), QVGA (Low light sensor), Triple-LED flash, Video 1080p@30fps
    • Front camera: 8 MP (wide). 1080p/30fps video recording.
    • OS: Android 10 (Go edition), XOS 7.
    • Chipset: MediaTek Helio G25 (12 nm). Octa-core (2×2.0 GHz Cortex-A75 & 6×1.8 GHz Cortex-A55). Mali-G52 MC2.
    • Memory: 4GB of RAM; 64GB storage; dedicated microSD slot.
    • Battery: 6,000mAh.
    • Connectivity: Dual-SIM; HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE Cat4 150/50 Mbps; microUSB 2.0, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac; dual-band GPS; Bluetooth 5.0;
    • Misc: Rear-mounted fingerprint reader; microUSB 2.0, USB On-The-Go
      3.5mm jack; FM radio.

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    Realme C12 review KenyaThe Realme C12 is designed for users who need a long battery life. It features a huge 6,000mAh battery which powers the MediaTek Helio G35 processor.

    The C12 comes with 3GB RAM plus 64 GB internal storage which is expandable thanks to the dedicated memory card slot.

    For the camera, you get a triple setup at the back which uses a 13MP main unit and two 2MP macro and depth sensors. The selfie camera is a 5MP unit.

    Other notable features include a rear mounted fingerprint reader, 10W fast charging, USB On-The-Go and support for reverse charging. The main advantage this phone has over other competitor models in this price range is the large battery.

    Buyer reviews for the Realme C12 paint it as a reliable and quality phone. While you can get a more powerful processor from other brands, it will be difficult to find a phone that tops the battery performance of the Realme C12.

    Realme C12 Price: Kshs. 14,600.00

    Realme C12 Features:​

    • Body: Plastic back, plastic frame Gorilla Glass 3 front
    • Screen: 6.5-inch, HD+, IPS LCD
    • Rear Camera: Triple 13 MP, f/2.2, (wide), PDAF 2 MP B/W, f/2.4 2 MP, f/2.4, LED flash, HDR, Video 1080p@30fps
    • Front Camera: 5 MP, f/2.0; 1080p@30fps video recording
    • Chipset: MediaTek Helio G35, Octa-core (4×2.3 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A53), PowerVR GE8320
    • Memory: 3GB RAM + 64GB internal storage, dedicated microSD slot
    • OS: Android 10; Realme UI 
    • Battery: 6,000 mAh, 10W charging
    • Connectivity: Dual SIM (4G), Bluetooth 4.2, GPS/GLONASS, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, FM radio, microUSB 2.0
    • Misc: Fingerprint (rear-mounted), FM radio

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    Tecno Spark 7The Tecno Spark 7 is a reasonably priced smartphone with plenty of features. The phone has a 6.5 inch screen and is powered by a Mediatek Helio A25 processor.

    The Spark 7 comes with 3GB RAM + 64GB internal storage as well as a microSD slot for easy memory expansion. For the camera, the phone has a dual setup at the back with a main 16MP sensor and Quad-LED flash. The front camera is an 8MP unit with dual flash.

    The phone is powered by a beefy 5000mAh battery which easily supports a full day of heavy use.

    Buyer reviews for the Tecno Spark 7 are mostly positive. Most users love the large battery as well as the smooth performance of the phone.

    Tecno Spark 7 Price: Kshs. 13,999.00

    Tecno Spark 7 Features:​

    • Body: Glass front, plastic back, plastic frame.
    • Display: 6.5″ IPS LCD, 720 x 1600px resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio, 270ppi.
    • Rear camera: Dual Setup:16 MP, f/1.8, PDAF, QVGA, Quad-LED flash, panorama, HDR, Video: 1080p@30fps.
    • Front camera: 8 MP, f/2.0, (wide), Dual-LED flash, HDR,
      Video: 1080p@30fps
    • OS: Android 11 (Go edition).
    • Chipset: MediaTek Helio A25 (12 nm), CPU: Octa-core (4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4×1.5 GHz Cortex-A53), GPU: PowerVR GE8320.
    • Memory: 4GB of RAM; 64GB storage; dedicated microSD slot.
    • Battery: 5,000mAh.
    • Connectivity: Dual-SIM; HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE Cat4 150/50 Mbps; microUSB 2.0, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac; dual-band GPS; Bluetooth 5.0;
    • Misc: Rear-mounted fingerprint reader; 3.5mm jack; FM radio.

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    Infinix Smart 5 review KenyaThe Infinix Smart 5 is a budget friendly smartphone that runs on MediaTek’s Helio A20 processor. This phone is a slight upgrade over the Infinix Hot 9.

    The phone comes with 2GB RAM and 32GB internal storage which can be expanded thanks to the memory card slot.

    If you’re a moderate user, this RAM should be enough for a smooth daily experience. Heavy users will be better served by a phone with more RAM.

    For pictures and videos, the Infinix Smart 5 comes with a 13MP primary camera at the back paired with two QVGA sensors. The selfie camera is an 8MP shooter.

    The battery unit has a capacity of 5000mAh just like the Hot 9. What’s been improved is the charging speed. The Smart 5 supports 10W charging which enables the phone to charge relatively fast.

    The user reviews for the Infinix Smart 5 are generally positive and point to a very reliable smartphone. You really can’t go wrong with this model, especially if your budget is tight.

    Infinix Smart 5 Price: Kshs. 12,000.00

    Infinix Smart 5 Features:​

    • Body: Glass front, plastic back, plastic frame, 183g.
    • Display: 6.6″ IPS LCD, 720 x 1600px resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio, 266ppi.
    • Rear camera: Primary: 13 MP + QVGA + QVGA; Triple-LED flash, panorama, HDR, 1080p@30fps video recording.
    • Front camera: 8 MP (wide). 1080p/30fps video recording.
    • OS: Android 10 (Go edition).
    • Chipset: Mediatek MT6761D Helio A20. CPU: Quad-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A53. GPU: PowerVR GE8320.
    • Memory: 2GB of RAM; 32GB storage; dedicated microSD slot.
    • Battery: 5,000mAh.
    • Connectivity: Dual-SIM; HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE Cat4 150/50 Mbps; microUSB 2.0, USB On-The-Go; Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac; dual-band GPS; Bluetooth 5.0;
    • Misc: Rear-mounted fingerprint reader; 3.5mm jack; FM radio; 10W Charging.

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    Samsung Galaxy A03s The Samsung Galaxy A03s is a budget phone that offers a decent amount of features at a reasonable price. It’s an improved version of the Samsung Galaxy A02 thanks to the added fingerprint reader. There’s also a dedicated memory card slot and NFC support.

    The phone has a triple-camera setup at the back that has a 2MP depth sensor, a 13MP primary shooter, and a 2MP macro cam.

    Other features of the A03s are the glass front, large 5000 mAh battery, Bluetooth 5.1, FM radio and USB-C port.

    Buyer reviews for the A03s are positive and most customers are happy with the phone’s features, daily performance and battery life.

    Samsung Galaxy A03s Price: Kshs. 16,200.00

    Samsung Galaxy A03s Features:​

    • Body: 164.2×75.9×9.1mm, 196g; glass front, plastic frame, plastic back.
    • Display: 6.50″ PLS LCD, 720x1600px resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio, 270ppi.
    • Chipset: MediaTek MT6765 Helio P35 (12nm): Octa-core (4×2.35 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A53); PowerVR GE8320.
    • Memory: 32GB 3GB RAM, 32GB 4GB RAM, 64GB 4GB RAM; eMMC 5.1; microSDXC (dedicated slot).
    • OS/Software: Android 11, One UI 3.1 Core.
    • Rear camera: Wide (main): 13 MP, f/2.2, AF; Macro: 2 MP, f/2.4; Depth: 2 MP, f/2.4.
    • Front camera: 5 MP, f/2.2.
    • Video capture: Rear camera: 1080p@30fps.
    • Battery: 5000mAh; 7.8W charger.
    • Misc: Fingerprint reader (side-mounted); NFC; 3.5mm jack.

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    Samsung Galaxy A02The Samsung Galaxy A02 is a budget phone that offers a decent amount of features at a reasonable price. The phone runs on the entry-level Mediatek MT6739W processor and comes with 3GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. There’s also a dedicated memory card slot.

    The phone has a dual camera setup at the back that uses 13 MP sensor for the main camera and 2 MP macro sensor.

    Other features of the A02 are the glass front, large 5000 mAh battery, Bluetooth 5.1, FM radio and microUSB 2.0.

    Buyer reviews for the A02 are positive and most customers are happy with the phone’s features, daily performance and battery life. If you want a simple and no-nonsense phone from a trusted brand then this is the model for you.

    Samsung Galaxy A02 Price: Kshs. 13,200.00

    Samsung Galaxy A02 Features:​

    • Body: Glass front, plastic back, plastic frame, 206g.
    • Display: 6.5″ PLS IPS, 720 x 1600px resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio, 270ppi.
    • Rear camera: Primary: 13 MP, f/1.9, (wide), AF. 2 MP, f/2.4, (macro). 1080p@30fps video recording.
    • Front camera: 5 MP, f/2.0. 1080p/30fps video recording.
    • OS: Android 9.0 (Pie), upgradable to Android 10, One UI 2.0.
    • Chipset: Android 10, One UI 2.0. Chipset: Mediatek MT6739W (28 nm). CPU: Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53. GPU: PowerVR GE8100.
    • Memory: 3GB of RAM; 64GB storage; dedicated microSD slot.
    • Battery: 5000mAh.
    • Connectivity: Dual-SIM; HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE Cat4 150/50 Mbps; microUSB 2.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot.
    • Misc: 3.5mm jack; FM Radio.

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    Nokia C30The Nokia C30 features a large 6.82 inch screen. It is powered by a 8-core CPU consisting of 4 A55 cores at 1.6GHz and 4 A55 cores at 1.2GHz.

    This phone comes with 2GB or 3GB of RAM and 32GB or 64GB of internal storage, that can be expanded by a MicroSD card with up to 265GB of storage.

    Other notable features of the Nokia C30 are a rear-mounted fingerprint reader, FM radio, microUSB 2.0 and USB On-The-Go support.

    From the face of it, the Nokia C30 has a reasonable amount of features and specs. Buyer reviews for the phone are also largely positive, with many users enjoying their purchase.

    The problem we have with the Nokia C30 is how poorly it ranks against competitor models. You can easily find a faster processor, a more premium design, a better camera, a screen with better resolution and a generally better phone from other brands in this price range.

    If specs don’t matter to you that much and you just need a decent phone with decent features from a brand you trust, then the Nokia C30 is worth considering.

    Nokia C30 Price: Kshs. 15,000.00

    Nokia C30 Features:​

    • Body: Glass front, plastic back, plastic frame, 237g.
    • Display: 6.82″ IPS LCD, 720 x 1600px resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio, 257ppi.
    • Rear camera: Primary: 13 MP AF, 2MP Depth; LED flash, panorama, HDR, 1080p@30fps video recording.
    • Front camera: 5 MP, f/2.4, 1080p/30fps video recording.
    • 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: 3GB of RAM; 64GB storage; dedicated microSD slot.
    • Battery: 6,000mAh.
    • Connectivity: Dual-SIM; HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE Cat4 150/50 Mbps; microUSB 2.0, USB On-The-Go; Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac; dual-band GPS; Bluetooth 5.0;
    • Misc: Rear-mounted fingerprint reader; 3.5mm jack; FM radio.

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