Best Smartphones Under 20K in Kenya

Best Smartphones Under 20K in Kenya

Best Smartphones Under 20K in Kenya

Best Smartphones Under 20K in Kenya

In this article, we’ll go through the best smartphones available online in Kenya that cost below 20,000 Kenyan Shillings.

Nowadays, you don’t need to break the bank to get a good smartphone.

There are plenty of options available at this price point. To refine our list, we limited our price range to between 15,000 and 20,000 Kenyan Shillings.

We also picked the phones with the best features, the highest number of positive user reviews and latest release date.

Smaller brands normally dominate this market thanks to their competitive prices and modern features.

Although majority of these brands manufacture good products, many of them have poor customer support networks. This might leave you at the mercy of fundi wa simu (phone repair guy) incase your phone gets damaged or needs repairs.  

For some peace of mind, always check for a warranty and invest in a phone case and screen protector.

Here’s our list of the best smartphones that cost between 15,000 and 20,000 Kenyan Shillings.

(Last Updated in Feb 2022)

The Best Phones in Kenya Under 20K​
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    XIAOMI Redmi 10The Xiaomi Redmi 10 is a feature packed device that runs on a fast MediaTek Helio G88. It comes with 6GB of RAM and 128GB internal memory which can be expanded via the dedicated microSD slot.

    The phone ships with Android 11 based MIUI 12.5 out of the box and has a large 5,000mAh battery that supports fast 18 Watt charging.

    The Redmi 10 has a primary 50MP shooter which is joined by an 8MP ultrawide, a 2MP macro, and a 2MP depth sensor for a total of four cameras.

    It also has splash resistance, a very clear and bright screen as well as Gorilla Glass 3 protection at the front and a plastic back.

    The Xiaomi Redmi 10 has plenty of positive reviews which mention the good performance and value for money. 

    XIAOMI Redmi 10 Features:​

    • Body: 162.0×75.5×8.9mm, 181g; Gorilla Glass 3 front, plastic back and plastic frame.
    • Display: 6.50″ LCD, 90Hz, 1080x2400px resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio, 405ppi.
    • Chipset: MediaTek Helio G88 (12nm): Octa-core (2×2.0 GHz Cortex-A75 & 6×1.8 GHz Cortex-A55); Mali-G52 MC2.
    • Memory: 64GB 4GB RAM, 128GB 4GB RAM, 128GB 6GB RAM; eMMC 5.1; microSDXC (dedicated slot).
    • OS/Software: Android 11, MIUI 12.5.
    • Rear camera: Wide (main): 50 MP, f/1.8, PDAF; Ultra wide angle: 8 MP, f/2.2, 120˚; Macro: 2 MP, f/2.4; Depth: 2 MP, f/2.4.
    • Front camera: 8 MP, f/2.0, (wide).
    • Video capture: Rear camera: 1080p@30fps; Front camera: 1080p@30fps.
    • Battery: 5000mAh; Fast charging 18W, Reverse charging 9W.
    • Misc: Fingerprint reader (side-mounted); FM radio; NFC (market/region dependant); Infrared port; 3.5mm jack.

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    Oppo A16k review kenyaThe Oppo A16k is a reasonably priced phone that ticks most of the right boxes. It features the fast and reliable MediaTek Helio G35 processor and  runs Oppo’s Android Pie-based ColorOS 11.1 out of the box.

    It comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage and a rear-mounted fingerprint reader.

    User reviews for the Oppo A31 are positive and mention the phone’s reliable performance and good battery life.

    Oppo A16k Features:​

    • Body: Glass front, plastic back, plastic frame, 175g.
    • Display: 6.52″ IPS LCD, 720 x 1600 px resolution, 270 ppi.
    • Rear camera: 13 MP , LED flash, HDR, panorama, 1080p@30fps.
    • Front camera: 5 MP 1080p/30fps video recording.
    • OS: Android 11, ColorOS 11.1.
    • Chipset: MediaTek MT6765G Helio G35 (12 nm): CPU – Octa-core (4×2.3 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A53): GPU – PowerVR GE8320.
    • Memory: 4GB of RAM; 64GB storage; dedicated microSD slot.
    • Battery: 4,230mAh.
    • Connectivity: Dual-SIM; GSM / HSPA / LTE; Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, Radio FM radio, microUSB 2.0, USB On-The-Go.
    • Misc: Rear-mounted fingerprint reader.

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    SHARE THIS PRODUCT   Infinix Hot 11 Play review KenyaThe Infinix Hot 11 Play is a mid-range device that comes with a MediaTek Helio G35 chipset with 4GB of RAM and 128GB internal storage.

    The G35 processor pairs fast performing CPUs with a high performance graphics processor for efficient and reliable performance.

    The Infinix Hot 11 Play features a 13MP main shooter at the back and an 8MP selfie camera.

    Infinix Hot 11 Play Features:​

    • Body: Gorilla Glass front, plastic frame, 206g.
    • Display: 6.82″ IPS LCD, 720 x 1640 px resolution, 263 ppi.
    • Rear camera: Primary: 13 MP, f/1.8, (wide), 1/2.0″, 0.8µm, PDAF. Macro camera: 2 MP, f/2.4. Depth sensor:2 MP, f/2.4, Quad-LED flash, panorama, HDR, 1080p@30fps video recording.
    • Front camera: 8 MP, f/2.0, 26mm (wide), 1/3″, 1.0µm. 1080p/30fps video recording.
    • OS: Android 11, XOS 7.6.
    • Chipset: Mediatek Helio G35 (12 nm): CPU – Octa-core (4×2.3 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A53): GPU PowerVR GE8320.
    • Memory: 4GB of RAM; 128GB 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 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, hotspot; Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE; FM radio.
    • Misc: Rear-mounted fingerprint reader; 3.5mm jack; dual speakers.

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    Tecno Camon 18i review kenyaThe Tecno Camon 18i is a reasonably fast phone that is powered by a Mediatek Helio G85 processor. It comes with 4GB RAM + 128GB internal storage.

    The phone ships with Android 11 and Tecno’s HIOS 7.6. It features a modern punch-hole 16MP camera at the front and a quad camera setup at the back which has a Quad-LED flash.

    The Camon 18i also has a large 5000mAh battery, a rear mounted fingerprint sensor and supports USB On-The-Go.

    The customer reviews for the Tecno Camon 18i are positive and the phone stands out thanks to its ease of use, modern design, latest version of Android and Quad-LED flash.

    Tecno Camon 18i Price: Kshs. 20,000.00

    Tecno Camon 18i Features:​

    • Body: Glass front, plastic back, plastic frame, 196g.
    • Display: 6.6″ IPS LCD, 720 x 1640 px resolution, 271 ppi, 90Hz.
    • Rear camera: Primary: 48 MP, PDAF. 2 MP (ultrawide). 2 MP (macro). AI lens ,Quad-LED flash, panorama, HDR, 1080p@30fps video recording.
    • Front camera: 16 MP, Dual-LED flash, HDR. 1080p/30fps video recording.
    • OS: Android 11, HIOS 7.6.
    • Chipset: MediaTek Helio G85 (12 nm): CPU Octa-core (2×2.0 GHz Cortex-A75 & 6×1.8 GHz Cortex-A55): GPU – Mali-G52 MC2.
    • Memory: 4GB of RAM; 128GB 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 802.11 b/g/n, hotspot; Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE; FM radio.
    • Misc: Rear-mounted fingerprint reader; 3.5mm jack; one loudspeaker.

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    Vivo Y33s review kenyaThe Vivo Y33s is a mid-range phone powered by the Mediatek Helio G80. It comes with 4GB RAM and 128GB storage.

    It runs Android 11 out of the box and comes with a microSD card slot, allowing storage expansion by up to 512GB.

    The Y33s has a 6.58 inch HD screen, a side-mounted fingerprint reader and a triple camera setup at the back along with a large 5,000mAh battery.

    Vivo Y33s Features:​

    • Body: Glass front, plastic back, plastic frame.
    • Display: 6.58″ IPS LCD, 1080 x 2408 pixels resolution, 401ppi
    • Triple rear camera: 50 MP, f/1.8, 27mm (wide), 1/2.0″, 0.8µm, PDAF, 2 MP Macro, 2 MP Depth, LED flash, HDR, panorama 1080p@30fps
    • Front camera: 16 MP, 1080p@30fps
    • OS: Android 11
    • Chipset: Mediatek MT6769V/CU Helio G80 (12 nm), Octa-core (2×2.0 GHz Cortex-A75 & 6×1.8 GHz Cortex-A55), Mali-G52 MC2
    • Memory: 4GB of RAM; 128GB storage.
    • Battery: 5,000mAh Li-Po (sealed); 18W Standard charging.
    • Connectivity: Dual-SIM; Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE, A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS, FM radio, microUSB 2.0
    • Misc: Fingerprint reader(side-mounted)

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    Samsung Galaxy A22 review kenyaSamsung’s A22 is the company’s lower mid-range offering that has a beautiful Super AMOLED screen and a relatively fast Mediatek Helio G80 processor.

    The A22 comes with 4GB RAM and 128GB internal storage with a microSD slot. It runs on Android 11 out of the box. 

    The phone features a three camera setup at the back consisting of a 48 MP main shooter, an 8 MP ultrawide, a 2 MP Macro and 2 MP depth sensor.

    The battery is a beefy 5000mAh unit that supports 15W fast charging. Other notable features are USB-C support and a premium-looking design.

    Buyer reviews for the Samsung A22 are positive and many users love the snappy processor as well as the beautiful Super AMOLED display.

    Samsung Galaxy A22 Features:​

    • Body: 159.3×73.6×8.4mm, 186g; Glass front, plastic frame, plastic back.
    • Display: 6.40″ Super AMOLED, 90Hz, 600 nits, 720x1600px resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio, 274ppi.
    • Chipset: Mediatek MT6769V/CU Helio G80 (12 nm): Octa-core (2×2.0 GHz Cortex-A75 & 6×1.8 GHz Cortex-A55); Mali-G52 MC2.
    • Memory: 64GB 4GB RAM, 128GB 4GB RAM, 128GB 6GB RAM; eMMC 5.1; microSDXC (dedicated slot).
    • OS/Software: Android 11, One UI Core 3.1.
    • Rear camera: Wide (main): 48 MP, f/1.8, 1/2.0″, 0.8µm, PDAF, OIS; Ultra wide angle: 8 MP, f/2.2, 123-degree, 1/4.0″, 1.12µm; Macro: 2 MP, f/2.4; Depth: 2 MP, f/2.4.
    • Front camera: 13 MP, f/2.2, (wide), 1/3.1″, 1.12µm.
    • 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; NFC; Virtual proximity sensing.

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