When it comes to smartphones, most people focus on devices that cost Ksh 10,000 and above. We at TechArena are guilty of this as most of the devices we review cost over Ksh 10,000. This means that we normally ignore the very low end smartphone market that is made up of devices that you can get for as low as Ksh 5,000.
As the year comes to an end, I have decided to compile a list of five devices that you can get right now in Kenya for Ksh 5,000 or less. All these devices are available on the different e-commerce platforms and you can order one for yourself right now.
The Tecno Y3S
The Tecno Y3S defines what an entry level phone should be. It has no complicated features as it tries to attract the customers who are looking for a basic smartphone to transition from a feature phone. It has a low retail price of Ksh 4,999. As for the specs, it comes with a 4 inch display with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. It is powered by a 1GHz dual-core processor combined with 512MB of RAM and 8GB of storage space. As you can see, some of its specs already match those of the Samsung Galaxy Galaxy J1 which starts at Ksh 9,999.
As for the camera, the The Tecno Y3S has a 2MP one with LED flash at the back. Still at the back, this phone packs an 1,800 mAh battery underneath. You can get the Tecno Y3S right now for Ksh 4,999 from Kaymu by using this link
The X-Tigi A5
The next device you may want below 5K is the X-Tigi A5. Just like the Tecno Y3S, it has no mind blowing specs but they are decent enough to make it to this list. It comes with a 4 inch IPS display with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. The phone is powered by a 1.3GHz Dual Core processor coupled with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage space.
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The X-Tigi A5 has a 5MP HD camera which has a sensor from Sony. This makes it one of the best cameras for a smartphone below Ksh 5,000. At the front it has 2MP camera for selfies and video calls. As for the battery, it has a 1600mAh unit.
You can get the X-Tigi A5 right now in Kenya from Kaymu for only Ksh 4,599. Get it using this link
The Huawei Ascend Y221
If you know me, then you know I have a soft spot for Huawei. Even though am not actively looking for a smartphone, I have plans to acquire one from Huawei in the next 12 months. With that said, I think the Huawei Ascend Y221 offers the best value for your money if you are looking for a smartphone below Ksh 5000. It is available on Kaymu for Ksh 4,999.
As for specs, the Huawei Ascend Y221 has a 3.5 inch display with a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels. It is powered by a 1GHz dual-core processor with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage space. For the camera, it has a 2MP main one at the back with no front facing one. As for the battery, it has a 1350mAh one.
You can get the Huawei Ascend Y221 right now for only Ksh 4,999. Get it here
Wiko Sunset 2
The Wiko Sunset 2 is the next affordable smartphone you can get in Kenya right now. This phone is very rare and at this point, I have only spotted it on Jumia. For specs, it has a 4 inch TFT display with a resolution of 480×800 pixels. It is powered by a 1.3 GH Dual Core processor with 512MB of RAM and 8GB of storage space. At the back, it has a 3.2MP camera with a 1.3MP one in front for selfies and video calls. Providing all the power is a 1300 mAh.
You can get the Wiko Sunset 2 for only Ksh 4,999. Get it on Jumia using this link >
X-Tigi One 1450
The last device you can get for Ksh 5,000 or lower is the X-TIGI One 1450. This phone has a 4.5 inch display with a resolution of 854×480 pixels. It is powered by a 1.3 GHz processor with 256MB of RAM and 512MB of storage space. It has a 5MP camera at the back with a 2MP camera in front. As for the battery, it has a 1750 mAh unit.
You can get the X-Tigi One 1450 from Jumia for only Ksh 3,999. Get it using this link
The smartphones listed above cost Ksh 5,000 or less as of today (22 December 2015). They might not be available in a few weeks from today or they might cost more. Grab the deals as soon as you can.
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