October 16, 2018
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5 Smartphones Under Ksh 10,000 Worth Checking Out

When it comes to buying a new smartphone, not everyone has an unlimited budget to splash on the new gadget. Sometimes you may want or may be forced to limit the amount you are willing to spend on the new device for one reason or the other. For those who have been looking for a new smartphone but have Ksh 10,000 or less to spend, this post is for you.

I will be listing down the top 5 smartphones under Ksh 10,000 that you can get in Kenya right now. Given that this list can be wide, I will list down my personal favourites and focus on devices released in 2017 and 2018 so that I do not end up recommending devices that may not be in production anymore.

You can get most of these devices through different shops (online and offline) and I have included a link for those who want to buy the phones online.

Nokia 2

For those who are looking for a pure Android experience, the Nokia 2 is a decent device to get for under Ksh 10,000. The device was unveiled late last year and is currently the cheapest device from the company in the country. The phone is scheduled to get the most recent Android updates for the next two years so if that is something that excites you, this phone is worth looking at.

Nokia 2

Below are the key Nokia 2 specifications and its price in Kenya.

Display Size: 5.0 inches with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels

Processor: 1.3 GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 212 processor

RAM: 1 GB

Storage Space: 8GB, can be expanded to 128GB using a microSD card

Android Version: Android 7.1.1 Nougat

Camera: 8MP Camera at the back with a 5MP front facing one

Battery: 4100 mAh removable battery

Price: Ksh 8,900

You can get the Nokia 2 from Jumia for Ksh 8,900.

The Tecno Spark K7

spark k7

The Tecno Spark k7 was launched in Kenya in August 2017. The phone does not have any crazy specifications but it is a good option for those looking for a new gadget. The Tecno Spark K7 is available in Kenya for Ksh 10,000, quite a good price if you ask me. Below are some of its specifications and price in Kenya .

Display Size: 5.5 inches with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels

Processor: 1.3 GHz Quad-core Mediatek Processor

RAM: 1 GB

Storage Space: 16GB, can be expanded to 32GB using a microSD card

Android Version: Android 7.0 Nougat

Camera: 13MP Camera at the back with a 5MP front facing one

Battery: 3000 mAh removable battery

Price: Ksh 10,000

Get the Tecno Spark K7 from Jumia here.

The Infinix Smart

The Infinix Smart was released in mid-2017 and is currently one of the cheapest smartphones from the company. The phone is available in Kenya from as low as Ksh 8,200 depending on where you get it from. Below are some of the Infinix Smart specifications and price in Kenya.

Infinix smart series

Infinix smart series

Display Size: 5.0 inches with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels

Processor: 1.3 GHz Quad-core Mediatek MT6580 processor

RAM: 1 GB

Storage Space: 16GB, can be expanded to 32GB using a microSD card

Android Version: Android 7.0 Nougat

Camera: 8MP Camera at the back with a 2MP front facing one

Battery: 3060 mAh removable battery

Price: Ksh 8,200

You can get the Infinix smart from Jumia for ksh 8,199 here

Xiaomi Redmi 5A

xiaomi redmi 5 plus

The Xiaomi Redmi 5A was officially announced in November 2017 so you are getting a not so old smartphone and Its price is exactly Ksh 9,999 which is a bargain if you ask me. Some of the specifications of the Xiaomi Redmi 5A are listed below.

Display Size: 5.0 inches with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels

Processor: 1.4 GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 425

RAM: 2/3 GB

Storage Space: 16/32 GB, can be expanded to 256GB using a microSD card

GPU: Adreno 308

Android Version: Android 7.1.2 Nougat

Camera: 13MP Camera at the back with a 5MP front facing one

Camera features: Geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, HDR, panorama

Battery: 3000 mAh removable battery

Buy the Xiaomi Redmi 5A from Jumia

Cubot R11

The last device below Ksh 10,000 that you may want to check out is the Cubot R11. This device was launched in February 2018 and is the most recent one on this list. It is available in Kenya as from Ksh 9,700. This is not a bad price considering what it offers.

Cubot R11

Below are the Cubot R11 specifications and price in Kenya.

Display Size: 5.5 inches with a resolution of 1 720x 1440 pixels (HD+)

Processor: 1.3 GHz Quad-core Mediatek MT6580 processor

RAM: 2 GB

Storage Space: 16GB, can be expanded using a microSD card

Android Version: Android 8.1 Nougat

Camera: 8MP + 2MP Dual Camera setup at the back with a 5MP front facing one

Battery: 2350 mAh removable battery

Price: Ksh 9,700

Buy the Cubot R11 from Avechi for Ksh 9,700.

Also Read:  5 Smartphones Worth Checking Out During Jumia’s Mobile Week

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