December 15, 2018
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Top 5 Smartphones to Check Out During Jumia’s Black Friday Sale

Jumia black Friday has kicked off. This month-long event kicked off last Friday and will go on till November 30. There are some deals you can get but keep in mind that not all products the company says are discounted are actually discounted. This does not mean that you cannot get good deals or get a chance to get a good smartphone that offers best value for money.

If you have been saving for a smartphone, this may be the time to get one. Below I have compiled a lit of the top 5 smartphones that I believe offer the best value for money. I have reviewed some of these smartphones and if that is the case, I have included a link to the review at the end of that specific device. I have also balanced the list with device from different price segments just to make sure there is something for everyone.

I have listed these smartphones from the cheapest to the most expensive and included links to Jumia at the end of each. I have also focused on 2018 smartphones only on this list.

The Tecno Spark 2

The Tecno Spark 2 is one phone I fell in love with from the first day I got it. This is a phone that just works. It is not gimmicky and it delivers what it promises. The Tecno Spark 2 is available from Ksh 9,500 which is reasonable considering what it has to offer.

Tecno spark 2 performance

When reviewing this phone, I particularly loved its design and build, battery and its cameras. It took really good photos that impressed me and made the phone stand out from other phones within its price.

Below are some of the key specifications of the Tecno Spark 2.

Display Size: 6.0 inches with a resolution of 720 X 1440 Pixels

Processor: 1.3GHz Quad-core MediaTek MT6580WP

RAM: 1/2GB

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

GPU: Mali-400 MP

Android Version: Android 8.1 Oreo

Main Camera: 13MP with triple-LED flash

Selfie Camera: 8MP with dual flash

Battery: 3500 mAh battery

Read: Tecno Spark 2 Review

Buy: Tecno Spark 2 on Jumia

The Xiaomi Redmi 6A or Redmi 6

The Xiaomi Redmi 6A is another smartphone that offers value for money. The phone is hard to find on Jumia as it is sold out most of the time but if you keep checking back, you may be lucky and find one. If you still can’t find the Xiaomi Redmi 6A on Jumia, you may want to go with the Xiaomi Redmi 6 as they are both from the same company. The Redmi 6 is slightly expensive but also offers value for money.

Xiaomi Redmi 6A

Xiaomi Redmi 6A

I have not reviewed the Xiaomi Redmi 6A yet but you can check out the review done by Android Kenya. If you are able to get the Xiaomi Redmi 6A, it will be available from Ksh 9,500 while the Redmi 6 will be available from Ksh 12,500

Read: Xiaomi Redmi 6A Review

Below are the key specs of the Xiaomi Redmi 6A

Display Size: 5.45 inches with a resolution of 720 x 1440 pixels

Processor: 2.0GHz Quad-core Mediatek Helio A22

RAM: 2GB

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

GPU: PowerVR GE

Android Version: Android 8.1 Oreo

Main Camera: 13MP

Selfie Camera: 5MP

Battery: 3000 mAh battery

Buy: Xiaomi Redmi 6A on Jumia

Here are the specs of the Xiaomi Redmi 6

Display Size: 5.45 inches with a resolution of 720 X 1440 Pixels

Processor: 2.0GHz Octa-core MediaTek Helio P22

RAM: 3/4GB

Storage Space: 32/64 GB, can be expanded to 256GB using a microSD card

GPU: PowerVR GE8320

Android Version: Android 8.1 Oreo

Main Camera: Dual 12MP + 5MP

Selfie Camera: 5MP

Battery: 3500 mAh battery

Buy: Xiaomi Redmi 6 on Jumia

The Infinix Note 5

Going up a bit, we do have the Infinix Note 5 that is available from Ksh 17,900. This is the best Note device from Infinix and I was really impressed with it during my review period. I was particularly impressed with its performance and cameras, they just did what I wanted without any issues.

Infinix Note 5 review

Infinix Note 5

The Infinix Note 5 has a massive battery and is also an Android One phone. This means that it comes with pure Android without any custom UI from Infinix. This is the best of Android and should be on the list of Android fans.

Below are some of the key specifications of the Infinix Note 5.

Network: 4G
OS Version: Android  One (Android Oreo)
Display: 6.0″FHD+; 18:9,TDDI; 2.5D
Processor: MT6763
Dimensions: 158*75*8.4mm – 2.5D glass
ROM / RAM: 32GB+3GB/64GB+4GB
Battery: 4500mAh
Front “Selfie” camera: 16 MP ,low light selfie ;4in1
Back camera: 12MP,1.25um large pixel;F2.0

Read: Infinix Note 5 Review

Buy: Infinix Note 5 from Jumia

The Huawei Y9 2019

Well, you did not think I was going to skip this phone. I have been using the Huawei Y9 2019 for a few weeks and I love it. The phone is available from Ksh 24,999 and it does an amazing job. It has a modern design and build, comes with some amazing cameras with AI mode that ensures photos taken are worth sharing, has a massive battery and performance is just on point.

Huawei Y9 2019 in Kenya

Huawei Y9 2019 in Kenya

The Huawei Y9 2019 is one of the three Y series devices the company brought to the country this year. The others are the Y5 Prime 2018 and the Y7 Prime 2018.

The Huawei Y9 2019 is my best smartphone for anyone looking for a smartphone below Ksh 30,000. Below are the key specifications of the Huawei Y9 2019.

Display Size: 6.5 inches with a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels

Processor: Hisilicon Kirin 710

RAM: 4 GB

Storage Space: 64 GB, can be expanded up to 400GB using a microSD card

GPU: Mali-G51 MP4

Android Version: Android 8.1 Oreo

Connectivity: 2G/3G/4G

Camera: 13MP + 2 MP, Cameras at the back with a 16 MP + 2MP front facing ones

Battery: 4000 mAh non-removable battery

Read: Huawei Y9 2019 Unboxing

Buy: Huawei Y9 2019`

The OPPO F9

The OPPO F9 is one of the best camera phones you can get in Kenya for about Ksh 35,000. This is the latest device from OPPO and it stands out as being the first F series phone to support VOOC Flash charge. The phone also comes with a waterdrop notch that is not in your face as with most other smartphone notches. The OPPO F9 also comes with unique colour gradients that will definitely stand out and a 25MP selfie camera that is just amazing.

OPPO F9 kenya

Below are the key specifications of the OPPO F9.

Display Size: 6.3 inches with a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels

Processor: Octa Core, Mediatek MT6771 Helio P60

RAM: 4/6 GB

Storage Space: 64 GB, can be expanded up to 256GB using a microSD card

GPU: Mali-G72 MP3

Android Version: Android 8.1 Oreo

Connectivity: 2G/3G/4G

Camera: 16MP + 2 MP Camera at the back with a 25 MP front facing one

Battery: 3500 mAh removable battery

Read: OPPO F9 Specifications And Price In Kenya

Buy: Buy OPPO F9 on Jumia

Extras

Now that I have listed 5 smartphones that you may want to get, there are some (above Ksh 40,000) that I have not included on this list but I believe are worth getting. The three devices that I think are worth getting are the Huawei P20 Pro (Buy on Jumia), Samsung Galaxy S9+ (Buy) or Note 9 (Buy) and the Xiaomi Mi 8 (Buy).

Read Now: The Samsung Galaxy S9+ Review

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