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Top 5 Smartphones Under Ksh 20,000 in Kenya in 2023

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Are you looking for a new smartphone under 20k? Smartphone prices have been going up over the past several months but you can still get a good and reliable phone. In this article, I will highlight some of the top 5 phones that I think will serve you well if your budget is under 20,000. I have included a link to the ecommerce platforms where you can get each of the phones listed here.

When compiling this list, I noticed that 5000 mAh seems to be the standard battery size for these phones. They also tend to have displays around 6.5 to 6.7 inches. Some have a 90Hz refresh rate while others do not. MediaTek seems to be the dominant processor for these phones with 4GB of RAM. 

I have reviewed some of the phones listed here and included a link to the review under each if you want to read more about them.

Best phones in Kenya Under 20K

SmartphonePrice
Infinix Hot 30 PlayKsh 18,000
Tecno Spark 10Ksh 20,000
Redmi 12CKsh 19,300
OPPO A18Ksh 19,499
Samsung Galaxy A04Ksh 19,300

Infinix Hot 30 Play

Infinix Hot 30 Play
Infinix Hot 30 Play

The Infinix Hot 30 Play is one of the latest smartphones from the company to launch in Kenya. The phone’s standout feature is its 6,000 mAh battery that is the biggest out of all the smartphones in this list. This battery can easily last you for up to 2 days on a single charge. You can get the Infinix Hot 30 Play in Kenya starting from Ksh 18,000 on Gadgetsleo.

Have a look at some of the key specifications of the Hot 30 Play.

  • Display: 6.82-inch (720×1640), 90Hz
  • Front Camera: 8MP
  • Rear Camera: 16MP + QVGA
  • Processor: MediaTek Helio G37
  • RAM: 4/8GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Battery Capacity: 6,000mAh
  • OS: Android 13 (XOS 12.6)

Read: Infinix Hot 30 Play Review

Tecno Spark 10

Tecno Spark 10 Review
Tecno Spark 10

The latest in the Tecno Spark series, the Tecno Spark 10 retails from Ksh 20,000. This is a very good price considering what the phone has to offer in terms of performance and camera quality. This is one of the best smartphones from Tecno this year. It comes with a display with 90Hz refresh rate and 8GB RAM as standard. Have a look at its other specs:

  • Display: 6.6-inch (720×1612), 90Hz
  • Front Camera: 8MP
  • Rear Camera: 50MP + 0.08 MP
  • Processor: MediaTek Helio G37
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Battery Capacity: 5,000mAh
  • OS: Android 13 (HiOS 12)

Read: The Tecno Spark 10 Review

Redmi 12C

Redmi 12C Kenya
Redmi 12C Kenya

Another good smartphone you can get in Kenya for less than 20k is the Xiaomi Redmi 12C. You can get this phone in the country starting from Ksh 19,300 which is reasonable considering what the phone has to offer. This price is for the 4GB variant which is the one I would recommend. There is a 3GB version available for a cheaper price but I wouldn’t recommend that in 2023.

Here are its key specifications.

  • Display: 6.71-inch (720×1650)
  • Front Camera: 5MP
  • Rear Camera: 50MP + 0.08 MP
  • Processor: MediaTek Helio G85
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Battery Capacity: 5,000mAh
  • OS: Android 12 (MIUI 13)

Read: The Redmi 12C Specifications and Price in Kenya

OPPO A18

OPPO A18 in kenya
OPPO A18 in kenya

The OPPO 18 is one of its smartphones that is currently available in Kenya for under Ksh 20,000. This is one of the latest smartphones from the company. The phone was unveiled to a global audience back in September and should be on your list if you are looking for an affordable yet reliable smartphone. This is the successor to the A17 that was quite a good phone for its price. The phone is available for Ksh 19,499 on Jumia for the 4GB variant with 128GB of storage.

Have a look at its other specifications.

  • Display: 6.56-inch (720 x 1612 pixels)
  • Front Camera: 5MP
  • Rear Camera: 8MP + 2MP
  • Processor: MediaTek Helio G85
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Battery Capacity: 5,000mAh
  • OS: Android 13

Read: Top 5 Things to Know about the Tecno Spark 9 Pro

Samsung Galaxy A04

Even though Samsung isn’t that aggressive when it comes to this price segment, I believe the Galaxy A04 is still a decent phone you can get for under 20k. If you have a bit more cash, you can even get the Galaxy A04S which is available starting from Ksh 20,500. You can get the 4GB variant of the Galaxy A04 for Ksh 19,300. Have a look at the specs below to decide if this price is worth it.

  • Display: 6.5-inch (720×1600)
  • Front Camera: 5MP
  • Rear Camera: 50MP + 2MP
  • Processor: MediaTek Helio P35
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Battery Capacity: 5,000mAh
  • OS: Android 12

Also Read: Samsung Galaxy A04S vs Infinix Hot 30 Play

About author

Editor at TechArena. I cover all things technology and review new gadgets as I get them. You can reach me on email: kaluka@techarena.co.ke
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