Best Smartphones Under 10K | April 2018

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There are a lot smartphones in Kenya. However, not all of them are affordable. When you are looking for a smartphone in the budget range, it is easy to fall into the trap of buying a fake phone. This article will help you find genuine, high quality phones in Kenya below 10K.

There was a time, not very long ago when one needed a lot of money to own a powerful smartphone in Kenya. However, today it is possible to find cheap but powerful phones in Kenya. You will find the best cheap Android phones in the Kenyan market right here. When picking the phones featured on this list, we careful considered price/value ratio. Every cheap smartphone on this list is perfectly fine for a person who wants to save money by buying a phone that is suitable for everyday use.

Today’s budget smartphones are impressive. Gone are the days when budget smartphones in Kenya were instantly recognizable because of their low-resolution screens, plastic bodies and meagre storage. These days, for Ksh. 10,000 or less, you can purchase a smartphone with a full-HD screen, metal body and adequate internal storage space. Some of these budget phones support 4G.

We always update this list as more smartphones hit the Kenyan market.
Don’t mind the order of the smartphones on our list. No. 8 could be better than no. 4. Take your pick!

Tecno Spark K7

Tecno Spark K7

Tecno Spark K7 and the Tecno Spark Plus K9 are the first phones released under the new Tecno Spark series. Although the Spark K7 has been around for  a while now, it still remains one of the best phones below KSh 10,000 in Kenya.

The Spark K7 is a very pretty phone; it is a phone with a design that mimics the design of expensive flagships. When you judge it only by its looks, it will be hard to believe that it is one of the cheapest phones in Kenya.  This phone comes with a 5.5 inch 720 display.  The body material is plastic and it comes in several colors.

This is a perfect phone for an entry level user. It is powered by MediaTek’s MT6580 Quad-Core CPU coupled with 1GB of RAM (a 2GB RAM version is available). This should be enough to run all your day to day tasks with minimal lags. This phone has been marketed as a budget camera phone. Well, it has a very good camera profile.  The rear shooter is 13MP and the front facing camera is 5MP. These cameras will not give you the kind of images you would expect from the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S8. However, they can give you very decent photos in places with adequate light.

The K7 phone is powered by a 3000mAH battery that can take you through a whole day after a full recharge.

The pros & cons of the Tecno Spark K7

Pros
  • Quality phone with a wallet friendly price tag
  • Large HD display
  • It is a smartphone with a trendy look. Available in different colors: Gold, Black, Blue, Red
  • Pretty decent camera profile
  • Rear mounted fingerprint scanner for added security
Cons
  • 4G is not available on this phone.
Key Features 
Display5.5 inches, 720 pixels x 1080 pixels screen resolution
Operating SystemAndroid v7.0 Nougat
CPU1.3 GHz Octa-core, Mediatek chipset
RAM1GB
Storage16GB, microSD up to 32GB
CameraBack: Dual 13MP

Front: 5MP
ConnectivityWLAN, Bluetooth, GPS, USB 2.0, FM Radio
Sensorsfingerprint (rear-mounted), Light, accelerometer, proximity, compass
Network2G, 3G
Battery3000mAh (non-removable)
Read more about Tecno Spark K7
Price In Kenya
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Tecno Spark K7 With 1GB RAM
SafaricomNot available
JumiaKSh9,900.00 Order Now!
Phone Place KSh10,200.00 Order Now!
Phones Store KSh10,300.00 Order Now!
Phone Point KSh10,300.00 Order Now!
Tecno Spark K7 With 2GB RAM (AKA Tecno Spark Plus)
SafaricomNot available
JumiaKSh10,399.00 Order Now!
Phone Place KSh11,400.00 Order Now!
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Phone Point KSh11,400.00 Order Now!

Infinix Hot 5 Lite

Infinix Hot 5 Lite

The Infinix Hot 5 Lite is a cheaper variant of the Infinix Hot 5. It is also considered as an upgrade of the Infinix Hot 4 Lite.  This smartphone has a basic specs profile with its main highlight being its large 4000mAh battery and dual speakers.  It packs a 5.5 inch 720p display and has a smooth plastic body.

This phone has so much in common with the Hot 5. RAM has been downgraded to 1GB from 2GB and it does not have a fingerprint scanner.

Pros
  • Large 720p display
  • Dual speakers provide good quality, loud sound
  • Cameras can capture decent quality mages outdoors in in any area that is well lit
  • Good battery life
  • Pretty decent hardware and software
Cons
  • No 4G
  • Lacks a fingerprint scanner
Key Features 
Display5.5 inches, 720 pixels x 1280 pixels screen resolution
Operating SystemAndroid v7.0 Nougat
CPUQuad-core 1.3Ghz, MediaTek MT6580 chipset
RAM1GB
Storage16GB (microSD up to 32GB on a dedicated slot)
CameraBack: 8MP

Front: 5MP
ConnectivityWLAN, Bluetooth, GPS, microUSB 2.0 (USB OTG)
Sensorsaccelerometer, compass,Light, proximity
Network2G, 3G
Battery4000mAh (non-removable)
Read more about the Infinix Hot 5 Lite
Price In Kenya
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SafaricomNot available
JumiaKSh9,299.00 Order Now!
Phone Place KSh9,500.00 Order Now!
Phone Store KSh9,500.00 Order Now!
Phone Point KSh9,600.00 Order Now!

Huawei Y3 2017

Huawei Y3 2017

The Y3 2017 is a budget smartphone that has been marketed as a device for young people who love advanced technologies.  Huawei was able to put the cost of this phone low by using modest hardware.  This phone has allowed the Chinese phone manufacturer to compete effectively with other Chinese brands like Infinix, Tecno and Oukitel.

The Y3 2017 is one of the best mobile phone below 10K that you can buy if you are keen about getting a phone with quality hardware. The specs sheet might not be so impressive, but the components used to make the Y3 phone are of better quality than those used in many phones in its price range.

Many phones below 10K today have fingerprint sensors, full HD displays, 16GB storage and better cameras. This phone is suitable for fans of Huawei phones looking for a durable handset on a budget.

Pros
  • It comes with a separate slot for your microSD card
  • Has an LED indicator
  • Supports 4G networks in Kenya
  • Better than average build quality
Cons
  • Only 1GB of RAM is available
  • Thick bezel areas
  • It is thick and heavy
Key Features 
Display5.0 inches, 480 pixels x 854 pixels pixels screen resolution
Operating SystemAndroid v6.0 Marshmallow
CPUQuad-core 1.1 GHz Cortex-A53, Mediatek MT6737М chipset
RAM1GB
Storage8GB, microSD up to 128GB (dedicated slot)
CameraBack: 8MP

Front: 2MP
ConnectivityWLAN, Bluetooth, GPS, FM radio, microUSB 2.0
Sensorsaccelerometer, proximity
Network2G, 3G, 4G
Battery2200mAh (removable)
Read more about Huawei Y3 2017
Price In Kenya
ShopPrice
SafaricomKSh9,999.00 Visit Safaricom Shops To Buy
JumiaKSh7,810.00 Order Now!
Phone Place KSh8,500.00 Order Now!
Phones Store KSh8,500.00 Order Now!
Phone Point KSh8,600.00 Order Now!

Infinix Smart

Infinix Smart

Key Features 
Display5.0 inches, 720 pixels x 1280 pixels screen resolution
Operating SystemAndroid v5.1 Lollipop
CPUQuad-core, MediaTek MT6580 chipset
RAM1GB
Storage16GB (microSD up to 256GB on a dedicated slot)
CameraBack: 8MP

Front: 2MP
ConnectivityWLAN, Bluetooth, GPS, microUSB 2.0
Sensorsaccelerometer, compass,Light, proximity
Network2G, 3G
Battery3060mAh (non-removable)
Read more about the Infinix Smart
Price In Kenya
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SafaricomNot available
JumiaKSh8,699.00 Order Now!
Phone Place KSh8,500.00 Order Now!
Phone Store KSh8,500.00 Order Now!
Phone PointNot available

Fero Royale Y2 Lite

Fero Royale Y2 Lite

 

Key Features 
Display5.5 inches, 720 pixels x 1280 pixels screen resolution
Operating SystemAndroid v7.0 Nougat
CPUQuad-core 1.25 GHz, MTK6735 chipset.
RAM2GB
Storage16GB, microSD up to 128GB(dedicated slot)
CameraBack: 13MP

Front: 13MP
ConnectivityWLAN, Bluetooth, GPS, FM radio, microUSB 2.0
Sensorsaccelerometer, Fingerprint, proximity, compass
Network2G, 3G
Battery3900mAh
Price In Kenya
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JumiaKSh8,999.00 Order Now!

Tecno WX3 Pro

Tecno WX3 Pro

Key Features 
Display5.0 inches, 480 pixels x 854 pixels screen resolution
Operating SystemAndroid v7.0 Nougat
CPU1.3 GHz Quad-core, Mediatek chipset
RAM1GB
Storage8GB, microSD up to 32GB
CameraBack: 5MP

Front: 5MP
ConnectivityWLAN, Bluetooth, GPS, USB 2.0, FM Radio
Sensorsaccelerometer, proximity
Network2G, 3G
Battery5000mAh (removable)
Price In Kenya
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SafaricomNot available
JumiaNot available
Phone Place KSh7,500.00 Order Now!
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Phone Point KSh8,400.00 Order Now!

Wiko Lenny 4 Plus

Wiko Lenny 4 Plus

Key Features 
Display5.5 inches-1280 pixels by 720 pixels screen resolution
Operating SystemAndroid v7.0 Nougat
CPUQuad-core 1.3GHz, Mediatek chipset
RAM1GB
Storage16GB (microSD up to 64GB-dedicated slot)
CameraBack: 8MP

Front: 5MP
ConnectivityWLAN, Bluetooth, GPS, microUSB v2.0, FM radio
SensorsProximity Sensor, Accelerometer, Ambient Light
Network2G, 3G
Battery2500mAh (removable)

Price In Kenya

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JumiaKSh7,199.00 Order Now!

Huawei Y3 II

Huawei Y3 II

Key Features 
Display4.5 inches, 480 pixels x 854 pixels pixels screen resolution
Operating SystemAndroid v5.1 Lollipop
CPUQuad-core 1.0 GHz Cortex-A53,Mediatek MT6735M chipset
RAM1GB
Storage8GB, microSD up to 32GB (dedicated slot)
CameraBack: 5MP

Front: 2MP
ConnectivityWLAN, Bluetooth, GPS, FM radio, microUSB 2.0
Sensorsaccelerometer, proximity
Network2G, 3G, 4G
Battery2100mAh (removable)
Read more about Huawei Y3 II
Price In Kenya
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SafaricomNot available
JumiaNot available
Phone Place KSh7,900.00 Order Now!
Phones Store KSh7,800.00 Order Now!
Phone Point KSh7,600.00 Order Now!

Tecno WX4

Tecno WX4

Key Features 
Display5.0 inches, 720 pixels x 1280 pixels screen resolution
Operating SystemAndroid v7.0 Nougat
CPU1.3 GHz Quad-core, Mediatek chipset
RAM1GB
Storage16GB, microSD up to 32GB
CameraBack: 8MP

Front: 8MP
ConnectivityWLAN, Bluetooth, GPS, USB 2.0, FM Radio
Sensorsfingerprint (rear), accelerometer, proximity, light
Network2G, 3G
Battery2800mAh (removable)
Read more about the Tecno WX4
Price In Kenya
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SafaricomNot available
JumiaKSh9,449.00 Order Now!
Phone Place KSh9,300.00 Order Now!
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Phone Point KSh9,400.00 Order Now!

Samsung Galaxy J1 Mini Prime

Samsung Galaxy J1 Mini Prime

Key Features 
Display4.0 inches, 480 pixels x 800 pixels screen resolution
Operating SystemAndroid v5.1 Lollipop
CPUQuad-core 1.2 GHz, Spreadtrum SC9830 chipset
RAM1GB
Storage8GB, microSD up to 256GB (dedicated slot)
CameraBack: 5MP

Front: VGA
ConnectivityWLAN, Bluetooth, GPS, FM Radio, MicroUSB
SensorsAccelerometer
Network2G, 3G
Battery1500mAh (removable)
Read more about Samsung Galaxy J1 Mini Prime
Price In Kenya
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SafaricomNot available
JumiaKSh7,100.00 Order Now!
Phone Place KSh7,500.00 Order Now!
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Phone Point KSh7,600.00 Order Now!

Extras

These phones are slightly above KSh. 10,000 but very good choices for any one looking for a cheap but quality phone in Kenya.

Nokia 2

Nokia 2

As you search for the most ideal budget phone, it is important to keep in mind the fact that manufacturers cut a lot features to strike a balance between specs and price.  That said, the Nokia 2 is one of the most amazing budget handsets that you get right now if you are on a budget.  Nokia came back last year with a host of impressive phones like the Nokia 3, Nokia 5, Nokia 6 and the Nokia 8.  The 2 is just as impressive as the other Nokia phones that were available for purchase in Kenya last year.

Nokia 2 has very appealing aesthetics. It has smooth curves and feels comfortable in the hands.  This phone has a glass front, aluminum frame and a removable back cover.   The display is protected by corning Gorilla Glass 3, something that is very rare in handsets under 10K.

This smartphone comes with a 5.0 inch 720p screen with very good contrast.  This phone has entry level Qualcomm Snapdragon 212 and 1GB of RAM. It runs smoothly as long as you don’t have so many apps running at the same time.

Nokia 2 comes with an 8MP camera on the rear and a 5MP front facing camera.  These are exactly what you should expect in any smartphone under KSh. 10,000.  Both camera have f/2.7 apertures. This basically means that may not perform very well in low light places. However, outdoors or in well lit areas, these cameras capture good quality photos and videos.  This phone can record either 720p or 480p videos.

This 5.0 inch smartphone is powered by a massive 4100mAh battery. The battery life of this phone is excellent.  You can get up to 8 hours on screen time from the Nokia 2.  If you are a moderate user, you can go for 2 days or more on a single charge.

Pros
  • Nicely built body and a removable back
  • Bright display with good contrast
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection
  • Excellent battery life
  • No bloatware, runs stock Android Oreo.
  • Has a dedicated microSD slot.
  • 4G network support
Cons
  • Sluggish performance when several apps run at the same time
  • No fast charging
Quick Note

Why we highly recommend Nokia 2

This phone has a lot of similarities (specs-wise) with many phones on this list. However, there are few features and additions that make it one of the best in its class. It has a very good battery life, impressive display protected by corning Gorilla glass 3, runs stock Android v7.0 Nougat (no bloatware) and supports 4G. It is one of the few mobile smartphones under 10K that supports Faiba’s 4G network.

Key Features 
Display5.0 inches, 720 pixels x 1280 pixels screen resolution
Operating SystemAndroid 7.1.1 Nougat, upgradable to Android 8.0 Oreo
CPUQuad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A7, Snapdragon 212 chipset
RAM1GB
Storage8GB, microSD up to 128GB (dedicated slot)
CameraBack: 8MP

Front: 5MP
ConnectivityWLAN, Bluetooth, GPS, USB 2.0, FM radio
Sensorsaccelerometer, Proximity, compass
Network2G, 3G, 4G
Battery4100mAh (non-removable)
Read more about Nokia 2
Price In Kenya
ShopPrice
SafaricomKSh10,499.00 Visit Safaricom Shops To Buy
JumiaKSh8,999.00 Order Now!
Phone Place KSh9,300.00 Order Now!
Phone Store KSh9,400.00 Order Now!
Phone Point KSh9,400.00 Order Now!

Infinix Hot 5

Infinix Hot 5

Key Features 
Display5.5 inches, 720 pixels x 1280 pixels screen resolution
Operating SystemAndroid v7.0 Nougat
CPUQuad-core 1.3Ghz, MediaTek MT6580 chipset
RAM2GB
Storage16GB (microSD up to 32GB on a dedicated slot)
CameraBack: 8MP

Front: 5MP
ConnectivityWLAN, Bluetooth, GPS, microUSB 2.0 (USB OTG)
SensorsFingerprint (rear), accelerometer, compass,Light, proximity
Network2G, 3G
Battery4000mAh (non-removable)
Read more about Infinix Hot 5
Price In Kenya
ShopPrice
SafaricomNot available
JumiaKSh9,899.00 Order Now!
Phone Place KSh11,100.00 Order Now!
Phone Store KSh11,200.00 Order Now!
Phone Point KSh11,300.00 Order Now!

Huawei Y5 2017

Huawei Y5 2017

Key Features 
Display5.0 inches, 720 pixels x 1280 pixels screen resolution
Operating SystemAndroid v6.0 Marshmallow
CPUQuad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53,Mediatek MT6737T chipset
RAM2GB
Storage16GB, microSD up to 128GB
CameraBack: 8MP

Front: 5MP
ConnectivityWLAN, Bluetooth, GPS, FM radio, microUSB 2.0
Sensorsaccelerometer, proximity, compass
Network2G, 3G, 4G
Battery3000mAh
Read more about Huawei Y5 2017
Price In Kenya
ShopPrice
SafaricomNot available
JumiaKSh11,830.00 Order Now!
Phone Place KSh11,950.00 Order Now!
Phones Store KSh11,900.00 Order Now!
Phone Point KSh11,900.00 Order Now!

When you are looking for a low-cost phone in Kenya, you have to keep in mind the fact that the manufacturers are going to cut some features to make a phone cheap. You are not going to get the features found in high-end phones such as the Huawei Mate 10, Samsung Galaxy S9, iPhone X, Sony Xperia XZ2, BlackBerry KEYone and other expensive phones.

More and more smartphones will definitely be introduced into the Kenyan market this year. If you can’t afford to pay more or you simply don’t want to spend more than Ksh 10K on a phone, we hope this list is helpful. There are many other awesome phones in Kenya under 10k that you can buy this month. When creating this list, we considered a lot of things, from brand reputation and price to camera quality and battery life.