We all want to use a smartphone but it’s not all of us that have to budget to foot the bills that come with getting one. But, the joy that only the Android ecosystem offer is that there’s always something available for everyone no matter how buoyant or lean your pocket may be. Unlike the Apple ecosystem whereby you don’t have any option than to have a buoyant credit card balance before you even think of getting even the least smartphone.
Android creates a comfortable atmosphere for everyone and that was what Chinese smartphone company, Tecno, and Infinix saw before venturing into the African market. They wanted to fill in the void that blackberry and Apple phones had created in people’s pockets then, they brought in Android phones that were cheap and possess almost the same features as there expensive counterparts.
Today, I am poised to write this post for the individuals that have at least 20,000 Naira in their pockets as their budgets to get themselves a new functional and durable smartphone.
With these phones, I won’t promise that they will come with all the features as the expensive ones that you see your friends flaunting about, but I will promise that they will perform well and give you all the basic features you will need from a smartphone.
Without further ado, hold my cold hands let’s dive into this hole and discover some new and interesting smartphones.
Ready? Let’s go.
Leagoo KIICAA Power
This smartphone comes already unlocked for use with any network worldwide, the Leagoo KIICAA Power goes for a price around 18,990 Naira but just go to the market with at least 20,000 Naira in case the market decides to be a typical Nigerian Market.
The device offers 2GB of RAM coupled with an internal storage space of 16GB. It’s powered by MTK6580A CPU. It is reported that this processing unit can clock up to 1.3GHz.
On the front of the device is a 5.0-inch screen with 1280 x 720 resolution. Just above the screen is a 5MP camera. On the back of the same device is not just an 8MP camera with its LED flash but a fingerprint scanner too.
Running the Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box, the device will use up to two SIMs at once and be powered by a massive 4000mAh battery. The Leagoo KIICAA Power is probably the best Android phone you can buy at under 20,000 Naira.
Freetel Ice 2
Freetel has been stunning with a number of midrange and entry-level introductions, much like they have also done with the Ice 2.
If you are interested in buying Android phones under 20,000 Naira, the Freetel Ice 2 meets that mark with a price of around 15,000 Naira. Simply, this is the offering that brings a 4-inch touchscreen to the table.
Under that touchscreen is an 8GB internal storage space that can be expanded as the user sees fit. A dual-core processor which can clock up to 1.2GHz is also on board, featuring alongside 1GB RAM processing memory. Improving on that, this unit offers the user Android 7 Nougat experience out of the box.
Finally, a pairing of a 0.3MP front shooter and a 2MP back snapper completes the run for this unit. Did we mention support for dual SIM and a 1350mAh Li-ion battery?
Of recent, Tecno started focusing more on extremely high-end smartphones, but they’ve not forgotten the idea that blew them into Nigeria and other African countries which is to produce very cheap smartphones for people in these under-developed countries to easily afford.
Coming at a price of around 17,000 Naira, the Tecno W1 features a decent 4.5-inch Display. 1GB RAM also means it should run more smoothly than some smartphones on this list. It has Android 7.0 Nougat preloaded, the unit carries a 2MP sensor on the back and a 0.3MP snapper on the front.
It comes with a 1800mAh battery which supplies the power that keeps it running on a quad-core CPU that has an 8GB internal storage unit to store files with.
Another cheap offer from Tecno, this phone retails at a price of around 19,000 Naira, the Tecno W2 is another smartphone from Tecno that meets the mark for Android phones under 20,000 Naira. It sports a 4.5-inch Display but runs on Android 6.0 (Marshmallow).
Although I don’t like smartphones from Itel, it’s a personal issue though, not that their phones are bad. Itel makes this list with its A11 offering. Coming in at about 14,000 Naira, the Itel A11 is another modest Android phone you can buy at under 20,000 Naira.
Above the 4-inch screen is a front-facing camera rated at 0.3MP. There is no gainsaying this won’t be a great unit for taking the best selfies, but it would get the job done.
The back is improved though, carrying as much as 2MP on the sensor. Under the hood, one will find out that a 512MB CPU is at the heart of operations. This CPU is paired with a quad-core processor that does 1.2GHz on frequency scales. Storage needs are taken care of by the 8GB internal storage memory which can be expanded as the user sees fit.
Running the Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box, a rather small 1500mAh battery keeps the juices up for this smartphone. Learn More
Yet another offer from Itel, 1408 carries the same 4 inches of screen as the last one, but with a difference. For example, this unit uses a quad-core CPU that will reach a high 1.3GHz clock speed and uses a bigger 3000mAh battery. Asides that, the specs are pretty much the same – 2MP + 0.3MP rear and front cameras, 512MB RAM + 8GB RAM and dual-SIM support. One area we feel it dialed down is on the OS, offering Lollipop 5.1 instead. Price is around 14,480 Naira.
And finally another one from Itel. This one is improving in 1408, Itel 1508 brought much-needed changes to the entry-level and lower midrange markets. This, it did by stepping up some features.
On that front, we now have 5 inches of display under which can be found a bigger 2100mAh battery. The CPU and memory configurations didn’t change though, staying at 512MB RAM and 8GB respectively. Still carrying support for dual SIMs, we would have loved to get higher than Android 5.1 Lollipop on the device.
Anyway, users will find the 5MP rear camera and 2MP front camera combination quite fitting at this price range.
ZTE Blade L110
The ZTE Blade L110 might not be so easy on the eyes, but it gets the job done under the hood. Speaking of under the hood, that is where we find specs such as the 512MB of RAM on 4GB of internal storage space. While users will have to make do with that RAM, space could be bumped up with an external storage media. Then again the price is just 12,500 Naira.
The device supports 3G and uses a quad-core processor (1.3Ghz) to speed up operations. What we might not like here is the fact that it has just Android 5.1 Lollipop on it. You could perhaps forget that if you are getting the phone for an entry-level user. They will even appreciate the 2MP selfie snapper and 4MP main camera units more.
Drifting more onto the surface, a 4-inch display at 800 x 480-pixel resolution is there for the user. Overall, the lights are kept up by a removable 1400mAh Li-ion battery.
The smartphones above are the phones that you can get for as low as 20,000 Naira. There are others, but these ones made it to the list because we have tested and can guarantee their durability. Although they won’t offer all the features you will see on the mid-range and high-end smartphones but the features they are offering are basic and will be just okay to keep the “smart” in your smartphone functional.
Do you like any of them? Tell us which one that tickles your fancy the most in the comments box.