These Are The Most Popular Budget Android Smartphones in Kenya

Infinix Hot 10 Play
Infinix Hot 10 Play is one of the most popular smartphones in Kenya

Android smartphones take the biggest slice of the pie in terms of smartphone market share.

Budget Android smartphones are the most popular especially in Kenya with OEMs like Transsion which owns Infinix and TECNO, realme, OPPO, Nokia, Xiaomi, Redmi and Samsung taking the lead.

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Infinix Hot 10 Play

Infinix Hot 10 Play was launched late last month and it’s already getting a lot of attention from consumers.

It comes with a 6.82″ Dot Drop display, 8MP selfie camera, 13MP dual main cameras, Helio G35 processor, Android 10, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage and a 6000mAh battery.

Infinix Hot 10 Play goes for Ksh 15,000.

Infinix Hot 10

Infinix Hot 10 was launched late last year and it got a lot of praise as it was and still is a value buy.

Infinix Hot 10 comes with 6.78″ Infinity-O display, 8MP selfie camera, 16MP triple camera setup at the back, Helio G70 processor, Android 10, 3GB RAM, 64GB storage and a beefy 5200mAh battery.

Infinix Hot 10 goes for Ksh 15,000.

Infinix Note 8i

Infinix Note 8i is the entry level smartphone in the Infinix Note 8 line released last year.

Infinix Note 8i comes with a 6.78″ display, an 8MP punch-hole selfie camera, 48MP quad-camera setup, Helio G80 processor, Android 10, 4GB of RAM, either 64GB or 128GB onboard storage, 5200 mAh battery and 18W fast Type-C charging.

Infinix Note 8i starts selling from Ksh 16,700 and Ksh 18,000 depending on configuration.

Notable Mentions: Other popular Infinix smartphones include: Infinix Hot 10 Lite(Ksh 12,000), Infinix Smart 5 (Ksh 10,500) and Infinix Smart HD 2021(Ksh 9600).


TECNO Camon 16 Pro

TECNO Camon 16 Pro is in the TECNO Camon 16 series launched late last year.

It comes with a 6.8″ display, 16MP dual selfie camera, 64MP quad-camera setup, Helio G70 processor, 6GB RAM, 128GB storage, Android 10, HiOS 7, 5000mAh battery and 18W fast charging.

TECNO Camon 16 Pro starts selling from Ksh 21,500.

TECNO Camon 16S

TECNO Camon 16s is another device in the Camon 16 series.

It ships with a 6.6-inch Dot-in display, 8MP selfie camera, 48MP AI-powered quad-camera setup, Helio P35 processor, Android 10 and HiOS v6.1, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of onboard storage and 5000mAh battery.

TECNO Camon 16 starts selling from Ksh 17,500.

TECNO Spark 5 Pro

TECNO Spark 5 Pro comes with a 6.6″ IPS LCD panel, 8MP selfie camera, 16MP quad camera setup, Helio A25 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of onboard storage, Android 10 and HiOS 6.1, and a 5000mAh battery.

TECNO Spark 5 pro is available for Ksh 14,500.

Notable Mentions: Other popular TECNO smartphones include TECNO Spark 5, TECNO Spark Go(Ksh 11,500), TECNO Pop 4(Ksh 9500), TECNO Pop 4 Pro(Ksh 9700) and TECNO Pop 3(Ksh 8200).


realme C15

realme C15 comes with a 6.5″ waterdrop notch display, a 13MP quad-camera setup, 8MP selfie camera, Android 10 and realme UI 1.0, MediaTek Helio G35 processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of onboard storage and a 6000mAh battery.

realme c15 is available for Ksh 17,500.

Notable Mentions: Other popular realme smartphones include realme C11 and realme C12 that go for Ksh 12,500 and Ksh 14,800 respectively.


Nokia smartphones are really popular with Kenyan consumers and include Nokia 5.3(Ksh 18,500), Nokia 3.4(Ksh 16,700), Nokia 2.4(Ksh 13,500), Nokia 1.4(Ksh 11,500), Nokia 1.3(Ksh 9600), and Nokia C1(Ksh 6800).


Samsung budget line up in the A series is a favourite for Kenyans and includes Samsung Galaxy A21(Ksh 21,500), Samsung Galaxy A12(Ksh 16,500), Samsung Galaxy A02s(Ksh 13,500) and Samsung Galaxy A30(Ksh 19,300).


Xiaomi devices are very popular too especially the Redmi line which includes Redmi Note 9(Ksh 18,500) Redmi 9T(Ksh 17,000), Redmi 9C(Ksh 14,400), Redmi 9A(Ksh 11,000)


Two OPPO smartphones complete this list and include OPPO A15 and OPPO A15s which go for Ksh 13,999 and Ksh 19,500 respectively.

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  1. Tecno is kind of popular across sub Saharan Africa beacuse there phones are quite affordable.

  2. Oppo a15s is a good addition here. with its mediatek chipset and good battery, it is a solid option IMO

    • even i find the oppo A15s to be quite a good phone with a very nice helio chipset. battery life is good too

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