HMD Brings Nokia C10 to Kenya, Starts at KES 8900

Nokia has promised 2 years of quarterly security updates for the C10, and this is something you never get to see from other manufacturers who abandon their budget phones as soon as they hit the market.

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HMD Global announced a bunch of phones back in April. At that time, and for the first time too, the company introduced the G series line (G10 and G20), as well as the X line (X10 and X20). These lineups are replacing the Nokias of the past that were named using digits (Nokia 1, 2, 3…).

Also in tow were two members of the C line; the C10 and C20.

The C10 is now available for purchase in Kenya, and it starts at KES 8900.


Note that the C-series is the entry-level lineup by Nokia, having been introduced more than two years ago.

The C10, in this case, is an interesting device because, for the Kenyan market, people tend to prefer budget smartphones. While Nokia no longer has the brand reach it used to many years ago, many loyalists still love their Nokia devices.

The C10, by the way, lacks 4G, which is unfortunate because a fair share of the country is covered by fast LTE connections by leading local carriers.

It is, nevertheless, a chunky phone at 191g.

Its big 6.5” screen at 720 x 1600 pixels should be good enough for content consumption.

The software side of things is handled by Android 11 Go Edition. This is the stripped-down version of Android that has been made to specifically run just fine in devices with low-power specifications.

For instance, there is only a quad-core CPU here, named Unisoc SC7331E with Cortex-A7 cores that spin at 1.3 GHz.

Internal storage starts from 16 GB all the way to 32 GB. There are two RAM options at 1 and 2 GB. We do not know why a single gig of RAM is an option here following Google’s directive that Android Go devices should ship with at least 2 GB of RAM.

Image capturing is handled by a 5 MP rear snapper and another 5 MP camera for selfies.

The body also houses a 3000 mAh battery. We are used to seeing large cells in devices like this, but it would appear that Nokia wanted to keep things modest here.  

As said, the 1/16GB model starts at KES 8900. However, we would advise you to get a model with 2 GB of RAM.


Nokia has promised 2 years of quarterly security updates for the C10, and this is something you never get to see from other manufacturers who abandon their budget phones as soon as they hit the market because they do not have a financial incentive to update them.

We will tell you more about the C10’s performance once we have it in the house.


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