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Top 10 smartphones that cost below 20,000 naira

Smartphones have become an essential part of our everyday lives; it’s hard to remember they didn’t even exist at the turn of the century. Today we take a look at 10 of the best smartphones that cost below 20000 naira.

The world has truly become a global village; the way we do everything has changed so much over time. The technological revolution began with the discovery of computers. However, with time making computers and making them faster wasn’t enough. As the hurdle of speed and innovation was being crossed, the next big question became portability.

Yes, computers were helping out big time but they were capable of so much, if only. If only they could be moved about more easily. Soon laptops and palmtops were answering that question but not sufficiently. Then came the first generation of smartphones: IBM, Nokia, Motorola and BlackBerry were frontrunners. However, not until the launch of the iPhone in 2007 did we truly begin to see the true capability of smartphones.

Then came Android…

Since then, the war that involved Operating Systems (OS) like Java, Symbian, BlackBerry, Windows and iOS has been significantly narrowed down. These days, the two major players in the smartphone OS game are Android and iOS.

Android, is the Google-owned Operating System that powers over 90% of the smartphone market. Its huge popularity is as a result of it being open-source. This means that any smartphone manufacturer can install the OS on their device. They can also freely alter the OS to their taste—given license to go as far as choosing not to preload Google apps on their devices.

What this freedom meant is that smartphone manufacturers only need to focus on creating their hardware in the knowledge that they can always use the Android OS on it. This has, in turn, led to the rise in diverse smartphone brands. In fact, an overwhelming majority of the most affordable smartphones in the market today aren’t products of the big players, but upstart companies—most of whom are based in Asia.

Best smartphones below 20000 naira

Recently, the naira has consistently performed unfavourably in the foreign exchange market. This reason, coupled with rising inflation in Nigeria has meant that the best smartphones have stayed out of the reach of those without tens of grand to spare.

We’ve, however, scoured the market for some of the best deals out there. These phones are not necessarily high-end phones but they pretty much get the basics done and are good value for money.

Also, note that the prices on display here may not necessarily be what you get eventually. This is because prices may differ based on time and where you are purchasing the devices from. However, the difference between what you see here and what you get in the market should not be too significant. Most of the phones listed below can easily be gotten from online stores like Jumia and Konga.

The phones listed below are not arranged in any particular order as they all have their strengths and weaknesses. Go through them all and see what suits you.

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1. Cubot P7

The Cubot brand is one of the lesser-known mobile phone manufacturers who have a number of affordable phones with decent specifications. Right off the bat, I must say I am deeply impressed by the battery size of the Cubot P7. I mean, 4000 MaH on an 18,000 naira phone?! If you’re not one who uses their phone too much that should amount to 2-3 days without your battery dying.

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The phone also features a respectable 8 GB of internal storage and 1 GB RAM while supporting memory card extension of up to 32 GB.

The phone uses 2 SIMs, one of the slots work for 3G and the other for 2G. It has a 2MP front camera and a 5MP camera at the back.

The screen, as with many of these low budget phones is quite small, at 4.7 inches (the entire phone is 5 inches). However, there are some who prefer smaller screens anyway.

Key specifications of Cubot P7

Price N18,000
OS Android 4.4
Screen Size 4.7 in (inches)
Display Resolution 960 x 540 pixels QHD screen
Processor Quad-core, 1.3 GHz
GPU Mali
RAM 1 GB
Storage Space 8 GB
microSD Slot TF card up to 32 GB extended
Primary Camera 5.0 MP
Selfie Camera 2.0 MP
Battery 4,000 MaH
Connectivity 3G LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, USB, Tethering and Hotspot
SIMS 2

 

2. Itel A16

Itel is one of the major manufacturers of low-budget smartphones available in Nigeria. The Itel A16 uses one of the recent versions of Android (8.1). However, it uses the Go edition of the OS which is the lightweight version of it. The Go edition of Android consumes less space and requires less RAM and CPU to run.

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There are two kinds of A16 in the market, the only difference being the RAM. One has 512MB RAM size while the other has 1 GB, that’s something to be watchful of if you choose to get the phone for yourself.

All in all, it’s a decent budget phone with its main weakness being the battery and the price it sells for.

Key specifications of Itel A16

Price N19,550
OS Android 8.1 (Go edition)
Screen Size 5 in (inches)
Display Resolution 480 x 854 pixels
Processor Quad-core,1.3 GHz
GPU ARM Mali-T820 MP1, Cores: 1
RAM 512 MB / 1 GB
Storage Space 8 GB
microSD Slot TF card up to 32 GB extended
Primary Camera 5.0 MP
Selfie Camera 2.0 MP
Battery 2,050mAh
Connectivity 3G LTE, Wifi, Bluetooth, USB, Tethering and Hotspot
SIMS 2

 

3. Swisstone QUBO SD510

A relative unknown in the phone market, Qubo’s Swisstone SD510 is another choice to opt for. At 16,000 Naira the phone has 1 GB RAM and 8 GB of internal storage. This can be expanded with up to 64 GB memory card, so you can see why it made our list of best smartphones below 20000 naira. Also, the phone’s multi-window mode enables the screen to be split (split-screen).

Swisstone QUBO SD510 Smartphone
Swisstone QUBO SD510 Smartphone

It’s a pretty decent phone with 3G network and 2 SIM slots available. However, as with many of the phones here, its battery is rather small and doesn’t last that long. At its price though, it’s a good deal.

Key specifications of Swisstone QUBO SD510

Price N16,000
OS Android 4.4
Screen Size 5 in (inches)
Display Resolution 854 x 480 pixels
Processor Quad-core,1.3 GHz
GPU ARM Mali400 MP2
RAM 1 GB
Storage Space 8 GB
microSD Slot TF card up to 64 GB extended
Primary Camera 5.0 MP
Selfie Camera 2.0 MP
Battery 2,050MaH
Connectivity 3G LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, USB, Tethering and Hotspot
SIMS 2

4. Huawei Y3II (MTN SIM only)

Huawei Y3II is maybe the device with the most value for money on our list of best smartphones below 20000 naira. Firstly, it is sold at an affordable price of 14,000 naira – less than most of the other phones on this list. It also has an okay-ish 2100 MaH battery. The phone is loaded with Android 5.1 and has a 1 GB RAM as well as 8 GB of internal memory.

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The two major drawbacks of this device are its slow processor – 1 GHz, which means that apps would many times run slower than on the other phones featured here. Also, it only has 1 SIM slot unlike the others here. That singular SIM also has to be an MTN SIM because the phone is the result of a partnership between Huawei and MTN. These days many Nigerians have multiple SIM cards and try to put at least two in every one of their phones. The good thing though is that unlike when we had to use phones like Visafone and Starcomms, MTN is the network with the widest network coverage in the entire country. For this reason, there should be no issues with having to use only their SIM in the phone.

A major advantage of buying this phone is that you can easily take it to most MTN offices for repair and servicing and be assured it won’t be tampered with as some roadside vendors might do.

Key specifications of Huawei Y3II

Price N14,000
OS Android 5.1
Screen Size 4.5 in (inches)
Display Resolution 854 x 480 pixels
Processor 1.0 GHz (Quad-Core)
GPU Mali-400MP2
RAM 1 GB
Storage Space 8 GB
microSD Slot TF card up to 64 GB extended
Primary Camera 5.0 MP
Selfie Camera 2.0 MP
Battery 2100 MaH Li-Poly battery
Connectivity 3G LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, USB, Tethering and Hotspot
SIMS 1 (Compatible with only single MTN SIM)

 

5. Leagoo Z6

Leagoo’s Z6 is an Android smartphone that runs on version 6.0. The device has a decent 2 MP front camera to complement the 5 MP back camera of the phone.

Leagoo Z6 Smartphone

Leagoo Z6 Smartphone

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It’s an okay-ish phone at 17,000 naira; however, its battery doesn’t really hold up under much use. Be sure to have a charger or power bank nearby!

Key specifications of Leagoo’s Z6 

Price N17,000
OS Android 6.0
Screen Size 5.0 in (inches)
Display Resolution 854 x 480 pixels
Processor 1.30GHz (Quad-Core)
GPU ARM Mali-400 MP2 2-Cores
RAM 1GB
Storage Space 8GB
microSD Slot TF card up to 32 GB  extended
Primary Camera 5.0 MP
Selfie Camera 2.0 MP
Battery 2000 MaH
Connectivity 3G LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, USB, Tethering and Hotspot
SIMS 2

 

6. Fero A4001 Plus

Fero A4001 Plus is pretty much the ultimate budget smartphone at a meagre price of about 13,000 Naira. For that price, you get a device with RAM and internal memory of 512 MB and 8 GB respectively and runs on Android 6.0. The phone, however, has a significantly small 4-inch screen.

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With Fero A4001 Plus you won’t be taking any worthwhile pictures with its 2 MP rear and VGA front camera. The 2,500 MaH battery on the phone should cater to the power demands of the limited hardware on the phone.

The A4001 Plus is not a phone to expect too much from, it’s a smartphone for the basics and that alone. Its price allows us to include it in this list of best smartphones below 20000 naira.

Key specifications of Fero A4001

Price N12,560
OS Android Marshmallow 6.0
Screen Size 4 inches
Display Resolution WVGA
Processor 1.2 GHz quad-core
GPU Mali
RAM 512 MB
Storage Space 8 GB
microSD Slot 64 GB
Primary Camera 2 megapixels
Selfie Camera VGA
Battery 2500 MaH
Connectivity 3G LTE, Wifi, Bluetooth, USB
SIMS 2

7. Innjoo Halo 2

If you’re on a budget and looking to buy one of the best smartphones below 20000 naira, then the Innjoo Halo 2 requires serious consideration. The Innjoo’s Halo 2 runs on Android 6.0 and has 8 GB of internal storage as well as 1 GB RAM. The 5-inch screen offers high-resolution crisp displays.

Innjoo Halo 2 Smartphone
Innjoo Halo 2 Smartphone

Innjoo’s Halo 2 runs on Android 6.0 and has 8 GB of internal storage as well as 1 GB RAM. The 5-inch screen offers high-resolution crisp displays.

The phone is a 3G-enabled device and runs on a 2,000 MaH battery and also supports 2 SIM cards.

Key specifications of Innjoo Halo 2

Price N18,500
OS  Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Screen Size 5.0 inches
Display Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels
Processor 1.3GHz quad-core
GPU Mali
RAM 1 GB
Storage Space 8 GB
Expansion Slot 128 GB
Primary Camera 5 MP
Selfie Camera 2 MP
Battery 2000 MaH
Connectivity 3G
SIMS 2

8. TECNO W2

Tecno’s number 1 budget phone, W2 costs around 19,000 Naira. While the front camera of this phone is nothing to write home about, it has an 8 MP rear camera– arguably the best you can get at this price. And most people want a phone that can take decent photos, hence why we include this phone in our list of best smartphones below 20000 naira.

TECNO W2 Smartphone
TECNO W2 Smartphone

The phone’s OS is Android 6.0 and it has 8 GB of internal storage as well as a 1 GB RAM. The phone has a decent 2,500 MaH battery to power it.

Key specifications of TECNO W2

Price N19,000
OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Screen Size 4.5 inches
Display Resolution 854 x 480 pixels
Processor 1.3 GHz quad-core
GPU Mali
RAM 1 GB
Storage Space 8 GB
Expansion Slot microSD up to 32GB
Primary Camera 8 MP
Selfie Camera 0.3 MP
Battery 2500 MaH
Connectivity 3G
SIMS 2

 

9. Bontel E10-5

Bontel’s E10-5 smartphone has a 512 MB RAM and 4 GB of internal storage. The E10-5 is far from a high-performance smartphone. Apart from its lacklustre RAM and internal storage size, even its processor is dual-core.

Bontel E10-5 Smartphone

Bontel E10-5 Smartphone

However, the phone really excels in the battery department with 4,000 MaH packed in there. Its cameras are also good with 8 MP rear and 5 MP front, you can be sure to take decent pictures. The phone runs 2 SIM cards on standby and is 3G-enabled.

Key specifications

Price N16,390
Operating System Android 6.0 Marshmallow,
Screen Size 5.0 inches
Display Resolution 480 x 854 pixels
Processor MTK6580 dual-core
GPU Mali
RAM 512MB
Storage Space 4GB
microSD Slot 32GB
Main Camera 8 megapixels
Selfie Camera 5 megapixels
Battery 4,000mAh
Connectivity 3G, Wifi, Bluetooth, USB

 

10. Itel A33 Bontel E10-5

Itel A33 is a truly wonderful entry-level phone. It is the only phone on this list which has fingerprint functionality. Using the fingerprint you can unlock your Itel A33 device and perform other functions such as responding to calls.

Itel A33 Smartphone
Itel A33 Smartphone

The phone has a stable Go Edition of Android 8.1 installed allowing for smooth running and less power consumption. It is a dual sim phone with 3G network capabilities. Itel A33 Bontel E10-5 definitely deserves a place in the best smartphones below 20000 naira.

At the time of writing, Itel is including an extra 2,200 mAh battery in the new pack for users who purchase the phone. So no matter when you are purchasing, be sure to ask for this extra to know whether it’s still available.

Key specifications of Itel A33

Price N20,000
Operating System Android 8.1 Oreo (Go Edition)
Screen Size 5.0 inches
Display Resolution 480 x 854 pixels
Processor 1.3GHz Quad-Core
GPU Mali 400 MP2
RAM 1 GB
Storage Space 8 GB
microSD Slot 32 GB
Main Camera 5 MP
Selfie Camera 2 MP
Battery 2,200mAh
Connectivity 3G, Wifi, Bluetooth, USB

 

Conclusion

It’s hard to imagine that in today’s world there’s a need to explain to anyone why they NEED to have a smartphone. These devices can help us in many ways – business, education and even personal communication. While Nigeria has not fully caught up to the technological advancement of more developed Western nations, it is becoming increasingly necessary to have one of these devices.

Smartphones have become so integral to the internet that works. Web designers make mobile device compatibility a priority, most apps are now available on mobile as well as a desktop and a lot of syncing between these devices goes on these days.

With the cheaper alternatives listed above, you no longer have to break the bank to own a smartphone. Have you used any of the above phones? If yes, what was your experience like? Do you know of any low-budget smartphone that did not make our top 10 best smartphones below 20000 naira? Let us know in the comments below.

Stephen Nabena
I choose to blend my love for technology as well as art by writing on all things tech. I code, teach, do poetry and write articles. I really do not clearly understand the distinction between arts and science and prefer to leave the lines blurred.

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