Presently, the cheapest and affordable smartphones in Nigeria are becoming compelling and triggering.
Nigeria is becoming a big market for global smartphone makers. At least 75 percent of smartphones globally are sold in Nigeria.
Despite the fact that internet penetration still pecks at 21percent according to Nigeria Communications Communication, the foremost telecom industry regulator, Nigerians are still taking the lead in patronizing the smartphone market.
Since Google unveiled Android Operating System, the sale of smartphones have increased over the years.
The journey of Andoid OS has been continuous, from Android 2.2 down to the current and latest Android OS (Nougat).
The fact is that the likes of KitKat, Marshmallow, Lollipop, are all popular Android OS we were familiar with, although, there are still some cheap Android smartphones in Nigeria that still run on those OS.
Some expensive smartphones in Nigeria now run on the current Nougat Operating System.
Personally, I think it might be difficult to list in a standard order the most chepeast and affordable Android smartphones in Nigeria due to the proliferation of smartphones in the country.
Three years ago Infinix mobility came into the market, at the moment they are the third leading smartphone seller in Nigeria.
This is just in three years and the good thing about this, is that Infinix came into the Nigeria smartphone market targeting the young people.
They understood what inspires and triggers the youth and desired. Hence, their product designed to suit their needs.
It was Tecno that was taking the lead some years back; they made available the cheapest and affordable Android smartphones in Nigeria. The truth is that Nigerians are always driven by price.
If you understand the Nigerian market well, you will have to make your smartphone cheap and affordable.
Factors I Consider Before Buying Any Cheap and Affordable Android Smartphones in Nigeria?
Yes, everyone likes cheap and affordable smartphone in Nigeria but there are a few things that need to be considered.
Security: Security is paramount, in as much as much you have the need to buy a smartphone. Cybersecurity has been one of the most discussed issues globally due to the way hackers have devised to strategically to steal information.
That is why Apple, the maker of iPhone made security a priority when they came into the market.
However, when purchasing an Android smartphone you need to look out for those smartphones that has the capabilities of offering the best security you can get, while considering the best and most affordable smartphones.
The Android smartphones have tons of security applications you could download from the Google Play Store but you need to find to the smartphones that have the capacity and compatibility.
Storage: Storage is another key factor to consider when purchasing the cheapest and affordable Android smartphone in Nigeria.
There are smartphones that seem cheap and affordable but rubs you off the storage size.
Always ask of the storage size before dipping hands into your wallet.
If you can get a cheap Android smartphone that will give you about 16Gig and 2Gig RAM, that would be fine.
The beauty of a smartphone is when you have useful applications installed on it and you need storage for that to happen.
The Version of the Android Operating System: The latest is the Android 7.0 (Nougat) which is quite recommendable; it’s always advisable to have an updated Operating System or the latest.
The reasons are not farfetched; the latest Operating System is more secured than the older operating systems.
However, I doubt if there are cheap smartphones in Nigeria that are Android 7.0, although they are affordable.
Design: Personally, I consider the design of any smartphone before purchasing. That is why my top 3 smartphones in terms of how they are designed remain Infinite Note 3, iPhone 5S and Blackberry Z10.
If the smartphone is cheap and affordable, check out the design. I don’t buy cheap and affordable smartphone if they are not designed the way I like.
Some of the Best, Cheapest and Affordable Android Smartphones in Nigeria
The smartphones am about to unleash may not be the cheapest, but in my view, they are the best and affordable Android smartphones anyone could get in Nigeria.
For the fact, that I mentioned cheap does not mean that they actually cheap for some people. The cheapest Android smartphones will always be expensive for some people, especially for low income earners.
– Infinix Note 4
– Lenovo A1000
– Tecno W3
– Infinix Hot 4
– Gionee M5 Mini
– Tecno Camon C7
– Tecno W4
– Infinix Hot 4 Android Smartphone
Infinix Hot 4 replaced the Infinix Hot 3 Android smartphone. The price for the smartphone ranges from 40,000 Naira to 45,000 Naira and for me, they are amongst the best range of the cheapest and affordable Android smartphones in Nigeria.
The Infinix Hot 4 has the following features, if at all you are considering buying the smartphone:
Fingerprint sensor which enhances security
The Infinix Hot 4 Android Smartphone runs on Android 6.0 (Marshmallow).
It has a 5.5-inch Display with 8MP rear camera and 5MP front camera.
Infinix Hot 4 is runs on a 1.3GHz quad-core processor with 2GB RAM.
– Tecno Camon C7 Android Smartphone
The Tecno Camon C7 Android smartphone costs about 35, 000 to 40,000 Naira and one of the best, cheap and affordable Android Smartphones in Nigeria anybody could get.
Most Nigerians liked the smartphone because its camera. I must say, Tecno did a good job in building the cameras. This is the most selling point of the smartphone.
Camon C7 has back and front camera of 13 megapixels, running on the Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) with a 1.3GHz quad-core processor.
It has 5.0 screen size with 2GB of RAM and expandable 128GB.
– Infinix Note 4 Android Smartphone
Infinix Note 4 is the latest smartphone of the Note series, as at when this article was written.
Interestingly, the Infinix Note 4 is more affordable than its predecessor the Infinix Note 3. The Infinix Note 4 Android smartphone is quite affordable, the price ranges between 55, 000 to 60, 000 Naira.
Infinite Note 4 has the newest Sharp 5.7” display feature with high color gamut – reaching 85% NTSC, which is 20% higher than most competing smartphones. It has 4300mAh Battery, 32 GB + 3 GB RAM.
One of the selling point is that Infinix Note 4 – 5 mins charge gives you about 250 Mins Talk.
– Gionee M5 Mini Android Smartphone
The Android smartphone Gionee M5 Mini is powered by 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6580 processor and it comes with 2GB of RAM.
It features 5 inch screen display that runs on the Android 5.1 Operating System. The camera is built on 8 megapixels rear camera and front camera of 5 megapixels.
If you are looking for an Android smartphone with long battery life, then Gionee is the smartphone to go for.
Gionee M5 Mini has 4000 mAh battery which is in my view a compact variant of the Gionee M5 offering about offers 6020mAH.
The price ranges between 40,000 and 45,000 Naira.
– Tecno W4 Android Smartphone
You could get it at the rate of 29,000 to 35,000 Naira.
Obviously, a cheap and affordable Android smartphone in Nigeria.
The 5 inch HD display Android smartphone features the Android 6.0 (Marshmallow)
Tecno W4 runs a 1.3 GHz Quad Core processor, 2 MP front camera and 8MP back camera. It has 1GB + 16GB ROM.
– Tecno W3 Android Smartphone
This is an affordable Android smartphone in Nigeria with just a small budget. Tecno W3 is the predecessor to Tecno W4 Android smartphone.
A student could actually afford this. If you have between 20, 000 -25, 000 Naira, you could get one.
The Tecno W3 runs on a 1.3GHz quad-core processor and 1 GB RAM, while featuring 5 megapixels camera with dual-LED flash and a front camera of 2MP LED Flash.
– Lenovo A1000 Android Smartphone
The Lenovo brand, although not as popular as Infinix or Tecno has carved a niche in the smartphone market.
Lenovo brand offers most likely the cheapest and affordable Android smartphones in Nigeria; you could get the Lenovo A1000 as low as 15, 000.
The smartphone runs the Android 5.0 (Lollipop) with 1GB of RAM. It also features 4.0-inch screen display and is powered by a quad-core processor.
I didn’t list the Injoo brand, it has also brought into the Nigerian market cheap and affordable smartphones in Nigeria.
Always consider those factors before getting any Android smartphone.