The best budget smartphones from 2016 (so far).

We all know someone looking to buy a phone. They will prod you with questions about which one has the best camera, display or price. So, I thought that I’d come up with a few options to help you out the next time you come across this.

Feel free to share this article with anyone, that’s in the market for a new phone.

A budget phone can simply be described as a phone anywhere under KSh.20, 000 (200$). This can partly be attributed to the fact that a couple of years ago, smartphones under KSh. 20,000 were simply a compromise to the more expensive phones out there.Poor cameras. Horrible battery life. Dim screens. All in an effort to keep the price low (hence the budget tag).

However, this is 2016. Technology has evolved since then and those characteristics are no longer true. Budget smartphones these days are just a cheaper option. They might not have the crispest displays, or the best cameras, but they are certainly putting up the fight, and in some cases, winning as well.

For my list, there are items in the lower range, the middle range and the upper end. It doesn’t really matter where you are looking to spend, we’ve got you covered!

All the smartphones listed are available online from either Jumia or Kilimall, so check out the links attached for more details. Pick one up if you like it as well.

So without much further ado, here is my list:

3. X-TIGI Vision6

We kick off the list with our first entry offered at KSh 10,999.


There is, however, no other contender when it comes to the screen size, locking in at a whopping 6 inches and 1080p full HD. This phone was built for big screen lovers. It also comes with a 4,100mAh battery, the largest in this list, which is supposed to comfortably breeze through 2 days of usage.

Other specifications include: 5.0MP front camera + 13.0MP back camera, 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage.

It stands out in that it comes with a Cardboard VR headset for Virtual Reality Viewing, as it comes with a  gyroscope sensor, which is rare at this end of the price range. This means that you can use it to watch 360 degree videos as well as play VR games.

You can get it here, exclusively on Jumia.


Next up is the cheapest entry on this list priced at KSh 6,099.


It, however does not disappoint in terms of what it has to offer. It comes with a 5 inch 720p (HD) screen, 2GB RAM and 16GB internal memory. The camera combination is 5.0MP front camera +13.0MP back camera.

It also has a really nice design, which adds that premium touch to the phone.



One thing that sets it apart in terms of design from the others is the metal frame. It is also the only phone on this list running Android 6.0 Marshmallow as compared to Android 5.1 Lollipop on the others.

The Cosmos V6 is available here, at Kilimall.

1. Lenovo K5 Note

This is one sleek phone coming in at just KSh 19,999 and barely making it onto our list.

lenovo front

The K5 Note comes with 3GB worth of RAM and 32 GB internal memory. It also coming in strong in the camera department with front camera 8.0MP + Back camera 13.0MP. The display holds up as a 5.5 inch 1080p ( Full HD). The battery is 3,500 mAh, which is adequate for a full day’s charge.

lenovo back 1

In addition to it’s sleek design, it is also sporting a fingerprint scanner at the back, for extra security, as well as a Hi-fi DAC, which provides a premium sound experience, all of which justify its relatively expensive price tag as compared to the other entries.

Get yourself the K5 Note here at Kilimall.

I hope you enjoyed the list. I know that some of the phones mentioned aren’t from the most prominent brands, but as the saying goes: if the shoe fits, wear it. Or in our case, if the phone fits.

Take note that this list is not the most comprehensive, but rather gives you, in my opinion, the best options at various ends of the spectrum.

Be sure to leave a comment below if you know of a phone that would fit in this list, or maybe even suggest a tech topic you’d like to see!

That’s all from me for this round, I’ll see you guys in the next one.


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