This post has been on my drafts for far too long. I have been lazy. November is here now. More changes.
A couple of months ago I gave you this list of the best phones then under 20K. But the industry keeps changing. New releases every now and then.
Finally in this list you’ll find phones running Android 4.4.x KitKat, something we have not been seeing with low-ends. Most OEMs have been bundling up Low end phones with older versions of Android. Anyway if you look at it keenly, there’s nothing much to celebrate as we are pretty sure these phones won’t be getting any (none whatsoever) updates.
So here is the list.
- Tecno F6
I put this phone first on the list intentionally. Here is the complete review of the Phone. If you have around 16,000 Kenya Shillings (Update: Phone costs Ksh. 20,000 now) and you want a phone running Android 4.4.2 KitKat with 1.3GHz Quad Core Processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB Internal Storage, 2000mAh battery with an extra free 2600mAh power bank and 8MP rear, 5MP front cameras this is the phone. It is 4.7 inches.
But I must mention this: You’ll totally hate the cameras. They’re not that good. And the phone kind of overheats. But that’s that for the price… Plus the pixel density is unbelievably 317ppi.
- Samsung Galaxy Core 2
This phone also runs on Android 4.4.2 Kitkat. It is around 18,ooo if I’m not wrong. What you’ll totally dislike with it though is the 768MB RAM. I don’t understand why Samsung always want to hold back something from people.
It is a wonderful phone at the price. It has a Quad Core Processor clocked at 1.2 GHz, 5MP rear camera and a 0.3MP front camera and 4GB internal memory. No it doesn’t overheat. And yes the camera is better than that of the F6. I mean paper facts versus actual facts here. Core 2 has a pixel density of 207ppi. It is 4.5 inches.
The battery is 2000mAh. No extra powerbank. Here’s the Full Review.
- Sony Xperia L
This is the first time we are having a Sony on the list. You all know these phones are always damn expensive. Something is changing.
This is a 4.3 inch phone with a pixel density of 228ppi. It runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean but there’s an update for it to 4.2.2. It has 8GB internal storage, 1GHz Dual Core processor and 1GB RAM.
The main camera is 8MP and can shoot HDR and 720p (HD) videos at 30fps. The selfie camera is 0.3MP.
The battery is 1750mAh and there’s no powerbank included. There will be no extra powerbanks on this list.
- Xperia M, Xperia E, Xperia E1, Xperia E3, Xperia U, Xperia J,
We are absolutely going Xperias on this list. These all cost less than 20k. And you can totally check them out. They are not mainstream handsets which you’ll find with everyone. And many people love that.
- Tecno Family: F5, H3, H5, H6, H7
You probably don’t like Tecnos. The branding and all that. Anyway check these phones out. They’re not just on this list since they are below 20K. Are you seeing a Samsung Family over here? No. Samsung low ends are total crap. Their specs are so held back and it is like the people at Samsung don’t want you to enjoy a single thing on your phone without extracting cash from you.
Check out the Tecno H6 for example. It is a 4.5 inch phone running Android 4.4.2 KitKat with a 1.3GHz Quad core processor and 8GB internal storage. It has 8MP rear camera that can shoot 1080p (Full HD) videos and a 2MP front camera. The battery is 2350mAh.
- Infinix Alpha X570
Haven’t heard of this yet I’m sure. 1GB RAM, 1.2Ghz Quad Core Processor with 16GB internal storage. Runs Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean.
The rear camera is 12MP while the front one is 5MP. The battery is 2300mAh.
I know this one should be second or third on the list. Problem is this: finding one in Kenya still is a problem. Unless through pre-order on Jumia I guess. If anyone knows a better way tell me in the comment section.
- Infinix Zero X506
Infinix is a rebranded Sagem and other stories. Will you remember the name of this phone a second later after reading this? I guess no. The names Infinix! The names! Do something about the names.
You’ll be glad to know that this phone (as cheap as it is, at around 18k) is a flagship device. It is ₦35,900.00 which translates to KSh. 13,000. Plus tax you get around Ksh. 18,000. Yep. It comes in two models: 8GB or 16GB. The 8GB one has 1GB RAM while the 16GB one has 2GB RAM. The prices I have used above are for the 16GB model.
It is 5.0 inches running Android 4.4.2 Kitkat on a 1.4GHz Octo-core processor. 8 cores.
The back camera is 13MP with BSI while the front camera is 2MP. Good luck getting one in Kenya. Help me out if you know how.
- Huawei Ascend Y530
This is worth a mention too. It is 4.5 inches. It runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean with 4GB internal storage and 512MB RAM. I know. That RAM is a total put off. But the Qualcomm 1.2Ghz Dual Core Processor is what got this phone a mention. I don’t know why though. The battery is 1750mAh. Spec-wise this phone is nuuh. The camera is 5MP.
- Nokia X2
In the previous list (have you read it?) I mentioned the X and the X+. The X2 somehow automatically enters this list. Though if you compare the specs with the phones on this list you will see that the X2 is not there yet. A little bit.
It is 4.3 inches. It runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. The processor is a dual core Qualcomm MSM8210 Snapdragon 200 (like the Huawei above) clocked at 1.2GHz.
The main camera is 5MP and there’s a 0.3MP camera on the front. You can shoot 720p videos. Plus the battery is 1880mAh. You wonder.
- Microsoft Family: Lumia 530 Lumia 630 Lumia 635
These phones are on my list of best Windows Phones under 20K. Go check out that list. I love keeping this list as Android as possible.
And that is the list as of November. Do you feel like there are some cool handsets I haven’t mentioned? Tell me now and I’ll update the list. Plus if you know where to get the Infinixes tell us in the comment box.
The best phones list under 20k as of June is here.
From the many listed here, which one are you going for?