The rate at which technology is advancing in Kenya is quite commendable. Forget the glory days where owning a mere mobile cell phone was the mark of great wealth, with the numerous smartphones in Kenya you will be spoilt for choice. When shopping for a smartphone however it is important to note that not all the smartphones are affordable. Most often a lot of people usually fall into the trap of purchasing fake smartphones that are at least subsidized when it comes to their prices. However with the following guide we will help you choose the cheapest smartphones in Kenya that are still of great quality. Below are ten quality smarthphones you will be able to find with a budget of less than Ksh. 10,000.

Tecno Spark K7 with 1GB RAM

Infinix Hot 5 Lite

Huawei Y3 2017

X-TIGI D1

Tecno WX3 Pro

Wiko Lenny 4 Plus

Huawei Y3 II

Looking for a Cheap smartphone in Kenya that meets all the students needs? This post guides you on what look for when shopping for the best smartphone that comes at a budget price for university and college students. We will consider, Camera specifications, battery life, inbuilt features, comparability and screen size. Mobile phone brands we will consider include; Samsung, Techno, Infnix, HTC, Xiaomi and Xtigi.

Why are smartphones important for students in Kenya

In the world today, particularly in Kenya, students do use smartphones for their studies and other non-academic purposes.  Regarding studies, smartphones are used for note taking, planning students work, organizing study timetable, and for conducting some research on some topics being taught in the classroom.

Factors to consider before buying a budget smartphone for a student

Before purchasing a smartphone, it is important to always know the phone’s features and weather they suit your need as student or not. The following are some of the basic features a student’s smartphone should have:

  • A good camera for taking clear images
  • A device that charges and can store power for a longer duration
  • A wide range of easy to use inbuilt features such as calculators and adobe readers.
  • You also need to have a smartphone that is compatible with other electronic gadgets such as a tablet or a laptop computer.
  • Lastly, students also opt for smartphones that have large screens

List of best Cheap smartphones for College and University students

Here is a list of some of the cheapest phones available for Kenyan students.  We have also included their price and the important features. Please note that the list has been prepared in no particular order of preference. The phones re available in nearby shops and online stores IN Kenya like Jumia and Kilimall.

1. Techno Spark K7

  • Price: less than 10,000 Kenyan shillings
  • Features: 16GB ROM, 2GB RAM, 5.5 screen display size, 3G internet speed.
Techno Spark K7 for campus students
Techno Spark K7 phone for campus students/Photo

2. Techno F2

  • Price: Sh. 6850
  • Features: 1GB RAM, 5.0’’ screen display, 5MP camera, 3GB internet, 2000 mAh battery.

3. Xiaomi Redmi 5A

  • Price: Ksh.10, 500
  • Properties: 16GB internal memory, 13MP camera, 4G internet, 3000 mAh battery.

4. HTC Desire 10 Pro

  • Prices: $180
  • Features: 4GB Ram, 64GB internal storage, 13MP, 4GB LTE.

5. Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime Plus

  • Price: Ksh. 10, 500
  • Features: 5” screen size, 8gb internal memory, android marshmallow 6.0, dual simcard, 4G internet.
Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime Plus for college students
Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime Plus for college students/Photo

6. Infinix Hot 5 (X559c)

  • Price: $100
  • Feature: 5.5” high dimension display, 16GB internal memory, 2GB Ram, 8M camera, Android 7 operating system.
Budget Infinix Hot 5 phones for students
Budget Infinix Hot 5 phones for students/Photo

7. X-TIGI phone

  • Price: Ksh. 8000
  • Features: 6.0” HD screen display, 16GB storage capacity, 3000mAh, 5 MP rear cameras with flash.

It’s that time of the year when you’re looking for a smartphone that seats in the middle of budget, performance and looks. We rounded up these fantastic budget smartphones and the reasons to get or not to get one – all under Ksh 20,000.

Check them out:

Infinix S4

The S series by Infinix is focused on the selfie-taking audience and its other specs will shake up the very competitive budget category dominating the Kenyan smartphone market. It packs:

  • 6.2 inch HD display with a resolution of 720 by 1500 pixels with 2.5D glass covering
  • XOS v5.0 Cheetah on top of Android 9.0 Pie
  • MediaTek Helio P22 processor
  • 3GB or 6GB of RAM & 32GB or 64GB of onboard storage
  • triple rear camera set-up that features a 13MP standard sensor, an 8MP wide-angle sensor and a 2MP depth sensor aligned vertically next to the quad LED flash.
  • 32MP AI-powered selfie camera.
  • a 4000mAh battery
  • The Infinix S4 comes in various colours including gradient blue, purple and Milan black.

If you’re interested in picking one up yourself, the Infinix S4 starts selling on Infinix Mall for Ksh 13,999 for the 3GB RAM and 32GB onboard storage variant and Ksh 17,999 for the 6GB RAM and 64GB onboard storage variant.

Here’s our full review and our comparison review with the Huawei Y7 Prime 2019.

Huawei Y7 Prime 2019

The Huawei Y7 Prime 2019 is one of the most exciting smartphones from Huawei this year in its Y series as it packs midrange and flagship specs at an affordable price. Here’s a quick rundown of what you get:

  • Display: 6.26″
  • Software: EMUI 8.2 (based on Android 8.1 Oreo)
  • Processor: Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 450
  • Memory: 3GB RAM + 32GB internal storage
  • Main Camera: Dual 13MP + 2MP
  • Front Camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4000mAh

Check out our full review here. It retails on Jumia for Ksh 16,499.

Infinix Note 5

If you’re looking for the perfect Infinix, then this is the one. It comes with Android One so you get to experience stock Android without the unnecessary bloatware – it’s also getting Android Pie update, how about that?

On the hardware side, we get:

  • 6.0-inch Full HD Display
  • MediaTek Helio P23 Procesor
  • 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage
  • 4500mAh battery with fast charging support
  • 12MP main camera and a 16MP selfie shooter

Was it made for Instagram? More on this, check out our full review. It is currently retailing on Jumia at Ksh 17,999.

OPPO A83

Chinese phone maker OPPO has been releasing some good phones that go in line with modern design trends. The OPPO A83 packs:

  • 5.7-inch Full HD Display
  • Octa-core 2.5 GHz Cortex-A53 Helio P23 (MT6737T) Procesor
  • 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage
  • 3180mAh battery
  • 13MP main camera and an 8MP selfie shooter

Read our full review here. Get it at Jumia for Ksh 16,500.

Samsung Galaxy J6 Plus

The Samsung Galaxy J6 Plus was released late last year and packs:

  • 6-inch Full HD Display
  • Qualcomm MSM8917 Snapdragon 425 Procesor
  • 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage
  • 3300mAh battery
  • 13MP + 5MP main camera and an 8MP selfie shooter

It is currently retailing on Jumia at Ksh 19,999.

Nokia 5.1 Plus

This mid-range smartphone brings with it a few changes over its successor. The Nokia 5.1 Plus was released early last year and packs:

  • 5.86-inch Display(720p) in a 19:9 aspect ratio
  • Android One 8.1 Oreo now updating to Android Pie
  • Octa-core MediaTek MT6771 Helio P60
  • 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage and microSD, up to 400 GB
  • 3060mAh battery
  • 13MP main camera and an 8MP selfie shooter

It is currently retailing on Jumia at Ksh 15,799.

Samsung A20

The Samsung A20 is one step above the A10 and has a lot to offer for its target, budget-hunting customers. Here are its features and price in the country:

  •  6.4″ Super AMOLED display
  • Exynos 7884 chipset – Octa-core (2×1.6 GHz & 6×1.35 GHz)
  • 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage and microSD, up to 512 GB
  • 4000mAh battery
  •  Android 9.0 (Pie) with One UI
  • 13MP main camera(Wide) and a 5MP selfie shooter(ultra-wide)


It is currently retailing on Jumia at Ksh 17,500.

We’ll keep updating this list as more phones in this price category continue being released as the year progresses, stay tuned.

About the Author

Sande Kennedy is the founder and Editor in Chief of SandeKennedy.co.ke & Kenyans247.co.ke He is a Kenyan-based Internetprenuer,blogger Political Activist & informer who has an interest in politics, governance, corporate-fraud and human-interest. Kindly drop me a note if you feel aggrieved on any matter that you would want to be highlighted  Twitter: @nyosake , Instagram: @itssandekennedy WhatsApp: +254791890826 Read More about me here