Afrione’s first generation of smartphones were run-of-the-mill, to put it mildly. They were grossly uncompetitive and didn’t inspire anyone to look in the Nigeria brand’s direction. But the 2nd generation changes that. Our Afrione Champion Pro unboxing and hands-on review brings you all the details in vivid imagery.
The first time I saw the specifications of the Afrione Champion Pro, I was taken by surprise. I had followed the first generation smartphones of the brand and they were just not inspiring. But here was an up-to-date entry-level smartphone that ticked all the right boxes – and at a sweet price.
I was sold and itched to actually get my hands on one, which has now happened, because of course, here you are reading this Afrione Champion Pro unboxing and hands-on review. The Champion Pro matches its name and manages to impress us here at MobilityArena. Let’s have a look at what this plucky little fellow has to offer. It is time to run through the key specs of our review phone at this point.
Afrione Champion Pro Quick Specs
- Android 8.1 Oreo
- 5″, 960 x 480 pixels, 16:9 aspect ratio, IPS LCD display
- quad-core Mediatek MT6580 chipset
- selfie camera: 8 MP + 0.3 MP dual camera
- main camera: 8 MP + 2 MP dual
- rear-mounted fingerprint scanner
- 1GB RAM
- 16GB internal storage
- memory card support (up to 32GB card)
- 4500mAh battery
Afrione Champion Pro Unboxing
The Afrione Champion Pro comes in a cool black box with bold gold text. It is a beautiful box.
And when it was time to look in the box, we broke the seal and peeped inside, to find the following:
- the phone itself,
- 45000mAh battery,
- a USB cable,
- charging adapter,
- A3 3.5mm pair of earphones,
- screen protector, and
- transparent silicone case.
This is a very complete sales box, we dare say. The included earphones are of the metallic in-ear type.
We tested them against the pair of AKG earphones that came with the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus. At the lower tones, the A3 pair is noticeably weaker, but perform much better at higher, louder tones. If you enjoy loud, upbeat music, you will enjoy the A3 metallic earpiece.
Afrione Champion Pro Hands-on Review
A ₦19,500 Android smartphone is entry-level material, no questions asked. So it is no surprise that the Champion Pro is plastic. It is well designed and well put together though and has a nice textured back that helps with grip.
There is no fancy 18:9 or 19:9 aspect ratio here on the 5-inch display. This is good old 16:9 aspect ratio and nobody cares. At least, we don’t. We do care that it is as good as displays get on entry-level Android smartphones. Which is what really matters.
Afrione Champion Pro is a dual-SIM, 3G smartphone and runs Android 8.1 Oreo (Go Edition). Android Go Edition is an optimized version of the operating system that runs smoother in entry-level devices. Android Go app footrprints are smaller as well, so the device’s internal memory doesn’t get clogged up faster too.
On the inside is a lowly quad-core 1.3GHz Mediatek 6580M processor, which is popular in this price range. That is combined with 1GB of RAM. Together, they give the Champion Pro fairly smooth performance – as smooth as any Android Go Edition smartphone can run.
As long as you do not try to use the Afrione Champion Pro like it is a premium phone, you will be fine with its performance.
One major attraction of this phone is that it has dual cameras at the back and a dual selfie camera on the front too. And below the rear dual camera is a fingerprint scanner. Trumpet fanfare. Drum roll.
At the bottom end of the back cover is the bold Afrione logo and the loudspeaker grill. And it all has a tasteful look to it.
Afrione Champion Pro review: Photography
How do the cameras perform? Have a look at these sample photos we took:
Your thoughts about the cameras? We are not sure that the dual cameras perform better than the single cameras we have seen in smartphones in this price range. But do tell us what you think.
Another huge attraction is the 4500mAh battery – a removable one. When last did we see a battery that large on a sub-₦20,000 smartphone? We are not sure now, but we see it quite a bit in phones between ₦20,000 and ₦30,000. This sets the Champion Pro apart from many other devices it competes against.
Two dual cameras, a 4500mAh battery, and a fingerprint scanner. We are not convinced that the dual cameras are an advantage, but the device is not a bad package at all for ₦19,500. Colour us impressed. The Champion Pro from Afrione is solid value for money at the entry-level. You should have a look in its direction if shopping for a smartphone under ₦20,000.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.