The best smartphones under ₦40,000 ($115)

In the world of budget smartphones, the $115 (N40,000) mark is a sweet spot for a lot of people. As a matter of fact, I was not surprised when someone requested that I put together a list of the best Android phones under 40000 Naira.

This price point is critical because it is where you find the crossover between 2GB RAM and 3GB RAM. If you are a non-technical person, RAM is the quantity of memory allocated to running apps on your smartphone. So, the more RAM your phone has, the smoother it launches apps and the smoother it switches between apps when you are using it.

Best Android phones under 40,000 Naira (or $115)

We will be exploring the best smartphones under N40,000 in different categories – top performance, best battery life, best physical build, all-round value, and lastly a budget category.

Best Android phones under 40000 Naira (or $115): Top Performance

In this section are the best performing smartphones in this price point. Major considerations are RAM and processor. Think of the processor as the engine of the phone. The more powerful the processor, the more poerful and faster the phone. It is a little bit more complicated than that, but that’s simple enough for you to run with.

Now, let’s get down to our list.

Infinix HOT 8 – the new King of the best Android phones under 40000 naira

Infinix Hot 8 specs
Infinix Hot 8 is king of the best Android phones under 40000 naira

I am adding the HOT 8 to this list weeks after it was originally published because it has just been announced. This phone automatically jumps to the very top of our list of the best Android phones under 40000 naira.

It offers the best value and also shares the spotlight with the phone earlier listed as having the best  battery life under ₦40,000. What does the Infinix Hot 8 offer? Android 9 Pie, a 6.52-inch waterdrop display, Mediatek Helio P22 chipset, 8 MP selfie camera, 13 MP + 2 MP + low-light triple rear camera, 4 GB RAM, 64 GB internal memory, and a 5000 mAh battery.

Price: $111 (about ₦39,000). Infinix HOT 8 specifications.

Gionee S11 Lite (4GB,32GB)

Gionee S11 Lite / Gionee F6
The S11 Lite from Gionee was released in 2017, so it runs Android 7 Nougat, which is a bit old now. But it is still a very capable smartphone and is one of the best Android phones under 40000 Naira you can buy today. It has a respectable Snapdragon 430 processor, 4GB of RAM and 32GB internal storage. With that amount of RAM, launching apps and switching between apps is bliss. It has a 5.7-Inch HD display with18:9 aspect ratio, 4G LTE, rear-mounted fingerprint scanner.

The dual SIM slot is hybrid though, which means if you want to use a memory card, you have to forego one SIM card slot. Battery capacity is 3030mAh.

Price: ₦36,200 / $102. Gionee S11 Lite Specifications.

UMIDIGI A3 Pro

UMIDIGI A3 Pro front back

With the same 5.7″ screen size as the Gionee S11 Lite, UMIDIGI A3 Pro is more up-to-date in terms of software. It runs Android 8.1. and is powered by a quad-core Mediatek  MT6739 processor.

Its strength is in the fact that it is equpoped with 3GB of RAM and 32GB internal storage. Plus, there is a 12MP+5MP dual camera, along with a fingerprint reader, at the back. If you want the A3 Pro, Jumia and Konga are the places to check.

Price: ₦31,900 / $90. UMIDIGI A3 Pro specifications.

Nokia 3.1 3GB/32GB

Nokia 3.1 Blue
Nokia 3. is the most up-to-date smartphone on our list of the best Android phones under 40000 Naira.

The Nokia 3.1 is the most capable and most up-to-date smartphone on this list. It was launched in 2018 with Android Oreo and it has already received Android Pie, and it is on line to receive Android Q update as well.

The Mediatek Mediatek MT6750’s performance is good in itc class, and coupled with 3GB of RAM for multitasking and 32GB internal storage makes it a delight. At the back is a 13MP camera.  

The 2990mAh battery may seem small, but when you consider that the display is only 5.2 inches, it is more than adequate.

Why you might shy off is the fact that there is no fingerprint reader on the phone.

Price: ₦30,000 to ₦32,500 / $85-$92.

Best Android phones under 40000 Naira (or $115): Best Battery Life

If you are looking for the best smartphone under N40,000 naira with really solid battery life, you will have to look in the direction of TECNO Mobile, and the Pouvoir 3 is the model that wears this cap. PS: With the arrival of the HOT 8, you will have to choose between the two. At least, you now have an alternative to the Pouvoir 3.

TECNO Pouvoir 3 (LB7)

TECNO Pouvoir 3 unlocked smartphone - specs, features, review, price

TECNO Pouvoir 3 has a massive 5,000mAh battery. The display is 6.2″ in size, and there is 4G LTE support, 32GB storage, 2GB RAM, 13MP + 13MP dual camera, Fingerprint reader, and Face Unlock.

If a battery that does not run out for over 24 to 48 hours is what you want and have a budget under ₦40,000, this (or Infinix HOT 8, listed above) is it.

Price: ₦39,490 / $111. TECNO Pouvoir 3 Specifications.

Best Android phones under 40000 Naira (or $115): Best Physical Build

There are people who are not power users and do not care about how much RAM a smartphone has. If you do not use your phone intensively – if you do more of voice calls and SMS than anything else on your smartphone, this is you – but want a smartphone that says you have a taste for the good things of life, then these phones in this section are what you are looking for.

Nokia 3.1 Plus 2GB/32GB

Nokia 3.1 Plus specs

The Nokia 3.1 Plus is the classiest smartphone in this entire list. Not only does it look good, it feels superb in the hand and has a solid, premium build. I was so enamored by the build when we reviewed it here on MobilityArena. It is easily one of the best Android phones under 40000 Naira. Well, it costs exactly ₦40,000 right now, and that should count; right?

Premium build aside, it is also up-to-date in terms of software and will stay so throughout the 2/3 years that Nokia guarantees for software and security updates.

Price: ₦40,000.00 / $115. Nokia 3.1 Plus Specifications.

Samsung Galaxy A10

Samsung Galaxy A10 blue

Samsung’s Galaxy A10 is a solidly built phone with a polycarbonate shell. It has a 6.2-Inch display, 2GB RAM, 32GB ROM, and runs Android 9.0 Pie. There is a 13MP + 5MP dual camera at the back as well.

Being a Samsung, carrying one around puts you in the class of cool people. Definitely one of the best Android phones under 40000 naira, if you want the cool factor.

Price: ₦38,000 / $107. Samsung Galaxy A10 Specifications.

Huawei Y5 2019

Huawei Y5 2019 with faux leather finish

Another classy mention among Android phones under 40000 Naira is Huawei’s Y5 2019. If you like the look and feel of leather, it has a very nice faux leather finish.

It has a compact 5.71″ display with a teardrop notch, 2GB RAM, and options of 16GB and 32GB storage. We are looking at the 32GB storage option here. The 3020mAh battery is adequate, if you keep the screen size and quad-core Mediatek MT6761 processor in view. It lacks a fingerprint scanner though.

Price: ₦35,000 / $99.

Best Android phones under 40000 Naira (or $115): All-round Value

Some smartphones do not stand out in one particular feature or the other but offer a general package with all-round value. I like to call them decent phones that get the job done. Three of them make our list of the best Android phones under 40000 Naira.

TECNO Spark 3 Pro

TECNO SPARK 3 Pro black

When it comes to overall features, TECNO’s SPark 3 Pro is a smartphone under 40000 Naira that you should consider. It has a 6.2″ display with wide notch, 4G LTE, dual camera, fingerprint reader, and a 3500mAh battery.

Price: ₦38,500.00 / $108. TECNO Spark 3 Pro Specifications.

Infinix Smart 3 Plus 2GB/32GB

Infinix Smart 3 Plus specs, features, and price

Like its sibling from TECNO Mobile, the 2GB RAM version of Infinix Smart 3 Plus has a 6.2″ waterdrop display, 32GB storage, 4G LTE, dual camera, fingerprint scanner, and a 3500mAh battery.

Price: ₦39,900.00 / $112. Infinix Smart 3 Plus Specifications.

Redmi 7A 2GB/32GB

Redmi 7A specs, features, review, price

Xiaomi phones offer good value for money, and the Redmi 7A is no exception. For ₦36,500, you will get the 2GB RAM/32GB storage version. It has a compact 5.45″ display, runs Android 9 Pie, a capable Snapdragon 439 processor, and a hefty 4000mAh battery keeps the lights on. Those who want solid battery life will want to look keenly at this one.

Jumia and Konga are the places to look for this one.

Price: ₦36,500 / $103. Redmi 7A Specifications.

Best Android phones under 40000 Naira (or $115): Budget Recommendation

If you are really on a budget and looking for specs that are comparable to some of the above phones under 40,000 Naira, here is the section for you.

Redmi 6A

Redmi 6A

For those who want to spend around N30,000, we have one recommendation for you – the Redmi 6A by Xiaomi. You get a 5.45-inch display, 2GB RAM,16GB internal storage, Android 8.1 Oreo, a 13MP camera, and a 3000mAh battery.  You have to forego a fingerprint reader though.

If you want the Redmi 6A, Jumia and Konga are the places to check.

Price: ₦29,000 to ₦31,000 / $82-$87. Redmi 6A Specifications.

The Best Android Phones Under 40000 Naira ($115): Wrap up

There is a common thread that runs through all the smartphones highlighted here: with the exception of the sub-₦30,000 Redmi 6A, they all have 32GB internal storage. Also, fast charging is absent. Fingerprint reader is quite a common feature, though some of them lack this feature.

It is a budget segment above the most entry-level smartphones, so you get good performance and premium build in some instances, but none of the more advanced features that are common in the ₦50,000 ($150) range and above.

And it is a wrap on our list of the best Android phones under 40000 Naira. Happy shopping!

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15 comments

  1. Thanks a lot for the list Mr.Mo, although i thought i’d see a phone from Huawei.

    Are we gonna see a review of the Umidigi a5 pro?

    1. Hi omniTech,

      I have my eye on the A5 Pro. Keeping fingers crossed that I will get my hands on it too.

      PS: There’s a Huawei phone that belongs on the above list, and I have added it.

  2. This is a good one, Mister Mobility, and must have taken a lot of effort to put together.

    Very very useful information.

    More power to your processor!

  3. Thank you very much on this Mister MO, your article is always useful. This particular article is the reason why we don’t just go to market without having any knowledge of which phone to buy. I really appreciate this a lot. But how come Huawei phone is not in the list, I thought Huawei also have devices at that price range too

    1. In buying a phone, look beyond the figure on the battery. What’s most important is the battery density.

  4. This list reminded me of the movie I watched, growing up: Oliver Twist. Seriously it’ll be hard for anyone having cash on him/her to really pick one out of these beautiful selections.
    I have used UMIDIGI A3 before. I remember people oting on it whenever they see it with me because it looks very much like an iPhone in design. Well, if I have to choose here, I think I’ll go for Xiaomi Redmi A7. Though, it be much harder, like I said, if to say I have like ₦40k on me. It might take me a week to make a decision. I wouldn’t want to buy a phone that’ll start giving me a heartache after few weeks of use.

  5. The Tecno Spark 3 Pro has always been my favorite. I also heard the device is getting a Android Q Beta update soon.

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