We all love great bargains, and there are often a number of them hiding in plain site. If you are shopping for a smartphone in 2019, I have compiled for you a list of the best bargain smartphones you can buy right now.
What makes a phone (or any other item for that matter) a bargain? If you can buy it for far less than the price it has been available on the market, it is a great bargain. If it costs less than what its competitors cost, it is a bargain. This list is a mix of the above.
This list also has you fairly covered, whatever your budget for a new smartphone is. There is something for you to consider.
Best bargain smartphones: Nokia 7 Plus
The Nokia 7 Plus is a superb mid-range smartphone that ticks all the right boxes. It is solidly built with premium lines and touches everywhere, has a great screen, great battery with fast charging, and the performance does not get any better in the mid-range.
It runs stock Android OS and has already received the Android 9 Pie update. It will also get Android Q and R when they are released.
As a matter of fact, the Nokia 7 Plus is so good that it was pretty much Nokia’s most loved smartphone of 2018. When it was launched, it cost N140,000 here. Right now, the price has dropped to a nice N90,000 in Nigeria.
Best bargain smartphones: LEAGOO T8s
The T8s from LEAGOO is a very compelling package. Here is what you get for about $110 or N38,000: 5.5-inch display, 4 GB RAM, 32 GB storage, dedicated memory card slot, 13 MP + 2 MP dual camera, 3080 mAh battery and a slightly fast charging standard.
It is good value for money, at par with the Soda S2, which we have gushed about here on MobilityArena. While the LEAGOO T8s has an aluminium frame, the Soda S2 is plastic but has a more up-to-date edge-to-edge design, a bigger display, a bigger battery and just 3 GB RAM.
Check out the LEAGOO T8s full specs.
Best bargain smartphones: Soda S2
And the Soda S2 deserves a mention here too. For just N40,000, it is a force to be reckoned with. If you need a 4G smartphone with a beefy battery and bigger screen without having to endure horrible multitasking, the S2 gets the job done.
There is no fast charge, and it is plastic. But it looks the part and delivers on performance. You should read our Soda S2 review for a more detailed picture.
Best bargain smartphones: BLU Studio X8 HD 2019
Now, if your budget is below N20,000, there is something foor you as well. BLU’s Studio X8 HD 2019 is an Android 8.1 Oreo (Go Edition), 3G smartphone with a 5-inch display, Mediatek MT6580 chipset, 5 MP selfie camera, 8 MP dual rear camera, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB internal memory, and a 2000 mAh battery.
Being an Android Go Edition smartphone means that it runs software that has been optimized for low-end hardware, so you get fairly smooth performance. In addition, it has a catchy design.
The X8 HD 2019 costs just $49.99 (about N19,000). You can have a look at the complete specs HERE.
Best bargain smartphones: Wrapping up
These are the best bargain smartphones you can buy right now in 2019. Whatever your budget for a smartphone, there is something for you. Plus, all of them, with the exception of BLU, have local support in Nigeria. Happy shopping!
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.