In a recession, it is no surprise that budget smartphones are in greater demand more than ever. We bring you a shortlist of the most affordable smartphones in the first quarter of 2017. We are talking about the most basic. So, expect 4-inch displays, 512 MB of RAM, and 4-8 GB internal storage.
Fero is a growing phenomenon in the smartphone market, and they have a number of offerings for the budget market. The most affordable of them is the A4001. It has a 4-inch IPS display, quad-core 1.2 GHz processor, 512 MB RAM and 8 GB internal storage. For cameras, there is a VGA selfie snapper and 2 megapixel main snapper at the back. The OS is Android OS 6 Marshmallow – which s very good, for a budget smartphone. Battery? A removable 1,300 mAh Li-Ion unit.
The Fero A4001 is not bad at ₦17,500.00.
The Innjoo X3 is easily the best looking of the lot. Its nice design lines betray its budget nature, but then who says you can’t have a suave phone on a budget? The X3 has a 4-inch display, Quad-core 1.3 GHz processor, 512 MB of RAM, and 4 GB internal storage (ouch!). That internal storage will hurt badly.
Like the Fero A4001, the cameras are VGA selfie and 2 megapixel rear as well. The whole package runs on a 1300 mAh Li-Polymer battery. The X3’s software is older though – Android 5.1 Lollipop. The phone will cost you ₦18,000. Have a look at the full Innjoo X3 specifications.
The TECNO Y2 is another 4-inch budget smartphone with 512 MB of RAM. The processor is a dual-core affair clocked at 1.3 GHz. Internal storage is 8 GB. But it has a much beefier 2800 mAh battery, so you should have your eyes on this if battery life is important to you. It runs a very dated Android 4.4 KitKat though.
For just ₦19,500, the TECNO Y2 is all yours. We have a hands-on review here.
The iTel 6910 costs ₦10,000 – ₦12,000. The it6800 is another iTel smartphone in the same price range.
Roundup Of The Most Affordable Smartphones
There you are: Mobility Arena’s list of the most affordable smartphones of quarter 1, 2017.
In summary, here are the respective strengths of each of them:
- Fero A4001: Most Up-to-date Software
- Innjoo X3: Sleek Design
- TECNO Y2: Solid Battery Life
- iTel 6910: Cheapest
They are all small phones. With 512 MB of RAM each, you also won’t get much multitasking done on any of them. You certainly won’t be doing any heavy gaming on these models. But they all give you access to 3G internet and wifi, email, social media, web browsing, and hundreds of thousands of apps in Google Play. Not that you will be able to install many of them.
With the low internal storage of these devices, you are strongly advised to install only the most essential apps. Do not forget to buy a memory card too. You will need it.
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.