5 Awesome Budget Smartphones under Ksh. 10,000: October 2015

October 1, 2015
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Under Ksh. 10,000 defines the budget smartphone segment in Kenya.

Smartphone vendors now focus on the under Ksh. 10,000 segment that for long was dominated by second-rate smartphones that struggled to provide the value that keen smartphone buyers now demand.

I have received a lot of feedback from the September 2015 Buying Guide (Thank You!) and I incorporated your valuable suggestions in the October 2015 list.

For the first time we have a great smartphone running Android 5.1 priced under Ksh. 10,000 on the list. That said, here is the best a Ksh. 10,000 budget can get you in Kenya.

Infinix Hot 2

The Infinix Hot 2 is a smartphone any budget smartphone buyer would love to own. The Hot 2 is a fantastic smartphone that was designed by Infinix in collaboration with Google (Yes Google!) and the smartphone is part of the Android One program.


The technical specifications profile of the Infinix Hot 2 grays that of its rivals. I recently did a comprehensive review of the Infinix Hot 2 and I do recommend going through our comprehensive review of the Infinix Hot 2 it in order to understand why it is so awesome.

Infinix Hot 2 Key Specifications

Display: 5.0 inches

CPU: 1.3 GHz Quad-Core

Camera: 8 MP

Battery Capacity: Li-ion 2200 mAh

Price: Ksh. 8,999

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Microsoft Lumia 430

The Microsoft Lumia 430 is among the best budget smartphones, we currently have on the market. The Lumia 430 is in fact the most affordable Windows phone that Microsoft has to offer.

[image] Microsoft Lumia 430 unboxing

There are several Lumia smartphones priced under Ksh. 10,000 but the Lumia 430 stands out simply due to the fact it is among the ten smartphones that Microsoft confirmed will be receiving the Windows 10 Mobile update.

Microsoft Lumia 430 Key Specifications

Display: 4.0-inch

CPU: Snapdragon™ 200 Dual core 1.2 GHz

Camera: 2 MP

Battery Capacity: Li-Ion 1500 mAh

Price: Ksh. 8,699

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Microsoft Lumia 430 Review

Tecno Boom J5

The Tecno Boom J5 is a budget variant of the Boom J7. The Boom J5 offers most of the features buyers loved about Boom J7 is a slightly smaller package and at a price below Ksh. 10,000.

[image] Tecno Boom J5 Price in Kenya

Tecno Boom J5 Key Specifications

Display: 4.5 Inches

CPU: MediaTek 1.3 GHz Quad-core

Camera: 5 MP

Battery Capacity: Li-Ion 1950 mAh

Price: Ksh. 9,899

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Tecno Boom J5 Review

HTC Desire 310

There is always something premium about the HTC brand. The Desire 310 is one of the most affordable HTC smartphones on the Kenyan market.

[image] HTC Desire 310 Price in Kenya

I would recommend the HTC Desire 310 to the buyer that prioritizes Brand value over everything else.

HTC Desire 310 Key Specifications

Display: 4.5 inches

CPU: Quad‎-core 1.3 GHz Cortex‎-A7

Camera: 5 MP

Battery Capacity: Li-Po 2000 mAh

Price: Ksh. 9,999

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Wiko Lenny

The Wiko Lenny is a budget smartphone with a specification sheet that its rivals simply struggle to beat. The smartphone features a 5.0-Inch display and runs Android OS, v4.4.2 (KitKat) out of the box and you get all of this for under Ksh. 10,000.

[image] Wiko Lenny Price in Kenya

Wiko Lenny Key Specifications

Display: 5.0 inches

CPU: Dual-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A7

Camera: 5 MP

Battery Capacity: Li-Ion 1800 mAh

Price: Ksh. 9,600

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Wiko Lenny Review

Bonus: Samsung Galaxy J1

The Samsung Galaxy J1 is among the most affordable smartphone running Android 4.4. Kitkat. Its highlight feature, however, is that 4G internet connectivity.


Samsung Galaxy J1 Specifications

Display: 4.3 inches

CPU: Dual-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7

Camera: 5 MP

Battery Capacity: Li-Ion 1850 mAh

Price: Ksh. 10,999

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Samsung Galaxy J1 Review

Next: 5 Awesome Budget Smartphones under Ksh. 15,000: October 2015

Kevin is a Passionate Technology Enthusiast and the Lead Writer at MobiTrends. He has been writing about Smartphones and Mobile Technology since 2012. Drop him your comments below :)

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