Need a budget smartphone? In this article, we will be breaking down the best-selling budget smartphones in Kenya in 2021. You can choose to buy the smartphones at your local shop or online at Jumia Kenya and have them delivered to your doorstep.

According to our extensive research, the following android phones are rated the best selling budget smartphones in Kenya. With time we will keep on updating the list as new models arrive.

Best Selling Budget Smartphones in Kenya

  1. Samsung Galaxy A10s – 13,500/=
  2. Nokia C2 – 7,449/=
  3. Tecno Spark 5 Pro – 13,999/=
  4. Xiaomi Redmi 9C – 13,499/=
  5. Oppo A31 – 15,999/=
  6. Vivo Y1s – 10,599/=
  7. Itel S16 – 8,100/=

1. Samsung Galaxy A10s

Best selling budget smartphones in Kenya 2021Technical Specifications


  • Type: IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
  • Size: 6.2 inches, 95.9 cm2 (~80.7% screen-to-body ratio)
  • Resolution: 720 x 1520 pixels, 19:9 ratio (~271 ppi density)


  • OS: Android 9.0 (Pie)
  • Chipset : Mediatek MT6762 Helio P22 (12 nm)
  • CPU: Octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53
  • GPU: PowerVR GE8320


  • Card slot: microSD, up to 512 GB (dedicated slot)
  • Internal:  32GB, 2GB RAM


  • Dual: 13 MP, f/1.8, 28mm (wide), AF
  • 2 MP, f/2.4, depth sensor
  • Features:  LED flash, panorama, HDR
  • Video : 1080p@30fps


  • Single 8 MP, f/2.0
  • Video    


  • Loudspeaker  
  • 3.5mm jack
  • Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic


  • WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
  • Bluetooth: 5.0, A2DP, LE
  • Radio: FM radio
  • USB: microUSB 2.0


  • Sensors: Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, proximity


  • Non-removable Li-Po 4000 mAh battery.

Ready for Immersive Viewing – A 15.79cm (6.2”) HD+ immersive screen with an Infinity-V display that lets you binge-watch at ease and level-up your gaming.

Ready for Convenience – Unlock your device with just a touch or by holding it up to your face. Super simple, super secure.

Ready to Perform – Be one step ahead with the powerful 3GB RAM that gives you a super snappy experience.

Ready to Last – A 4000mAh battery that goes on and on and on so that you get to do more.

The Galaxy A10s delivers a powerful performance. Thanks to its 4,000mAh battery, the device can last the whole day without a recharge regardless of the usage. The dual camera captures clearer photos. The Galaxy A10s’ impressive 6.2-inch Infinity-V Display provides a unique experience when browsing your favorite content.

The fingerprint scanner on the Samsung A10s helps in unlocking the phone and to keep your data safe. 

2. Nokia C2

Nokia C2 Best selling budget smartphones in Kenya

The Nokia C2 best price in Kenya is Ksh.  7,449



  • Colors Cyan, Black. Size 154.8 x 75.59 x 8.85 mm. Weight 161 g
  • Performance: Operating system Android 9 Pie (Go Edition)
  • Connectivity: Cable type Micro USB (USB 2.0)
  • Cameras: Rear cameras 5 MP f/2.2 autofocus. Rear flash LED. Front-facing camera 5 MP
  • Battery: Battery type Removable 2800 mAh2. Charging 5V/1A compatible
  • Storage: Internal storage 16 GB. RAM 1 GB. MicroSD card slot Support for up to 64 GB
  • Display: Size 5.7”
  • Network and connectivity: WiFi 802.11 b/g/n Bluetooth® 4.2

You can watch stunning videos on the Nokia C2 thanks to its  5.7” HD+ screen. You don’t have to worry about low battery during the day. The HDR captures high-quality photos and videos.

3. Tecno Spark 5 Pro

Best selling budget smartphones in Kenya - Tecno Spark 5 Pro

Tecno Spark 5 Pro price in Kenya is 13,999/=



  • Size: 6.6″ IPS LCD 
  • Memory: 64GB + 3GB RAM
  • 16MP Quad Rear Camera
  • Front Camera: 8MP
  • OS: Android Q
  • CPU: Octa-Core Processor
  • 4G VOLTE
  • Battery: 5000mAh Battery

Tecno Spark 5 Pro smartphone comes with a 6.60-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 720×1600 pixels, 3GB of RAM, 64GB internal Storage. It is powered by a 5000mAh non-removable battery. 


128 GB big ROM offers a huge space to store your favorite apps, videos, and songs. The 4GB RAM provides fast, solid, and smooth performance. With the Tecno Spark 5 Pro multitasking and gaming and multitasking have become quicker and smoother.

5000mAh Great Power

Say goodbye to your power bank. 5000mAh powerful battery and smart power-saving system satisfy your needs of staying juiced up for daily work and life.

Clear & Bright Photography

Packed with excellent camera-sensitive elements, F/1.8 big aperture, and an AI Camera 3.0, the 16MP main camera captures high-quality and natural photos. With an 8x digital zoom capability on captured images, great details can be seen clearly. Quad rear flash effectively solves the problem of dim photos in dark environments. Every shot taken by SPARK 5 Pro would be clear, bright, and beautiful enough.


AI HDR controls the light part from getting overexposed, showing more detailed and crisp dark parts. The fog removal algorithm improves the overall selfie effect. The color output is less and presents every detail, making the selfie portrait more colorful and vivid.

4. Xiaomi Redmi 9C

Best budget smartphone kenya

Xiaomi Redmi 9C is retailing at 13,499/=



  • Helio G35 Octa Core
  • 6.53″ HD+ Dot Drop Display
  • RAM+ROM — 3GB + 64GB
  • 13MP AI TRIPLE Rear Camera, 5MP Front Camera
  • 5000mAh(Typ), Support 10W Charge, In-box 10W(5V/2A) charger
  • MIUI, Global Version, Support OTA Update
  • WIFI, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS,
  • Dual SIM Dual Standby (Nano SIM Slots x 1 + Nano SIM Slots x 1 + Micro-SD Card Slot x 1 )
  • 2G: GSM B2/3/5/8     
  • 3G: WCDMA B1/2/4/5/8
  • 4G: FDD LTE B1/2/3/4/5/7/8/20/28;TD LTE  B38/B40/41(2535-2655MHz);

Redmi 9C has a 13MP AI Rear Camera – 6.53″ HD+ DotDrop Display – 5000mAh High-Capacity Battery – Powerful Helio G35 Processor

13MP AI Camera Make memories last with the 13MP AI camera, capturing your favorite moments in vivid color.

AI Beautify Selfie Camera capture the full extent of your beauty. Palm shutter takes selfies with friends by holding up your palm.

Immersive 6.53″ HD+ display the large display allows you to fully immerse yourself in the virtual world.

Low blue light for a comfortable viewing experience with blue light protection certification, your eyes will be at ease even after spending long hours on your phone.

Massive 5000mAh Battery, Long-lasting battery life. More power for your enjoyment. The MediaTek Helio G35 processor provides reliable performance, ensuring a lag-free experience. The Hyper Engine game technology offers a more fluid and responsive gaming experience, with reliable connections and true-to-life visuals.

Convenient Unlocking uses the fingerprint sensor in the back or has the phone unlock upon recognizing your face with AI Face Unlock.

5. Oppo A31

Best budget phone in Kenya 2021

The Oppo A31 is currently retailing at  15,999/=


  • Single SIM
  • Display size: 6.5 inches AMOLED capacitive
  • Memory: 4GB RAM, 64GB ROM
  • Rear Camera: 12MP + 2MP + 2MP
  • Front: 8MP
  • CPU: Octa-Core Processor
  • OS: ColorOS 6.1, based on Android 9
  • 4230mAh Battery

Oppo A31 features 4GB RAM, 64GB internal memory expandable up to 256GB, Single SIM (nano) (4G), ColorOS 6.1 operating system based on Android Pie v9.0 with 2.3GHz Mediatek P35 Octa-core processor, IMG GE8320 GPU. 4230 mAH lithium-polymer battery providing talk-time of 45 hours and standby time of 450 hours.

Immersive Viewing Experience

6.5-inch Waterdrop Eye Protection Screen

The newly designed Nano-Waterdrop Notch of OPPO A31 is 31.4% smaller than before. The result is a larger screen that makes playing games and watching videos more immersive than ever. Plus, OPPO A31 filters out harmful blue light to prevent eye fatigue, protecting your vision for all-day enjoyment.

A Camera for Every Occasion: 12MP Triple Rear Camera

OPPO A31’s three lenses inspire you to capture images in more ways than ever before. A 12MP main camera lets you focus clearly on the big picture, while a macro lens lets you zoom in on even the tiniest details. Plus, the depth camera helps create more stunning portraits.

Dazzle Color Mode

OPPO A31’s pixel-mapping color algorithm helps bring out the color in photos. In Dazzle Color Mode, not only do flowers look more appealing through enhanced colors, but your world in photos is too more colorful than ever.

Beautiful Selfies: 8MP Front AI Beautification Camera

Say hello to more natural, beautiful selfies. OPPO A31’s 8MP Front AI Beautification Camera automatically identifies age and gender to create more customized and natural selfies with more refined and beautiful skin.

Smooth Performance: Octa-Core Processor

Featuring a 2.3GHz Octa-Core Processor, OPPO A31 not only runs smoothly during games and video playback but also requires lower power consumption.

All-Day Big Battery: 4230mAh Battery

With a big 4230mAh battery, watch videos, play games, and listen to music all day long. You can watch HD videos online for up to 14 hours, or play games for up to 7 hours worry-free.

6. Vivo Y1s

Best budget smartphone in Kenya - Vivo Y1s

Vivo Y1s best price in Kenya is Ksh. 10,599


  • Display: 6.22″ HD+ IPS Screen
  • Memory: 32GB, 2GB RAM
  • CPU: Quad-Core Processor 2.3GHz
  • Camera:13Mp Rear Camera, 5MP Front Camera
  • Face Unlock
  • Battery: 4030mAh

The Vivo Y1s smartphone features a 6.22-inch HD+ display with the famous waterdrop notch, 13MP rear camera, and a 5MP selfie camera. It runs on a MediaTek Helio P35 chipset with 2GB of RAM, 32GB storage, Android 10, and Funtouch OS v10 software. 4G LTE connectivity, Dirac-tuned audio, and 32GB of expandable storage. A 4,030mAh battery powers Vivo Y1s.

The Vivo Y1s runs Funtouch OS v10 based on Android 10 and packs 32GB of inbuilt storage  (expandable up to 256GB). The phone is a dual-SIM (GSM and GSM) that accepts Nano-SIM cards. It measures 155.11 x 75.09 x 8.28mm (height x width x thickness) and weighs 161.00 grams. It was launched in Black and Blue colors.

7. itel S16

Budget smartphones in Kenya 2021



  • 6.5-inch, IPS LCD Capacitive Touch Screen, 1600 X 720 Pixels
  • Android 10 (Go edition)
  • 1GB RAM
  • Quad-core Spreadtrum Unisoc SC7731E Processor
  • 16GB built-in storage, with SD-Card, Support up to 32GB
  • 8MP + 2MP + Depth Triple Rear Cameras
  • 16MP Front camera
  • Fingerprint sensor (Rear Mounted)
  • 4000mAh non-removable Li-ion Battery

Itel S16 is retailing at 8,100/=

iTel S16 comes equipped with the latest Android 10 on the iTel S-series. It has a full-view screen display of 6.5-inches with a resolution of 480 x 960 pixels and a dewdrop notch, housing the selfie camera.

The S16 is powered by a 1.3GHz Quad-core Spreadtrum SC7731E along with ARM Mali T820 MP1. It has 1GB RAM and 16GB of internal storage, expandable up to 64 GB via microSD card.

At the back, the device comes with triple camera sensors (8 MP Main snapper, 2MP depth, and a third AI sensor) the front has an 8-megapixel selfie lens.

The itel S16 has a rear fingerprint scanner, supports a 3G dual sim, and a massive 4000mAh battery.


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