The Best Smartphones Below N40,000 ($115)
We are currently in a world of budget smartphones, especially in Africa. A budget of about N40,000 ($115) gets you into a sweet spot for acquiring a very good budget smartphone. As a matter of fact, most Naija guys search for what they can get within that range, thus making us here @mNaija put together a list of the best Android phones under 40,000 Naira.
Well, with this critical price tag, you can find some smartphones 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.
Without much ade, we are going to be exploring the best smartphones below the price tag of N40,000 in various categories – top performance, best battery life, best physical build, all-round value, and lastly a budget category.
Best Android Phones Below 40,000 Naira ($115)
1. Gionee S11 Lite (4GB,32GB)
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 Naira ($102)
2. UMIDIGI A3 Pro
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 equipped 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 Naira ($90).
3. Nokia 3.1 3GB/32GB
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: N30,000 to N32,500 / $85-$92.
4. TECNO Pouvoir 3 (LB7)
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 N40,000, this is it.
Price: N39,490 / $111.
5. Nokia 3.1 Plus 2GB/32GB
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.
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: N40,000 / $115.
6. Samsung Galaxy A10
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.
Price: N38,000 / $107.
7. TECNO Spark 3 Pro
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: N38,500.00 / $108.
8. Infinix Smart 3 Plus 2GB/32GB
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: N39,900.00 / $112.
9. Redmi 7A 2GB/32GB
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: N36,500 / $103.
The Best Android Phones Below 40,000 Naira ($115): Conclusion
There is a common thread that runs through all the smartphones highlighted, 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 N50,000 ($150) range and above.
And it is a wrap on our list of the best Android phones under 40,000 Naira.
Wish you happy shopping!