17 Cheapest Android Phones That Will Meet Your Expectations Beyond 2018

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Android mobile phones are the best selling phones in the global market now, the most used mobile operating system virtually in all countries including India, China, Nigeria and South Africa.

According to this report, It has the largest installed base now. Also, StatCounter reports that android smartphones have become the most popular in the world.

Arguably, this is due to its flexibility and the endless opportunities the platform allows for the developers, being open source.

 

I subscribed to the fact that there should be a level playing field for everyone to display their potentials.

And this has a positive impact in its market share worldwide and has been responsible for its speedy growth from 2007 when it was launched down to 2018.

Common questions like; what is the best android phone you can buy around #50,000 or best cheap android phone you can get at that range and invariably, the best budget android phone need to be addressed.

Similarly, if you’re interested in the best cheap android phones, then your research stops right here.

This post will walk you through our list of top 17 best budget android smartphones in 2018 that will give you value for your money.

 

Undoubtedly, Android has become the go-to platform when it comes to browsing the internet and basic smartphone functions while you’re mindful of your budget.

However, you may argue that android closest rival- iOS is preferred in some ways since its main software is not open to the public which has seriously reduced our vulnerability to the breach of privacy and security of user data.

But you can’t at the same time underestimate Android security with the steps that Google is taking lately to ensure standards is not compromised amongst developers.

 

Read a comprehensive comparison between android and iOS. That’s by the way.

 

Some of the devices here may slightly cost #50,000 or more while others will sell far below #50,000. If you’re targeting a slimmer budget, check our list of cheapest android phones.

 

But if you have a fat budget, then,  you may prefer this premium smartphone, Samsung.

 

Without further Ado, let’s begin to take the devices one after the other and give details of the specs.

It is important to stress that android requires a lot of hardware resources to enhance performance. So, there are some important features you need to put in mind if you’re buying one.

Both the RAM and ROM are important requirements, the RAM determines the speed of the phone while the ROM is the internal memory of your phone which decides how many images, audio & video files your phone would accommodate before it is exhausted. So, the bigger the size, the better.

 

If your phone has a lower RAM capacity, It is usually annoying especially when you try to browse the internet while you want to keep some other apps running.

At the same time, if the internal memory of your phone is too low, chances are you won’t enjoy the phone, you know why? The reason is not far fetched;

you can only install a few applications because the phone will often prompt you to free your phone memory and that could be very annoying.

Thanks to the luxury brand; the likes of samsung, sony, motorola and the affable Chinese brands, the likes of Infinix, Tecno, Injoo and a host of others competing for the top seat in the mobile phone markets in Nigeria, Ghana, India and several other countries.

Below is our list of android phones you can buy with #50,000 or thereabouts.

1. Samsung Galaxy J2 (#33,000 – #36,000)

 

This premium brand was released in October 2018. If you can afford to buy this device, you can be rest assured of quality, provided that battery is not your ultimate priority that you’re buying a quality smartphone. It comes with a 5-inch QHD touchscreen with a resolution of 540 × 960 pixels.

It boasts a RAM of 1GB and 8GB ROM, plus an expandable memory up to 256 GB. It is powered with a 1.4GHz Exynos Quad-core processor. Galaxy J2 core 5” is preloaded with Android 8.1 Oreo. The back camera has a capacity of 8MP and a selfie camera of 5MP.

Price of samsung galaxy J2 price is around #33,000 to #36, 000.

 

Samsung Galaxy J2 key features

• Display: 5.0-inch QHD touchscreen

• Colour: Lavender, Black, Purple

• Camera: 8MP back camera / 5MP front camera

• Memory: 1GB, 8GB ROM, 16GB memory card

• Android Version: 8.1 Oreo (Go edition)

• Processor: 1.4 GHz Exynos Quad-core (Cortex A53)

• Battery: Li-Ion 2600mAh battery

 

 

 

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2. Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime plus

 

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Galaxy grand prime plus was first spotted in 2015 following the launch of the galaxy brand in 2014.
Galaxy grand prime plus otherwise known as Samsung galaxy J2 prime runs the marshmallow (6.0) version of Android.

 

The 1.5GB is a RAM to behold and the processor capacity of 1.4GHz is one of the key features you’ll adore and It has got a download speed of up to 150 Mbps.

This premium product has a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels and has a 5.0 -inch QHD display with support for 4G LTE network connectivity. It will also interest you to know that both cameras have LED flash if you value your phone cameras so much.

Unfortunately, you’ll have to remove the second SIM to load your memory card.
Samsung galaxy grand prime plus is available in Nigeria and the price ranges between #36,000 to #40,000

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Display: 5.0-inch QHD touchscreen

• Colour: Black, Gold & Silver.

• Camera: 8MP back camera / 5MP front camera

• Memory: 1.5GB, 8GB ROM, up to 64GB

• Android Version: 6.0

• Processor: 1.4 GHz Exynos Quad-core (Cortex-A53)

• Battery: Li-Ion 2600mAh battery

 

 

 

 

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Best Cheapest Android phones in the infinix category:

Infinix is becoming more popular as Nigerians and other Africans keep embracing the brand. This Hongkong based company has been meeting the expectations of many mobile phone users owing to the affordability of its products. 

Let’s look at some of the best budget infinix phones in this category:

 

3. Infinix Hot 6

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Infinix hot 6 is one of the best cheapest smartphones in this category, a very recent one there in the production line of infinix Hot.

It succeeded the likes of hot3, hot 4, and the more recent hot5. The Infinix hot 6 boasts a 6.0-inch HD infinity display, thanks to the 18:9 aspect ratio which leaves you with a bigger screen without necessarily increasing the phone size.

 

Here you have a camera experience with 12MP & 2MP at the rear and an 8MP front camera with a resolution of 1440 x 720 pixels.

It comes with 1.3GHz quad-core processor and 1GB RAM – 18 GB internal memory. Infinix hot 6 runs the infinix XOS version 3.3 based on Android 8.1 Oreo (Go edition). The 4G LTE support is a key feature that gives a fast download experience.

The smartphone sports a face and fingerprint as smart keys for double security.

It is noteworthy that a more sophisticated infinix hot 6 pro exists. It rather comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 quad-core with a 2GB RAM and 32GB internal memory.

As regards the battery, Infinix promises a quick charge with a low voltage but high efficiency.

Infinix hot 6 is available in Nigeria and you can buy starting from #36, 700. That variant hot-6 pro is sold around #46,500 on major online stores in Nigeria.

 

• Display: 6.0-inch HD touchscreen

• Colour: Black, Blue, Red, Gold

• Camera: 12MP/2MP back camera & 8MP front camera

• Memory: 2GB RAM, 16/32GB ROM, up to 128GB memory card

• Android Version: 8.1 Oreo (XOS Hummingbird 3.3)

• Processor: 1.3 GHz Exynos Quad-core (Cortex A53)

• Battery: 4000mAh Non-removable Li-Po battery

 

4. Infinix hot 5 (X559c)

 

Infinix hot 5 succeeded infinix hot 4 with a colourful design. This smartphone comes with a huge display of 5.5-inch for you to experience a more convenient mobile viewing. It has a Quad-core processor clocked at a speed of 1.3GHz.

 

Hot 5 boasts a primary memory of 2GB RAM, 16GB ROM and an expandable storage up to 32GB. It runs an exclusive customized XOS 2.2 version based on Android 7 Nougat as its operating system.

 

This customized XOS will help you personalize your mobile experience and as well decrease your power consumption. Thanks to the 4000mAh battery packed with the smartphone which gives you a better assurance of power.

 

This device has got a smart fingerprint which eliminates complicated passwords and provides secure ID access in less than a second. It is proudly equipped with a 5MP front camera and a rear camera of 8MP.

Price of Infinix hot 5 starts at #38,000 and is available on major online stores in Nigeria.

 

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Infinix Hot 5 (X559c) Specs and Key features

 

Display: 5.5-inch HD touchscreen

• Colour: Black, white, gold, Red, and Green

• Camera: 8MP back camera & 5MP front camera

• Memory: 2GB RAM, 16GB ROM, up to 32GB memory card

• Android Version: XOS 2.2 based on Android 7 N

• Processor: 1.3GHz Quad-core

• Battery: 4000mAh Non-removable Li-Po battery

 

5.  Infinix Smart 2 (X5514D) Specs and Key

features

 

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Display: 5.5-inch HD+ ( 1440 x 720 pixels)

• Colour: Blue, Red
• Camera: 13MP back camera & 8MP front camera

• Memory: 1GB RAM, 16GB ROM, up to 128GB memory card

• Android Version: 8.1 Oreo

• Processor: 1.5GHz Quad-core

• Battery: 3050mAh

 

 

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Infinix smart 2 is available on online stores in Nigeria starting around #31,500.

Infinix smart pro comes with a 2GB RAM, 4G LTE among other features and the price goes for about #41,400 depending on where you’re buying your smartphone.

6. Infinix note 4 (X572)

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Infinix mobility is crafting a great with the infinix notes. Infinix note 4 was launched in 2017 of the NEXT GEN WIRELESS production line.

It has a huge display of 5.7-inch with a RAM of 2GB and a ROM of 16GB. The cameras are handsomely built with 13MP back camera and a front camera of 8MP.

It gives support for 4G LTE network and equipped with a processor of 1.3GHz Octa-core. The 4300mAh non-removable battery has a fast charging feature.

The infinix note is available in Nigeria at famous online stores ranging from #48,000 to #70,000 depending on your location and when you’re buying.

 

It has a fingerprint scanner in the front for a more secure ID access. Infinix note 4 pro might just be your best bet if you would prefer a 3GB RAM and a 32GB ROM.

The price of infinix note 4 pro starts from #69,500 to #80,000

 

 

Infinix note 4 (X572)

 

• Display: 5.7-inch IPS LCD (1080 x 1920 pixels)

• Colour: Champagne, Gold

• Camera: 13MP back camera & 8MP front camera

• Memory: 2GB RAM, 16GB ROM

• Android Version: 7.0 Nougat

• Processor: 1.3GHz Octa-core

• Battery: 4300mAh

 

 

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7. TECNO SPARK 7

 

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TECNO launched its first smartphone, T1 in 2012 and since then the Hongkong based company has been a key player in the African mobile market including Ghana and Nigeria.

You see, Tecno may not be everybody’s choice but the Chinese company volume sales rose to No 1 in major African markets in 2015.

I also joined many other fans to applaud the Tecno spark 2, a real stunner new device in the SPARK series.

I see the phone as an entry level phone, yet fully packed with amazing specs. Yes! users have got a great review about the device.

 

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Specs and Key features

 

Display: 6.0-inch IPS LCD

• 4G LTE: Yes

• Colour:

• Camera: 13MP back camera & 8MP front camera

• Memory: 1GB RAM, 16GB ROM

• Android Version: 8.1 (Go edition)

• Processor: 1.3GHz Octa-core

• Battery: 4300mAh

 

Price of Tecno spark 2 ranges from #34,450 to #36,000 on major online stores in Nigeria.

 

8.  Tecno F1

Tecno F1 is one device in this list that is ridiculously cheap, the first Android 8.0 (Go edition) launched by the popular Chinese brand.

However, Tecno f1 sports a 512MB which is a very basic RAM requirement for android devices now.

Nonetheless, the fact that this device is an entry-level phone at an affordable price makes it fit for this list of cheap android devices.

 

 

 

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• Display: 5.0-inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen (854 x 480 pixels)

• 4G LTE: No

• Colour: Gold, Black, blue

• Camera: 5MP back camera & 2MP front camera

• Memory: 512MB RAM, 8GB ROM

• Android Version: 8.1 (Go edition)

• Processor: Quad-core

• Battery: 2000mAh

 

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Price of Tecno F1 is around #19,300 to 25, 000 in Nigeria Online stores.

 

9.   Tecno F3 Pro

Tecno F3 pro comes from the production line of Foster Comm with a plastic design

 

• Display: 5.5-inch FW VGA IPS capacitive touchscreen( 960 x 480 pixels)

• 4G LTE: No

• Colour: Champagne gold,

• Camera: 13MP back camera & 5MP front camera

• Memory: 1GB RAM, 16GB ROM (expandable up to 32GB)

• Android Version: 7 Nougat

• Processor: 1.3GHz MediaTek

• Battery: 2400mAh removable Li-Ion battery

 

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Price of tecno f3 pro is about #29,400 in Nigeria.

 

10.  Tecno Pouvoir 2 (LA7) specs and key features

 

• Display: 6.0-inch HD

• Production line: 3c Hub

• 4G LTE:

• Colour: Midnight Black,

• Camera: 13MP back camera & 8MP front camera

• Memory: 2GB RAM, 16GB ROM

• Android Version: 8.1 (Go edition)

• Processor: 1.3GHz Quad-core

• Battery: 5000mAh

 

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Price of Tecno pouvoir 2 is about #43,200 in Nigeria depending on your location.

11.   Tecno F3 (POP 1) Specs and Price

 

• Display: 5.7-inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen (960 x 480 pixels).

• Production line: 3c Hub

• 4G LTE:

• Colour: Midnight Black, blue, gold, Red

• Camera: 5MP back camera & 5MP front camera

• Memory: 1GB RAM, 8GB ROM

• Android Version: 8.0

• Processor: 1.3GHz Quad-core MediaTek MT658OA

• Battery: 2400mAh

 

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Tecno F3(POP 1) is available at famous online stores in Nigeria, starting at #24,000 to 37,000 depending on your location.

Alas! The phone prompts low storage after some time, which many users complain about.
Solutions to memory frequently getting low is to free memory. You may do one of the followings to reduce the effect of this problem;

 

  • close applications you’re not using frequently.
  • Only install applications that are of utmost importance.
  • Add secondary storage and move applications that are movable to the memory card.

 

12.   Tecno Camon CX

 

• Display: 5.5-inch

• 4G LTE: Yes

• Colour: Gray

• Camera: 16MP back camera with ring flash & 16MP front camera with dual flash

• Memory: 2GB RAM, 16GB ROM

• Android Version: 7.0

• Processor: 1.3GHz Quad-core

 

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Check Price of Tecno camon cx and camon CX air with full details.

13.   Tecno Spark K7

 

Tecno spark k7 is an entry-level smartphone launched in August 2017. It is one of the spark series with a wide 5-inch screen.

It comes with a 1GB RAM with 16GB ROM and the memory is expandable up to 32GB.

 

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The phone sports a fingerprint located at the back for you to easily access the phone. 

 

  • Display: 5.5-inch HD (1280 x 720 pixels
  • SIM: Dual (micro) sim
  • 4G LTE: No
  • Colour: Gold, Champagne Gold, Red, blue, black
  • Camera: 13MP back camera & 5MP front camera
  • Memory: 1GB RAM, 16GB ROM
  • Android Version: 7.0 Nougat with HiOS 2.0
  •  Processor: 1.3GHz Quad-core CORTEX
  • Fingerprint: Yes

Battery: 3000mAh

 

Tecno spark k7 is available in Nigeria on major online stores starting from #33,000

 

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14.  Nokia 3 (#41,800)

 

 

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This is one of the first smartphones as Nokia returned to the mobile market. Nokia 3 was launched in 2017, It comes with a 5.0-inch display.

The phone runs on android Nougat 7 and powered by a quad-core processor.

Below are the key specs and price of Nokia 3.

 

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Nokia 3 Key specs and price

 

• Display: 5.0-inch HD (1280 x 720 pixels).

• 4G LTE: Yes

• Colour: Black, Tempered blue, silver, copper

• Camera: 8MP back camera & 8MP front camera

• Memory: 2GB RAM, 16GB ROM (expandable up to 128GB)

• Android Version: 7.1.1 Nougat with HiOS 2.0

• Processor: 1.3GHz Quad-core MediaTek MTK6737

• Fingerprint: Yes (front)

• Battery: 2650mAh Li-Ion Battery.

 

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Nokia 3 is available in Nigeria starting from #41,800 on online stores.

 

 

15.     Leagoo KIICA Power

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This is one of the cheapest and best budget smartphones in this category. It was launched in 2017 with high-end features, amongst which is the huge 4000mAh battery.

It sports a fingerprint scanner located at the back. The screen size comes with the usual 5.0-inch display having a resolution of 1920 x 720 pixels.

It will also interest you to know that Leagoo KIICAA is powered by a 2GB RAM and an inbuilt memory of 16GB ROM which is capable of running your apps smoothly to a reasonable extent.

Another hallmark for this budget phone is the dual rear camera featuring an 8MP and 5MP sensor combination with another 5MP camera for your selfies.

Below are the key specifications of Leagoo KIICAA;

Key specs and price

 

Display: 5.0-inch HD (1080 x 720 pixels).

• 4G LTE: No

• Colour: Black, gold

• Camera: 8MP back camera & 5MP front camera

• Memory: 2GB RAM, 16GB ROM (expandable up to 32GB)

• Android Version: 7.0 based Leagoo OS 3.0 Lite

• Processor: 1.3GHz Quad-core MediaTek MT6580A

• Fingerprint: Yes (back)

• Battery: 4000mAh Li-Po Battery.

 

Price of Leagoo KIICAA power is between #20,000 to #30,000, available in Nigeria on major online stores.

 

 

16.   Gionee P7

 

 

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Gionee p7 is added to our list of 20 best budget android phones in 2018 due to the positive reviews gathered so far. More so, it is heartwarming that it very much available in the mobile market. These among other things are criteria considered for smartphones that make-up this well -researched list.

Gionee P7 comes with a bold and beautiful 5.0 HD capacitive touchscreen. It features a sparkling design giving the body a radiant and glassy look. Impressively, it is comfortable to grip.

 

The phone is powered by a quad-core microprocessor clocked at 1.3Ghz, complemented by a 2GB RAM.
This means you have better chances to run more apps at the same time. In other words, you can multitask with your phone.

It sports a 16GB ROM which is expandable up to 128 GB. This allows you to save your multimedia files without hassles.

 

The 4G LTE that comes with the phone gives you support for speedy browsing and downloading on the internet.

However, it runs a friendly Amigo 3.2 based on android 6.0 marshmallow, meaning you’re just 2 versions away from the latest android 9 pie.

Gionee p7 Key Specs and Price

 

• Display: 5.0-inch HD (1280 x 720 pixels).

• 4G LTE: Yes

• Colour: White, Latte Gold, Gray

• Camera: 8MP back camera & 5MP front camera

• Memory: 2GB RAM, 16GB ROM (expandable up to 128GB)

• Android Version: Amigo 3.2 based on android 6.0 marshmallow.

• Processor: 1.3GHz Quad-core

• Fingerprint: No

• Battery: 3100mAh Li-Po Battery.

 

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Price of Gionee p7 is around #33000 on major online stores and it’s available in Nigeria.

 

17.    Gionee P5 Mini

 

This device was released to the mobile market in April 2016 by Gionee. It features a WVGS display of 4.5-inch and a resolution of 480 x 854 pixels (281ppi).

This is a portable device and looks smart in your hand. The rear camera comes with an autofocus LED flashlight and a 2MP for your selfies.

It has a 1.3GHz MediaTek MT6580M, Quad-core processor. Gionee P5 managed to enter our list of 17 best budget phones to buy in 2018 and beyond, due to its price and the positive reviews from users.

However, the 1800mAh battery is a major downside, which really does not cause for alarm if electricity supply is not really a problem in your area, likewise the android 5.0 lollipop, which is, of course, an old android version now.

Price of Gionee P5 mini is about #26,000 and available at the time of writing this piece.

 

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• Display: 4.5-inch WVGA (480 x 854 pixels).

• 4G LTE: No

• Colour: Black, white, blue

• Camera: 5MP back camera & 2MP front camera

• Memory: 1GB RAM, 8GB ROM (expandable up to 32GB)

• Android Version: 5.0

• Processor: 1.3GHz Quad-core MediaTek MT6580M

• Fingerprint: No

• Battery: 1800mAh Removable Li-Ion Battery.

 

 

 

There comes our list of 17 cheapest android phones you can buy in 2018 and beyond.

Therefore, I recommend that you buy an android smartphone that you will enjoy. Yes! I strongly advise that you buy a phone that comes with a minimum of 1GB of RAM, 8GB or 16GB of internal memory.

As regards the battery capacity, I usually look for a smartphone with a battery capacity of at least 3000mAh. Usually, the higher the battery rating, the better.

 

However, this may not be the case in every situation. So, you’re implored to be extra careful to ensure you’re buying a genuine smartphone at a reasonable amount.

 

It is now your turn,

which Android device do you think is missing in this list?

Kindly make use of the comment box to share your views with us. If you like the post, please share with friends.

 

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