Getting a budget device is always challenging as one needs to be careful so you can buy a device that gives you the best value for money.
There are many smartphones out there, and with OEMs churning out different devices daily the list is endless.
But what happens when you need a budget device as you can’t afford the top brands like the Samsung Galaxy, OnePlus and Huawei Mate series?
To save you from stress, I have rounded up some of the best Android devices below N45, 000 (on Jumia or retail outlets) that will give you the best performance and satisfaction:
PS: For none techies, while considering the device specifications, it is good to consider the processor, its cores (octa-core is better than quad-core) and also the clock speed. Then consider the RAM as these things determine how fast your device will respond.
NOTE: Some devices on this list are below N45000 while others are only available on discount; thus they may be sold out quickly. All prices are correct as at when written.
Also, devices that use Android 7 and below are not included (except they can be upgraded)
Here Are The Best Android Phones Below N45,000 in 2021
Huawei Y6 Prime 2019
The Huawei Y6 Prime 2019 lives up to its reputation in this category as the stunning device come with some excellent specifications that many people will love.
The Huawei Y6 Prime uses the waterdrop notch and a narrow bottom chin to achieve a 6-inch display with a 720 x 1560 pixel resolution and 19.5:9 aspect ratio. The 4G device is protected with front glass. For the camera, there is a single 8MP selfie camera and also a 13 MP rear module.
A MediaTek Helio A22 with Quad-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53 chips control processes and is supported by PowerVR GE8320 GPU and 2 GB RAM. There is also a 32 GB storage space expandable to 512 GB via micro SD.
The phone runs Android 9.0 Pie under EMUI skin and has a 3020 mAh battery. The phone is priced around N44,000.
Nokia 5.1 (Nokia x5)
Nokia 5.1 plus also known as the Nokia X5 also fits well into this category as the phone giant 5.86-inch display with 3 GB RAM variant device is also below N45000. The 4G device has an IPS LCD screen with 1520 x 720-pixel resolution.
With durable glass protection on both sides of the phone, the device uses Mediatek Helio P60 Octacore processor clocked at 2.0 GHz. As stated above, there is 3 GB R of RAM space and also 32 Gb storage available.
There is also memory card support up to 400 GB. For camera modules, you get a 13 MP + 5 MP dual rear camera and also an 8MP front shooter. USB Type C is available too on the 3060mAh battery device. The Phone runs Android 8.1, and it is upgradeable to Android 9.0 Pie. The phone is priced around N45,000.
Lenovo A5 is a 4G enabled device with decent specifications although the screen size may put some people off, it is still worth buying. The 5.45-inch device uses an IPS LCD screen with 720 x 1440 pixels. There is a single 13 MP rear camera module with a flashlight and also an 8 MP selfie camera.
You also get MediaTek MT6739 quad-core chip clocked at 1.5GHz alongside 3 GB of RAM space. For storage, there is 16 GB space.
A 4000 mAh battery supplies power while the device’s Android 8.0 Oreo OS under the ZUI 9 skin is upgradeable. The phone is priced around N31,000.
Umidigi One smartphone is one of the best iPhone clones in the market with nice specifications that will thrill you under this segment. The 4G device uses the notch display and very thin chin to achieve an also edge to edge design.
The front notch houses the selfie camera and the back of the phone has a dual camera cutout. The fingerprint sensor is located at the side of the phone.
The 5.9-inch HD+ display has a 1520 x 720 resolution with a 19:9 aspect ratio. For the internal modules, there is a 16 MP selfie camera, and the rear camera modules are 12MP + 5MP modules assisted by a flashlight.
There is an Helio P23 SoC on board octa-core chips clocked at 2.0 GHz. For graphics, there is ARM mali G71 MP2 clocked at 700 MHz. Should you choose to go or this device, you will get 4 GB of RAM space and 32 GB of storage space expandable to 256 GB via external storage card.
A 3550 mAh battery with fast charging provides power and the software onboard is Android 8.1 Oreo upgradeable to Android 9. There is also Wireless charging and NFC support. The phone is priced around N43,900.
The Ulefone X is another beautiful iPhone clone that comes with Glass Sandwich Design (there is a protective glass on both front and back).
Like in most notched devices, the notch houses the selfie camera module amongst other sensors in the Ulefone X.
There is a fingerprint module at the back and also a dual camera set up. The 4G device has a 5.85-inch display with 18.9:9 aspect ratio and 1512 x 720 resolution.
The camera modules are also quite nice as the selfie camera module is 8 MP while the dual rear camera is 13MP + 5MP Sony IMX modules with LED flash.
For hardware components, the Ulefone X has a MediaTek Helio P23 octa-core chipset clocked at 2.) Ghz. For graphics, there is ARM mali G71 MP2 clocked at 700 MHz.
In the memory segment, there is 4GB of RAM space and also 64 GB storage space expandable to 256 GB using micro SD. In the battery segment, there is 3300 mAH battery with Qi Wireless Charging.
The phone runs on Android 8.1 with OS updates. The phone is priced around N41,000.
Xiaomi Redmi 6
The Redmi series happens to be Xiaomi’s series targetting the budget device market, and the Redmi 6 is one of the cheapest Xiaomi devices around. While the device may not sport an ultra modern design due to the absence of notches or bezels, it still packs some nice specs.
The 4G enabled device has a polycarbonate body common among budget smartphones and also a dual camera cut out at the bank, next to the fingerprint sensor.
The display is 5.45 inch with 720×1440 resolution, and 18:9 aspect ratio. A single 5 MP front facing camera module is in charge of selfie shots while a dual 12MP + 5MP camera module sits at the back.
MediaTek Helio P22 octa-core processor clocked at 2.0GHz is in charge of phone affairs, alongside a PowerVR GE8320 graphical processing unit. 3 GM of RAM space manages application multitasking while storage space is 32 GB.
A 3000mAh battery provides power while Android 8.1 Oreo under MIUI 9 skin is the software. Though a planned OS upgrade to Android 9.0 Pie has been cancelled, the device will still receive MIUI updates up to MIUI 11. The phone is priced around N40,000.
Xiaomi Redmi 6A
Following the Redmi 6 is the Redmi 6A. The 4G device also maintains same display size, and body design as the Redmi 6 though with a single rear camera and a few internal changes.
The Redmi 6A uses a 5MP selfie camera module and a single 13MP rear camera module. Though it has same OS (Android 8.1 Oreo under MIUI 9) as the Remi 6, the processor differs. The Redmi 6A uses quadcore MediaTek Helio A22 chips clocked at 2.0 GHz and PowerVR Rogue GE8300 graphical processing unit.
Another change happens to be in available RAM space. The Redmi 6A has 2 GB of RAm space paired with a 16 GB storage space. It also has 3000mAh battery but lacks a fingerprint sensor, relying on Face Unlock instead for security.
PS the Redmi 6A does not have a 32GB version, you can confirm the information on their official site here . The phone is priced around N34,000.
Infinix Smart 3 Plus
The Infinix Smart 3 Plus is the latest addition to the Infinix family. The device has a modern display as it comes with a teardrop notch and triple camera setup. It is the second Infinix phone to come with a triple camera setup. The device display is 6.2 inch and also has a 19:9 aspect ratio.
The rear camera consists of 16 MP, 2 MP and QVGA lenses all AI assisted. You also get an 8 MP selfie camera. This is coupled with the Helio P22 Quad-core processor clocked at 2GHz and 2 GB or 3 GB of RAM Space and 32 GB storage space. The phone is priced around N43,000.
Umidigi S2 Lite
The Umidigi S2 lite has the best battery and probably the highest RAM space in this list. The 4G device looks like a Samsung clone with the edge to edge curved display. The rear camera, flash and fingerprint are arranged vertically on the device.
The 6.0-inch device uses an IPS LCD touchscreen with 1440 x 720 resolution which is common among devices in this category. The screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4
The 5 Mp front camera is decent while the 16MP + 0.3 rear camera modules should also provide good photography. The device uses the MediaTek 6750T octa-core SoC with frequency at 1.5GHz and assisted by ARM Mali-t860 MP2 GPU clocked at 650MHz.
The Umidigi S2 Lite also has 4 GB of RAM space and 32 GB of storage space expandable to 256 GB using a memory card. A 5100 mAh battery with Pump express fast charge technology provides power, and the phone runs Android 8.0 Oreo upgradeable to 8.1 and 9. The phone is priced around N45,000 on discount.
Another 4G enabled device that made it to this list is the Lenovo K5. The device has slim bezels, 5.7-inch display and a dual rear camera cutout. Though this device ought not to make this list considering its OS is Android 7 Nougat, but here it is since it has OS updates
The Lenovo K5 uses IPS LCD capacitative screen and 720 x 1440 pixels. With a 5.7 inch display, the aspect ratio is 18:9. There is a single 8MP selfie camera module and a 13 MP + 5 MP dual rear camera modules.
In the hardware department, there is the MediaTek MT6750V/CB octa-core SoC clocked at 1.5GHz. It also comes with 3 GB of RAM space and 32 GB storage space.
There is a 3000 mAh battery to provide juice, and as stated earlier, it runs on Android 7.1 off the box. The phone is priced around N35,000.
Infinix Hot 7
The Infinix Hot 7 happens to be the successor of the Infinix Hot 6. The notched device and comes in either 1GB RAM / 16GB version or 2 GB RAM / 32 GB ROM version. There is Mediatek MT6580 quadcore processor on board with speed at 1.3 GHz.
Both devices have a 6.2-inch display, Run android Oreo 8.1 and have 13 MP rear camera and 8 MP selfie camera. The phone is priced around N33,000 – N38000.
Umidigi A3 happens to be a budget phone that can compete with other budgets devices when it comes to specifications and also, it is much cheaper than the Infinix devices. Ever since their deal with Jumia to supply Nigerians phones, their products are steadily gaining attention.
The A3 delivers triple slot (two slots for sim and one slot for an external card). The 5.5-inch device also comes with 12 MP + 5 MP rear camera and 8 MP selfie camera. You get the MediaTek MT6739 quad-core chipset with 1.5 GHz clock speed.
Fair enough for a budget device but also strong enough to allow dual 4G VoLTE connectivity. The PowerVR GE8100 clocked at 570 MHz handles graphics.
There is also 2 GB RAM space and 16 GB storage space and 3300 mAh battery. The phone is priced around N25,000.
Umidigi A3 Pro
Umidigi A3 pro offers just a little more than the A3, but I would prefer this device over the A3 anytime. While it maintains the same dimension and weight as the A3, it offers more RAM space, display and storage space.
For Display, you get a 5.7 notched screen, then 3 GB RAM and 32 GB ROM. The camera remains the same as the A3. The phone is priced around N33,000.
Tecno Spark 3
Tecno Spark 3 is nice youth-focused series of Tecno Mobility, and it comes with a 6.2 inch notched screen with a 720 x 1520 resolution.
That also delivers a 19:9 aspect ratio. In terms of hardware, you get a quad-core MediaTek MT6580 processor, I GB RAM, 16 GB storage. There is also a 13 MP rear Camera lens and 8MP selfie shooter. It runs on Android 8.1 Oreo (Go Edition). The phone is priced around N33,000.
Itel P33 is one of the latest additions to Itel Power series. In terms of what it offers, there is a 5.5-inch display screen, with 18:9 aspect ratio.
The dual rear camera combination at the back of the Itel P33 Comprises of a main 8MP shooter with an f/2.2 aperture and a secondary 5MP sensor. It is equipped with an LED flash for low light shots and can shoot 1080p videos at 30fps.
The front-facing unit is a single 5MP shooter with an f/2.0 aperture, AI Face recognition and can also shoot 1080p videos at 30fps. 1 GB of RAM space, 16 GB storage space and a 4000 mAh battery.
The processor is the MediaTek MT6580 SoC which is a Quad-core chipset clocked at 1.3GHz paired with a Mali 400 MP2 GPU The phone is priced around N24,000.
Itel P33 Plus
The Itel P33 Plus rivals its Transsion brothers (Infinix Hot 7 (1 GB version) and Tecno Spark 3) when it comes to specifications and offers more power for a lesser price. In the display sector, there is a 6.0-inch display and with 18:9 aspect ratio.
Inside the Itel P33 Plus is the same MediaTek MT6580 SoC on the Itel P33 which is a Quad-core chipset clocked at 1.3GHz paired with a Mali 400 MP2 GPU. This is hooked up to the 1GB of RAM which runs the Android 8.1 Oreo Go Edition covered with Itel’s UI.
The 16GB of storage available on this device can be expanded up to 32GB via the onboard microSD slot. It has a 5000 mAh battery. The phone is priced around N27,000.
Tecno Pouvior 2 (LA7)
The Tecno Pouvior happens to be the power series of Tecno Mobiles, and this phone has a 5000 mAh battery. The Tecno Pouvoir 2 AKA Tecno LA7 has a polycarbonate body with reduced bezels giving it a 6 Inch display size with 1440 x 720-pixel resolution. There is also a single looking front camera and a single rear camera.
The front camera has an 8MP module with soft flash while the rear camera module is 13 MP with LED flash. There is a quad-core Cortex A73 MediaTek MT6737 processor onboard clocked at 1.3 GHz with Mali-T720 MP1 GPU. There is also 2 GB of RAM space and also 16 GB onboard storage on the 4G device.
A 5000 mAh battery provides power while the phone runs on Android OS 8.1 Oreo. The phone is priced around N40,000.
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