2020 is the year that the prices of mobile phones, smartphones, tabletsm, and accesories all went up. All the gains of the last few years in terms of lower costs are out the window. Smartphones witnessed as much as ₦10,000 price jump this year from last year’s prices. As such, if you are hunting for the cheapest 4G phones in 2020, prepare to spend more than what you would have spent if you went shopping last year.
Internet access has become a fundamental human need in 2020. And everyone deserves broadband Internet. While 3G phones are more affordable, 4G is a much more desirable mobile Internet technology. If you are on a budget and looking to spend the lowest possible on an LTE handset, we have compiled the authoritative list of the cheapest 4G phones
Authoritative list of the cheapest 4G phones in Nigeria
One thing that has stayed fairly the same is the brand names behind the cheapest 4G phones. For example, you won’t find an Apple iPhone on the list. You won’t find an OPPO. Certain brands are known for having a good grip on the entry-level market. These usual suspects are present here on this list.
Itel S16 Pro
itel Mobile has always championed affordable phones and is one of the brands that gives us some of the cheapest 4G phones around. The S16 Pro has a 6.5-inch display, Quad-core 1.8 GHz chipset, 32GB internal storage memory, 2GB RAM, an 13 MP triple camera at the back, and a 4000 mAh battery.
It is a 2020 model, runs Android 10 (Go Edition), and sells for ₦35,000.
Samsung Galaxy A3 Core
Samsung Galaxy A3 Core is a 2020 model and offers 4G LTE at the entry level. The deal includes a 5.3-inch display with 720×1480 pixels resolution, 1.5GHz quad-core Mediatek MT6739 processor, 1 GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory, 5MP selfie camera, 8 MP rear camera, and a 3,000mAh battery.
The selling price is ₦33,000.
Not to be outdone in a segment it has had a strong showing in, HMD Global has the Nokia C2 for us as one of the cheapest 4G Android phones in Nigeria. The C2 has a 5.7-inch display, 1GB RAM, 16GB ROM, quad-core CPU, 5MP selfie camera, 5MP rear camera, and a 2800mAh battery.
It was launched this year and costs ₦32,000 in stores around the country.
Smile VoLTE smartphone
This year, 4G-only network, Smile, launched a 4G smartphone with VoLTE capabilities. The Smile VoLTE smartphone is nothing fantastic in terms of specs and features. It runs Android 9 Pie, has a 5.45-inch display, 5MP front camera, 8MP back camera, 1.3 GHz Dual-core, 2GB RAM, 16GB ROM, and a 2950mAh battery.
We haven’t handled one, but we expect that one oof the two SIM slots is locked to Smile, while you can put any other SIM card in the other. The phone has the SmileVoice app pre-installed.
In addition, 30 days AlwaysON internet access, unlimited on-net calls, unlimited on-net SMS, 100 local call minutes, and 50 local SMSs, are bundled with the phone. All of these are included in the ₦35,000 you pay for the phone. You can pick one up from any Smile outlets around the country.
As you can see from the above list, while the prices of moile data in Nigeria have dropped, the price range of the cheapest 4G phones in Nigeria in 2020 have moved up from the ₦20,000 to ₦30,000 price bracket to the ₦30,000 to ₦40,000 bracket. A combination of the COVID-19 pandemic and Nigeria’s weak currency against other global currencies is responsible for this jump in prices.
To buy any of the above smartphones (apart from the Smile VoLTE phone), check your local retailer or online stores like Jumia, Konga, Slot, Pointek and others.
Disclaimer: We can not guarantee that the information on this page is 100% correct. All specifications are based on information made available by phone manufacturers. Always specify to the mobile phone retailer that you want a 4G smartphone and then look through the specs on the sales box or website product page before making your purchase.
- Follow @MobilityNigeria on Twitter to stay up-to-date when we publish new articles.
- Follow @MobilityNigeria on Instagram for fun stuff.