Top Budget 4G Smartphones to Buy in Kenya

Superstitions aside, any sim card can work with any smartphone. A 2G/3G sim card can work in a 4G phone just as well as a 4G sim card can work in a 2G/3G or even GSM mobile. All the basic functions we need including messaging and calling will work like clockwork when you use your sim card interchangeably with your hand-held device.

However, if you are to benefit from 4G services, you definitely need these three things: a 4G hand-held device, 4G-sim card and 4G-network coverage.

Given that 4G smartphones are a trending fad, we all want to put our heart and soul into getting one of these smartphones. It doesn’t matter whether we can fathom the kind of power that lies in our hands when using one of these smartphones. We just want one.

We don’t care whether Safaricom (or your favorite ISP) has expanded the 4G service to all locations in the country. We are still enchanted by the hype and craze surrounding the potential of 4G enabled devices.

Must Read: Safaricom’s 4G/LTE Network – Do You Really Need it?

The fact that the 4G/LTE network standard is relatively new gives the impression that they are way above an ‘affordable’ price range. This isn’t necessarily true and we have the facts to prove it.

The following list contains 4G phones discussed according to common features discerning tech-savvy individuals would go for when shopping for a smartphone- and the kicker is, they are affordable.

Samsung Galaxy J1 Ace

Topping the list of the most affordable 4G smartphones in the market, we have Samsung Galaxy J1. Although a relatively new model – considering it was released in October 2015-, the device is still in a class of its own. The phone seems to have the sort of cliché Samsung phone semblance; but who can argue considering the incredible features the flagship included in the device.

View our complete review of the Samsung Galaxy J1 Ace here


  • 4.3-inch TFT touchscreen with a screen resolution of 480×480 pixels
  • 5 MP rear camera (with LED flash) and 2MP front camera
  • 2G/3G/4G network
  • 512 MB RAMAndroid OS, v4.4.4 (KitKat) /Dual-core processor with 1.2 GHz
  • Android OS, v4.4.4 (KitKat) /Dual-core processor with 1.2 GHz4GB internal memory (has room for expandable memory)
  • 4GB internal memory (has room for expandable memory)1900 mAh battery
  • 1900 mAh batteryHas an affordable price of Ksh. 10,000.

Estimated Market Price: Ksh. 10,000. 

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InnJoo Fire Pro

Beyond its appearance, this device offers extensive features that will leave phone enthusiasts wanting a piece of it. InnJoo Fire Pro has a stylish and slim design and a wacky name- for those of us used to flagship phones-, which is completely stereotypic. However, due to its functionality, you can overlook the name brand and focus on what it has to offer.


  • 5.0-inch IPS touchscreen with a dimension of 720×1280 pixels
  • 8MP primary rear camera (with LED flash), autofocus feature and up to 3264×2448 pixels pictures. 5MP front camera2G/3G/4G network
  • 2G/3G/4G network 2GB RAM
  • 2GB RAMAndroid 5.1 lollipop
  • Android 5.1 lollipop16 GB internal memory (with expandable memory up to 32 GB)
  • 16 GB internal memory (with expandable memory up to 32 GB)2500 mAh Li-ion battery
  • 2500 mAh Li-ion battery

Estimated market price Ksh.12, 000

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Huawei Ascend Y550

Huawei is a brand fast gaining popularity in the country and its dedication to innovation and cost effective phones are probably some of the reasons for its accelerated growth and popularity in the market. Since its release in 2014, Huawei Y550 has been a buzz globally due to its cheap market price. The phone might not be a world-class product due to some of the basic hardware components it has. The truth is that its overall specifications definitely make it a must-have device.


  • 4.5-inches LCD touchscreen with a resolution of 480 x 854 pixels
  • 5 MP rear camera with LED Flash and 2MP front camera
  • 2G, 3G and 4G network
  • 1GB RAM
  • Android OS, v4.4.2 (KitKat)
  • 4GB internal memory

Estimated market price Ksh 10,000.


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You also can check out our detailed review of the Huawei Ascend Y550.


Tecno Camon C5

Another burgeoning phone company makes the list of the cheapest 4G phones in the country. Above everything, this model stands out because it is ‘a first’ from the manufacturer to offer 4G connectivity. Check out our comprehensive review of the Tecno Camon C5.


  • 5-inch HD, LCD touchscreen with a screen resolution of 1280 x 720
  • 8 MP rear camera (with LED Flash) and 2 MP front camera
  • 2G, 3G and 4G network
  • 1 GB RAM
  • Android 5.0 lollipop OS
  • 8GB Internal memory (with expandable memory)

Estimated market price Ksh 12,000. 

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Alcatel Onetouch Pop 2 (4)

Alcatel is probably what you might call a sleeping giant or maybe a flagship with a hidden market strategy. Although the brand has had numerous achievements in the past locally and abroad in offering quality, affordable and functional phones, we do not see a bevy of devices from the manufacturer in the market. However, if we have to work with what we have, then this phone is a worthwhile choice for customers.


  • 4-inches multi-touch touchscreen with a resolution of 480 x 800
  • 5 MP rear camera (with LED flash) and VGA camera
  • 2G, 3G and 4G network
  • 512 RAM
  • Android OS, v5
  • 8GB internal memory
  • Quad-core 1.2 GHz processor

Estimated market price Kshs. 8,899. 

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Lenovo A6000

With this phone, there are probably no limitations or sacrifices made to its features. You could question whether it is a high-end device is debatable, but it had to be on the list considering you can afford it if you exercise a little bit of patience.


  • 5.0-inch IPS touchscreen with a resolution of 720 x 128 pixels
  • 8 MP rear LED Flash camera and 2 MP front camera
  • 2G, 3G and 4G networks
  • Dual sim1 GB RAM
  • 1 GB RAM
  • Android OS, v4.4.4 (KitKat)
  • 8 Internal memory (mircoSD card slot up to 32 GB)
  • 2300 mAh Li-Po battery
  • 1.2 GHz quad-core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 MSM8916

Estimated market price Ksh 16, 499

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Tecno NGS 4G

The metal body is probably what appeals to me on this phone. The fact that we have numerous phones in the market with cheap plastic,- which does not offer adequate protection to your hand-held device,- you bet this device is a game changer. The phone is probably one of the unsung heroes of functional 4G smartphones since you are unlikely to find insightful content about it anywhere else on the web regardless of how meticulous you are with your search– for that, you can thank us for this informative read.


  • 5-inch touchscreen
  • 8 MP rear camera (with dual flash)
  • 3G and 4G networks
  • Android OS, v5
  • 8 GB Internal memory
  • 1.3 GHz Quad-core processor

Estimated market price Ksh 10,000

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LG C90 4G

Fans of the LG brand will be happy to know that after a long hiatus, the flagship brand is back with a bang with innovative phone models that suit all types of customers. The LG c90 4G is their response to the 4G smartphone craze.


  • 5-inch HD multi-touch screen
  • 8 MP rear camera (autofocus-AF and inbuilt LED flash) and 5MP front camera
  • 3G and 4G network
  • 1 GB RAM
  • Android OS, v5
  • 8 GB internal memory (with expandable space)
  • 1.3 GHz Quad-core processor
  • 2540 mAh battery

Estimated market price Ksh 19,199

4G connectivity and high-end features, for instance, Android updates, are no longer a premium phone thing.

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Honorary Mentions

Huawei Y6 Pro. Price: Ksh17,000. (View full Huawei Y6 Pro review here)


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