Best smartphones under 40000 Naira in Nigeria (1st Quarter 2021)

Best smartphones under 40000 Naira in Nigeria (1st Quarter 2021)

In smartphone shopping, it is usually the higher the price, the higher the quality most of the time, and that is why the likes of Apple iPhone 11, Huawei Mate-series and the Galaxy S20-series comes with hefty price tag. But the good news is even at 40,000 Naira, you can get a decent smartphone for your day to day usage. In fact, the entry-level smartphone market is too crowded lately, and tasking even, to pick the best for your money out of the bunch.

best phones under 40000 in nigeria

Luckily for you, in this article, we are putting together best ten (10) smartphone you can buy around the 40k mark, and the post will be updated at the beginning of every quarter. Let get started shall we? Our point of focus will be:

  1. Display
  2. Camera
  3. Storage
  4. RAM
  5. CPU
  6. OS
  7. Battery

Best Smartphones under N40,000 in Nigeria (Updated 1st Quarter 2021)

UPDATE: This article has been update. Due to price fluctuations and fierce competitions, some smartphones on the previous list has been knocked out, and new ones added.

Xiaomi Redmi 9A

The Redmi 9A is the first smartphone I’m recommending for anyone hunting for a phone around the 40,000 Naira mark. The reason is because the 9A offers the best value for money in the list. Mostly important, you can be sure that you are getting best Android experience on a heavily themed OS, with a possible future Android update.

Xiaomi Redmi 9i specifications features and price

Key specs of Xiaomi Redmi 9A

  • Display: 6.53-inch 720 x 1600 pixels HD+ display
  • Camera: 13 MP Main/ 5 MP front
  • Storage: 32 GB
  • RAM: 2 GB
  • CPU: Octa-core 2.0 GHz, Mediatek Helio G25
  • OS: Android 10, MIUI 12
  • Battery: 5000mAh
  • Redmi 9A full specifications HERE

Vivo Y1s

This is one of the new additions. As at the initial writeup, this phone has not been launched in Nigeria, but now, here we are. The Vivo Y1s is a compact 6.22-inches Android 10 smartphone. Although it does not have multiple cameras at the back, but it has a solid Helio P35 CPU, and good battery backup as well.

Vivo Y1s specifications features and price

Key features of Vivo Y1s

  • Display: 6.22-inch 720 x 1520 pixels
  • Camera: 13 MP Main/ 5 MP front
  • Storage: 32 GB
  • RAM: 2 GB
  • CPU: Octa-core 2.3 GHz, Mediatek Helio P35
  • OS: Android 10
  • Battery: 4030mAh
  • Full Specs of Vivo Y1s

UMiDIGI A7

UMiDIGI brand might be a stranger in this part of the world, but trust me, the company makes some crazy nice smartphones with amazing price tag. This one is smaller than the A7 Pro, but offers specs such as octa-core CPU, massive 4GB RAM and 64GB ROM and four interesting L-shape camera modules at the back. The UMiDIGI A7 even boot the latest Google Android 10 out of the box.

UMiDIGI A7 specifications features and price

Key specs of UMiDIGI A7

  • Display: 6.49 inch 720 x 1560 pixels HD+ display
  • Camera: Quad (16MP + 8MP + 5MP + 5MP) main camera / 16 MP front
  • Storage: 64 GB
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • CPU: Octa-core 2.3 GHz, Mediatek Helio P20
  • OS: Android 10
  • Battery: 4160mAh
  • UMIDIGI A7 full specs and features HERE

Infinix Hot 8 (N38,000)

The Infinix Hot 8 is the immediate successor of Hot 7 in the series. This product is developed by a top brand in the industry, Infinix. The Infinix Hot Series, starter far back as 2016, and is known for its excellent battery power. The Infinix Hot 8 costs N38,000 in the Nigeria Tech Market.

Infinix Hot 8 specifications features and price

One Interesting thing about the Infinix Hot 8 is that even a lot of amazing features, the device still comes at a fairly cheap price. It is not even up to 40,000. Want to know what these amazing features are? Check them out in the next paragraph.

Key features of Hot 8.

  • Display: 6.52-inch 720 x 1520 pixels HD+ display
  • Camera: 13 MP + 2 MP + 0.3 MP Main/8-megapixel front
  • Storage: 32/64 GB
  • RAM: 2/4 GB
  • CPU: Octa-core or Quad-core CPUs @2.0GHz
  • OS: Android 9.0 (Pie)
  • Battery: 5000mAh
  • Full Specifications of Infinix Hot 8

Tecno Spark 4 (N40,000).

After the release of the Tecno Spark 3 in 2018, the Tecno Spark 4 came into the market in November 2019. The Tecno Spark 4 costs only N40,000. The Spark 4 comes with the tag “Bigger Scree. Light”. Tecno is currently one out of the top 10 smartphone makers in the world. The Spark series are one of it’s greatest launch which has always sold out due to the quite amazing features, let’s see it.

Tecno Spark 4 specifications features and price

Key features of Spark 4 by Tecno

  • Display: 6.52-inch 720 x 1600 pixel display
  • Camera: 13 MP + 2 MP + 0.3 MP Main/ 8 MP front
  • Storage: 32/64 GB
  • RAM: 2/3/4 GB
  • CPU: Quad-core Helio A22 CPUs @2.0GHz
  • OS: Android 9.0 (Pie)
  • Battery: 4000mAh
  • Full specs and features of Tecno Spark 4.

iTel S15 Pro

The iTel S15 Pro is one of iTel’s most successful smartphone till date. The device has a smaller version called S15, but the pro version standout because it offers better camera setup and even support 4G LTE network. Although the S15 Pro has been succeeded by the S16 Pro 4G, but the phone is still a great buy for folks who don’t want to spend above the 40k mark. Some of it features includes;

iTel S15 Pro Specifications features and price

Key features of iTel S15 Pro

  • Camera: 8 MP 5 MP + 0.8 MP Back / 16 MP front
  • Storage: 32 GB
  • RAM: 2 GB
  • CPU: Octa-core 1.6 GHz, UniSoC SC9863A
  • OS: Android 9.0 (Pie, Go Edition)
  • Battery: 3000mAh
  • Full Specs of iTel S15 Pro

Infinix Smart 4 / Smart 5 (N38,500)

The Infinix Smart Series happens to be one of the best in the industry. They keep coming up with new and improved technology for every new device in the series. Could we say Infinix is rising up to be the greatest Tech Giant? Well it’s possible.

Infinix Smart 4C Specs features and price

The Infinix Smart 4 for example costs only N38,500 and can be gotten in any gadgets store in the country. It has almost similar specs with smartphone 5, except that Smart 5 has a larger 5000mAh battery.

Key features of Smart 4 / Smart 5

  • Display: 6.6-inch 720 x 1600 pixels HD+ display
  • Camera: 8 MP + 0.3 MP (13MP + VGA + VGA) Main / 5-megapixel front
  • Storage: 32 GB
  • RAM: 2 GB
  • CPU: 2.0GHz quad-core Helio A22 / 1.8GHz quad-core Helio A20
  • OS: Android 9.0 (Pie) / Android 10 with XOS
  • Battery: 4000mAh / 5000mAh
  • Full Spec of Infinix Smart 4 / Smart 5

Samsung Galaxy A01 (N40000)

The Galaxy A01 dethrone the A3 Core as the price falls around 40,000 Naira mark. The A01 has better specs than the A3 core, among which is a 5.7-inchs HD+ display with a dewdrop notch, an octa-core Snapdragon 439 CPU, 2GB RAM and dual rear camera on the back. In summary, the A01 and the A3 Core are the latest Samsung phone you can buy under 40,000 mark in Nigeria.

Samsung Galaxy A01 specifications features and price

Samsung Galaxy series comes with a lot of amazing features which are being developed upon creation of new products in the series.

Key features of Galaxy A3 core

  • Display: 5.7-inch 720 x 1520 pixels HD+ Screen
  • Camera: 13MP + 2MP Main / 5 MP front
  • Storage: 16GB
  • RAM: 2 GB
  • CPU: Octa-core 1.95 GHz, Snapdragon 439 CPU
  • OS: Android 10 OneUI 2.0
  • Battery: 3000mAh
  • Full specs of Samsung Galaxy A01

Gionee P12 (Under 40,000).

You can also get this Gionee P12 under 40,000. It is a compact 6.1-inches Android 10 smartphone with a 13-megapixel main camera at the back. I’d worry a little about the battery, but considering the CPU on the inside, the battery should last moderately.

Gionee P12 specifications features and price

Key features of Smart 5

  • Display: 6.1-inch FullView display
  • Camera: 13 MP + 2 MP + 0.3 MP Main/ 8-megapixel front
  • Storage: 32 GB
  • RAM: 2 GB
  • CPU: 1.8GHz MediaTek Helio A20 CPU
  • OS: Android 10 (Go Edition)
  • Battery: 320mAh
  • Full Specs and features of Smart 5

Tecno Pop 3 Plus (N37,900)

The Tecno Pop series wasn’t recognized until the release of the Tecno Pop 2 which made waves in the industry because of its cheap price. The phone came with excellent features and still has a low price. Who wouldn’t rush at it?

Tecno Pop 3 Plus

After the success of the Tecno Pop 2, the Tech giant launched the Tecno Pop 3 series, which comes in two varaints. One of which is the Tecno Pop 3, and the other is the Tecno Pop 3 Plus. The Tecno Pop 3 Plus costs only N37,900 in the tech market. You could even get it cheaper at some places.

Key features of Pop 3 Plus

  • Display: 6.52-inch 720 x 1600 pixel display
  • Camera: 8 MP Main/ 8 MP front
  • Storage: 16 GB
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • CPU: Quad-core 2.0 GHz, Mediatek MT6761
  • OS: Android 9.0 (Pie); HiOS v5
  • Battery: 4000mAh
  • Full Specs and features of Tecno Pop 3 Plus

Cubot Note 20 (N35,540).

Cubot is one of the fast rising brands in the tech industry. In 4-5 years, the brand will be recognized in good image. They have released a new phone called the Cubot Note 20. This one is just like the Infix Note Series, in the sense that it is very flat and looks like a notebook.

Cubot phones are still cheap because they are currently developing so thinsis the best time to get any of their product. The Cubot Note 29 costs N35,540 anywhere. Although, it might be scarce in some places. So it will be better to use any online store to make your purchase.

Cubot Note 20 specifications features and price

Key features of Cubot Note 20

  • Display: 6.5-inch 720 x 1560 pixels HD+ screen
  • Camera: 12 MP + 2 MP + 2 MP + 0.3 MP Main / 8 MPfront
  • Storage: 64  GB
  • RAM: 3 GB
  • CPU: Quad-core 2.0 GHz, Mediatek MT6761
  • OS: Android 10
  • Battery: 4200mAh
  • Full Specs of Cubot Note 20

Conclusion

I bet you didn’t even know that you could get this phones for these kind of cheap prices. Well, you know now, so what are you waiting for? Go ahead and get one of these for yourself. I can assure you the phones are all worth the hype. No more low quality phones due to low prices. You can now boast of having a top brand with you. Do you share your thoughts in the comment section below, in case we miss out something.

Stephen Ekpa
Stephen is the Editor-in-Chief @DroidAfrica. His work on DroidAfrica is born out of pure passion for tech, especially as it relates to smartphones. When Steve is not writing tech, then he is reading tech.