There are many factors to consider when buying a new smartphone; price is an essential part. The potential of the Nigerian smartphone market is enormous, there over 130 million mobile telephone subscribers according to this article on Punch Newspaper website. It is also estimated that about 30 per cent of Nigeria subscriber base use smartphones. According to GfK report released in September 2014, Nigeria listed in the top 10 largest tech device growth markets. The Nigerian market is worth $5.1 billion in 2014, it is expected to worth $5.7 billion which represents 13% year on year and 0.7 growth.
GfK’s forecasts show that, worldwide, the smartphone continues to grow strongly, in terms of volume of sales, increasing by 18% for 2015. With smartphone processors getting cheaper but more powerful, it is expected that the competition in 2015 will get stiffer. Established brands will have to battle it out with makers of affordable smartphones especially in emerging market like Nigeria. Kelvin Walsh of GfK explains, “Our forecasts show seven new entries in the top 10 smartphone markets for 2015, in terms of growth by value – and these are all emerging markets, which have overtaken developed markets where smartphone saturation is nearing completion.”
Nigeria is one of these 7 new countries, we expect the likes of Tecno, Infinix, Injoo, Lenovo and possibly Microsoft, Samsung, Hauwei and other high-end manufacturers bombard us with affordable phones in 2015.
Here is the list of carefully selected under ₦30,000 Smartphones money can buy in Nigeria.
Infix Hot 2 –
BASIC SPEC INFORMATION
Android One 5.1 Lollipop (Backed by the Android One Project)
8MP Back Camera
2MP Front facing camera
Screen: 5″ HD Display Screen.
2GB RAM, 16GB Internal Memory (expandable to 32GB with microSD).
Infix Hot – ₦14,500
This phone was released late in 2014 few months after its more powerful elder sibling; Infix Zero was launched on Konga. This is a very good mid-range phone running on Android 4.4.2 Kitkat and 1GB RAM capable of handling your daily tasks.
Microsoft Lumia 535 – ₦24,500
Lumia 535 is the first phone the carries the Microsoft Brand name. It is one of the successors of the successful Nokia Lumia 520, you need to buy this device now because Konga is offering buyers a free Coloud bluetooth speaker. This is an amazing deal you can’t afford to miss.
Innjoo One – ₦27,999
Just like Tecno and Infixix, Innjoo is seriously trying to win the hearts of Nigerians through affordable smartphones offerings. Since the debut of their first set of smartphones in Nigeria early in 2014 through a partnership with Jumia. Innjoo is presenting yet another affordable and powerful Innjoo One which is only available on pre-order and exclusive to Jumia.
BASIC SPEC INFORMATION
Android 4.4.2 KitKat
16GB, 2GB RAM, expandable through microSD
13 MP Primary Camera
Screen: 5 Inch Capacitive Touchscreen
Dual SIM Cards
Innjoo i2s – ₦ 25,399
This could be described as the best offering by Innjoo in 2014.
Infinix Zero – ₦27,450
The rush for this smartphone was insane when it launched late 2014. It was first an exclusive offer on Konga.com but was soon sold out. It was even difficult to lay your hands on one of this smartphone at that point in time. It was offered in three colours; white, black and gold.
Tecno H7 – ₦29,000
Tecno does not need much introduction any more in Nigeria. This is one of the several Tecno smartphones you can buy below ₦30,000
Sony Xperia E3 – ₦30,000
The Sony Xperia series has a lot amazing smartphones in that line most of which are high-end phones but the Sony Xperia E3 is an affordable option out of these range of products.
Gionee Marathon M3 – ₦32,000
With the on-going “fight” for market share in the Nigerian smartphone market, Gionee might not be seen as a viable company but truth be told, this also have some tricks off their sleeves. The Marathon M3 is not only affordable but a little bit sleek.
Blackberry Z3 – ₦38,400
Wow! When many people thought Blackberry would be “dead” until John Chen; the fixer took over. Blackberry seems to be gaining more attraction with the release of some deice such as the Blackberry Passport, Classic and Z30.
I hope this post will help you in making a choice of an affordable smartphone. Do you know other under ₦30,000 smartphones not on this list? Tell us about it in the comment box below.
To read more about the GfK report, Click here.