2020: Top 10 smartphones in Nigeria

The advantageous quality of a smartphone is a reason to its invaluable tag in the gadget world, being that a smartphone combines computing and cellular functions in a simple mobile device. The better the computing, the better the smartness of the device, as consumers desire not just a phone for calls or cellular activities, but a device they could store, create, arrange, refine data etc. Like the making of graphic design, taking pictures, saving notes, arranging tasks and even the ability to play top notch games during that leisure hour as you take a brunch is as a result of the smartness of the phone.

Phones are now made smarter by the day with different qualities mounting its worthiness. While applications can make your device fun, the hardware it comes with is also a key factor to its buyer’s interest and demand. Buyers check for qualities that are beneficial and unique, like

  1. Long lasting battery life.
  2. Dual Sim card and 4G LTE network ability.
  3. Large Storage
  4. Quality display and processing.
  5. A great Camera
  6. Multiple windows
  7. Above 2 GB of RAM, etc.

For this and several other reasons, different mobile brands are in competition to awe the African market and satisfy their longing desire to get the best affordable smart phones, with Nigeria being the biggest African market, brands like Samsung, Huawei, Infinix, Tecno, Xiaomi and many more are finding their product excelling, as they day by day improve their device credibility, and smartness.

A smartphone that sells many units may not necessarily mean it is the most loved, as the affordability of a mobile phone is also a considerable factor to what the majority buys, but it also means that it is widely loved as an affordable option, with its high quality or good specifications still not of forgotten value.

These phones are what is hereby ranked as the top phones in Nigeria, based on its qualities and heading downwards towards the affordability threshold not neglect-able.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (₦300,000 – ₦320,000)

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is a unique device, we all know this. Samsung makes ravishing adorable products, that are hard to not have a mobile orgasm for, but will the price allow you? Well! A lot do not mind the price at all; as it is a top brand with features that makes you proud while you simply walk and flaunt the mobile device. Let’s wake up and get back to the features.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9

O! Talking about all the features of this phone is a long walk to forever, as it is equipped with all kinds of functionality.

It uses a proprietary Exynos processor, which offers high-end performance, and with its large memory, using applications next to each other seemingly yields an adequate multitasking ease of use. Who wouldn’t love the ability to multitask? Stay in a Football Manager game or a game of your choice and still do all your necessary social media activities as messages ram into your phone and your ability to respond to anything despite having a lot of apps on the phone running at the same time is fantabulous.

The device is equipped with all kinds of gadgets such as wireless charging, YES! Wireless charging, you heard it right. Do not faint, the world is getting to that point where fainting may no longer be possible soon, talk more of wireless charging and electronic cars variants. Don’t be fooled by my exaggerations though! Fainting is natural and not stopping anytime soon. You can get up now, let’s keep up the pace.

More features like unlocking your phone via face recognition is common or the iris scanner on the duo rear camera, with which you can shoot the mind dynamite blowing photos and videos.

Galaxy Note 9 Key Specifications

  • Display – 6.4-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 1440 X 2960 pixels, 516 PPI pixel density
  • OS – Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Processor – 2.7GHz Exynos 9810 Octa / Octa-core 2.8GHz Qualcomm Processor
  • Storage – 128GB / 512GB ROM + 6GB / 8GB RAM (MicroSD card yield, up to 512GB)
  • Camera – 12MP + 12MP Rear/12MP Front (With LED flash)
  • Battery – 4,000mAh

The price is simply around ₦300,000 Naira; would you love to dive in? Do not worry, the people that buys this phone do not have problem.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro (₦370,000 – ₦400,000)

Huawei Mate 20 Pro

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro is the most powerful Huawei device in 2018. Yes! 2018, with its features outscoring many phones recently made. That is simply looking into the future technique that has kept them in the game of top quality phones.  This device has a large screen, when we say “large screen” doesn’t mean you should substitute it for your Television, hang it on your wall to watch a Champions league final, but yes you can do that if you have the mind, after all 6.39 inch is cool for a phone. It also possesses a bolt lightning-fast processor with a double NPU (Neural Processing Unit); three cameras on the back, and many more.

Another cool feature is the in-screen fingerprint scanner. This means the fingerprint scanner no longer takes up any space on the outside of your phone; with this your device will only become smarter as more features are added to make this superb piece.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro Key Specifications

  • Display – 6.39-inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 1440 x 3120 pixels
  • OS – Android 9.0 Pie OS (EMUI 9.0)
  • Processor – Octa-core 2.6GHz Kirin Processor
  • Storage – 128GB / 256GB ROM + 6GB / 8GB RAM (Memory card yield up to 256GB)
  • Camera – 40MP + 20MP + 8MP Rear/24MP Front (With LED flash)
  • Battery – 4,200mAh

Oppo Find X (₦327,750)

With amazing Android Phones coming out from nowhere, increasing the competitive rate and choice visibility, we so much love the idea of many choices, if you have no problem of making decisions. The Oppo Find X is a superb device with a unique design and powerful hardware.

The smartphone sports a 6.42-inch Super AMOLED Display and a 16MP + 20MP pop-up dual rear camera. A 25MP camera is provided for taking selfies.

Oppo Find X

The top processor quality and speed when using octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset and having 8 GB of RAM can never be overlooked. Oppo Find X is loaded with ColorOS 5.1, which is based on Android 8.1 (Oreo), it also comes with an option of 128GB and 256GB built-in storage with no support for memory card expansion, well that is understandable. I mean, anyone that cannot be satisfied with 256GB storage, will have satisfactory issues, just kidding, but won’t be surprised.

Oppo Find X Key Specifications

  • Display – 6.42-inch Super AMOLED
  • OS – Android 8.1 (Oreo)
  • Processor – Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  • Camera – 16MP + 20MP pop-up mechanism dual rear camera and 25MP front camera.
  • Storage – 128GB and 256GB built-in storage (No memory card support)
  • Network – 4G LTE
  • Battery – Non-removable Li-Po 3730 mAh battery + Fast Battery charging 20W, with Battery life endurance rating of 90h.

Nokia 7.2 (₦125,000)

While Nokia smartphones are pricey, they offer good qualities too. But such qualities can be seen in other brands with lesser fee. Can this be troubling in affecting their sales? I guess so, but many were fans of the Nokia brand a while ago and still desire to rather hold a Nokia than some other smartphone brands around, and this can be a worthy factor to the purchase.

Nokia 7.2

Nokia 7.2 runs Qualcomm SDM660 Snapdragon 660 Octa-core processor, and accompanies a 6.3 inches IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen. The screen of the gadget is ensured stronger as it is protected already by Corning Gorilla Glass 3.

Nokia 7.2 Key Specifications

  • Display – The Nokia 7.2 comes in different colors like, Cyan Green, Charcoal, and Ice. It features 2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go.
  • OS – Android 9.0 (Pie) + Android One.
  • Processor – Qualcomm SDM660 Snapdragon 660 Octa-center processor
  • Camera – The rear camera consists of a 48 MP (wide) + 8 MP (ultrawide) + 5 MP, depth sensor lenses. The front camera has a 20 MP sensor.
  • Battery – Non-removable Li-Po 3500 mAh battery + Fast Battery charging 10W.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro (₦88,000)

If you are looking for a decent smartphone less than ₦100,000 Naira, the Redmi Note 9 Pro is a must check.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro

The Redmi Note 9 Pro is a quality device available in two variants, 4GB RAM + 64GB storage and 6GB RAM + 128 storage. It is a good device for those who want quality pictures, fast processor and a clean display.

Redmi Note 9 Pro Key Specifications

  • Display – IPS LCD; 6.67-inches 1080 x 2400 pixels, 20:9 ratio (~395 ppi density)
  • OS – MIUI 11 based Android 10 Q
  • Processor – Octa-core Qualcomm SM7125 Snapdragon 720G (8 nm)
  • RAM – 4-giga byte RAM /6-giga byte RAM
  • Storage – 64-giga byte /128-giga byte Built-in Storage and up to 256GB Memory Card can be used alongside.
  • Camera – 48 MP + 8 MP + 5 MP + 2 MP Quad rear cameras and a front camera of 16-mega pixels.
  • Network – 4G LTE Network
  • Scanner – Fingerprint Scanner (Side Mounted)
  • Battery – Non-Removable Li-Ion 5,020mAh battery and a fast charging 18W experience.

Infinix Zero 6 Pro (₦116,500)

We all love quick charging feature in any phone; if it comes with a long battery life, then that’s one irresistible quality. Infinix Zero 6 Pro is unique in the aspect of charging so fast, though with a slightly above battery lasting capacity, but this magical piece is equipped with the Snapdragon 636 processor. This chip is swift in everything it does, hence, saves battery.

Infinix Zero 6 Pro

It also possesses a three camera experience, each with its own beautiful function; a beautiful FHD screen. The Zero 6 Pro runs on Android 8.1 Oreo with a touch of latest XOS 4 Honeybee launcher!

Infinix Zero 6 Pro Key Specifications

  • Display – 6.2-inch FHD curved, 19:9 aspect ratio, 2160 ×1080 pixels
  • OS – Android 8.1 Oreo (XOS 4 Honeybee)
  • Processor – Octa-core 2.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 chipset
  • Storage – 128GB ROM + 6GB RAM (memory card yield up to 256GB)
  • Camera – 12MP + 12MP Rear/20MP Front (With Dual LED light)
  • Battery – 3650mAh

Tecno Camon 15 Premier (₦95,000)

The Camon series and photography goes hand in hand, as the phones come with a unique gesture of pleasing its buyers with that picture quality. Tecno Camon 15 Premier is the first Tecno device with a 64-mega pixel rear camera and a pop up mechanism selfie camera, therefore giving you a solid picture experience.

Tecno Camon 15 Premier

Camon 15 Premier Key Specifications

  • Display – IPS LCD; 6.6inches 1080 x 2340 pixels, 19:5:9 ratio (~390 ppi density)
  • OS – HIOS 6.0 based Android 10
  • Processor – Octa-core Mediatek MT6765 Helio P35 (12nm)
  • RAM – 6-giga byte RAM
  • Storage – Built-in Storage is up to 128-giga byte and a 512GB Memory Card yield,
  • Camera – 64 MP + 5 MP + 2 MP + 0.3 MP Quad rear cameras and a pop-up front camera of 32-mega pixels.
  • Network – 4G LTE Network
  • Scanner – Fingerprint Scanner (Rear Mounted)
  • Battery – Non-Removable Li-Ion 4,000mAh battery

Tecno Phantom 9 (₦77,000)

Tecno Phantom 9 is part of the Phantom series of the Chinese brand. It is formed of a 64-piece MediaTek Helio P35 chipset with octa-core 2.35GHz CPU, and a 6GB RAM soaring the advanced cell capacity to perform task effortlessly.

Tecno Phantom 9

The Phantom 9 presentation has a prolonged tight look with a 19.5:9 proportion, askew is 6.4 inches, so you can easily enjoy the narrow and elongated look that makes the phone looking sleek.

Tecno Phantom 9 Key Specifications

  • Display – 6.4-inch FHD+ AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 19.5:9 aspect ratio, 1080 x 2340 pixels (403PPI)
  • OS – Android 9.0 Pie OS (HiOS 5)
  • Processor – Octa-core 2.35GHz Mediatek MT6765 Helio P35
  • Storage – 128GB ROM + 6GB RAM
  • Camera – 16MP + 8MP + 2MP Rear/32MP Front (With LED light)
  • Battery – 3500mAh

Infinix S5 Pro (₦62,000)

If you are a fan of the pop up mechanism selfie camera and its magical feel and credibility, then this is likely a phone you will admire. The Infinix S5 Pro is incredible. Yes! It is. It is affordable and has extra features like the Fingerprint scanner, a strong battery life span, 48-mega pixels rear camera and options of a 4 or 6 Gig RAM, which are necessary basics for quality phones that comes handy.

Infinix S5 Pro
  • Display – IPS LCD Display; 6.53inches 1080 x 2340 pixels, 19:5:9 ratio (~395 ppi density)
  • OS – XOS 6.0 Dolphin based Android 10
  • Processor – Octa-core Mediatek MT6765 Helio P35 (12nm)
  • RAM – 4-giga byte RAM /6-giga byte RAM
  • Storage – 64-giga byte /128-giga byte Built-in Storage up to 512GB Memory Card
  • Camera – Triple rear cameras of 48 MP + 2 MP + 0.3MP and a pop-up front camera of 16-mega pixels.
  • Network –  4G LTE Network
  • Scanner – Fingerprint Scanner (Rear Mounted)
  • Battery – Non-Removable Li-Ion 4,000mAh battery

Xiaomi Redmi 8A (₦42,000)

The Redmi 8A is unarguably one of the best budget smartphone you can buy today. With a ₦42,000 Naira price tag, which is really affordable and worth it, being it comes with the necessary features that is also desired by the populace.

Xiaomi Redmi 8A
  • Display– IPS LCD Display; 6.22inches 720 x 1520 pixels, 19:9 ratio.
  • OS – MIUI 11 based Android 9 Pie
  • Processor – Octa-core Qualcomm SDM439 Snapdragon 439 (12 nm)
  • RAM – 2-giga byte RAM /3-giga byte RAM /4-giga byte RAM
  • Storage – 32-giga byte /32-giga byte /64-giga byte Built-in Storage up to 128GB Memory Card
  • Camera – Single rear camera of 12 MP, Front camera of 8-mega pixels.
  • Network – 4G LTE Network
  • Battery –  Non-Removable Li-Ion 5,000mAh battery and 18W fast Charging

Xiaomi has a thing for long lasting battery. Quite a catch if you love your device lasting long enough to go for a trip and back. This is simply an exaggeration, but this brand provides one of the best battery life experiences you can ever find in a mobile device.

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