Smartphones up to KES 30,000: the best phones for budget foxes
A top smartphone with a perfect camera and a lot of performance costs at least KES 80,000. So many think. But is this true, or can you find a smartphone up to KES 30,000 for significantly less money reliable equipment with current technology in high-quality artistry? More about this in our purchase advice.
No question: The top models of the major manufacturers such as Apple's iPhone 12, Samsung's Galaxy S21, the Huawei P40 Pro + or Xiaomi's Mi Note 10 are currently setting technical standards. For example, with cameras with 100x zoom and or 100-megapixel resolutions. The beauty of the competition of smartphone racing cars: Many mid-range and entry-level devices also benefit from technological progress, which now comes up with performance data that could only be found in the upper class not long ago. We have selected five models that prove that even with smartphones for less than KES 30,000, there is a lot of performance and fun onboard.
Smartphone under KES 30,000 with the robust camera: Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro (here with contract) belongs to the new mid-range lineup of the Chinese manufacturer and can boast of an almost unbeatable camera in this price segment. The Redmi Note 10 Pro is currently priced around KES 35,000 but has already been sold for under 29,000 KES(June 2021). Even with the 6.67-inch AMOLED display with 120 Hz refresh rate in Full HD+resolution, many should fold down the jaw if you keep the price in mind. The mid-range chip Snapdragon 732 5G with at least 6 GB of RAM ensures good performance. The processor reliably drives everyday apps and graphically lighter games. Scrolling and animations in settings menus are super smooth due to the refresh rate.
However, the absolute highlight of the Redmi Note 10 Pro is the primary sensor of the quad-camera! With up to 108 MP, the primary lens captures your photos in great detail – for this price, this is very difficult to beat. The four-person team is rounded off with an 8 MP ultra-wide-angle camera for, for example, city panoramas and a 5 MP macro camera for extreme detail shots. The depth sensor supports the three actively usable lenses with additional information for better image effects and portraits. The Note 10 Pro offers a solid overall package. Only on the fast 5G network, you have to do without.
With the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 5G (here with contract), you get a somewhat slimmed-down smartphone, which has to lose the high camera resolution but supports 5G.
Best Seller: Samsung Galaxy A51
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Somewhat in the shadow of the S-Class from the same house, Samsung's smartphones with the initial letter A in the name. They did not deserve this because the Samsung Galaxy A51 was the public favourite of the Korean manufacturer in 2020 according to sales figures and got a worthy successor this year with the Galaxy A52. After switching on, a 6.5-inch OLED display in 20:9 format with 2400 by 1800 pixels with a pixel density of 405 PPI welcomes you. That's good middle class. Where the predecessor A50 had a semicircular recess (notch) at the top of the screen surrounding the optics of the selfie camera, the aperture has now shrunk to a small black dot and hardly disturbs.
As the central processor, the A51 has an Exynos 9611 – a proprietary creation of Samsung from the processor family of the same name, which delivers quite decent values in speed tests. The processor is supported by 4 GB of RAM as the main memory. This is no longer a top value, but the device has 128 GB of data storage, which can be expanded with a micro SD card up to 512 GB. Unlike the metal-framed S-models, the housing is made of plastic only but lies healthy and non-slip in hand. The artistry is high quality.
The 48-megapixel optics on the back are pleasantly flat. An ultra-wide-angle camera supports the primary camera with 12 megapixels, a macro camera with 5 megapixels and a depth camera with 5 megapixels. Selfies shoot the device with 32 megapixels.
The 4000 mAh battery is refuelled via the USB-C port typical of Samsung. Charging without cables is not possible. While the RRP for the Samsung A51 at the start of sales was KES 47,194, the device is now available for less than KES 30,000. If you can do without 5G support and the highest camera resolutions, as well as inductive charging, you get a solid and mature mid-range smartphone with excellent optics.
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G: 5G for beginners
The Galaxy A32 5G is the 5G smartphone for beginners from Samsung with a price of around KES 30,000 (as of June 2021). A 6.5-inch display displays your content in HD resolution and is framed by relatively thin edges with a small recess for the 13 MP front camera. So that you can use simple apps comfortably, the Density 720 5G from MediaTek drives the Samsung smartphone together with 4-6 GB RAM (depending on the memory variant).
You can also take snapshots with the 48 MP primary lens. In addition, the quadruple-camera also offers you an 8 MP ultra-wide-angle and 5 MP macro lens. An additional 2 MP depth sensor improves portrait capture and photo effects. A great strength of smartphones under 250 euros is the battery. With a large 5000 mAh battery and a low-power processor, the phone often lasts more than a day (depending on usage habits). If you buy the Samsung Galaxy A32 5G with a contract that is 5G-capable, surf here in areas with coverage, of course, also in the new 5G network. If you are looking for an inexpensive smartphone up to KES 30,000 from Samsung with 5G, you will find the entry here.
Powerhouse: Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC
Manufacturer Xiaomi has put together an exciting package with its Poco X3 NFC for technology enthusiasts and price-conscious power users. Inside, the device works as a processor Snapdragon 732G, which scratches the edge of the upper class in terms of performance. 6 GB of memory and 64 GB of data storage should be sufficient for most applications.
Unusual is the 6.67-inch LCD with 1080 by 2400 pixels at a density of 395 PPI. One of the few of this class allows a refresh rate of up to 120 Hz, which guarantees flicker-free, even sensitive eyes.
A real eye-catcher in the literal sense is the quad-camera optics on the back, whose primary lens focuses on up to 64 megapixels. The ultra-wide sensor resolves with 13 megapixels, macro and depth optics have 2 megapixels each. The front camera immortalizes your likeness with 20 megapixels. These are pixel values that seemed unthinkable not long ago, even in the upper class.
The energy hunger of the 120 Hz display is satisfied by a 5160 mAh battery that refuels its elixir of life via a USB-C plug. The device can be found in stores for KES 28,000. If you are looking for a benchmark-setting camera and a fast processor in the middle class, you are well served here.
Smartphone up to KES 30,000: the Underdog – Realme 6 Pro
If smartphones were athletes, then the Realme 6 Pro would be an endurance runner. Much of the device seems to be designed to take as little energy as possible from the 4300 mAh battery. The 6.6-inch display with a resolution of 2400 by 1080 pixels has a pixel density of 400 PPI. The built-in Snapdragon 720G brings energy-saving performance to the road and draws on 8 GB of memory and 128 GB of data storage.
The primary camera comes to a large 64 megapixels. An ultra-wide-angle lens supports it with 8 megapixels, a telephoto with 12 megapixels and a macro camera with 2 MP resolution. Unusual: There are two selfie cameras with 16 MP for routine shots and 8 MP for ultra-wide-angle on the user side. More eyes on such a small area are otherwise found only in the insect kingdom.
There are weaknesses in radio reception and – quite clearly – in low-light recordings. The Realme Pro 6 loves daylight. But with a street price of currently around KES 25,000, it is actual savings offer with excellent performance data.