Jumia is not that popular and that’s one of the reason we run five latest budget and mid range smartphones at Jumia every Friday. The online shopping mall increased its fellowship across the continent but not everybody gets the mall’s aim or nature of business. The other day in a matatu a guy asked,” where do you think I can get a genuine budget or cheap smartphone in Kenya besides Safaricom shops?” That was a random and unexpected question given that people always talk about politics and relationship issues in matatus. However, this guy wanted to know more about smartphones.
“You should visit Jumia – in fact, just Google the site and pick your ideal smartphone.” I replied. The guy seemed unsatisfied with my answer,” who is Jumia? I hope he’s genuine?” I wanted to laugh but he was naive – he had a feature phone and an old white earphone hanging on his shirt. “Dude, how comes you don’t know Jumia? That is the only online shop that comes up with knockoff Black Fridays and advertises their products extensively, well according to Twitter.”
To make things less weird, we went through five latest budget and mid range smartphones at Jumia.
5. Wiko Goa
This phone blends simplicity and performance remarkably well. It’s selling point is the 3.5” screen and its 1GHz dual-core processor. In addition, the phone has a 2 MP camera that is triggered when your subject smiles. Wiko decided to equip its devices with the latest operating systems, and Goa runs on Android KIT KAT (Ver. 4.4)
- Display Size : 3.5”
- Display Type : TFT, capacitive touch
- Internal Memory: 4GB, 512MB RAM
- Camera: 2MP
- OS: Android OS, v4.4.2 (KitKat)
- Battery Capacity: 1300 mAh
The phone goes for KSh 4,599 at Jumia
4. Wiko Slide 2
This phone is already sold out on Jumia mall. Ideally, Wiko is taking over the tech space since they make user friendly devices. Compared with Goa, Slide 2 has a huge 5.5 inches (13.97 cm) IPS display with amazing colors. The phone has a killer design. It has a leather-effect finish and comes in classy color named “Night Blue”. To complement the design, the phone is enhanced with a metallic frame.
- Screen Size: 5.5 inches (13.9 cm) HD display
- OS: Android 5.1 Lollipop
- Processor: Octa-Core CPU (1.4 GHz)
- Memory: 16GB storage, 2GB RAM, Expandable with Mirco SD up to 64GB
- Camera: 13 MP camera Rear, 5 MP front camera
Currently, the phone goes for KSh 9,999 from 19k at Jumia.
3. X-TIGI Dream
The phone has a powerful Quad-core processor and a good camera that can give you decent photos. Dream’s battery is packed with 3200mAH which is higher than the Samsung Galaxy J5 and J7. X-TIGI Dream goes for KSh 6,599 only.
- Display : 4.5″
- OS : Android
- Camera : 8MP
- Memory : 4GB ROM + 1GB RAM + 8GB Micro SD
- Processor : Quadcore
- Network : 3.75G/2G
2. Lenovo A328
This phone is incredible, it has a responsive quad-core processor, reliable connectivity, long battery life, a sharp 5MP camera and the latest Android (4.4 KitKat). The phone goes for KSh 9,499 at Jumia. Lenovo A328 can be compared with the famous Samsung Galaxy J1.
- Display Type : 4.5″, Capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
- Camera : Primary : 5 MP ; Secondary : 2 MP
- Android OS : v4.4.2 (KitKat)
- Memory: 4 GB, 1 GB RAM
- SIM : Dual SIM (Mini-SIM, dual stand-by)
1. Airetl Red Smartphone
Airtel launched their 3G enabled smartphone this year and it comes with a 3.50-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 320 pixels by 480 pixels. The phone is powered by dual-core Qualcomm processor, a 4GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 32GB via a microSD card and 512MB of RAM. The phone goes for KSh 4,500 only.
- Display (inches):3.50
- Resolution:320×480 pixels
- Processor :Qualcomm
- Internal storage:4GB
- Camera: 3-megapixel
Those are the five latest budget and mid range smartphones at Jumia. Next week on Friday I will do another list on the same.