Best Smartphone under Ksh 10,000 in 2018

Infinix Smart 2

Courtesy of Infinix

The Infinix Smart 2 is the new entry-level smartphone from Infinix as of August 2018. It is a future-ready budget smartphone which can enable two 4G VoLTE SIM cards active in your phone simultaneously. Filling-in the gap for generation next, this latest smartphone ticks every box for consumer looking for a perfect package in the budget segment under Ksh 10,000 by offering the combination of features such as 18:9 Full View display, 8MP Selfie Camera with Dual LED Flash and Dual SIM, Dual VoLTE (4G+4G) and Face Unlock.

Pros

  • Good battery life – can give about a day’s usage
  • Decent rear camera
  • Dual 4G VoLTE
  • Runs on Android Oreo: GO Edition
  • Supports a dual-SIM
  • 4G LTE network connectivity
  • Face ID & fingerprint sensor

Cons

  • Sub-per performance
  • Plastic body material

Infinix Smart 2 Full Specifications:


GENERAL Release date August 2018
  Form factor Touchscreen
  Dimensions (mm) 148.00 x 71.00 x 8.40
  Battery capacity (mAh) 3050
  Colours Sandstone Black, Serene Gold, Bordeaux Red, City Blue
DISPLAY Screen size (inches) 5.45
Touchscreen Yes
Resolution 720×1440 pixels
Aspect ratio 18:9
HARDWARE Processor 1.5GHz quad-core
Processor make MediaTek MT6739
RAM 2GB
Internal storage 16GB
Expandable storage Yes
Expandable storage type microSD
Expandable storage up to (GB) 128
CAMERA Rear camera 13-megapixel (f/2.0)
Rear autofocus Phase detection autofocus
Rear flash LED
Front camera 8-megapixel (f/2.0)
Front flash Dual LED
SOFTWARE Operating system Android 8.1
Skin XOS 3.3.0
CONNECTIVITY Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 b/g/n
GPS Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Micro-USB Yes
Headphones 3.5mm
FM Yes
Number of SIMs 2
SIM 1  
SIM Type Nano-SIM
GSM/CDMA GSM
3G Yes
4G/ LTE Yes
SIM 2  
SIM Type Nano-SIM
GSM/CDMA GSM
3G Yes
4G/ LTE Yes
SENSORS Proximity sensor Yes
  Accelerometer Yes
  Ambient light sensor Yes
PRICE   Ksh 9,500 – 9,999

Conclusion

Let’s keep the verdict based on the price and the other phones offered in the same range. Xiaomi still offers the Snapdragon chipsets in this price, keeping the trust on the performance and updates alive, but they do lose out against the Infinix Smart 2 with the fact that it has the taller display, a decent set of cameras, and the features like dedicated MicroSD card slot and the dual VoLTE that makes it a better deal for that price.

Author: Mburu Ndungu

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