Best Phones Under 30K to Buy as Festive Gifts In Kenya

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Smartphone tech is getting better with time and at a fast rate, a joy to enthusiasts like myself. More of the specs only “reserved” for flagship devices are also making their way to the budget and mid-range segments. Therefore, it can be quite confusing to know exactly where to spend if you are on a budget-too many options! Here is my list of the best phones to buy as a gift this festive season in Kenya if your budget cap is at KES 30K.

We also have a list for the best choices under a budget of 20K that you can check out here.

Best Phones To Buy In Kenya Under 30K

Nokia 1.4
nokia 1.4

This phone was announced in the country in April of 2021, but it is still a winner budget phone for me today. With an edge-to-edge screen measuring 6.51″ wide, it’s almost a full inch bigger than its predecessor and the largest screen ever on a Nokia 1 series smartphone.
Here is what you get with it:
  • IPS LCD 6.52-inch HD (720 x 1600 pixels) display
  • Android 11 Go Edition
  • Snapdragon 215 processor
  • 32GB storage, 2GB RAM
  • 8MP + 2MP rear cameras, 5MP selfie camera
  • 4000mAh batteryPrice: KES 12,499


The OPPO A16k comes with a stylish design, lightweight body, upgraded hardware, and software optimizations powered by ColorOS 11.1. This is all to deliver an efficient, comfortable, and smooth user experience at all times.

This phone is sleek and and light, measuring just 7.85mm in thickness and and weighing only  175g.
Important Specs:
  • 6.52-inch HD+ display powered by a 4230mAh battery
  • 4GB RAM and 64GB worth of internal storage
  • 13MP rear main camera or the 5MP selfie camera
TheA16k will retail at Ksh19,999.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 

The first in the line of the latest Note 11 series devices is quite an ambitious phone at its budget. It is equipped with an FHD+ AMOLED screen while also reaching as much as 1200 nits to ensure the screen’s clarity even in bright daylight.

It launched just a few weeks ago in the country, and these are the rest of the main specs:

  • 6.43 inch,90Hz refresh rate
  • 50MP main camera,8MP ultra-wide camera ,2MP macro camera, 2MP depth camera and 13MP in display front camera.
  • Snapdragon 680 processor
  • 5,000mAh battery
  • Supports 33W wired Pro fast charging.

As for pricing, there are three options here depending on Memory/Storage.

  • 4GB+64GB: Ksh. 19,999
  • 4GB+128GB: Ksh. 22,499
  • 6GB+128GB: Ksh. 23,999

Samsung A51 

It launched back in December 2019, but this gadgets is still a stunner. It was actually among Samsung’s best selling phones in the A series. The A51 has a 6.5” Super AMOLED screen with a resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels.
As for the rest of the specs:
  • 4GB RAM + 128GB Storage.
  • Quad Rear Camera Set-Up: 48MP(main) +12MP(ultra-wide) + 5MP(depth sensor) + 5MP (macro)
  • 32MP Selfie Camera
  • 4000mAh battery capacity
  • in-display fingerprint scanner
This devices costs about KES 30K.

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  1. Without hesitation, I would choose the Samsung A51.

  2. I like the samsung

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