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Best Smartphones Under 250,000 Naira in Nigeria for 2022

We have thoroughly researched and curated the list of best smartphones under 250,000 Naira in Nigeria. We have focused on different aspects like the best camera, gaming, software experience, battery life, fast charging, wireless charging, display, and audio for recommending the top phones.

Smartphones have changed the way we live, and their cameras are one of their most popular features. But not all smartphones are created equally – some have better cameras than others. In this article, we’ll walk you through the best phones that you can get for under 250,000 Naira.

OnePlus 9RT – Excellent Performance, Good Display

The Oneplus 9RT is the latest addition to our list and is a significant upgrade over the Oneplus 9R/8T in terms of cameras and performance. It is one of the best near-stock Android experience smartphones under 50K.

The new Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor is powering the device and the Adreno 660 GPU with a large heat sink to keep thermal in control.

The improved triple rear cameras include a 50 MP primary camera (Sony IMX 766 Sensor, OIS, f/1.8 aperture), 16 MP ultra-wide lens, and a 2 MP depth sensor. There is a 16 MP Sony IMX 471 selfie camera.

Furthermore, it has a 6.62-inch AMOLED display with a 120 Hz refresh rate, HDR10+, and 1300 nits peak brightness.

The key highlight for the smartphone is the impeccable software experience – Oxygen Os and Android 11.

KEY SPEC FOR ONEPLUS 9RT

  • Processor – Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Octa-Core Processor.
  • GPU – Adreno 660 – (Comes with a Better Heat Sink for Cooling)
  • Triple Rear Camera – 50MP, Sony IMX 766, F/1.8 aperture (main camera) + 16 MP (ultra wide) + 2 MP(depth), camera offers phase detection autofocus, OIS, HDR, LED flash, and shooting videos(up to 4k).
  • Front camera – 16 MP(f/2.4), Auto HDR, blur mode, 1080P Videos.
  • Screen Size – 6.62-inch E4 AMOLED display with (2400 x 1080) resolution; 402 PPI. 20:9 aspect ratio HDR10+, 120 Hz refresh rate, 1300 Nits.
  • Corning Gorilla Glass Protection.
  • Dual Sim – Dual Sim With 5G Support.
  • RAM – 8/12 GB LPDDR5 RAM
  • Operating System – Android 11 based on Oxygen OS.
  • Finger Print & face Scanner – Yes(In-display)
  • Connectivity – WIFI 6, Bluetooth, NFC, and USB Type-C 3.1
  • Storage – 128/256 UFS 3.1 GB internal Storage – Not user expandable.
  • Battery Capacity – Non-removable – 4500 mAh capacity. Supports – 65 Watts Fast Charging.
  • Colors – Black and Nano Silver.
  • It does not have a 3.5mm jack.
  • Thickness – 8.4 mm.
  • Weight – 188 grams.
  • Price: 240,000 Naira
  • Overall Score – 9.4/10

Recommendation – The OnePlus 9RT offers superb value for money and excellent performance. The biggest upgrade for me is the primary camera that can click decent images day or night. The Oxygen Os is one of my favorite Android skins.

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE (5G)

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G is the best Samsung phone in the Sub 250K Naira price range and is a best seller. The Galaxy S20 FE (5G) comes with a 6.5-inch super AMOLED center punch-hole display and an FHD+(2400*1080) resolution. It even has an IP68 rating – water dustproof.

The S20 FE (5G) competes with the Oneplus 9 and 9RT in the sub 50k range but has better camera quality, IP 68 Rating, and Wireless charging.

Powering the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Octa-Core processor, and the Adreno 650 GPU makes multitasking easy and provides an immersive gaming experience.

The Galaxy S20 FE comes with a 4500mAH battery capacity and 25 Watts fast charging support (Samsung gives 15 Watts Charger in Box), including a 15 Watts wireless charging and a 4.5 Watts reverse charging support.

Key Specs For Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G

  • Display – 6.5 inches super AMOLED center punch-hole display, FHD+(2400*1080)pixels resolution, 120Hz refresh rate.
  • Processor – Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Octa-Core, 2.84 GHz Clock Speed.
  • GPU – Adreno 650.
  • Operating system – Samsung One UI 3.1 based on Android 11.
  • Rear camera – Triple camera setup(a 12MP primary camera, a 12MP ultrawide angle lens, and an 8MP telephoto lens). OIS and EIS Support, 4K 60 FPS Video recording.
  • Front camera – 32MP selfie camera
  • RAM – 8 GB.
  • Storage – 128GB internal memory.
  • Expandable storage – Yes(up to 1TB).
  • Stereo speaker.
  • Lacks 3.5mm, Headphone Jack.
  • Fingerprint sensor – Yes(In-display).
  • Face recognition – Yes.
  • Battery – 4500mAH non-removal battery capacity.
  • Fast charging – Yes(25 Watts).
  • Wireless charging – Yes(15 Watts).
  • Reverse charging – Yes(4.5 Watts).
  • USB Type-C port.
  • Connectivity – Dual SIM 4G support(Hybrid).
  • Color options – Navy, White, Lavender, Mint, and Red.
  • Weight – 190 grams.
  • Thickness – 8.4 mm
  • Price – 200,000 Naira
  • Overall Score – 9.2/10

Recommendation – The Samsung S20 Fe has a price cut and is now available for Rs. 36,900, making it an attractive purchase. The mobile offers features like an IP68 rating and wireless charging that is not present on any other Android phones in this price range.

Apple iPhone 11 – Excellent Experience, Security

The best time to buy the iPhone 11 is now, it is available for Rs. 46,990, and with some more discounts, you can easily get this excellent phone for 47k or less.

The iPhone offers peace of mind, better-built quality, and years of future software updates.

Powering the phone is the Apple A13 Bionic processor that is crazy fast, and it comes with excellent selfie cameras and dual rear cameras that are excellent for imaging.

It is dust and water-resistant, so you need not worry about water damage. Also, it comes with stereo speakers and has decent battery life.

Key Spec For Apple iPhone 11

  • Screen- 6.1 Inch 828 x 1792 pixels, IPS LCD, 19.5:9 ratio display.
  • Screen Protection- Scratch Resistance Glass, Oleophobic Coating.
  • Processor- Blazing Fast Apple A13 Bionic (7 nm) Hexa Core Processor 2.6 GHz
  • GPU – Apple Quad-Core GPU
  • RAM- 4 GB
  • Storage- 64/128/256 GB non-expandable storage.
  • Dual Rear Cameras- 12 MP, F1.8 aperture lens with OIS support. 12 MP Ultra Wide Camera, 4K videos.
  • Front camera- 12 MP, f/2.0 aperture, with the ability to shoot 4k videos
  • Connectivity- 3G/4G, VoLTE, WiFi, Bluetooth v5.0, GPS, NFC and USB Type C port
  • Battery- 3110 mAh battery with 18 Watts fast charging.
  • Face Unlock – Yes
  • Wireless charging support – Yes
  • IP 68 Rating – Yes (Water and Dustproof).
  • Weight – 193 grams
  • Thickness – 8.3 mm
  • Price – 250,000 Naira
  • Overall Score – 9.1/10

OnePlus 9 – Fast Performance, Clean UI

OnePlus 9 is the latest addition launched on 23 March 2021 in Nigeria. The OnePlus 9 comes in the following variant:

  • 8 GB RAM and 128GB internal storage.
  • 12 GB RAM and 256GB internal storage.

The new Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Octa-Core processor(5nm) and the Adreno 660 GPU are powering the device.

The high-quality camera has a Triple camera setup carrying a 48MP Sony IMX689 primary camera and an aperture of f/1.8, a 50MP IMX766 ultrawide lens with an aperture of f/2.2, a 2MP depth sensor with an aperture of f/2.4.

Additionally, it has a 16MP single selfie camera and an aperture of f/2.4. Furthermore, it comes with a 6.55-inch fluid AMOLED left align punch hole notch display, an FHD+(2400*1080)pixels resolution, a 1100nits peak brightness, and a 120Hz refresh rate.

Lastly, the OnePlus 9 packs a 4500mAH battery capacity and a 65 Watts fast charging, and 15 Watts fast wireless charging support.

KEY SPEC For OnePlus 9

  • Screen- 6.55 inches fluid AMOLED display, FHD+(2400*1080)pixels resolution, 1100nits brightness.
  • Screen Protection- Corning Gorilla Glass 5.
  • Refresh rate – 120Hz.
  • Processor – Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipset(5nm).
  • GPU – Adreno 660.
  • RAM- 8 GB / 12GB.
  • Storage- 128 GB / 256 GB.
  • Tripple Rear cameras – 48MP Sony IMX689 primary camera f/1.8 aperture, a 50MP IMX766 ultrawide lens (f/2.2 aperture), and a 2MP depth sensor.
  • Front camera- 16MP single selfie camera along with an aperture of f/2.4.
  • Connectivity- 5G, WiFi, Bluetooth v5.2, NFC, and USB Type C port.
  • Battery capacity- 4500 mAh.
  • Fast charging – Yes(65 Watts).
  • Operating system – Android 11 based on OxygenOS 11.3
  • Security – Fingerprint scanner (under display) and Face recognition.
  • Fast Wireless charging support- No.
  • Audio – Stereo speakers, Dolby Atmos technology.
  • Weight – 183 grams
  • Thickness – 8.1 mm
  • Overall Score – 9.3/10

Recommendation – The OnePlus 9 offers fast performance and a clean Oxygen Os UI. The primary and secondary cameras are decent and will not disappoint shutterbugs. The 120 Hz AMOLED Display and Stereo speakers add to the experience. For the current price, the OnePlus 9 is a superb deal.

Vivo X60 Pro (Best Camera Phone Under 250K)

The Vivo X60 Pro was recently launched in Nigeria and is now available. It offers an FHD+(2376*1080)pixels resolution. It comes along with a 6.56-inch AMOLED center that aligns with a punch-hole display and offers a 120Hz refresh rate that provides you with an immersive touch and viewing experience.

The Vivo X60 Pro is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 Octa-core processor based on the 7 Nm manufacturing process. Additionally, it comes with an Adreno 650 GPU for enjoying high graphics gaming. The phone packs a decent 4200mAh battery capacity and 33 Watts fast charging support for lasting usage.

Key Specs For Vivo X60 Pro

  • Display – Offers a 6.56 inch AMOLED left align punch-hole display, FHD+(2376*1080)pixels resolution.
  • Refresh rate – 120Hz.
  • Processor – Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 Octa-core processor(7nm).
  • GPU – Adreno 650.
  • Operating system – Android 11 based on FuntouchOS 11.
  • Rear camera – Triple camera Setup (48 main cameras (f/1.5 aperture, a 13MP Telephoto lens, and 13 MP ultrawide lens).
  • Front camera – a 32MP selfie camera.
  • RAM – 12 GB DDR4X.
  • Storage – 256GB onboard memory support.
  • Expandable storage support – NO.
  • Fingerprint sensor – Yes(In-display).
  • Face recognition – Yes.
  • Battery – decent 4200 mAH non-removal battery capacity.
  • Wireless charging – 33 Watts fast charging(0%-57% in 30 minutes).
  • USB Type-C port.
  • Connectivity – Dual SIM 4G and 5G support.
  • Color option – only comes in Alpha grey color.
  • Weight – 181.5 grams.

Samsung Galaxy S21

The Samsung Galaxy S21 was launched in Nigeria in Feb 2021. No better time to buy the Samsung Galaxy S21 5G. If you are looking for a true flagship experience, the Samsung S21 offers wireless charging, IP68 rating, 5G, and great cameras.

The Galaxy S21 is available with 8 GB RAM and has 128GB/256GB Internal storage. The phone offers fast performance and great cameras, and an immersive display. It weighs just 169 grams and has a thickness of 7.9 mm.

Camera – The key highlight of the phone is the incredible triple camera setup, including a 64MP telephoto camera, 12MP primary camera, and a 12MP ultra-wide camera that provides excellent details, perfect portrait, super steady video support, and up to 8K video shooting.

The Galaxy S21 has a 10MP selfie camera inside a tiny punch hole for selfies. We are also getting one of the best displays with a 6.2-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2x panel, FHD+ (2400*1080) px resolution, and an adaptive 120Hz refresh (48-120 Hz) rate.

There is IP68 certification, so; it is safe from water damage. The Octa-core Exynos 2100 processor is powering the cellphone fabricated on a 5nm chipset with an ARM Mali-G78 GPU. The Galaxy S21 operates on Samsung One UI 3.1 based on Android 11, and Samsung promises three years of Android updates and up to 5 years of security updates.

Furthermore, the mobile is fueled by a 4000mAh battery with 25 Watts fast charging, Wireless Charging, and reverse charging support.

Key Spec For Samsung Galaxy S21

  • Screen – 6.2 inch Dynamic AMOLED 2x display with FHD+ (2400*1080) px resolution, and 120Hz refresh rate.
  • IP68 certification.
  • Polycarbonate Build
  • Processor- Samsung Exynos 2100 octa-core processor(5nm).
  • GPU – ARM Mali-G78.
  • RAM- 8 GB.
  • Storage- 128 GB /256 GB.
  • Triple Rear cameras – 64MP telephoto camera, 12MP primary camera, and a 12MP ultra-wide camera offers 8K video shooting support.
  • Front camera- 10 MP Selfie camera.
  • Connectivity- 4G/5G, WiFi, Bluetooth v5.0, NFC and USB Type C port
  • Battery- 4000 mAh with fast charging (25 Watts).
  • OS – Android 11 and Samsung One UI 3.1.
  • Security – Fingerprint scanner (under display), Face unlock.
  • Wireless charging support- YES.
  • Weight – 169 grams.
  • Thickness – 7.9 mm.

OnePlus 9R – Best for Gaming

Oneplus 9R is available for purchase for 225,000 Naira in Nigeria for the 8 GB Ram and 128 GB version, and the 12 GB ram and 256 GB storage version costs 245,000 Naira in Nigeria. Oneplus 9R is similar to the Oneplus 8T but comes with a slightly faster SD 870 vs. SD 865 processor, and it also features a new design.

The phone comes with the latest Android 11 Os and offers a smooth experience. The rear cameras include 48MP+16MP+5MP+2MP Quad setup OIS support.

The front camera uses a 16MP selfie camera and supports portrait mode with considerable background blurring. The key highlight for the smartphone is the impeccable software experience – Oxygen Os and Android 11.

Why buy it over Oneplus 8T? – You may get additional software updates on this for probably one more year than the 8T.

KEY SPEC FOR ONEPLUS 9R

  • Processor – Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 Octa-Core Processor(7nm+).
  • GPU – Adreno 650
  • Quad Rear Camera – 48MP (main camera) + 16 MP (ultra wide) + 5 MP(macro) + 2MP(depth) camera offers phase detection autofocus, OIS, HDR, LED flash, and shooting videos(up to 4k).
  • Front camera – 16 MP(f/2.4), Auto HDR, blur mode, 1080P Videos.
  • Screen Size – 6.5-inch fluid AMOLED display with (2400 x 1080, including notch) resolution; 402 PPI. 20:9 aspect ratio and 87% screen-to-body ratio, 120 Hz refresh rate.
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Protection.
  • Dual Sim – Yes, it supports dual 4G and single 5G.
  • RAM – 8/12 GB LPDDR4X RAM
  • Operating System – Android 11 based on Oxygen OS.
  • Finger Print & face Scanner – Yes(In-display)
  • Connectivity – WIFI, Bluetooth, NFC, and USB Type-C 3.1
  • Storage – 128/256 GB internal Storage – Not user expandable.
  • Battery Capacity – Non-removable – 4500 mAh capacity. Supports – 65 Watts Fast Charging.
  • Colors – Black and Blue
  • It does not have a 3.5mm jack.
  • Thickness – 8.4 mm.
  • Weight – 188 grams.

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