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Oppo F11 Specifications Review

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Oppo F11 Review

As Oppo launched the Oppo F11 Pro in Kenya, it also launched the Oppo F11.  If you find the Pro version a little expensive, the F11 is a good cheaper option that allows you to enjoy almost everything that you would get from its more expensive sibling.  Here is a summary of its specifications:

  • 6.53 inches display (1080 x 2340 pixels)
  • Android v9.0 Pie with ColorOS 6
  • MediaTek Helio P70 chipset
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB storage
  • Dual 48MP + 5MP rear camera
  • 16MP front camera
  • 4020mAh battery

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Oppo F11 Design and display

The F11 is almost the same as the F11 Pro but has different color options. The key difference is the presence of a waterdrop notch instead of a pop-up front camera mechanism.  The back is polycarbonate plastic and its sandwiched to the front by a metallic frame.  Like the F11 Pro, this device looks good, more like a premium device.

The display is the same as that found on the Pro version.  The 6.53 inches screen is covered by a pre-installed protector and is surrounded by very thin bezels. The volume rocker and hybrid SIM tray are on the left side.  The power button is on the right side. The 3.5mmm headphone jack, micro-USB port, and speaker grills are on the lower side of the phone.  It is disappointing that Oppo decided to use a micro-USB port instead of a USB type C port.

At the back, you will spot the dual 48MP + 5MP camera module, an LED flash, and a fast fingerprint scanner. They are neatly arranged in the middle.  The back looks good but its glossy design makes it a fingerprint magnet.  Fortunately, there is a jelly case included in the package.

Generally, the Oppo F11 looks just like the Pro version without the pop-up selfie camera mechanism.

This device comes with a 6.53 inches display with a resolution of 1080 pixels by 2340 pixels. The display has good color reproduction and great viewing angles.  It makes Oppo F11 a suitable device for media consumption.  It’s also bright – you can view content clearly in direct sunlight.

F11 Design

Software and Hardware

Oppo F11 is powered by Android v9.0 operating system with ColorOS 6 skin on top.  The user interface is clean and easy to understand.  There is a smart assistant sidebar that makes it pretty easy for you to access different apps.  You can also tweak the setting to be able to access the Google Assistant by pressing the power button for 0.5 seconds.

The F11 has the same SoC found in the F11 Pro, MediaTek Helio P70.  Helio P70 processor is paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB onboard storage space.  This configuration facilitates a smooth experience while browsing, checking social media, streaming videos, etc.

You should also expect to play your games without any issues. Oppo F11 can handle both lightweight and heavy games at high settings. PUBG, Asphalt 9, Mobile Legend and other games with heavy graphics will run smoothly.  Temperatures may rise, but not too much to make it uncomfortable to handle the device.

Cameras

Oppo has always marketed itself in Kenya as the go to brand for camera phones.  The F11 does not disappoint in this department. This smartphone is equipped with a 48MP f/1.79 shooter at the back paired with a 5MP depth sensor.  The user interface is the same as that of the Pro version. 

One of the most attractive features of the rear camera is its night mode. This mode allows you to capture decent photos in places with low light. Photos taken outdoors, during the day are good enough to stand out when posted on social media platforms.

The front-facing camera is 16MP. Selfies are pretty good in places with adequate light. However, front portrait mode struggles to separate the subject and the background.

Oppo F11 can record 1080p @30fps videos. However, the phone lacks optical image stabilization.  You have to be stable or use a tripod when you want to capture good quality videos.

Battery and Extras

The F11 is equipped with a 4020mAh battery.  This is 20mAh more than what the users of the Pro version get.  Under moderate to heavy use, it will comfortably take you through the day on a single charge.  It supports Oppo VOOC (3.0) fast charging technology.  You can recharge it from 0% to 100% in around two hours.

Oppo F11 Pros and Cons

Pros

  • A bright, colorful display
  • Good battery life
  • Good camera phone, especially during the day
  • Decent processing power

Cons

  • Bulging camera module
  • You can find cheaper phones with more onboard storage
  • Hybrid SIM slot

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Conclusion

I personally think you get more value for money when you buy the Oppo F11 rather than the F11 Pro. Other than RAM and the pop-up camera mechanism, everything else is pretty much the same.  Cameras are the same, the displays are practically the same and they also have the same processor. But there is the 10,000-shilling difference between them.

Oppo F11 Pro Specifications Review

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Oppo F11 Pro Review

Since the beginning of 2018, after Apple launched the iPhone X, all manufacturers have been working to eliminate bezels from their phones.  The biggest hurdle as always been the selfie camera. Phone makers have been looking for the best way to place the selfie camera in phones while minimizing the amount of space it takes in the front area.  Oppo F11 Pro shows just how far manufacturers are willing to go to maximize the screen area. Although the pop-up selfie mechanism is not entirely new, the F11 Pro prides itself as the first fairly affordable device with a pop-up selfie camera.

Oppo F11 Pro was launched in Kenya a few weeks ago. Here is a summary of its specifications:

  • 6.53 inches display (1080 x 2340 pixels resolution)
  • MediaTek Helio P70
  • 6GB RAM
  • 128GB onboard storage
  • Dual 48MP + 5MP back camera
  • 16MP pop-up selfie camera
  • 4000mAh battery
  • Android v9.0 Pie OS with ColorOS 6

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Oppo F11 Pro design & display

It’s hard to come across ugly phones these days. All manufacturers are working hard to create phones with outstanding designs. As they strive to outshine each other, we are seeing phones with more sophisticated designs being released every other month. And this is a good thing for consumers. Oppo F11 Pro is truly gorgeous. It is undoubtedly one of the best-looking phones. Despite the fact that its body is plastic, it looks so good, better than many phones with glass backs. F11 Pro’s back has a gradient finish that really enhances its beauty. This phone is available in two colors: Aurora Green and Thunder Black.

The F11 Pro’s trimmed edges help the user have a comfortable grip.  You can enjoy one-handed use if you’ve got fairly big hands, However, the phone is pretty slippery. There is a bundled plastic cover that helps to minimize damage in case it’s dropped.

F11 Pro Pop up cameras

The highlight of this phone is its pop-up selfie camera.  Oppo F11 Pro has motorized components inside its chassis that push the front camera up whenever you want to take a selfie. The sliding mechanism is quite fast.  According to Oppo, the sliding front camera mechanism can be used up to 100 times daily, for six years without failing. 

Like any other phone, Oppo F11 has its flaws. The back looks good but it is a fingerprint magnet.  It smudges easily, you need a wipe it with microfiber cloth from time to time to keep it looking good. Furthermore, this phone comes with a microUSB port. Come on Oppo. It’s 2019! This is disappointing since many devices in its price range (and cheaper ones) have USB type C ports.

The F11 Pro has a rear-mounted capacitive fingerprint scanner. This was a good move by Oppo.  This is because we have seen many phones in 2019 which boast of in-screen fingerprint scanners that are very slow and unreliable (e.g. Samsung Galaxy A50).  Furthermore, it has face unlock features which is just as reliable as the fingerprint sensor.

Oppo F11 Pro has the 3.5mm headphone jack, a feature that is increasingly becoming rare in today’s phones.

Since the front camera takes zero space at the front, this phone has extremely thin bezels. It has 90.3% screen to body ratio.  The 6.53-inch HD display has full HD+ resolution. It is sharp and its big size makes it perfect for media consumption.

Performance and software

Oppo F11 Pro is equipped with MediaTek’s Helio P70 processor. This processor is coupled with 6GB of RAM and 128GB onboard storage.  Well, this is a fairly powerful chip, but its also found in devices that are cheaper than the F11 Pro.  However, we should understand that the manufacturer had to cut corners to give us a device with the pop-up camera design at a low price.

Performance is good. 6GB of RAM should keep all apps running smoothly while multitasking.  You can play resource-intensive games such as PUBG on high settings without any problems.

Camera performance

Oppo F11 Pro boasts of a 48MP main camera. Under low light environments, this camera outputs 12MP images.  It is paired with a 5MP depth sensor.  The selfie camera is 16MP.

The 48MP imaging sensor at the back is quite capable. It captures detailed shots with good colors. The rear camera mostly captures images with 12MP resolution. However, the phone allows you to manually switch to 48MP when you want to take crispier shots.  However, you should keep in mind that when you set it to 48MP, you will not be able to use features such as AI scene recognition, HDR, zoom, and beautification.

Oppo F11 Pro night mode helps you click good quality images at night.  Like other F series phones, this phone does not disappoint as far as selfies are concerned.  It takes high quality, Instagram-worthy selfies, especially when you take them on a sunny day outdoors.  The device has on-scream flash functionality for low light environments.   The front-facing shooter also has the portrait mode, allowing you to take photos with blur effect. However, it struggles a bit to separate objects and the background.

Battery life

This mobile phone packs a 4000mAh battery.  It can power it for a full day of moderate to heavy use.  You can play games, watch YouTube videos, browse on Wi-Fi or 4G and still have enough juice when you get back home in the evening.  Furthermore, the F11 Pro has support for 20W VOOC fast charging. You can always recharge it fast whenever you want to head out.

Oppo F11 Pro Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Attractive design
  • Better than average camera performance
  • Innovative pop-up camera mechanism
  • Good battery life

Cons

  • Has microUSB port instead of USB type.

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Nokia 9 PureView Specifications Review

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Nokia 9 PureView

Nokia 9 PureView caused a lot of curiosity among mobile phone enthusiasts right from the time photos of its rear cover leaked. The phone has 5 cameras at the back. And this is something we had not seen on any phone before. It was eventually released in February 2019 and it is already available in Kenya. The rear camera is not the only impressive feature. This phone has a lot of features that make it a worthy alternative to flagships from other top brands.  Here is a summary of its specifications:

  • 5.99 inches display (1440 by 2880 pixels)
  • Android v9.0 pie
  • Snapdragon 845 processor
  • 6GB RAM
  • 128GB onboard storage
  • Under-display fingerprint scanner
  • Penta-lens rear camera (5 x 12MP)
  • Single 20MP front camera
  • 3320mAh battery

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Nokia 9 PureView Design & display

When you take a quick look at this phone, you will realize it follows the design footprint we have seen in other Nokia smartphones. It has a glass front and back sandwiched by an aluminum frame. Nokia is known for making some of the best-looking phones and the 9 PureView is no different.  Well, it’s not the most stylish flagship you can buy in Kenya but it looks good.

The rear panel is glass. This makes it a fingerprint magnet. You have to wipe the back from time to time to keep it looking good. The power button and volume rockers are on the right side. The USB type C port is at the bottom while the microSD card strays are at the top.  Unfortunately, this mobile phone does not have a 3.5mm headphone port.  Nokia 9 PureView is available in one color – deep Midnight Blue.

The OLED display on the PureView measures 5.99 inches and has a resolution of 2880 by 1440 pixels.  The display is bright and sharp. Images are bright and have vivid colors.  

The display does not have a notch. Nokia decided to have a small flat section at the top that to house the front camera, speaker and the Nokia logo. There is also a small chin at the bottom.

Most flagships released in 2019 have in-screen fingerprint scanners. Nokia 9 PureView is no different. However, most people using this phone have complained about the responsiveness of the scanner.  It is slow and fails to recognize registered fingerprints most of the time. Nokia released a software update to fix the issue but users still complain that the problem persists.  Fortunately, it has the face unlock feature.

Camera Performance

The penta-lens back camera is the feature that gets many people excited about this phone.  This camera outperforms the cameras of many phones in its price range but does not beat cameras installed in top tier flagships like the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.  It is a good camera phone, but not the best you can buy.

PureView Cameras

Three of the five rear cameras have monochrome lenses. The other two are in color and have f/1.8 apertures.  The different lenses capture images simultaneously and combine them to produce an image with the best detail. If you love taking monochrome photos, Nokia 9 PureView is perhaps one of the best phones you can buy.

The front camera is 20MP and captures good quality photos in places with good light.

Performance

Although the PureView is equipped with 2018’s Snapdragon 845 chipset. It is one of the most powerful devices in its class. This processor is paired with 6GB of RAM. There is 128GB onboard storage space and there is no microSD card slot.

This phone runs basic Android 9.0 Pie out of the box without bloatware.  Since it is featured in the Android One program, you should expect swift Android updates regularly. Nokia 9 PureView should be one of the first phones to be upgraded to Android Q.

Battery

This device is powered by a 3320mAh battery. The battery can power the phone for a full day on a single charge. It is bundled with an 18W fast charger that helps to juice it up in a short time.

Nokia 9 PureView Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Decent camera performance
  • Eye-catching design
  • Pure android experience
  • Give the user ability to export RAW DNG

Cons

  • Slow fingerprint scanner

Conclusion

Nokia 9 PureView is undoubtedly one of the best phones from HMD Global so far. The main highlight of this phone is its rear camera with 5 lenses that combine all images captured into one.  It is a good choice if you are keen on having a phone that takes quality photos and videos. However, despite it having a 5-lens camera setup, it does not outshine the camera performance of pricier flagships.  As far as performance is concerned, PureView has powerful internals that should keep things running smoothly.

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Nokia 2.2 Specifications Review

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Nokia 2.2

Nokia 2.2 is the latest device from HMD Global available in Kenya.  The company has not been aggressive in 2019 like it was in 2018. So far, we have seen only a handful of phones from the finish company in 2019 – Nokia 3.2, Nokia 4.2, Nokia 9 PureView and now the Nokia 2.2.  Except for the Nokia 9 PureView, all the others are upgraded versions of 2018 models.  

The 2.2 is a major upgrade of 2018’s Nokia 2.1. It a better phone in almost all aspects. It has better design and more powerful internals.  Here is a quick summary of its specifications:

  • 5.71 inches display (720 x 1520 pixels)
  • MediaTek Helio A22 Chipset
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB internal storage
  • Android v9.0 Pie OS
  • 3000mAh battery
  • 13MP back camera
  • 5MP front-facing camera

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Nokia 2.2 Design & Display

This is the third Nokia branded smartphone with a waterdrop notch.  It has so much in common with its older brother, the Nokia 3.2, in terms of design.  The display is surrounded by thin bezels. The bezel areas are smaller than those of its predecessor.  This enabled Nokia to fit a larger display in a phone that is roughly the same size as the Nokia 2.1.

The back is polycarbonate with a glossy finish. It is available in two colors: steel and tungsten black.  The rear cover is removable, a feature that is very rear in today’s phones.  Removing the back cover gives you access to the card slots and the battery.  This is one of the very few phones in the market with a removable battery.  The Nokia 2.2 allows you to replace the battery with a new one when it depreciates.  It supports the use of two nano-SIM cards and a microSD card.

Nokia 2.2 design

Like many other Nokia phones, the 2.2 is a beautiful phone. However, the plastic back cover can be scratched easily and is susceptible to fingerprints. The volume and power buttons are on the right side while the Google Assistant button is on the left-hand side. Although it is a thick phone (9.3mm), it’s an easy phone to hold and operate in one hand. It is light, weighing only 153 grams.

At the bottom, you will see a speaker frame and a miroUSB port. The 3.5mm headphone jack is on the top frame.

Nokia 2.2 comes with a 5.71 inches display with a resolution of 720 pixels by 1520 pixels with 19:9 aspect ratio.  The display gives images with accurate colors and is very pleasing to look at.  Although it’s bright indoors, you might struggle a little in direct sunlight. The display resolution is 720 pixels. You should expect decent sharpness when streaming content online or watching videos on YouTube.

Hardware & Software

Hardware is what sets this phone part from last year’s Nokia 2.1. This phone is powered by MediaTek Helio A22 processor, which is more powerful than Snapdragon 425 which powers last year’s model.  The variant available in Kenya has 2GB of RAM, which is better than 1GB of RAM available in Nokia 2.1. Furthermore, this device has Android v9.0 Pie, which is an upgrade of Android v8.0 Oreo Go Edition installed in its predecessor.

Nokia 2.2 is one of the most affordable Android One devices in the country.  This device runs stock Android v9.0 Pie, giving you access to things like Adaptive Battery and Adaptive Display. Android One also means that you will have a device that is free of bloatware, helping to keep the phone running smoothly.  With this Android One phone, you are guaranteed three years of security patches every month and major software updates.  Nokia 2.2 is Android Q ready.

The 2.2 phone does not have a fingerprint scanner but has the face unlock feature. 

Onboard storage space is 16GB. There is a microSD card slot that allows storage expansion up to 400GB.

Camera performance

Nokia 2.2 sports a single 13MP camera at the back and a 5MP front-facing camera.  There is an LED flash at the back that is very helpful in low light photography.  You can get decent quality photos and videos from these cameras.  However, there is no portrait mode or bokeh effect.

It can capture decent photographs and videos outdoors during the day but struggles in low light environments.  Selfies are okay too.

The cameras are average, which is something you should expect just by checking the phone’s price tag.

Battery

Nokia 2.2 is fueled by a 3000mAh battery. This is pretty decent for a phone with a 5.71-inch display and low-power processor. It can easily go for a full day on a single charge.  It’s good that this phone has a daylong battery life because there is no fast charging.  It takes almost 3 hours to fully recharge this device. 

As stated earlier, it is one of the few phones that come with removable batteries. This is a pleasant surprise from HMD Global in 2019.

Conclusion

Nokia 2.2 is currently one of the cheapest Nokia phones in Kenya. It also among the cheapest phones in Google’s Android One program.  This means you will enjoy Android 9.0 Pie and regular updates as you wait for Android Q. If you are looking for a low-cost phone with good battery life, pure Android Pie, good looks and that gives you the ability to replace the battery and back cover when they wear out, Nokia 2.2 is a good fit.

Nokia 2.2 Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Pure Android Pie operating system
  • Long battery life
  • Helpful Google Assistant button

Cons

  • Slow performance

Nokia 2.2 Alternatives

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Nokia 3.2 Specifications Review

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Nokia 3.2

Nokia 3.2 was announced at the 2019 MWC alongside the Nokia 4.2 and Nokia 9 PureView. This phone is already available in Kenya and is one of the most popular phones below 15,000 Kenyan shillings.  So, what makes this phone popular among budget shoppers? Is it the best you can get at its prices range?  Below, we take a look at its features to help you decide whether it’s the phone you need.

Key features of Nokia 3.2

  • 6.26 inches display (720 x 1520 pixels)
  • Quadcore Snapdragon 429 processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB internal storage
  • 13MP back camera
  • 5MP selfie camera
  • 4000mAh battery
  • Android v9.0 Pie
  • 4G support

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Design & Display

Today’s budget phones are nothing like the budget phones we had a few years ago in terms of design. Manufacturers are making affordable phones that are well designed – it is becoming harder and harder to estimate the price of a phone just by looking at it. Nokia 3.2 is one such phones. It is a good-looking phone with a beautiful large 6.26-inch display with a waterdrop notch. The back is polycarbonate, but it does not make it look cheap.  The 3.2 is available in two colors: Black and Steel.

Nokia 3.2 colors

This phone has a lot of design similarities with its more expensive sibling, the Nokia 4.2. the 3.5mm audio jack, Google Assistant Button, and micro USB port are in the same location as those of its sibling.  The LED notification light is integrated on the power button.  At the back, you will see the 13MP camera module and a fingerprint scanner conveniently placed below it.

The 6.26-inch waterdrop notch display has a resolution of 720 pixels by 1520 pixel. The display is surrounded by thin bezels.  It is bright and has decent viewing angles. Unfortunately, this display lacks Widevine L1. This basically meant that you can’t stream HD content from Netflix and other popular video streaming platforms.  

Software, Hardware & Performance

If you are looking for a phone that will offer good performance on a budget, the 3.2 is one of the phones that you should consider.  This phone is powered by Snapdragon 429 processor and has 2GB of RAM (3GB RAM variant is not available in Kenya).  Nokia 3.2 has 16GB onboard storage space and there is a microSD card slot that allows you to expand storage up to 400GB.

The usual everyday apps load reasonably fast. You should also expect to play light games such as Shadow Fight 3 on this phone without any problems. However, the phone will struggle if you try to play games that use a lot of resources, such as the PUGB.  If you love gaming on your phone, this is obviously not the best device for you.

Nokia 3.2 runs Android v9.0 Pie out of the package.  It is powered by a beefy 4000mAH battery which can easily power it through a day of moderate use.  Unfortunately, there is no fast charging support. It takes a long time to fully recharge the 4000mAh battery.

Cameras

Nokia 3.2 comes with a single 13MP pixels camera at the back. It does not have a secondary back camera like its sibling. This is a little disappointing since many phones in its price range, like the Infinix Smart 3 Plus, have dual and triple-lens rear cameras.  The 13MP rear shooter is accompanied by an LED flash. The selfie camera is 5MP.  The camera software is pretty simple since it’s an Android One device.

The camera captures good quality photos in places with good light.  Shots captured outdoors have good detail and accurate colors.  Since there is no depth sensor at the back, there is no portrait mode.  Selfies are good in places with adequate light. The front shooter struggles in places with low light.

Nokia 3.2 can capture 1080p vides. It does not support slow-mo video recording.

Conclusion

There are many things that make the Nokia 3.2 a good choice for individuals looking for a good affordable phone – good battery life, large HD display, and attractive design. It is a solid choice if your budget is around 12K. However, if you want a phone that can handle heavy tasks and gaming, it may not be the best choice.

Nokia 3.2 Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Large HD display
  • Good battery life
  • Android one experience
  • Attractive design

Cons

  • Weak processor
  • No fast charging

Nokia 3.2 Alternatives

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Thinking of buying Samsung Galaxy Note 10? Here are things you should know

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Note 10 design

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus and the Galaxy Note 10 are currently the talk of the town.  They have been described by some people as the best phones ever. A few days after the official launch date, these phones are already available in Kenya. Are you thinking about buying one of these phones? Here are things that you should know:

They have more powerful processors than S10 series phones

Note series and S series phones released in the same year always have the same chipsets. The Galaxy Note 9 and the Galaxy S9 were powered by the same processor. However, this time around, Samsung Note 10 has a slightly better processor than the Samsung Galaxy S10.  The new note series phones are equipped with the new Exynos 9825 processor built on the 7nm manufacturing process. This is an upgrade of the Exynos 9820 chipset which powers the S10 and the S10 Plus.  Exynos 9825 is the world’s first processor utilizing EUV technology.

Samsung-Galaxy-Note-10-displays

The new S-Pen is better than the previous S-Pen

The S Pen has been the signature feature of Note series phones. The Korean phone maker has been improving it and adding more functionalities over the years.  In last year’s note release. Samsung added Bluetooth functionality to the stylus making it possible for it to be used as a remote control. This year, they have added “Air Action”. This new feature allows you to trigger different actions using gestures.  For example, you can zoom the camera, in or out by moving the S Pen.

They are the first flagships from Samsung without the 3.5mm headphone jack

Apple ditched the 3.5mm jack a few years ago. This move disappointed a lot of people who were loyal to the Apple brand. Many brands followed suit and eliminated the socket from their flagships. Samsung was one of the few companies that maintained this port. However., it seems Samsung has now joined the bandwagon.  Samsung Note 10 and Note 10+ don’t have the 3.5mm headphone jack. However, they come with the USB type C to 3.5mm adapter that will allow you to use the regular wired earphones.

Up to 45W super-fast charging technology

Both the Note 10 and the Note 10+ support 45W fast charging? Impressive? Unfortunately, the phones don’t ship with 45W fast charging adapters. What you will find inside the box is a 25W adapter.  If you want to enjoy 45W fast charging, you will have to buy a 45W fast charger separately.  According to Samsung, the 45W adapter can recharge the phone fully, from 0% in just 30 minutes.

Samsung Note 10 back

The Galaxy Note 10 does not have MicroSD slot

Note 10 does not allow the use of a memory card for storage expansion.  Note 10 Plus, on the other hand, has a microSD card slot. This will certainly discourage anyone who was planning to use a memory card from buying the smaller variant in the Note 10 series.  However, the phone has 256GB onboard storage., which is enough for most people. The Note 10+ microSD slot allows memory expansion up to 1TB.

Looking for a Cheap Phone? Best Tips That Will Help You Get The Best

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How to choose the best cheap phone

When you are looking for a cheap Android smartphone, it’s very easy to end up with a bad, low quality phone. This is because when the price tag is the main thing you are concerned with, it’s easy to be lured into buying a poor-quality phone. There are many good affordable devices in the market. You can get a quality brand new cheap phone that can serve your needs for a long time if you know exactly what to look for.  Here are the things that you should consider when you want to choose a good cheap device:

Carefully go through the specifications sheet

Phone manufacturers cut corners to make cheap phones. Before you start your search, think about the features that are really important to you. Do you want a smartphone with a big display? Do you want a phone with ample storage space? Since you are on a tight budget, you will not get all the features you want in a phone. It’s important to define the features you can sacrifice and those that you can’t.  There are many devices out there. Starting your search while not knowing exactly what you want will only lead to confusion.

It’s always best to go for a device that has been around for longer when you want value for money. For example, if Tecno just launched the Camon 11, think about buying the Camon X, a phone that was launched a year earlier.  The later was pricey one year ago, but its price will automatically drop because a new device has been launched.

When you are shopping on a budget, you should have realistic expectations. You should expect to find a device with the latest and most powerful processor, lots of storage space and the best display technology. In the world of smartphones, you mostly get what you pay for.

In 2019, manufactures have taken their competition for the budget shopper a notch higher. Well, this is a good thing for consumers because they are now able to get better phones at lower prices. Samsung launched the A series to deal with its Chinese rivals. The Chinese phone makers, on the other hand, are making features that were only available in flagships available in lower mid-range and budget devices. It’s now possible to get a lower mid-range phone with an in-display fingerprint scanner.

When you are looking for a good phone on a shoestring budget in 2019, your absolute minimum specifications should be:

  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 16GB onboard storage space
  • Quad-core processor
  • MicroSD card support
  • 720p display resolution

You are probably wondering why the camera was left out. This was a deliberate move because the number of megapixels does not always reflect the quality of the camera.

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Choosing the best Android phone

It’s hard enough to have a phone with weak hardware. It’s terrible to have a device with both weak hardware and an inefficient operating system.

You should not buy a smartphone running on Android 5 Lollipop or an earlier version of Android such as KitKat in 2019. You might be attracted to such phones because of their low-price tags. However, if you want to enjoy the features that modern operating systems bring, go for a phone with Android v6.0 Marshmallow and above. However, it’s okay to buy a phone with an older Android installation that will allow you to upgrade to a newer version.

Compare prices at different shops

To get the absolute best deal, take time to compare prices at different stores. A deal that may seem very good at one shop may not be the best deal you can get. You might be surprised to find the same device elsewhere at a price that is significantly lower. Check if there are any hidden charges. If you are buying online, how much is the cost of delivery? Calculate the final cost before making the final decision to buy.

Ready to buy? Choose from the most popular brands below.

Samsung        Tecno        Huawei        Infinix        Oppo        Nokia        Xiaomi        Honor        Apple         Sony        Blackberry

Samsung Galaxy A50 FAQs – Everything you need to know

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Samsung Galaxy A50 FAQ

The Galaxy A50 is one of the most popular Samsung phones of 2019. This device has decent specs and comes with a very attractive price tag. The key attractions of the A50 include a large super AMOLED display, powerful processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB internal storage space.

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If you are thinking of buying the Samsung Galaxy A50 or if you have already purchased the phone, I have created a list of Frequently Asked Questions that will answer the questions you might be having with regards to the phone.

Samsung Galaxy A50 FAQs

Is the Galaxy A50 water-resistant?

This phone is not IP68 certified. This means you are likely to damage it if you expose it to water. To prevent water damage, always keep it away from water.

Is the battery removable?

This phone has a plastic unibody. This means you can’t remove the back cover. If you can’t remove the back cover, you can’t remove the battery.

Does this phone support Always-On-Display?

This phone has Always-On-Display feature.

How good is the on-display fingerprint scanner?

You will find it slow if you have been using a phone with a capacitive fingerprint scanner. You have to place your finger on it for a longer time to unlock the phone.

What kinds of SIM cards can you use on the Galaxy A50? Is it dual SIM? Does it have a dedicated slot?

This smartphone allows you to use two nano-SIM cards. It also has a separate microSD card. This means that you can have a Safaricom SIM, Telkom/Airtel SIM, and a memory card at the same time.

Does it have an ambient light sensor? Does it have a gyroscope?

Previous budget phones from Samsung did not have these sensors. The Galaxy A50 has both.

Is there any kind of protection for the display?

Samsung A50 Super AMOLED display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3.

Does it have FM radio

Yes. You can listen to all your favorite local FM stations.

Does it have Widevine L1 support?

Widevine L1 support means you can stream HD videos on Netflix, Showmax and other popular streaming services in Kenya.

Can the Samsung A50 record slow-motion videos?

Unfortunately, it can’t. If you want this feature, check out the Samsung Galaxy A70. The A50 is limited to 1080p videos at 30fps. The cameras can’t record 4K videos.

How many fingerprints does the Galaxy A50 allow one to register?

You can save up to 5 fingerprints.

Which Android version is installed in the Samsung A50?

It runs on Android v9.0 out of the box.  It has Samsung One UI on top.

Does the A50 support 4G? Does it support dual voLTE?

Yes, this smartphone can connect to 4G networks in Kenya. It supports voLTE i.e. the ability to make voice calls via 4G networks. A50 has Dual-voLTE support – you can connect to two voLTE networks simultaneously.

How much storage space is available to the user?

This mobile phone has 128GB onboard storage space. Out of this space, around 111GB is left for the user. The rest of the space is taken by the operating system and pre-installed apps.

Is it possible to uninstall pre-installed applications?

You can disable or uninstall some pre-installed apps.  There are a few that can’t be disabled or uninstalled.

Does the Galaxy A50 support quick charging?

Yes. This smartphone comes with a 15W fast charging adapter.

Does it have face unlock?

The Samsung A50 has the face unlock feature.

What do you get inside the box?

When you unbox, you find the A50 phone, 15W fast charging adapter, USB cable, earphones, SIM ejector tool, plastic back cover, and the documentation.

How many Samsung Galaxy A50 variants are available in Kenya?

You can buy A50 with 4GB RAM and 128GB onboard storage in Kenya. A 6GB RAM variant with 128GB storage recently got into the market.  Confirm specs with the retailers before making a purchase.

Does it support USB OTG?

Yes, this smartphone supports USB On-The-Go. This means you can connect a flash disk, external hard disk, and other devices to the Galaxy A50 via an adapter.

What color options are available in Kenya?

3 color options are available in Kenya – Black, Blue, and White.

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