Android phones have come a long way from a humble beginning in 2008. They have grown from just 2.8% of the smartphone market in 2009 to over 85% of the smartphone market today. If you are planning to buy an Android smartphone in Nigeria, this article provides the all star list of Android phones. Behold the best Android phones in Nigeria.
Where to Buy Best Android Phones
Android phones are doing well globally, and in Nigeria they are gradually gaining in popularity, thanks largely to cheap and affordable Android phones from global brands like Samsung and Lenovo as well as Chinese brands like Tecno, Infinix, Itel, and Innjoo.
However, this article is not about cheap phones, it is about the best Android phones money can buy. We have lined up the most powerful and the most sophisticated Android phones right now.
However, if you are a bargain hunter, you can checkout our list of best Cheap Android phones. That said there are a few value for money offerings in this lineup.
Here are some of the best Android phones in Nigeria right now updated for 2018. Most of the listed Android phones come with Android 8 (Oreo) or Android 7 (Nougat) with possible upgrades to Android 8.0 (Oreo).
Android 8 (Oreo) has gradually started trickling into some of the best Android Phones and more phones will get it by the middle of 2018.
Best Android Phones in 2018
- Samsung Galaxy S8
- Samsung Galaxy Note 8
- Google Pixel 2
- LG V30
- HTC U11 Plus
- Huawei Mate 10 Pro
- Infinix Zero 5
- Tecno Phantom 8
- OnePlus 5T
- Uhans Max 2
Here are some of the Best Android phones of 2018
Samsung Galaxy S8
Samsung Galaxy S8 is Samsung’s soon to be dethroned flagship smartphone and no doubt one of the best Android phones in Nigeria today, while we anticipate the Samsung Galaxy S9. It features a bezeless design that keeps it compact despite having a brilliant 5.8-inch Super AMOLED display.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 sports a 3000 mAh battery, which exactly the same as its predecessor, the Galaxy S7. The smartphone runs on Android 7.0 (Nougat) with Android 8.0 (Oreo) update being rolled out gradually. It powered by the highly efficient Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 with 4GB of RAM.
As is now a tradition, the Galaxy S7 will feature Samsung’s Exynos processors (Exynos 8895 Octa) in some markets. On the back is a very good 12 megapixels camera with an 8MP camera on the front. Because of the bezeless design the fingerprint sensor has been moved to the back. The phone also support Iris scan and Face unlock.
The smartphone supports wireless charging and is dust and water proof. Price range: 205,000 Naira to 250,000 Naira.
If you prefer a bigger device, you should consider the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus with a 6.2-inch Super AMOLED display.
Price range: 229,000 Naira to 350,000 Naira.
Where to Buy Samsung Galaxy S8 / S8+
Jumia.com.ng₦205,000.00 Buy Now
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is the latest member of the Note series. the curvier cousin of the new Galaxy S7 flagship. It offers a 6.3-inch Super AMOLED display (1440 x 2960 pixels), which is only slightly bigger than the 6.2-inch display provided for the duo of Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus and Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus. However, the Galaxy Note 8 is one of the best Android phones if you looking for a productivity smartphone better optimised for note-taking and making sketches. It comes with a S-Pen Stylus.
The Note 8 also scores high on camera with a very good dual 12MP camera on the back and an 8MP camera on the front. Depending on your country, you will get either a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 or Samsung Exynos 8895 Octa. It is loaded with an impressive 6GB RAM.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 also features an Android 7.1.1 (Nougat) with Android 8.0 (Oreo) now being rolled out. You can choose between models with 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB storage. Price range: 260,000 Naira to 425,000 Naira.
Where to Buy Samsung Galaxy Note 8
Jumia.com.ng₦260,000.00 Buy Now
Google Pixel 2
Google Pixels 2 is the successor of the Google Pixel, the first smartphone to be designed and built entirely by Google. It features a premium design and like its predecessor offers a highly rated smartphone camera.
The Google Pixel 2 features a premium aluminium body with duast and water resistance. The 5.0-inch AMOLED display is covered with Corning Gorilla Glass 5. If you are looking for the best Google software experience, the Google Pixel 2 is probably one of the best Android phones around.
Google Pixel 2 ships with Android 8.0 (Oreo) and being a Google device will get Android software and security updates as soon as they become available. It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 with 4GB RAM. You can choose between the model with 64GB or 128GB built-in storage. Price in Nigeria ranges from 292,000 Naira to 370,000 Naira.
For a bigger display, you can checkout the Google Pixel 2 XL, which is just like an extra large version of the Pixel 2.
Price for the Google Pixel 2 XL ranges from 390,000 Naira to 480,000 Naira.
Where to Buy Google Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL
Jumia.com.ng₦292,000.00 Buy Now
The LG V30 and the LG G6 were probably the best android phone from LG in 2017. However, the V30 stands out because of its beautiful design and top notch hardware and software. The LG V30 is one of the best android phones around all thanks to a brilliant 6.0-inch P-OLED display with Always on feature and Dolby Vision. The phone also supports HDR10.
The premium smartphone features a dual camera setup on the back and runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset. It is loaded with Android 7.1.1 (Nougat) with Android 8 (Oreo) update now gradually being rolled out. You can choose between 64GB or 128GB storage, though the 128GB model is also referred to as the LG V30 Plus.
Price range: 225,000 NGN to 290,000 NGN.
Where to Buy LG V30
Jumia.com.ng₦224,995.00 View Offer
HTC 11 Plus
The HTC U11 Plus is one of the best Android phones from HTC. It features an ultra-slim design and offers a 6.0-inch Super LCD6 display with 1440 x 2880 pixels resolution.
HTC U11 Plus sports a brilliant 12MP rear camera with Optical Image Stabilisation. You also get an 8MP front facing camera.
HTC U11 Plus flaunts a premium Liquid Surface glass finish on the rear with water and dust resistance.
For power, the HTC U11 Plus relies on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset with 4GB of RAM. It runs on Android 8.0 (Oreo). Price starts at around 279,000 Naira.
If you prefer a more compact design, checkout the HTC U11, which features a 5.5-inch display and starts at a price of around 195,000 Naira. However, the U11 comes with Android 7.1.1 (Nougat), but HTC has just started rolling out Android 8 Oreo update for the device.
If you want an even more compact design and a more affordable option, the HTC U11 Life could be for you. If you are a fan of dual cameras, the HTC U11 Eyes offers dual 5MP cameras in the front for taking selfies.
Where to Buy HTC U11 / U11 Plus
Jumia.com.ng₦279,000.00 View Offer
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
Huawei Mate 10 Pro is currently one of the best Android phones from Huawei. It features ultra-slim bezels like other recent highend smartphones. In front, you will find the brilliant 6.0-inch AMOLED display with 1080 x 2160 pixels resolution.
You get dual 12MP and 20MP cameras on the back artificial intelligence support for object recognition. On the front, you find a 5MP camera for taking selfies. The smartphone is a high performer with an octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 970 chipset, 4GB or 6GB RAM, and 4G LTE with download speeds of up to 1200 Mbps. Price in Nigeria starts at around 295,000 NGN.
The Mate 10 Pro comes with offers 256GB storage, but if you do not mind 64GB storage you should consider the Huawei Mate 10. The Mate 10 also offers an unnoticeably smaller 5.9-inch display with the fingerprint sensor in the front rather than on the back for the Mate 10 Pro.
Huawei Mate 10 Price starts at around 235,900 Naira. There is also the more affordable Huawei Mate 10 Lite, which features dual cameras on the front and rear to consider.
Where to Buy Huawei Mate 10 / Mate 10 Pro
Jumia.com.ng₦235,900.00 View Offer
Infinix Zero 5
Infinix Zero 5 is one of the best Android phones in Nigeria if you are looking for more affordable options. It features a octa-core processor (Mediatek Helio X25) and 6GB RAM for a smooth running smartphone.
The smartphone offers a massive 5.98-inch IPS display with a premium metal design. The dual 12MP and 13MP rear cameras offers optical image stabilisation for less blurs and reduced shaky videos.
The Infinix Zero 5 sports a rear facing fingerprint sensor and a 4350 mAh battery. It is also the first smartphone from Infinix to feature USB Type C.
All these features you get at a price of about 105,000 Naira, making the Infinix Zero 5 one of the best Android phones around if you are for value for money. It loads Android 7 (Nougat).
If the 64GB storage provided for the Zero 5 is not enough, you can go for the Infinix Zero 5 Pro that comes with 128GB built-in storage. Both models supports up to 128GB via memory card.
Where to Buy Infinix Zero 5 / Zero 5 Pro
Jumia.com.ng₦105,000.00 Buy Now
Tecno Phantom 8
The Tecno Phantom 8 is the latest flagship smartphone from Tecno that looks to take things up from where the impressive Tecno Phantom 6 and Phantom 6 Plus left off, though some still argue that the Tecno Phantom 6 Plus is the best Android phones from Tecno as far as camera is concerned.
Tecno Phantom 8 features a 5.7-inch IPS display and is powered by a Mediatek Helio P25 chipset with 6GB RAM. The smartphone features a 12MP + 13MP dual cameras on the rear and a 20MP camera on the front.
Tecno Phantom 8 retains the dual biometric security with both a fingerprint sensor and an iris scan. Price ranges from 120,000 Naira to 170,000 Naira.
Where to Buy Tecno Phantom 8
Jumia.com.ng₦120,500.00 Buy Now
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge was part of Samsung’s 2015 line of all metal more premium looking smartphone design. Galaxy S6 Edge has the screen curving on the edges for easily accessing notifications.
As for as design and features go it will be hard to omit the Edge from a list of best Android phones in Nigeria.
The smartphone features a brilliant 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display with 2560 x 1440 pixels resolution protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4. It sports a fingerprint scanner.
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge sports an octa-core processor with 3GB RAM and is available with 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB built-in storage. It comes with Android 5.0 (Lollipop), but like the S6 is upgradeable to Android 6.0 (Marshmallow).
Samsung Galaxy S6 is just like the Galaxy S6 Edge without the curved screen edge.
Samsung also released a Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, which is more or less like a bigger Galaxy S6 Edge with a bigger 5.7-inch display and a 4GB RAM. Prices starts at around 220,000 Naira for the S6 Edge and 200,000 Naira for the S6.
Where to Buy Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
Jumia.com.ng₦189,250.00 View Offer
Sony Xperia Z5
Xperia Z5 is the latest flagship smartphone from Sony. It comes in a beautiful design with the usual water resistant design. Sony Xperia Z5 offers a brilliant 5.2-inch display boasting of the same Triluminos found in Sony Bravia TVs.
Sony flagships are some of the best Android phones in the camera department and the Xperia Z5 is no different. The smartphone sports a 23MP camera on the back with an autofocus that locks focus in just 0.03 seconds.
Sony Xperia Z5 features Android 5.1.1 (Lollipop), octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset, 3GB RAM, and fingerprint scanner. Price: 180,000 to 260,000 Naira.
If you want a bigger display, checkout the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium, which is very similar to the Z5, but offers a larger 5.5-inch display.
Where to Buy Sony Xperia Z5
Jumia.com.ng₦189,250.00 View Offer
As far this list of Best Android Phones goes, the Elephone P9000 is perhaps the one phone that strikes the perfect balance between design, specs, and cost.
This pretty smartphone sports a 5.5-inch Display from LG and a 13MP rear camera from Sony. Running things is an octa-core MediaTek Helio P10 chipset with 4GB of RAM. It is loaded with Android 6.0 (Marshmallow)
Elephone P9000 also features NFC, reversible USB Type C port, and fingerprint scanner. Price starts at around 85,000 NGN.
Where to Buy Elephone P9000
Jumia.com.ng₦83,495.00 Buy Now
Huawei Mate 8
The Huawei Mate 8 is one of the latest flagship smartphone from its maker. It features a brilliant 6.0-inch display protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4.
Huawei Mate 8 runs on Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) and is powered by an octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 950 chipset with option of 3GB or 4GB RAM.
The camera is also brilliant. On the back is a 16 megapixels camera with dual-LED flash with a front facing 8 megapixels camera.
Huawei Mate 8 features a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor for extra security. It also sports a 4000 mAh battery. Price starts at around 189,000 NGN.
Where to Buy Huawei Mate 8
Jumia.com.ng₦247,595.00 View Offer
The BlackBerry Priv is the first and only Android phone from the once dominant BlackBerry. For users who love a physical QWERTY keyboard, the Priv is the best Android phone around.
The BlackBerry Priv features a large and brilliant 5.4-inch display and a slide-out physical QWERTY keyboard. It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 with 3GB of RAM.
The Priv boasts of the best camera on any BlackBerry phone with an 18MP camera. Price ranges from 227,000 Naira.
The Nexus 5X is the smaller Nexus device to Huawei-made Nexus 6P. Manufactured by LG, the Nexus 5X runs on Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) just like its bigger cousin, but goes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 and 2GB of RAM.
The smartphone has a 5.2-inch display with a 12.3MP rear camera and 5MP front camera.
Where to Buy LG Nexus 5X
Jumia.com.ng₦167,992.00 Buy Now
The Xiaomi Mi 5 is another value for more smartphone in this lineup. It offers the design and specs of a highend phone at a fraction of the price.
Xiaomi Mi 5 features a 5.15-inch Display, 16 MP rear camera, 4MP front camera, and fingerprint scanner. It features the top-grade Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset with 3GB or 4GB of RAM. Mi 5 is not official in Nigeria, but is being expected. Xiaomi Mi 4 and redmi 2 are currently available on Jumia.
Where to Buy Xiaomi Phones
Jumia.com.ngfrom ₦25,000.00 Buy Now
More of the Best Android Phones
- Wiko Ridge 4G
- Huawei Nexus 6P
- Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016)
- Infinix Zero 3
- HTC One A9
- LG G4
- HTC One M9
- Samsung Galaxy Note 5
- Meizu Pro 6
So, there goes our list of best Android phones in Nigeria so far for 2018. More Android phones are likely to join them in the next few months. A few of these Android phones will also make it to Nigeria.
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