4G smartphones are the talk of town. These are devices that feature high speed technologies (Long Term Evolution). The LTE is a 4G wireless communication technology developed by the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) (according to Webopedia ) that usually provides up to 10x the speed of normal 3G networks for your mobophones that is smartphones because not all phones have access to 3G even some areas in this country Kenya lack even 3G but we’ve seen our telecommunication gaiants the likes of Safaricom launch 4G connectivity in a couple of big towns in Kenya.
Not to be forgotten is this that you will not access 4G because you’re in a 4G covered region. No. It takes gadget that is capable of taking into use the LTE/4G network. There are not so many such devices in Kenya that’s why I sat down and did all this to analyze smartphones that can take up the 4G connectivity and help realize the 10x faster speeds. Generally I hope you understand the terminology 4G and what it can bring about/ Maybe 5G is coming so don’t be left in the 2G, 3G(WCDMA) upgrade by using one of these phones listed below.
Tecno Phantom 5
Tecno Phantom 5 was the Tecno Mobile’s 2015 flagship that was well received after it outed the Tecno Phantom Z which was its predecessor. It has powerful processor alongside that it runs on Android Lollipop possibly it might get Marshmallow but that’s for another day.
It features a Full HD 5.5 inch display screen protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Runs on Android Lollipop
3GB RAM and 32GB ROM.
13MP primary camera and 8MP front camera
Tecno Camon C5
The Camon C5 features a 5 inch display with an awesome 1280 x 720 pixels screen resolution. It hosts twi powerful cameras the 8MP primary camera and a 2MP front camera for selfie shooting. It is cheap and the first Tecno Mobile smartphone to run on Android Lollipop and to be a 4G enabled device.
Some specs include:
1GB RAM and 8GB ROM + MicroSD slot
8MP + 2MP cameras primary camera with a LED flash
5.0 inch HD screen
InnJoo Fire Pro
InnJoo is not well established in Kenya. And so does it lack customer service in Kenya. Am not sure whether they’re well established but be careful you may miss out on getting your device accessories. Anyway that aside the InnJoo Fire Pro is another 4G/LTE enabled device that can be bought from Jumia. It is slim and stylish in making and carries enough specs to wow you.
Specs of InnJoo Fire Pro
5.0 Inch display with 1280 x 720 pixels.
2GB RAM and 16GB ROM expandable with a MicroSD card up to 32GB.
Android 5.1 Lollipop with InnOS UI read about Tecno HiOS Ui.
8MP primary camera an a 5MP front camera (selfie shooter).
Samsung Galaxy J1
I bet I don’t like most Samsung smartphones but well they’re believed to be the most durable but also too expensive. The Samsung Galaxy J1 was not a flagship phone for Samsung but rather a rich feature smartphone that also has 4G/LTE connectivity quite cheap going for below Kes. 10,000.
Lets check the specs and then you will realize that even though it is a 4G phone it is not upto bar with some of their competitors well established in Africa.
The Specs of Samsung Galaxy J1
4.3 inch TFT display
5MP primary camera and 2MP front camera
512MB RAM and 4GB ROM with SD slot (too low)
Android KitKat (v4.4.4) Dual Core processor with 1.2GHz frequency
1900mAh (too low for a 4G phone)
I know majority are not too familiar with Lenovo phones. You’re only aware of their laptop or so. Well they also have a phone unit which is well establish and Lenovo A6000 is one of their products. It is a 4G/LTE smartphone with 5 inch display running on KitKat.
Some specs include
8MP + 2MP
1GB RAM and 8GB ROM + 32GB SD slot
Infinix Note 2 LTE
This is one of the largest ever display on a smartphone. With a 5.98 inch display you are sure that it is gigantic phone with 16GB ROM and 2GB RAM. It can also take up and SD card upto a memory storage of 32GB. It runs on Android Lollipop with super Cortex-A53 MediaTek CPU. It’s got a powerful battery and so much more.
Some specs of the Infinix Note 2 LTE version
Android 5.1 Lollipop
2GB RAM 16GB ROM + 32GB secondary storage
5.98 inch display
More 4G/LTE enabled devices will follow suit soon. So stay tuned for so much enticing review of the 4G enabled phones in Kenya