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, and Innjoo.
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.
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.
Here are some of the best Android phones in Nigeria right now. All the listed Android phones come with Android 6 (Marshmallow) with possible upgrades to Android 7.0 (Nougat ) or Android 5 (Lollipop).
Android 6 (Nougat) has gradually started trickling into some of the best Android Phones and more phones will get it by the end of 2016.
Best Android Phones in 2017
- Samsung Galaxy S7
- Google Pixel
- LG G5
- HTC 10
- Infinix Zero 4 Plus
- Tecno Phantom 6 Plus
- UMi Plus
- Elephone P9000
Here are some of the Best Android phones of 2017
Samsung Galaxy S7
Samsung Galaxy S7 is Samsung’s latest flagship smartphone and no doubt one of the best Android phones in Nigeria today. It retains the same premium design of its predecessor and brings back some features that went missing in the S6.
Notably, the Samsung Galaxy S7 offers a removable battery and expandable storage. It runs Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) on the highly efficient Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 with 4GB of RAM.
The Galaxy S7 will feature Samsung’s Exynos processors. On the back is a 12 megapixels camera with a 5MP camera on the front. The smartphone is also promising better battery life with a 3000 mAh battery. Price range: 195,000 to 250,000 Naira.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is the curvier cousin of the new Galaxy S7 flagship. It offers a bigger 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display with dual curved edges offering Quad HD (1440 x 2560 pixels) resolution as the S6 Edge.
The camera is similar to the Galaxy S7 with a 12MP camera on the back and a 5MP camera on the front. The Samsung Galaxy s7 Edge also features an Android 6.0 (Marshmallow), Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 or Exynos processor, and 4GB RAM. Price range: 275,000 Naira to 310,000 Naira.
Google Pixel is the first smartphone to be designed and built entirely by Google. It features a premium design and offers the best rated smartphone camera.
The Pixel features a premium aluminium body with a 2.5D curved Corning Gorilla Glass 4 covering the 5.0-inch AMOLED display. It is one of the best Android phones available, going by its rich specsheet.
Google Pixel ships with Android 7.1 (Nougat) and will get software and security updates as soon as they become available.
You may also favour the Google Pixel XL, which is just like an extra large version of the Pixel.
LG G5 is LG’s flagship smart phone and one of the best Android phones in Nigeria. It features a modular design that enables you add more features or increase battery capacity.
The premium smartphone features a 5.5-inch IPS screen with 1440 x 2560 pixels resolution, which is one of the best displays on a smartphone.
LG G5 sports a 16 megapixels camera on the back with an 8MP camera on the front. The phone offers a fingerprint scanner with fast 4G LTE data
LG G5 runs Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) on the premium Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset with 4GB of RAM. Price range: 195,000 to 290,000 NGN.
The HTC 10 is a cross of some sort between the HTC One M9 and A9, design wise. It offers a number of great upgrades that makes it one of the best Android phones around.
HTC 10 has a brilliant 5.2-inch Super LCD Display. It sports a 12MP rear camera with a 5MP front facing camera.
HTC 10 flaunts an all-metal body with new BoomSound Hi-Fi speakers. It features a 5.0-inch Full HD display with a 20 megapixels camera on the back.
For power, the HTC 10 relies on the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset with 4GB of RAM. It runs on Android 6.0.1 (Marshmallow). Price starts at 210,000 Naira.
Huawei P9 is currently one of the best Android phones when in comes to value for money. The smartphone offers a stunning design and impressive specs, but is less pricey than the competition.
Huawei P9 sports a brilliant 5.2-inch display (same as the P8) with dual 11 megapixels rear cameras and an 8MP front facing camera. The smartphone is a high performer with an octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 955 chipset, 3GB or 4GB RAM, and 4G LTE. Price in Nigeria starts at 160,000 NGN.
You can also check the Huawei P9 Plus, which is similar to the P9, but offers a massive 5.5-inch display.
Infinix Zero 4 Plus
Infinix Zero 4 Plus is a major overhaul of the Infinix Zero 3. It features a 10-core processor (Mediatek Helio X20) and 4GB RAM for a smooth running smartphone.
The smartphone offers a massive 5.98-inch display with a premium metal design. The 21MP rear camera adds optical image stabilisation for less blurs and reduced shaky videos.
All these features makes the Infinix Zero 4 Plus one of the best Android phones around. Price starts at around 115,000 Naira.
If you want a more compact phone, the Infinix Zero 4 offers a similar design with a 5.5-inch Display. It comes at a price of 95,000 Naira. Both models run on Android 6 (Marshmallow).
Tecno Phantom 6 Plus
Tecno has come a long way from its early days of featured phones to entry-level Android phones. It was only a matter of time before the Hong Kong based company starts competing in the best Android Phones segment.
Tecno Phantom 6 Plus is the company’s best smartphones yet. Like the Infinix Zero 4 Plus it is powered by the MediaTek Helio X20 chipset. You also get 4GB RAM to ensure things run smoothly.
The smartphone with its smaller cousin, the Tecno Phantom 6 are reputed for having a good camera thanks to the good quality Sony Sensors. While the Phantom 6 offers a 13MP sensor, the Phantom 6 Plus sports a 21MP sensor.
Tecno Phantom 6 Plus offers dual biometric security with both a fingerprint sensor and an iris scan. A feature it would have shared with the Samsung Galaxy Note 7. You get 64GB built-in storage with no support for memory card. Price ranges from 130,000 Naira to 170,000 Naira.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
LG Nexus 5X
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.
Xiaomi Mi 5
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.