Best Budget 4G Smartphones to Consider As Christmas Gifts to Loved Ones

Ho! Ho! Ho! The Christmas season is here and we’re all on the look out for the best Christmas gifts to get our parents, siblings, lover(s) and friends. And guess what, the festive season deals are rolling in too, with various online shops offering crazy discounts of up to 70% on various items.

It is important that while deciding on the network provider or the 4G data plan, users should also look for a proper smartphone, which undoubtedly should have 4G LTE support.

Many considerations come into place when deciding which smartphone you should buy next, but the biggest to many Ugandans (myself inclusive) will be the price. How much am I going to spend and how much am I willing to spend? So we’ve come up with a little something to help you out.

Huawei P8 Lite

Image Credit: Huawei Consumers
Image Credit: Huawei Consumers

The Huawei P8 Lite phablet topped our list of some of the best smartphones you would probably want to buy for your loved one. The phablet announced last year 2015 in April was made available in the Ugandan market in the third quarter of the year. P8 Lite is a high-end smartphone with awesome and amazing specs such as; IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 16M colors, 5.0 inches screen, resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels procted by a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 running on an OS platform of Android OS, v5.0.2 (Lollipop) and now upgradable to v6.0 (Marshmallow). The phablet comes with a HiSilicon Kirin 620 chipest and an Octa-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53 processor.

The Huawei P8 Lite comes packed with an internal memory of 16GB of which we might say is good to store all you info, with an expandable microSD slot of upto 256GB and supported by 2GB of RAM.

Photo-genics, the P8 Lite will really do you good. The rear camera is 13MP, f/2.0, 27mm, autofocus, dual-LED flash, check quality which features; Geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, panorama, while the front camera, also dubbed as the ‘Selfie Camera’ is 5MP.

Get one of these for your loved one from any MTN stores at 850,000 UGX and get a FREE 4G sim card that comes with 3GB of data vaild for 2 months. And since it’s Black Friday, get it much cheaper at 805,000 UGX on Kilimall Store.

Huawei G7

Image Credit: Huawei Consumers
Image Credit: Huawei Consumers

The Huawei G7 I might say is a high-end smartphone. Those that really wish to upgrade from their mid-range level smartphone to a high-end on, the Huawei G7 would really be a good choice for you. When it comes to it’s specs, the Huawei G7 features a; IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 16M colors, 5.5 inches screen, resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels procted by a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 running on an OS platform of Android OS, v4.4.2 (KitKat) but the good news is now it’s upgradable to v6.0 (Marshmallow). Huawei G7 is packed with a Qualcomm Snapdragon chipest and a Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53 processor, 16GB of internal memory, 2GB RAM, and an expandable microSD slot of upto 32GB (dedicated slot).

The cameras are really good just like the Huawei Phablet P8 Lite. The rear camera is 13MP while the front camera is 5MP.

MTN is giving you 1.5GB of Data vaild for a month, if you grab yourself one from any of their stores for only 800,000 UGX, and as it goes for 1 million UGX at Kilimall Store since it’s Kilimall Black Friday.

Lumia 550

Image Credit: Xbox Live
Image Credit: Xbox Live

Okay! some of you might not prefer having an Android or iOS smartphone, and it’s just that Windows phone you love. So why not get yourself one of these Lumia Microsoft 550 this festive season.

The 4.7 inch smartphone is an entry-level phone for that one person that has never owned a smartphone before. The Lumia 550 has a capacitive touchscreen with 16 colors, with a dimenisons of 136.1 x 67.8 x 9.9 mm weghing not much but 141.9g. The phone comes with an OS plaftorm of Microsoft lastes OS ‘Windows 10’, a Qualcomm MSM8909 Snapdragon 210 chipset, and a Quad-core 1.1 GHz Cortex-A7 processor.

According to GSM Arena, it’s battery life is at an endurance rating of 42hrs.

Speaking of it’s battery life, Lumia has a Li-lon 2100 mAh battery that gives you a talk-time of upto 16hr while on 2G, 14hrs while on 3G, and 10hrs while on 4G.

About it’s camera and memory, Lumia 550 has 5MP rear camera, and 2MP front camera, a expandable microSD, up to 256 GB (dedicated slot) 8GB of ROM, and 1GB RAM. It’s camera supports f/2.4, autofocus, LED flash, check quality, also features a 1/4″ sensor size, geo-tagging, and touch focus.

If you’re to buy one from any of the MTN store, it comes with a FREE 4G sim card with a data plan of 1.2GB vaild for 2 months at only 475,000 UGX and 455,000 UGX at Kilimall stores.

Galaxy S7 Edge

Image Credit: CNET
Image Credit: CNET

You might want to know that when it comes to Samsung Mobiles, it’s the second best with Apple topping the list as the best smartphone markers in the world. Huawei comes third, and others follow.

You’ve been probably been hearing of the Samsung Note 7 exploding multi times untill it had to scrapped off market. Well, here’s the good news for this festive season, if you ought to buy a high-end smartphone to surprise you partner, or a friend, or your brother or sister, or your parent, look no further than the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. The specs and the price, all favorable.

Specs and price
Has a body dimension of 150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7 mm weighing 157 g, a build of Corning Gorilla Glass 4 back panel, IP68 certified dust proof and water resistant over 1.5 meter and 30 minutes. The Phablet also spots a 5.5 inche Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with 16M colors and a
resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels with a protective Corning Gorilla Glass 4.

The Galaxy S7 edge comes packed with an Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow), a Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820 Exynos 8890 Octa chipset, Quad-core and Octa-core processors, microSD expandable card slot of up to 256 GB, ROM of 64GB, and 4GB RAM. The primary camera is 12MP to give you a perfect picture, and the secondary camera is 5 MP.

Avaiable at all MTN stores for 2,850,000 UGX that comes with a FREE 4G LTE sim card packed with 30GB of data vaild for 1 month, while the phablet goes for 2,475,800 UGX at Kilimall stores, it’s Kilimall Black Friday.

Other 4G smartphones you can get yourself this festive season at any of the MTN stores include; Huawei Mate 7 and Mate 8, Huawei P8,Samsung Galaxy J1 Ace, Samsung Galaxy J5, Samsung Galaxy Note 5, Samsung Galaxy S6 Egde, to name a few.


One Comment

  1. The Huawei P8 lite has some issues with it’s Wi-Fi chip. In a short time it will fail unless you they fixed it in the new stock. Otherwise those who have it stand a chance of missing out on the cheap hotspots, mi-fi internet in addition to being unable to tither. 😛

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