Best Budget Android Gaming Phones in Nigeria (Under ₦100k)

The mobile gaming industry is growing, and really fast- you would notice this if you’ve been following trends on new video games and smartphone launch in recent times.

As a mobile gamer, using any smartphone of about 2GB RAM or less will ensure you have quite a frustrating gaming experience. That is, if your device does meet minimum requirements to run the game. But if you’re playing lightweight games, or older 2D games…you should be fine. As for games like Call of Duty: Mobile, Genshin Impact, PUBG Mobile, etc. you need to upgrade your device to enjoy playing of these popular games.

So, if you’re a Nigerian and looking to purchase a new smartphone that won’t hurt your hurt your bank account balance so much, here are some devices to consider:

Note: these phones were randomly selected by me. Doesn’t mean these are the best in the mentioned price range, no, there are so many others. Feel free to add to the list.

Infinix Note 7

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Key Specs

  • RAM: 4GB / 6GB

  • Storage: 64GB / 128GB

  • Chipset: Mediatek Helio G70 (12 nm)

  • Screen Size: 6.95-inch (720 x 1640 pixels)

  • Battery: 5000mAh

  • Price: N97,500 (6GB)

Tecno Camon 17

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Tecno-Camon-17

Key Specs

  • RAM: 4GB

  • Storage: 128GB ROM

  • Chipset: MediaTek Helio G85 (12nm)

  • Screen Size: 6.6-inch (720 x 1600 pixels; 90Hz refresh rate)

  • Battery: 5000mAh

  • Price: N79,950

Gionee M12

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Key Specs

  • RAM: 6GB

  • Storage: 128GB ROM

  • Screen Size: 6.55-Inch (720 x 1600 pixels)

  • Chipset: MediaTek Helio A25 (12 nm) - model 1
    Mediatek MT6762 Helio P22 (12 nm) - model 2

  • Battery: 5100 mAh

  • Price: ₦78,208

Umidigi BISON

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UMIDIGI-BISON

Key Specs

  • RAM: 6GB

  • Storage: 128GB

  • Chipset: MediaTek Helio P60

  • Screen Size: 6.3-Inch

  • Price: ₦81,900

Samsung Galaxy A12

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Samsung-Galaxy-A12

Key Specs

  • RAM: 4GB

  • Storage: 128GB

  • Chipset: MediaTek Helio P35

  • Screen Size: 6.5-inch (720 x 1560 pixels)

  • Battery: 5000mAh

  • Price: ₦74,000

XIAOMI Redmi Note 8 (2021)

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Key Specs

  • RAM: 4GB

  • Storage: 64GB

  • Battery: 4000mAh

  • Chipset: MediaTek Helio G85 (12nm)

  • Price: ₦72,254

Some say, if you want to truly enjoy gaming on Mobile (Android phones especially), buy smartphones powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset. WRONG! Don’t take such advice. Some Mediatek chips may not be as powerful, but their gaming Chipsets (Helio G series) can match and beat most Snapdragon chips by huge margin. Snapdragon chipsets rock, but it’s not the only high performance chipset.

However, if you’re not an Android OS fan; the iOS smartphone option performance is superb. And one good thing about iOS (Apple iPhone) smartphones is, you don’t have to worry about having huge RAM- 3GB on an iOS device will greatly outperform 6GB on most Android devices. WHY? iPhones have relatively better optimized software that sits well with the hardware, in addition to Apple’s proprietary ‘A series’ Bionic chipset. But usually, iPhones are more expensive.

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Huge point. Mediatek actually makes some really powerful gaming chipsets with their Helio G series. Also, Mediatek powered phones are usually cheaper than Snapdragon equivalent.

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I use Samsung A12
It comes with the Helio p35
It’s no good at all when it comes to gaming :pensive:

uh oh!
well, that’s one reason why most mobile gamers avoid budget Samsung phones- the price rarely match its performance. See Redmi Note 8 (2021) v. Samsung A12 as detailed above.

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