Students need smartphones to learn and catch up with what is happening around them. The average Nigerian student doesn’t have a large budget to spend on getting a phone. Today we are talking about the best phones for students in Nigeria.
The article is targeted at university freshers and those that are rounding up. Many are of the opinion that a laptop is better for a student, but without a good smartphone, you won’t be able to complete some tasks quickly on the go.
A phone is also very easy to move around, it will fit into your pocket and bags. You can rely on it to instantly browse the internet and complete research works. We are going to list phones in different price categories here today because it is difficult to point out one phone that does it all. Even if we are able to point it out directly it won’t fit everyone’s budget pocket.
Top 10 Best Phones for Students in Nigeria
1. iPhone XR
The iPhone XR was released in 2018 but it is one of the best iPhones that was ever released by apple. It has a 6.1-inch liquid retina LCD display that is very bright outdoors, and it is covered with gorilla glass at the front and back. The phone is rated IP67 against dust and water, and it is powered by the A12 Bionic chipset, which is still somewhat efficient by today’s standards. It can also be upgraded to the latest IOS 15.5, and I am sure it will support IOS 16 when it is available later this year.
We have a single 12MP camera at the back that brings the apple magic, and a 7MP selfie camera up front. As a student, you are not only getting a good performance but you are also getting cameras, we all love taking pictures and videos in school. The battery is almost 3000mAh, and we also have 3GB RAM with storage options that include 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB. You also have different colour options to choose from. The phone has a starting price of 180,000 Naira in Nigeria.
2. Samsung Galaxy S21 FE
One of the best phones for students in Nigeria is the S21 FE. The phone is not getting all the attention like other Samsung flagship devices but, I like the size and camera of the phone. It is powered by the Snapdragon 888 which is a flagship chipset. We have 6 or 8 GB RAM with 128 or 256 GB storage space which is enough for any student. Samsung doesn’t joke with displays on their phones, we have a Dynamic AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate.
It is sized at 6.4 inches making it fantastic to hold in the hand, we also have gorilla glass victus covering the display. There are three cameras at the back we have two 12MP cameras and a single 8MP camera. Upfront we have a 32MP camera and your images will match those snapping with an iPhone. The battery is 4500mAh and it supports 25W fast charging. You can buy it in Nigeria for a starting price of 300,000 Naira.
3. Redmi Note 11 Pro
The Redmi Note 11 Pro is the latest addition to the Redmi lineup by Xiaomi. It comes with a Super AMOLED display and a 120Hz refresh rate. The display is super bright outdoors, and the display is protected by corning gorilla glass 5. It has a 1080p resolution with a display size of 6.67 inches. The design looks premium with a small chin and bezels on the display.
It has a glass back to give it an overall premium feel. The phone also has IP53 dust and splash resistance. We have a 108MP main camera that is superb, with a 16MP camera at the front. The battery is 5000mAh and it takes less than one hour to charge from zero to a hundred using the 67W fast charger inside the box. We have the MediaTek Helio G96 powering this guy and it comes with 6 or 8GB RAM. The phone has a starting price of 157,000 Naira, and it is one of the best phones for students in Nigeria.
4. Infinix Note 12 G96
The Infinix Note 12 G96 is one of the best phones a Nigerian student can own. It is powered by the Mediatek Helio G96 which is the same chipset powering the Redmi Note 11 Pro. The display size is 6.7 with a resolution of 1080p, it has a standard 60Hz refresh rate which might be a deal-breaker for some people.
Personally, the display was very bright when I used it, and I couldn’t care less. We have 8GB RAM on board with 128 or 256GB storage space. The primary camera is 50MP, and it is somewhat decent for photography. The battery is 5000mAh and we have a 33W fast charger added in the box by Infinix. The phone has a starting price of 138,000 naira
5. Vivo V23 5G – best phones for students in Nigeria
The Vivo V23 5G is one of the best phones for students in Nigeria. It is powered by the Mediatek Dimensity 920 chipset and it comes with 8 or 12GB RAM. We have an AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate, it is also protected by Shott Xensation UP at the front and back. It runs on Android 12, and Funtouch OS is the user interface.
It looks like stock android with a little twist. I love how smooth the phone looks especially the iPhone 13 borrowed design.
It also has an under-display fingerprint scanner. The back also changes colour if you buy the Sunshine gold colour. The battery is 4200mAh and it can charge from zero to a hundred in less than an hour. There is a 44W fast charger bundled inside the box of the phone. Camera-wise we have a 64MP main camera, and a 32MP main camera.
The phone is camera-centric, and it has a lot of features that make it attractive to content creators. As a student, we know you love pictures and the Vivo V23 5G cost only 236,000 naira.
6. Tecno Pova 5G
The Tecno Pova 5G is one of the best phones for a Nigerian student. It is the first Tecno phone that has 5G, even though we don’t have 5G in Nigeria. It is powered by the Mediatek Dimensity 900 chipset with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage. The phone runs on Android 11 with HiOs 8.0. We also have an IPS LCD display with a 120Hz refresh rate. The phone has a 6.9-inch size which might not be suitable for most people in terms of size.
The battery is 6000mAh with 18W fast charging. It only comes in black, and it has a starting price of 130,000 naira. The massive battery will be important for most Nigerian students especially because of the constant light failure in Nigeria. We have a 50MP main camera and a 16MP selfie camera. It is available in stores across Nigeria.
7. iPhone XS Max
The iPhone XS Max is an OG iPhone but we have a lot of Nigerian students in love with the iPhone because of the camera, and performance. It has a 6.5-inch OLED display with a 1242 resolution. The display has a scratch display and an oleophobic coating. It also has IP68 water and dust resistance. It also has a glass back that can break easily.
The phone is powered by the A12 Bionic and it is enough for all your tasks as a student. It has 4GB RAM with 64, 128, and 256 GB storage. There are two 12MP cameras for snapping pictures and a 7MP camera up front for selfies. The battery here is 3174mAh and it supports 18W fast charging. It cost around 220,000 naira.
8. Samsung Galaxy A33 – best phones for students in Nigeria
The Samsung Galaxy A33 is one of the latest Samsung phones available in Nigeria, and it cost just about 180,000 naira depending on the variant you decide to buy. It has a 6.4-inch AMOLED display with 1080p resolution and a 90Hz refresh rate. The display is bright outdoors, and the phone also has an IP67 dust and water resistance. It runs on Android 12 out of the box with One UI 4 as the user interface. The user interface is one of the best on android but it comes with too many apps installed.
The battery is 5000mAh and the phone supports 25W fast charging. You have to buy the charger separately though as the phone only comes with a USB C port and no charger. It also doesn’t have a headphone port. We have a 48MP main camera and a 13MP selfie shooter.
9. Infinix Hot 12
The Infinix Hot 12 is one of the latest devices released by Infinix and it runs on Android 12 and XOS 10.0. The device cost just 93,000 naira and it has 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. It is powered by the Mediatek Helio G85 with Mali-G52 as GPU. The phone has a 5000mAh battery and it supports 18W fast charging. It has an IPS LCD display with a 90Hz refresh rate and FullHD+ resolution. The back is made of glass to give it an overall premium feel. It has to be one of the best phones for students in Nigeria.
10. Tecno Camon 18 Premier
The Camon 18 premier is one of the best budget phones in Nigeria. It is powered by the MediaTek helio G96, and it has 8GB RAM. Storage space on the phone is 256GB. It has an AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate, it also runs on Android 11 with HiOS 8.0.
The Camon series by Tecno is focused on the camera and it has a 64MP main camera and two additional cameras. It also has a 32MP camera for selfies upfront. Battery wise we have 4750mAh with 33W fast charging. The phone cost about 170,000 naira in retail stores across Nigeria.
The Final Take – best phones for students in Nigeria
We tried as much as possible to mention phones in different price categories that will suit the needs of a student. The reason why phones are expensive in Nigeria at the moment is because of the exchange rate. If you pick any of the phones listed here I guarantee you two years of usage as a student. Hopefully, this will be useful.