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Popular mobile phone brands in Kenya – and those I’ve owned

April 23, 2022 |
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Kenya is one of the African countries with the highest mobile phone penetration. An average Kenyan will often own more than two sim cards, at least one smartphone, and sometimes a feature phone (commonly referred to as kaduda, kifinyilio, or kabambe).

Below are all the 50 popular mobile brands in Kenya:

  1. Tecno
  2. Samsung
  3. Huawei
  4. Infinix
  5. itel
  6. Spice
  7. Apple
  8. Oppo
  9. Nokia
  10. Xiaomi
  11. Wiko
  12. Alcatel
  13. LG
  14. HTC
  15. Vivo
  16. Sony
  17. Motorola
  18. Gionee
  19. Oukitel
  20. Blackberry
  21. Oneplus
  22. Cubot
  23. Fero
  24. XTE
  25. X-tigi
  26. Asus
  27. Pixel
  28. Realme
  29. Karbonn
  30. Qmobile
  31. Blu
  32. Azumi
  33. Lava
  34. Tesla
  35. Tichips
  36. Ulefone
  37. Hisense
  38. iNews
  39. BQ
  40. iBRIT
  41. Cherry Mobile
  42. Doogee
  43. Kyocera
  44. M-HORSE
  45. Micromax
  46. Blackview
  47. Coolpad
  48. Feiteng
  49. iLLy
  50. Innjoo

Of all the listed mobile phone brands, I have owned a few: BlackBerry, Samsung, Infinix, Itel, Nokia, Huawei, and some Chinese phone that had TV support back in 2008.

It should be noted that the phone brands mentioned above do not have an equal share in the market. Some have an excellent market share while some are struggling to cope and on the verge of exiting the Kenya market.

Other mobile phone manufacturers like Samsung and Tecno have a huge market share because they have a product for every type of customer – low-end, medium range, and high-end products.

Android users account for more than 85% of smartphone users in Kenya. This can be attributed to the fact that there are so many Android mobile phones that are affordable to most Kenyans.

According to this source, in March 2022, Tecno had the biggest market share followed by Samsung and Infinix at 23%, 18%, and 12%, respectively.

Oppo has 7.2%, Huawei 5.7%, Nokia 4.6%, itel 3.3%, while the rest fight for the remaining market share.

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