The most expensive phones Nigerians like -why they are highly sought after


The widely-known law of economics states that the higher the price, the lower the demand; but that does not apply to Nigerians when it comes to mobile phones.

In fact, in some cases, the law is turned on its head, that is the higher the price, the higher the demand.

ENCOMIUM Weekly’s MICHAEL NWOIKE takes a look at the most expensive phones Nigerians like…

APPLE IPHONE 6 (N158,000-N250,000)

The Apple iPhone 6 offers a larger retina display and a new sleek design, which explains why it is hugely popular. With a 4.7-inch display it is larger than the iPhone 5S, in fact, it is larger than all other iPhone devices.

It also comes with a new processor that boosts performance and NFC with a new mobile payment service. Apple sold over 10 million units of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in the first week of pre-order in September 2014, with queues stretching to hundreds of kilometres witnessed in America, the UK and other parts of the world.

In Nigeria, the device price ranges from N158,000 to N250,000 depending on the built-in storage, that is 16GB, 32GB or 64GB.


Tecno Phantom Z is no doubt the king of Tecno’s Phantom range. It runs on Android 4.4.2 KitKat and 2GHz octa-core processor with 2GB RAM, which makes it great for gaming and other demanding tasks.

One other highlight of the Tecno Phantom Z is the 5.2-inch screen, the first ever full HD screen from the brand. 1080 x 1920 pixels on a 5.2-inch AMOLED display will no doubt look brilliant for watching movies, reading ebooks, or browsing the web.

Tecno Phantom Z A7 comes in a sleek design with a 16 megapixels rear camera and an 8 megapixels front camera. Both cameras offer autofocus and LED flash with the rear camera supporting HD video recording. It sells for just over N54,000.

General overview of the phone’s features

  •  Platform: Android 4.4.2 (KitKat)
  •  Processor: 2.0GHz Octa-core Processor 2 GB RAM
  • Dimension: 71.9 x 144.5 x 7.8 mm
  • SIM Type: -SIM Count: Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • Display: 5.2-inch AMOLED Display, 1080 x 1920 pixels (423ppi)Display Protection:
  • Camera: Rear Camera, 16 MP Camera, HD Video Rear Camera Features: LED Flash, Autofocus, Geo-tagging Front Camera: 8 MP Camera with Autofocus, LED Flash
  •  Built-in Storage: 32GB Storage
  • Network Support: 2G GSM: 850/900 /1800 /1900MHz2G CDMA 1X: No3G WCDMA: 850/2100MHz3G CDMA EVDO
  • Radio: Yes Loudspeaker: Yes 3.5mm Jack: Yes
  • Navigation: Yes, GPS with A-GPS Maps: Yes, Google Maps
  • Battery: 3030 mAh Li-ion Battery
  • Standby Time: 375 Hours. Talktime: 24 hours

BLACKBERRY Q10 (N45,000)

The BlackBerry Q10 is running a slightly newer version of the BlackBerry 10 OS found on the Z10. Flicking up to reach the home screen, to the right for apps and to the left for the unified BlackBerry hub, is just as addictive as ever.

Coupled with the Q10’s excellent physical keyboard, the hub is an even more powerful all-in-one messaging centre, serving up all your messages, emails and social network inboxes onto one super-charged silver platter. Replying to texts, firing off emails and tweeting friends all blend into one whirlwind session of smooth productivity and Android, iOS or Windows phones all seem clunky and slow in comparison. And at the heart of all this is, of course, the legendary BlackBerry keyboard, which makes up for its screen-hogging antics with genuinely useful keyboard shortcuts.

You can, for example, use a plethora of keyboard shortcuts within the messaging hub to delete, reply or forward emails.

Even better is the ability to call, text, email, tweet (and more) right from the home screen. Typing ‘call Mike’ and hitting enter will have you ringing him up in an instant. Typing ‘tw’ and hitting space will instantly let you jet off a Twitter update into the ether. And those are just a few of many examples. With just over N45,000, you’d get one.

General overview of features

  • Dimensions 119.6 x 66.8 x 10.4 mm (4.71 x 2.63 x 0.41 in) Weight 139 g (4.90 oz)
  • SIM Micro-SIM
  • Display: Type Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colours
  • Size: 3.1 inches (~38.8% screen-to-body ratio)
  • (Non-LTE) CPU Dual-core 1.5 GHz Krait (LTE version)/ Cortex- A9 (Non-LTE) GPU Adreno 225 (LTE version)/ PowerVR SGX544 (Non-LTE)
  • Storage: Memory Card slot microSD, up to 64 GB. Internal 16 GB, 2 GB RAM

SAMSUNG S6 EDGE (N182,000)

Galaxy S6 Edge is the latest flagship phones by Samsung to hit the market. They feature a stunning 5.1-inch QHD super AMOLED display which is protected by gorilla glass. Images viewed on this screen are so life-like which makes for an amazing viewing experience.

The intuitive interface of the Galaxy S6 Edge gives a smooth user experience. It comes preinstalled with handy applications and games that will keep you engaged all day. There’s the option of adding more through the application store, with a built-in memory of 64GB and 3GB RAM.

Samsung Galaxy S6 smartphones have a perfect blend of beautiful design and innovative functionality, they have been incorporated with great features which ensure you never miss anything. It runs the Android Lollipop 5.0.2 operating system which offers the latest applications and games as well as a sleek interface.

The camera of the Samsung Galaxy S6 is super intelligent which makes it possible to easily launch the app and capture amazing pictures in different lighting conditions. In Nigeria, it sells for around N182,000.


Samsung Galaxy S6 Duos is the latest and sleekest of the Samsung Galaxy series. It comes with a 5.1 inch Super AMOLED capacitive touch screen. The screen is made of Corning Gorilla glass 4.

The S6 sports a rear camera having 16 mega pixels of HD quality with an LED flash and the secondary camera having 5 mega pixels with HDR capabilities as well. It comes with 32Gb internal memory and a 3GB RAM to accommodate all the your important applications. The Samsung Galaxy S6 Duos has dual SIM support, so say goodbye to network issues as you now have options.

The Samsung Galaxy S6 Duos SM-G920 32GB makes use of the latest Android 5.02 Lollipop operating system. It runs on both Quadcore 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 and Quadcore 2.1 GHz Cortex-A57 processors that makes it respond very quickly without freezing.The S6 comes with an in-built wireless charging support. It has a 2550 mAh battery to enable your phone stay on for a longer time. It goes for all of N133,000.


Why it is called ‘passport’? It actually looks like one. The BlackBerry Passport is a hi-tech device from BlackBerry. It has a large 4.5 inch IPS capacitive corning gorilla glass 3 touchscreen for easy use and durability. Its large square screen will provide you with an incredible viewing and reading experience that is second to none. It will give you wider vision that will bring out the best in you.

This new mobile device has keyboard which offers faster and better typing accuracy. It is also touch-enabled so you can perform many functions right on the keyboard. It’s touch sensitive so you can scroll web pages, slide along the keys to move the cursor.

The BlackBerry Passport delivers the best battery performance and the most efficient 3450mAh battery. The battery on this device will last you up to 30 hours, this means you will be able to use the battery for a longer period of time before having to re-charge it. The BlackBerry Passport runs on the powerful 2.2GHz quadcore Krait 400 CPU, Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Chipset. It comes with an internal memory of 32GB which can be expanded up to 128GB. You will have all the space you need to store all your files and documents. There is a 13 MP rear camera with LED flash and a 2MP front camera for video calls and selfies. The BlackBerry Passport is no doubt the best in its class. This powerful goes for over N110,000.

SONY XPERIA Z3 (N120,000)

Xperia Z3 Dual is the premium dual SIM smartphone that does more and goes further whether further is a run in the rain or a dive into the pool on a sunny summer holiday.

With the highest waterproof rating, you can find your way in a downpour, take pictures underwater or just wipe off your phone after an unexpected spill. Combined with a super-slim body and aluminium frame, Xperia Z3 Dual combines premium materials with the best Sony Technologies, to give a better smartphone experience, every hour of the day. It matches Sony’s best waterproof camera and next-level gaming with a unique two-day battery life. It’s a smartphone that lets you do more than ever before, without interruption. For those who don’t settle for life at 10 percent. It goes for N120,000.





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