Check Out The Top Ten Most Popular Phones Used in Africa

Tech World

Sept. 30, 2022, 1:40 p.m.

The phone has been a necessity for most people around the world. For most people, the phone has become a tool for business, commercial, and sheer entertainment purposes. The rise in this usage has created competition for phone brands around the world, with everyone trying to stand out and be the best.

Phones brands such as Apple, Samsung, Huawei, Tecno, Itel, Xiaomi, and others have up their games to stay afloat in the business with other innovative and essential products.

In 2020, Samsung had its hair cut to the pole by Tecno as the largest supplier of smartphones to the African continent. According to a recent report by Asian research firm Counterpoint, Tecno, a brand owned by Shenzhen-based mobile phone maker Transsion, became the largest shipper of smartphones to Africa last year.

Several other "small" brands, such as Itel, Xiaomi, and Oppo, have also made notable strides.

According to a report by, in 2021, Tecno will lead the line as the most used phone brand across Africa, with Samsung, Itel, and Huawei following, respectively. Here are the top phones to check out:

  1. TECNO

TECNO is a high-end smartphone and AIOT device brand from TRANSSION Holdings. With "Stop At Nothing" as its brand essence, TECNO is committed to unlocking the best contemporary technologies for progressive individuals across global emerging markets, giving them innovative, elegantly designed products that inspire consumers to discover a world of possibilities. TECNO understands the needs of consumers in different markets and provides them with localized innovations and design breakthroughs, demonstrated by their proficiency in serving consumers who are "young at heart" and continually strive for excellence.


Samsung follows a simple business philosophy: to dedicate its talent and technology to creating superior products and services that contribute to a better global society. To achieve this, Samsung places great value on its people and technology.

Samsung has been recognized globally as a leader in the technology industry and ranked among the top 10 global brands.

  1. ITEL

With over ten years of existence, itel is an entry-level mobile phone brand that is reliable for everyone. Adopting "Enjoy Better Life" as a brand philosophy, itel's mission is to provide affordable mobile communication technology. itel helps facilitate technology by enabling consumers to connect and benefit from their social connections. After more than ten years of development, itel has expanded its presence in more than 50 emerging markets around the World.


Founded in 1987, Huawei is one of the World's leading providers of information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure and bright devices.

Huawei's mission is to bring digital to every person, home, and organization for a fully connected and intelligent world.


After its establishment in 2013 with a commitment to developing modern, cutting-edge technology that focuses on intelligent devices designed to deliver fantastic smartphone experiences, Infinix products are made from the ground up with next-level technology and exceptional design at the heart of every creation.

The Infinix branding is all about empowering the lives of today's young people so that they can challenge the norm and stand out from the crowd all over the World.


Xiaomi Corporation arrived in 2010. It is a consumer electronics and intelligent manufacturing company with smartphones and innovative hardware connected by an IoT platform at its core. Embracing its vision of "Making friends with users and being the coolest company in the hearts of users," Xiaomi continually pursues innovations, high-quality user experience, and operational efficiency.

The company relentlessly builds impressive products at fair prices to enable everyone to enjoy a better life through innovative technology.

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  1. OPPO

Oppo strives to be a sustainable company that contributes to a better world. It exists to uplift life through technological art. In terms of values, Oppo strives for perfection and is goal oriented.


Apple conducts business ethically, honestly, and fully complies with the law. The company believes that how it shows itself is as essential to Apple's success as it is to making the best products in the World. Apple's business conduct and compliance policies are fundamental to how we do business and live our values ​​daily.

"We do the right thing, even when it's difficult." Says CEO Tim Cook


The reputation for design and reliability has made Nokia a household name. Today, HMD continues that legacy with Nokia branded mobile devices running Android operating systems, bringing together two of the World's most iconic characters in mobile technology.

In keeping with its mission to make modern mobile technology accessible to everyone, HMD believes that every Nokia phone should be built on the principles of exquisite design and unwavering reliability, regardless of the segment for which it is designed.


Realme is a technology brand officially established by Sky Li on August 28, 2018. Realme aspires to provide products with a comprehensive, superior experience for young people, and realme is committed to being a forward-thinking technology brand.

Due to the capabilities in the cutting-edge technologies of smartphones and AIoT, Realme brings to consumers products with advanced technologies and forward-thinking designs applied in the price segment.


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Enoch Siaw Ntiamoah Author

Enoch is a content writer for Digital Times Africa, who is passionate about writing interesting topics in Entertainment, Sports and General News