The cheapest smartphones in South Africa that support WhatsApp

MTN recently launched its ultra-cheap Smart S handset in South Africa, which is priced at only R249.

Despite its feature phone-like price tag, the Smart S runs the KaiOS operating system which supports a number of applications, including Facebook, Google Maps, and most importantly WhatsApp.

WhatsApp support is one of the most important features in a low-cost device, as it opens up a world of cheaper communication over a mobile data connection and allows you to connect to friends and family more easily.

Whether you are looking for a cheap device with support for just the basic smartphone app suite or a backup smartphone which you could rely on for a few days, WhatsApp support is a crucial feature to have.

The good news is that budget smartphones are becoming increasingly advanced as their flagship counterparts continue to evolve and high-end features trickle down to the mid-range before eventually filtering down to the low-end of the market.

This means that there are quite a few cheap smartphones which still support crucial functionality such as WhatsApp and other social media apps.

We have listed some of the the cheapest smartphones you can buy in South Africa which support WhatsApp below. Prepaid pricing from Takealot and official operator channels was used in the comparison.


MTN Smart S 3G – R249

MTN Smart S 3G

MTN Smart S
OS KaiOS 2.5
Display 2.4-inch
Processor SC7731
RAM 256MB
Storage 512MB, microSD up to 32GB
Main Camera 1.3MP
Front Camera 1.3MP
Connectivity Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, 3G
Ports microUSB, 3.5mm audio jack
Battery 2,000mAh
Price R249

Mobicel Astro – R429

Mobicel Astro
OS Android 8.1 Go
Display 4-inch 800 x 480 LCD
CPU SC7731E
RAM 512MB
Storage 4GB, microSD up to 32GB
Main Camera 2MP
Front Camera 0.3mp
Connectivity Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G
Battery 1,400mAh
Price R429

STK Storm 2 E Pluz – R610

STK Storm 2 E Pluz

STK Storm 2 E Pluz
OS Android 6.0
Display 4-inch 800 x 480
Processor MediaTek MT6580M
RAM 512MB
Storage 8GB, microSD up to 32GB
Main Camera 5MP
Front Camera 2MP
Connectivity Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G
Ports MicroUSB, 3.5mm audio jack
Battery 1,600mAh
Price R610

Samsung Z2 – R649

Samsung Z2

Samsung Z2
OS Tizen 2.4
Display 4-inch 800 x 480
Processor SC9830
RAM 1GB
Storage 8GB, microSD up to 200GB
Main Camera 5MP
Front Camera VGA
Connectivity Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, LTE
Ports microUSB, 3.5mm audio jack
Battery 1,500mAh
Price R649

Invens A2 – R789

Invens A2

Invens A2
OS Android 6.0
Display 5-inch IPS
Processor SC9832A
RAM 1GB
Storage 8GB, microSD
Main Camera 5MP
Front Camera 2MP
Connectivity Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, LTE
Ports microUSB, 3.5mm audio jack
Battery 2,500mAh
Price R789

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