Samsung opens pre-orders for the Galaxy S8 in Kenya

Days after unveiling its latest premium smartphone, the Galaxy S8, Samsung has revealed its plans for the Kenyan market.

As we had heard previously, the Galaxy S8 is set to go on sale in Kenya on May 5th. Globally, the device goes on sale on April 21st.

However, Kenyans who are eager to lay their hands on Samsung Mobile’s latest and greatest can do so starting next Monday (April 10th) when pre-orders for the device will be opened.

According to a statement from Samsung Electronics East Africa, the first 2,000 customers will get a free Samsung Level Box Slim.

The Level Box Slim is a light Bluetooth speaker that was unveiled at the start of the year at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. It can survive a dunk in the pool that is up to a metre deep for up to half an hour thanks to its Ingress Protection (IP) rating, offer up to 30 hours of music playback, act as a portable charging pack for small devices (with batteries below the Slim’s 2,600mAh capacity) and deliver 8-watt sound. Additionally, it has a microphone, noise reduction and echo cancellation features and can also be used to take calls.

Last year, Samsung bundled the Gear VR headset with most of the Galaxy S7/S7 Edge pre-orders.

This year, however, despite having a brand new Gear VR headset which was unveiled alongside the Galaxy S8, it makes much more sense to offer a Bluetooth player. You know why? So that everyone can know why I was particularly excited about one of the Galaxy S8’s most notable features: Bluetooth Dual Audio. Details here.

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The company has not revealed pricing information for the Galaxy S8, yet.

Update: Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

The prices are as follows:

  • Samsung Galaxy S8: Kshs 85,000
  • Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus: Kshs 95,000

Emmanuel Chenze

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