The Samsung Galaxy Note 8, the consumer electronics giant’s latest premium smartphone, starts selling in various markets around the world on September 15th. On the same date here in Kenya is when those eyeing to buy the device will get a chance to place orders for it. We have received confirmation from Samsung that pre-orders for the Galaxy Note 8 will open that Friday.
Unfortunately, if you’ve been eyeing that Deep Sea Blue colour model like we have been over here, you may have to wait a little longer or go with the other three colours (Midnight Black, Orchid Gray and Maple Gold) since Samsung is not availing it at launch.
Since the Galaxy Note 8 is available in a couple of storage configurations, it is worth noting that only the 64GB model will be coming our way. That 256GB model, juicy as the thought of having it is, won’t be setting foot on our soil.
The new Galaxy Note 8 builds on the foundation of the Galaxy S8 and S8+ from earlier in the year by introducing a much bigger Infinity display, at 6.3-inches, the first ever in a Galaxy Note device, packing dual back cameras with optical image stabilization and several software enhancements including shipping with Bixby Voice. The Galaxy S8 shipped without the latter (as I found out – review) and only received an update enabling it in Kenya and around the world, hours to the Note 8’s debut. Additionally, the Note 8 is set to be one of the very first non-Google devices to get the all-new Android 8.0, Oreo.
As has been the case these last few years every time Samsung has pre-orders for a high-end device, those who pre-order the Galaxy Note 8 will get a 5,100mAh fast charging powerbank from Samsung Electronics East Africa to complement the device’s 3,300mAh sealed battery unit which supports fast charging even when using a wireless charging plate to juice it up. Check out the rest of the Galaxy Note 8’s specs here.
Now to the elephant in the room: the price. The Galaxy Note 8 will set you back a cool Kshs 99,999. In short, prepare that Kshs 100,000. At least it’s less than we thought it would cost. Where “less”, in this case, is very relative. Less is more.
The Galaxy Note 8 is expected to be unveiled in the Kenyan market in October.
Samsung will sell the Galaxy Note 8 for Kshs 104,999 and not Kshs 99,999 as earlier reported. The updated price is as communicated prior to the commencement of the pre-order period. Prepare your wallets for the shock accordingly.