The Samsung Galaxy Fold is now officially available in the Kenyan market.
The device, which has been around in various markets around the world over the last few months, acts as both a smartphone and a tablet thanks to its expansive 7.3-inch display when unfolded.
Featuring a unique folding mechanism that is devoid of hinges but rather folds on the display itself, the device has not been without its fair share of controversies since it was first shown off early in the year.
At the Kshs 230,000 price tag that Samsung has slapped on the device locally, it obviously doesn’t come cheap and is every bit a luxury purchase.
Samsung has availed a limited number of units for sale in the country and according to Charles Kimari, the head of the mobile division at Samsung Electronics East Africa, the initial batch of 24 pieces sold out as soon as it arrived last evening thanks to the company’s tease that lasted for almost 2 weeks.
A new batch is expected to be made available as soon as tomorrow to cater for those who make their orders starting today.
Samsung has not announced publicly any plans to avail credit facilities for the purchase of the device but according to Kimari, prospective buyers who may not be able to raise the whole amount in one go will still be able to get financing from its partners like the Barclays Bank of Kenya in coming days.
On top of its expansive display which coalesces into a 4.6-inch secondary display with a lower resolution when folded, the beefy 4,380mAh, generous 12 gigabytes of memory and 6 cameras, the Samsung Galaxy Fold takes advantage of its feature set to introduce expanded multitasking options that go beyond the side-by-side “multi-window” mode that Samsung has had on its devices for over half a decade.
Users of the Galaxy Fold can open up to 3 applications at the same time and alternate from one to the other depending on what they are up to.
Whether that, alongside the other features it packs, is enough to justify its high pricing is a different matter altogether.
What we are learning from the revelation that all the available units had been sold pre-launch is that for those that care to lay their hands on one of the first generations of what may be a new era in mobile computing, the cost is not a problem.