Samsung’s latest premium smartphones, the Samsung Galaxy S20, S20+ and S20 Ultra, are now available for purchase in the country.
This is over a month since the devices were unveiled at a special event back in February.
Samsung has, since February 21st, had the three devices in the Samsung Galaxy S20 family available for pre-order.
For Kshs 93,000, 104,000 and 130,000, Kenyans in any part of the country are now able to get the Samsung Galaxy S20, S20+ and/or the S20 Ultra respectively.
These prices are lower than the earlier indicated Kshs 100,000, Kshs 120,000 and Kshs 135,000 for the S20, S20+ and S20 Ultra respectively when the devices were announced.
The Galaxy S20 lineup presents the best that Samsung has to offer for at least the first half of the year.
They feature super fast-charging of up to 45W on the flagship S20 Ultra, “pro-grade filming capabilities” which is Samsung’s marketing speak for the 8K video recording that the Ultra supports courtesy of its Qualcomm chipset, up to 100X “space” zoom on the Ultra and a super high-res 108-megapixel snapper on the same Ultra.
A 120Hz display that keeps Samsung’s renown display perfection adds to the mixture that tries to justify the devices’ high pricing.
While there is no question that the Ultra is definitely the hero of the three-device lineup, most users, as various reviewers have attested over the last few weeks of hands-on with the devices, will find that they are just fine eschewing hitting the specs ceiling for the more reasonable screen size on the S20 than the gigantic 6.9-inch option on the Ultra.
Some features of the S20 device family that users in other countries will be able to take advantage of are not available to Kenyans for one reason or the other. Support for 5G networks, for instance, while built into the new devices, will only be activated on-demand, once a 5G network is available locally.
Another feature, borne out of the partnership that Samsung has with Spotify, which sees the latter’s music and podcasts application preloaded with up to half a year of free access to the premium tier, is something Kenyan buyers of the devices won’t enjoy due to the service’s unavailability in the country.
According to Samsung, users can, however, look out for some consolation in the form of a game exclusive. “Later this spring, Samsung partner, Microsoft, will launch its popular Forza Street in the Galaxy Store, marking the first time the game is coming to mobile,” Samsung notes in the launch press release.