Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ recently made it to Kenya priced at Ksh 85K and Ksh 95K, respectively. These prices are way higher than what Americans pay for the same phones ($750 and $850), something that has driven some sections to argue that the phone is too pricey.
It’s true that the Galaxy S8 and S8+ are the most expensive ever phones to feature in the Galaxy S series. Last year’s Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge were $100 cheaper in the U.S., but the prices in Kenya aren’t so different from the current pricing of the S8 series. In fact, you’ll still be asked to pay a massive Ksh 80K in order to get your hands on the Galaxy S7 Edge, a price tag that can earn you a brand new Galaxy S8 at Phones Arena Kenya.
While you are still mulling over whether to buy the Galaxy S8 or wait for the prices to drop at a later time, more than 5 million people around the globe have already bagged the phone. This is according to a new report surfacing from South Korea, confirming that Samsung has been selling about 200,000 units of the S8 and S8+ per day since the phone was made official on April 21.
An unnamed company source told The Investor that the company has already sold more than 5 million units across the globe, a milestone that has been reached in less than a month of the phones’ existence. As noted, the phone has just hit the Kenyan market and in fact, there are others that are still waiting for the official launch of the S8 locally. This means that the sales of the S8 are indeed running smoothly and the figure could get even better when the phones make it to China in the coming days, the world’s largest smartphone market. The company has also confirmed that more than 120 markets will have received the S8 by the end of this month.
Just so as you know, the Galaxy Note 7 sold about 2.5 million units during the first two weeks, yet the phone was priced at about $850 in the U.S. and even more in other markets. As for last year’s Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, it was reported that the company managed to sell about 10 million units within the first three weeks following their launch. As of April 2017, Samsung had sold over 55 million units of the two phones across the globe. Back in 2015, the Galaxy S6 sold 10 million units after one month.
From the look of things, the Galaxy S8 and S8+ sales are quite slow when compared to the S7 and S6, however, it’s worth noting that the S8 series has not enjoyed the same initial wider rollout as the 2016 and 2015 models did. In short, you can expect things to get better with time.
Meanwhile, do you think the price of the Galaxy S8 and S8+ is too much for you? Let us know in your comments below.