Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ started selling in South Korea about a month ago, but the two have steadily been finding their way into other markets in the recent weeks.
If you are in Kenya and have been waiting for the day when Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ will be available locally, well, the time is now. The duo has finally been unveiled and so far, you can grab one from any of the company’s physical stores in Kenya as well as the leading online retailer in the region, Jumia.
Where the Galaxy S8 is selling at Ksh 85,000, the bigger Galaxy S8+ is priced at a whopping Ksh 95,000. These prices, when compared to what the same phones are selling in the U.S. – $750 (Ksh 77,400) for the former and $850 (Ksh 87,700) for the latter – are quite outrageous, but looking at what the two phones bring to the fold, it might as well be unfair to criticize Samsung.
Just so as you know why you are paying these enormous figures, the Galaxy S8 and S8+ have the best smartphone design language you can think of. The tech giant beautifully molded a glass and metallic body that is appealing to the eye while at the same time throwing in IP68 certification for dust and water resistance. This means that the Galaxy S8 or S8+ will still be in great working conditions even if it spends up to 30 minutes under water that is about 1.5 meters deep.
— Samsung Mobile Kenya (@SamsungMobileKE) May 5, 2017
The smaller Galaxy S8 has a 5.8-inch Super AMOLED display screen that has a QHD+ resolution while the S8+ takes this to the next level with a 6.2-inch Super AMOLED panel that keeps the same resolution. The duo has what Samsung calls Infinity Display, which has pushed the phone’s aspect ratio to a massive 18.5:9, hence the QHD+ resolution. However, you get a default resolution of 1080p, but this can be adjusted to either HD+ or the aforementioned QHD+, with the former setting meant for battery-conscious users.
Speaking of batteries, the increased sizes of the Galaxy S8 and S8+ didn’t receive deserving battery capacities, at least for the standard S8. This phone has a 3000mAh battery unit while the S8+ has a bigger 3500mAh unit. The two phones have a USB-C port for charging and PC connectivity and you still get a 3.5mm audio jack, contrary to what other OEMs have been doing by ditching this traditional jack in favor of a universal USB-C port.
Under the hood, the new Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ have an Exynos 8895 processor that is paired with a RAM of 4GB and 64GB of expandable onboard storage. For the cameras, the two have a 12MP DualPixel main camera with an f/1.7 aperture, OIS, PDAF and 4K video recording support. You also get a dual-tone LED flash for lit photos even when in the dark. The front panel houses an 8MP camera with the same f/1.7 aperture, which means you still get great performance in low-light conditions.
For security purposes, the Galaxy S8 twins have a rear-facing fingerprint sensor, an iris scanner on the top bezel and facial recognition for easy authentication. The tech giant also debuted an in-house voice assistant dubbed Bixby and even gave it a dedicated button. This assistant works in just about the same way as the Google Assistant that debuted with the Google Pixel and Pixel XL phones in 2016.
Software-wise, Samsung went for the latest Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box, but of course, you’ll find the company’s own customizations on top of the stock Android OS.
You can buy any of the two Galaxy S8 phones via this link. Also, you may want to check out a service like Lipa Later, which gives you a chance to pay for the phone – and many others – on a monthly installment basis.
What do you think about the Galaxy S8 and S8+? Will you buy one? Let us know in your comments below.