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Samsung unveils Galaxy S8 after Note 7 debacle

Samsung Electronics unveiled its latest flagship smartphone the Galaxy S8 on Thursday, as it seeks to redeem itself after the Galaxy Note 7 recall debacle.

Galaxy S8 was unveiled at New York’s Lincoln Center and broadcast worldwide. Kenyans got to see the unveiling ceremony live at the Two Rivers mall.

The new handset has new design innovations and offers cutting-edge technology, including its digital assistant Bixby.

The S8 is Samsung’s first flagship phone since the company was compelled to discontinue the Note 7 two months after its launch last year due to battery fires issues.

NEW ERA

Speaking at the event to celebrate the global launch in Kenya, Jung Hyun Park, Managing Director Samsung Electronics East Africa, said the Samsung Galaxy S8 ushers in a new era of smartphone design and fantastic new services.

“The Galaxy S8 is our testament to regaining your trust by redefining what’s possible in safety and marks a new milestone in Samsung’s smartphone legacy.”

The Galaxy S8 builds on Samsung’s heritage of creating stunning designs and functional devices. Available in 5.8-inch Galaxy S8 and 6.2-inch Galaxy S8+, the Infinity Display and bezel-less design form a smooth, continuous surface with no buttons or harsh angles.

It includes an advanced camera for optimal low-light and anti-blur photos. The Galaxy S8 takes vibrant photos even in less-than-ideal photo conditions.

 

The Galaxy S8 will be available for pre-order in Kenya beginning April 5th and the device will be in the shops mid-May and will retail for about Sh100,000.