Samsung Electronics East Africa has officially availed the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus in Kenya. The company announced that the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus will be available countrywide as from today at Samsung Experience stores and other retailers such as Safaricom Shop. The recommended retail price for the S9 is Kes.85,000 and Kes.95,000 for the bigger S9 Plus.
Unlike last year’s Samsung flagships, this year’s devices are different in more ways than just the battery capacity and screen size. The S9 comes with a 5.8-inch QHD display, 4GB RAM, 64GB internal Storage, Android 8.0 Oreo, 12MP main camera, 8MP selfie camera, a fingerprint reader alongside an iris scanner for biometric security and a 3000mAh battery. The S9 Plus, on the other hand, takes the screen size a notch higher to 6.2-inches, 6GB RAM, same 64GB internal storage, a dual 12MP camera setup on the back and an 8MP selfie camera, the battery size also increases to 3500mAh.
As you can see, choosing to go with the S9 over the S9+ means that you will be making great compromises especially in performance and battery endurance. Naturally, consumers will be drawn to the S9+ as its dual camera setup allows for portrait shots, something that the smaller S9 lacks. The S9+ also brings Dual Aperture, which allows its camera to behave like the human eye and open wide in low-light to let in more light for better-looking photos at night.
In addition to neat lifestyle features that Galaxy smartphones have always possessed, such as IP68 dust and water resistance, the new S9 brings ARemoji, which is a feature that lets you create an animated emojis of yourself to spice up your conversations. There’s also a super slow-mo feature that allows you to shoot up to 960 frames per second, thus slowing down life to almost a standstill.
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Alongside the S9, Samsung also announced that they will be piloting a one-of-a-kind premium after sales service to better serve their customers. Apart from the industry-leading two-year warranty that Samsung phones come with, Samsung smartphone owners will now be able to call customer care in case their phone has any issues and a service van will come to the customers’ location and repair the phone in under an hour depending on the fault.
At the moment, Samsung is piloting the service with S9 users, then the company will, later on, include devices across the board dating back to 2016. The service will mostly benefit those whose smartphones are still under warranty, but in the unfortunate event your Samsung device develops a fault and your warranty is over, you can still pay for the service.