(Xinhua) -- The
market for high-end smart phones in Kenya is steadily growing as
more people go for the multifunctional costly gadgets that stand
and demand for the mobile phones, according to telecoms selling
them, is on the rise as manufacturers compete to launch new
gadgets in Kenya.
makers have in the recent months launched expensive gadgets in
the capital Nairobi with a lot of fanfare. The latest high-end
device to be unveiled is the Samsung Galaxy S5.
smart phone, which costs 872 U.S. dollars, started selling a
week ago. And according to Safaricom, up take has been good.
company in a statement last Friday said it had pre-sold over 300
Samsung Galaxy S5 devices before the gadgets were officially
unveiled in the country.
which holds about 60 percent of Kenya’s market share with more
than 20 million subscribers, notes that it sold over 400, 000
high-end smart phones last year.
represents 23 percent of the total smart phones sold through the
company’s retail outlets across Kenya that year.
most of the high-end devices were sold in Nairobi, where more
people have good incomes, a sizeable number were purchased
outside the capital, including in towns like Mombasa, Kisumu and
to the telecom, over 100,000 smart phones are sold in Kenya each
note that the smart phone market in Kenya and across Africa is
expected to double in the next two years.