More than 6 Million sales later and midst favourable reviews worldwide, the Samsung Galaxy S II is now available in Kenya. The phone was launched Tuesday evening in a cocktail event held at Nairobi's Mercury Lounge. The phone will be available for a recommended retail price of KES 70,000.

Speaking at the launch, Samsung Deputy Managing Director Robert Ngeru said, "In Kenya, we earlier launched the Samsung Galaxy S which has sold more than 10 Million units globally. We have noted a steady and tremendous growth in the demand of quality smartphones particularly due to the availability of 3G GSM networks."Among the Samsung Galaxy SII key selling points is its thickness -- less than a centimetre thick at 8.49 millimeters. The phone also runs the latest Android 2.3 'Gingerbread' mobile operating system, which runs on a dual core processor resulting in powerful and fast application handling and processing.

The phone also sports a vivid 4.27 inch Super Amoled screen, resulting in a stunning display. Ngeru says the Super Amoled screen is energy efficient allowing the phone to minimise on battery usage, hence weight. The S II also comes with a back 8 megapixel camera with flash and a front 2 megapixel camera. Both cameras are capable of full 1080p high definition image and video recording.

When it comes to connectivity, the S II can handle up to 21 Megabits per second (Mbps) under High Speed Packet Access + (HSPA+) network lab speeds. Actual speeds are lesser. The phone also supports 802.11 b/g/n WiFi networks and bluetooth 3.0 connectivity between devices.

Applications that come bundled include Samsung Social Hub which handles several social networks including Facebook, Twitter and Email all in one unified interface. Samsung also offers the readers hub through which it provides over 2.2 million books and novels, 2000 newspapers in 49 languages and 2300 magazines in 22 languages. This is in addition to a game and music hub.

Business users can look forward to integrated Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync and Cisco's Webex integrated communication platform. Samsung also offers Sybase remote device management including device encryption for data protection and remote data wipe on lost devices.

GSM Arena gives the phones battery lifetime as 4.5 hours browsing, 11 hours video and 9 days stand by.

Quoting a recent survey by Informa Telecoms Media, Ngeru says there will 265 million data users in Africa by 2015 up from 12 million at the moment. "In addition, the Sub Saharan market including Kenya is enjoying a faster uptake of mobile devices to access the internet, four to five times faster than PCs or laptops," he says.

Samsung's 2011 strategy is to be Africa's number one electronics brand. Samsung is bringing in 10, 000 Galaxy S II mobile phones into Kenya.