Apple’s iPhone 5 will be officially launched into the Kenyan market on December 21, as the company works towards fulfilling its promise of introducing its newest phone in 100 countries by the end of the year.
Reports suggest that Orange Kenya will be the exclusive distributor of the iPhone 5 in the Kenyan market, with other mobile operators like Safaricom expected to join in the sale of the phones by the end of the year.
“iPhone 5 is the thinnest and lightest iPhone ever, completely redesigned to feature a stunning new 4-inch Retina display; an Apple-designed A6 chip for blazing fast performance; and ultrafast wireless — all while delivering even better battery life,” Apple said in a statement.
US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan and the UK were among the first countries to receive the phone when it was launched back in September this year.
iPhone 5 comes in either black and slate or white and silver for a suggested retail price of US$199 (US) for the 16GB model, US$299 (US) for the 32GB model and $399 (US) for the 64GB model.
It has not been revealed how much the phone will go for in the additional countries in which it will be launched, but experts believe it will cost a bit more than the in the US.
Phone enthusiasts are interested in seeing how the new phone will be received, specifically in the African market where Samsung’s Galaxy S III has already taken precedence.
Apple may have decided to launch the phone in these additional markets just before the December holidays, when shoppers are known to spend big.