With the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games being commenced, it should come as no surprise that some brands and companies have been celebrating in their own little ways. One such company is Samsung, which is celebrating this year’s Olympics with a special treat: a limited edition Samsung Olympic Galaxy Note 8.
Samsung Olympic Galaxy Note 8: What’s So Special About It?
While the limited edition phone’s hardware is nothing new next to the current Galaxy Note 8 that is already available, the Olympic edition features a special Olympic logo on the back of the device. The phone also comes with an Olympic-themed wallpaper.
Another addition that the Samsung Olympic Galaxy Note 8 includes is a preloaded app called PyeongChang 2018. This is the official PyeongChang 2018 guide which includes event schedules of the Olympics and helps athletes keep track of medals being awarded. Also included is the app called PinQuest which prompts users to collect “exclusive” virtual pins that are found around the Olympic Village.
Featuring an all-black front with white backing, the Olympic Galaxy Note 8 features the same basic functionality of a regular Galaxy Note 8. Notably, its S Pen is white, which makes it much more eye-catching. The model comes with 64GB of internal storage and is powered by Samsung’s Exynos 8895 chipset.
It’s worth noting that this is not the first time for Samsung to come out with a special edition Olympic phone. As some may recall, 2016 saw the release of Samsung’s Galaxy S7 Edge Olympic Edition. With an Olympic color scheme and an $850 price tag, the device saw a limited sale of only 2,016 phones (alluding to the year 2016). As is the case with this year’s Olympic variation, the Galaxy S7 Edge Olympic phone came with a Rio Olympics 2016 app as well.
Samsung Olympic Galaxy Note 8: Price and Availability
Interestingly, Samsung’s Olympic Galaxy Note 8 is not actually for sale. Whereas the 2016 Olympic Edition of the Galaxy S7 Edge was available to consumers, the Olympic Galaxy Note 8 caters only to actual athletes (as well Olympic staff members who are part of athletes’ support teams) in the Olympics.
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According to reports, the Olympic Galaxy Note 8 costs $1,100, though it is not available for public sale. As a spokesperson from the International Olympic Committee explains, each Olympic Galaxy Note 8 contains “essential logistical and competition information for the athletes.” Thus, it seems actual participants of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympics are the ones who can benefit the most from Samsung’s limited edition Olympic phone.