The Paralympic Games are set to be held from March 9-18 in PyeongChang, which is also the host city of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, slated for February 8-25. In 2016, the company made an Olympics-themed Galaxy S7 Edge, which it handed out to all the athletes who participated in the summer games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. "Samsung's creation of an Olympic Games Limited Edition device reinforces Samsung and IOC's shared desire to spread the Olympic spirit". But more importantly, it boasts a white back "to celebrate the winter theme" and gold Olympic rings, inspired by the commemorative flame. Paralympians will also receive a phone case with the Paralympics logo. The Note 8 is packed with a Snapdragon 835 processor, 64GB of storage, with additional microSD support, 6GB of RAM, and a small 3000mAh battery.
The phablet comes with a rear dual camera setup comprising of two 12MP sensors enabled with LED flash.
Samsung doesn't do this out of the goodness of its heart, the Korean electronics giant is a major sponsor of the Olympics, and this commemorative edition is just another way of getting its brand some exposure.
As expected, the phone will come bundled with a range of wallpapers inspired by the events that take place in the PyeongChang 2018 games and it will also have couple of apps created to make it easier for people to navigate through all the events that take place in the venue. There's a white S-Pen included too, but I think Samsung missed a trick by not styling it into a mini ski or something... It is reported that 4000 of these devices will be distributed among the athletes and staff members before the official opening of the Olympics early next month.
First Lady Kim Jung-sook quoted the International Olympic Committee's words at the G-50 PyeongChang Paralympics celebration in central Seoul on Thursday. Though, that could change if Samsung decides to sell the Olympic Games edition to the public.