For athletes and Olympic officials, Samsung Galaxy Note 8 gets Olympic makeover

During the Opening Ceremony of the Olympics, we’re used to seeing athletes proudly parade with their phones out, recording videos and taking selfies while the entire world watches. Now Samsung wants to be part of that priceless exposure. The company has announced it will supply over 4,000 special edition Galaxy Note 8 devices to staff members and all Olympians competing in the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Games.

The PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Games Limited Edition Galaxy Note 8 features a white glass back (representing winter) emblazoned with gold Olympic Rings that are “inspired by the Olympic Torch.” The phone features the same specs and functions as the standard Galaxy Note 8, but also comes with pre-loaded PyeongChang 2018 themed wallpapers. Athletes competing in the Paralympic Winter Games will also receive the device along with a special case that features the Paralympic Games logo.

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Samsung had previously handed free Olympic editions of its Galaxy S7 Edge smartphone to every competing athlete at the 2016 Rio Games. It later released the Olympic Edition S7 Edge to the public. The Limited Edition Note 8, however, is exclusive to Olympic athletes and staff and Samsung says it won’t be available for purchase. In our review of the Galaxy Note 8, we gave the phone an 8.5 out of ten, noting the excellent camera, battery life, and fast performance.