Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 only for Olympians


Samsung is known for launching limited edition smartphones of their flagship S series and Note series of smartphones. Strangely enough, these won't be special edition units, even though these athletes will compete at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games that also take place in PyeongChang. The Korean conglomerate has designed a limited edition version of its extra large phone exclusively for 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics participants. SVG and SVG Europe will once again serve as your source for all the latest tech developments coming out the world's highest-profile sports event with the SportsTechLive Blog: Direct From the 2018 Winter Olympics.

North Korea agreed on Wednesday to send a 150-member delegation to the Paralympic Games, in addition to what will likely be a 400-member delegation to the Olympic Games.

For now, this special version of the Galaxy Note 8 is only available to 2018 Olympic athletes and staff. A Snapdragon 835 SoC or an Exynos 8895 SoC powers the phone, which is backed up by 6GB RAM and 64GB/128GB or 256GB internal storage options. Paralympians will also receive this smartphone and their phones will come with cases that will have the Paralympic Games logo.

This device has been created to celebrate South Korea hosting the Winter Olympics with Samsung saying it will deliver over 4,000 devices to all Olympians and Paralympians as well as the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic family, including IOC and POCOG staff.

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Owners can set themed wallpapers and access "useful apps" pre-installed "to help cultivate the utmost Olympic Games experience", according to a company press release.

Samsung has been involved with the Olympic Games since the 1988 Seoul games and has continued to support in some way or another. A few years back, the company provided Olympic Galaxy S7 Edge devices to athletes and officials. Point to be noted here is, the limited edition Galaxy Note 8 possess the same hardware specs to that of the commercial models, and the difference lying only in the appearance.

The phablet comes with a rear dual camera setup comprising of two 12MP sensors enabled with LED flash.