Samsung Announces Special Galaxy Note 8 Edition, But You Can't Buy It


Samsung has a new Olympic-themed version of the Galaxy Note 8, but the special edition will not be available for purchase in any stores.

As the 2018 Winter Olympics are about to start on Feb. 9 in PyeongChang, South Korea, Samsung wants to be part of the experience and come up with something special to mark the occasion.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is considered one of the best Android smartphones currently available on the market, boasting a sleek design, top-notch specs, advanced features, and the iconic S Pen stylus. With the Winter Olympics coming up, Samsung spiced things up with a new model, albeit availability is very limited.

Galaxy Note 8 PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Games Limited Edition

For the 2018 Winter Olympics, Samsung announced that it made 4,000 units of the Limited Edition Galaxy Note 8. The Olympic-themed model will sport a white glass back, aiming to represent winter and gold-colored Olympic Rings on the lower half of the smartphone's back. According to Samsung, the rings draw inspiration from the Olympic Torch.

Other than the visual tweaks to make it Olympic-themed, and some pre-loaded wallpapers with the PyeongChang 2018 Olympics, the special version of the Galaxy Note 8 will come with the exact same specs and features as the standard device.

The Galaxy Note 8 PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Games Limited Edition will not be available for purchase anywhere, so interested customers looking to buy one are out of luck.

Who Will Get This Olympic-Themed Galaxy Note 8?

Samsung will gift more than 4,000 Olympic-themed Galaxy Note 8 smartphones to all athletes competing in the Winter Games, as well as to staff members who helped with the Olympics. Samsung will also throw in a special case with the Paralympic Games logo.

"We're proud to provide the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Games Limited Edition to all athletes in an effort to help them to stay connected, capture and share one of the most memorable moments of their lives," says Younghee Lee, Samsung Electronics CMO and EVP.

Lastly, Samsung also adds that Paralympians will get more information on how advanced mobile technologies can help people with disabilities to access the digital world more easily.

Samsung previously offered free Galaxy S7 Edge Olympic editions to all athletes competing in the 2016 Rio Olympics, but it subsequently made the special version available to the public as well. The special Galaxy Note 8 version, however, will remain exclusive to Olympians and PyeongChang Olympics staff, as the company does not have any plans to sell this version in the future.

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