The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 gets a Winter Olympics makeover

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With a little over three weeks left before the Winter Games in Korea, Samsung Electronics unveiled the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Games Limited Edition Galaxy Note8 on Wednesday.

As part of a collaboration with the International Olympic Committee (IOG) and the PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games (POCOG), all staff members will also be gifted the limited-edition device.

As is with all Samsung flagship devices, the Galaxy Note8 ships with two different chipsets, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, 2.45 GHz octa-core processor with Adreno 540 GPU for US and China, and the Exynos 8895, 2.3GHz Quad-Core (Custom CPU) + 1.7GHz Quad-Core (Cortex-A53) with Mali-G71 MP20 for the remaining markets.

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.

"Each Paralympian will receive the Galaxy Note8 along with cases that feature the Paralympic Games logo and be exposed to how breakthrough mobile technologies can help make the digital world more accessible for those with disabilities", Samsung added. There is also a 5MP front facing camera with wide angle lens for selfies and video calling.

A couple of years ago Samsung handed out 12,500 Galaxy S7 Edge devices to Olympians participating in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.

The PyeongChang Winter Olympics starts on 9 February. Advertisers should avoid using Olympic marks or in any way implying affiliation with the Olympic Games unless they are an official Olympic sponsor, nor should advertisers reference participating athletes without first meeting Rule 40 requirements.

What do you think about Samsung's limited edition Galaxy Note 8? Not much really. The phone features a white glass back and Olympic rings in gold at the bottom. Though, that could change if Samsung decides to sell the Olympic Games edition to the public.

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