The partnership between Samsung and the International Olympic Committee spans two decades, and this year it’s the Galaxy Note 8 getting a makeover to celebrate the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang. Samsung’s second flagship from 2017 has been restyled to celebrate the upcoming Olympic Winter Games that’ll have a global audience watching in-person and around the world.
On the outside, Samsung made the entire back panel white while the frame switched to gold. The same goes for the S Pen. Samsung’s stylus features a white body with gold accents. And around the back there’s the Olympics logo stamped near the bottom. It doesn’t seem like any opportunity to make this Olympics-themed was spared, and this version in particular is definitely more attractive than what we saw with the Galaxy S7 for the 2016 Summer Olympics a few years ago. The colors are calm, not forced.
Take a look at the front of the phone:
The design isn’t all that’s changed. Samsung also tweaked the software to better serve anyone at the Olympics next month. It ships with 2018 Winter Olympics-themed wallpapers and “useful apps” to “help cultivate the utmost Olympic Games experience.” The pre-installed apps likely include a dedicated map showing where to go as well as a hub with live-streaming, clips, and more. But really, Samsung just wants all Olympians to carry to carry around this phone so those watching from home see the Galaxy Note 8.
Aside from those participating in the multi-week event taking place soon, it doesn’t look like anyone else will be able to get their hands on this version of the Galaxy Note 8. Samsung didn’t say it’ll be available in any markets for regular consumers. So you’ll have to be an Olympian or someone working in PyeongChang to get one.
Samsung says more than 4,000 units will be distributed in total.
The 2018 Winter Olympics start on February 9 and run for a little more than two weeks. If you’re in the United States, every competition will be broadcast by NBC and its family of networks.