Samsung has officially announced the Galaxy S7 edge Olympic Games Limited Edition. The special version of its smartphone will be given to all of the athletes in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, but 2,016 units will be sold to the public starting on July 18.
For the first time ever, the Rio 2016-inspired device incorporates an Olympic Games design embedded into the phone itself, featuring a custom colorway pattern including the five official colors of the Olympic Rings. The colors of the Olympic Rings will also be prominent in the phone's user interface in the home and lock screens as well as the message, dial and contact screens and notification bar. Pre-loaded Rio 2016 Olympic Games themed wallpapers will also be available. Athletes will also receive Samsung's newest smartphone accessory, the Gear IconX cord-free earbuds, which offer a new fitness experience with an in-ear heart rate monitor and standalone music player. When paired with smartphones, they can track fitness updates through the S Health app.
Samsung will give a total of 12,500 Galaxy S7 edge Olympic Games Limited Edition phones to the athletes attending the Rio games. The 2,016 phones that will be offered to the public will be "available in selected countries including Brazil, the United States, China, Germany and Korea." The phones will be sold in the U.S. via Best Buy, but Samsung did not reveal a price for the Olympic Games Limited Edition.
In addition, Samsung helped to develop the official 2016 Rio Olympics app:
The official application of Rio 2016, "The Rio 2016 App", developed by Samsung in collaboration with the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee, provides athletes, fans and consumers with 24/7 updates on all of the latest Olympic news. The app will be updated in early August to provide the official Olympic Games schedule, venue and event information, results, medal counts, and more real-time updates. Samsung Galaxy phone users can also use the S-translator customized for the Olympic Games. The Rio 2016 Official Application is available for free download through the Samsung Galaxy Apps, Google Play for Android, App Store for iOS, and selected App Store in China as well as the Windows App Store.
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