Samsung announces the Galaxy S7 Edge Olympic Edition for Rio 2016

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The Rio 2016 Olympic Games are only a few months away, and today Samsung is celebrating the event by announcing the Galaxy S7 Edge Olympic Edition at the Team USA Road to Rio event in Chicago.

We heard rumors of the Rio 2016 handset in late June, leading us to expect a Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge Rio 2016-inspried device, but it seems like Samsung has decided to only launch a S7 Edge variant.

As part of this announcement, Samsung revealed that all Rio 2016 Olympians would get an edition of the handset. Here’s the official word from the company:

“In collaboration with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Samsung will deliver 12,500 Galaxy S7 edge Olympic Games Limited Edition to all Rio 2016 Olympians, helping them to enhance their experiences in Rio and communicate with family and friends around the world more conveniently.”

Samsung will also make a limited run of the Galaxy S7 Edge Olympic Edition for consumers to pick up. These will be available later this month starting on July 18 and will be exclusively available at Best Buy stores around the United States.

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Keep in mind that the hardware side of things hasn’t changed with this edition of the handset. You can find a refresh as far as specifications go below.

 Samsung Galaxy S7Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
LaunchedFebruary 21, 2016February 21, 2016
ReleaseMarch 11, 2016March 11, 2016
Display5.1-inch Quad HD (2560x1440) Super AMOLED with Corning Gorilla Glass 45.5-inch Quad HD (2560x1440) Super AMOLED with Corning Gorilla Glass 4
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 820 or Samsung Exynos 8890 OctaQualcomm Snapdragon 820 or Samsung Exynos 8890 Octa
RAM4GB4GB
Storage32GB / 64GB with microSD card slot32GB / 64GB with microSD card slot
Rear Camera12MP with phase detection autofocus, optical image stabilization, LED flash12MP with phase detection autofocus, optical image stabilization, LED flash
Front Camera5MP5MP
Battery3000mAh (non-removable)3600mAh (non-removable)
Chargingmicro-USB with Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0, wireless chargingmicro-USB with Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0, wireless charging
SoundBottom-facing mono speakerBottom-facing mono speaker
SoftwareAndroid 6.0.1 Marshmallow with TouchWizAndroid 6.0.1 Marshmallow with TouchWiz
ConnectivityNFC, Bluetooth 4.2, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/acNFC, Bluetooth 4.2, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
SensorsAmbient, proximity, accelerometer, compass, gyro, barometer, SpO2, heart rate, fingerprintAmbient, proximity, accelerometer, compass, gyro, barometer, SpO2, heart rate, fingerprint
Measurements142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9mm150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7mm
Weight152g157g
ColorsBlack Onyx, Gold Platinum, Titanium SilverBlack Onyx, Gold Platinum, Titanium Silver

Now, what has changed is the design of the smartphone. The Rio 2016-inspired handset will feature a custom colorway pattern as well as he five official colors of the Olympic Rings. You’ll also find plenty of Rio 2016-themed wallpapers and apps preloaded into the smartphone.

Samsung didn’t offer any details on pricing, but we’ll no doubt find that out on July 18 when the handset official launches.

We’ve got the press release below.

Samsung Announces Galaxy S7 edge Olympic Games Limited Edition

All Rio 2016 Team USA athletes to be equipped with unique devices

Chicago – July 7, 2016 – In celebration of the upcoming Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Worldwide Olympic Partner in the Wireless Communications Equipment category today unveiled its Galaxy S7 edge Olympic Games Limited Edition at the Team USA Road to Rio event in Chicago. 

Additionally, in collaboration with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Samsung will deliver 12,500 Galaxy S7 edge Olympic Games Limited Edition to all Rio 2016 Olympians, helping them to enhance their experiences in Rio and communicate with family and friends around the world more conveniently.

Samsung is also offering fans and consumers a chance to commemorate the Rio 2016 Olympic Games by making a limited number of Galaxy S7 edge Olympic Games Limited Edition phones available beginning July 18, 2016 in the United States exclusively at Best Buy.

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 and apps will also be available.

In addition to providing Galaxy S7 edge Olympic Games Limited Edition for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team, Samsung will also supply a Paralympic Galaxy S7 edge edition for the 2016 U.S. Paralympic Team.

For more information about Samsung’s involvement in the Olympic Games, please visit www.samsungmobilepress.com/Olympics/.

About Samsung’s Involvement in the Olympic Games

Samsung began its Olympic Games involvement as a local sponsor of the Seoul 1988 Olympic Games. Beginning with the Nagano 1998 Olympic Winter Games, the company extended its commitment to the Olympic Movement as the Worldwide Olympic Partner in the Wireless Communications Equipment category, providing its proprietary wireless communications platform, called Wireless Olympic Works (WOW), and mobile devices. These innovative mobile phone technologies provide the Olympic Family with real-time, user location-based information service, interactive communications, and Samsung Pay. Samsung hosts various Olympic campaigns to share the excitement of the Olympic Games with people around the world and enable everyone to participate in the Games through its innovative mobile technology. Samsung’s commitment as a Worldwide Olympic Partner continues through to Rio 2016, PyeongChang 2018, and Tokyo 2020.

About Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
Headquartered in Ridgefield Park, N.J., Samsung Electronics America, Inc. (SEA), is a recognized innovative leader in consumer electronics, mobile devices and enterprise solutions. A wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., SEA is pushing beyond the limits of today’s technology and providing consumers and organizations with a portfolio of groundbreaking products in appliances, home entertainment, Internet of Things, mobile computing, smartphones, virtual reality, wireless infrastructure and wearables. Samsung is a pioneering leader in smartphones and HDTVs in the U.S. and one of America’s fastest growing home appliance brands. To discover more about Samsung, please visit www.samsung.com. For the latest Samsung news, please visit news.samsung.com/us and follow us @SamsungNewsUS.

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. inspires the world and shapes the future with transformative ideas and technologies, opening new possibilities for people everywhere through relentless innovation and discovery. For the latest news, please visit the Samsung Newsroom at news.samsung.com.


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