Samsung created special editions of its flagship Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 handsets made to cater to enterprise, and these are now available in Germany. On top of the normal features found in the devices, these come with some outside perks. Buyers get three years of Knox Configure and Samsung’s Enterprise Firmware-Over-The-Air service, as well as an extended three-year manufacturing warranty on all devices, making the presence and correct function of these devices for that period all but assured, which means that they can be deployed as a cornerstone of your mobile workforce strategy with little worry. The devices will be administered and sold through Tech Data Mobile, and aside from any specified tweaks with deployment and management, are functionally the same as the consumer versions of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8.
While the devices sold are functionally the same as the units you’ll see in the hands of regular users on the streets, Knox Configure bolsters their enterprise usability by enabling zero-touch remote configuration. With Knox Configure, administrators can lay out a desired configuration for a single user, the whole fleet, or specified groups, which includes apps, corporate policies, restrictions, and user data sync. The phones will then pull that data once they’re powered on and connected. As for security, it should speak volumes that the same version of Samsung Knox that’s present in consumer devices is seen as fit to be used for enterprise security. Samsung’s Knox protections are so powerful that they’re become notorious in the Android rooting world as good reasons for purists and enthusiasts to think twice about buying Samsung devices.
The enterprise versions of Samsung devices don’t normally take very long to launch after the consumer versions come out. While the enterprise version of the Galaxy S8 has been out in some areas since April, the Galaxy Note 8 launched quite recently. With Germany getting both at the same time, enterprise administrators can choose freely between the superior usability of the Galaxy S8 and the full-featured productivity power of the Galaxy Note 8. The two phones run mostly identical software and hardware aside from the Note 8’s S Pen features.