The PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Games Limited Edition Galaxy Note 8 models that Samsung has been giving out to athletes and their staff members participating in the latest Winter Olympics are now also being gifted to those involved in the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games, the South Korean tech giant said Wednesday. Samsung is using the opportunity to promote its solutions meant to facilitate the everyday life of people with disabilities such as those who are visually impaired. The limited-edition Galaxy Note 8 units are being given out as part of the "Do what you can't" campaign which also encompasses the recently launched Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus flagships which are scheduled to be released on a global level next Friday, March 16.
Besides the unique Android phablet, the complimentary package comes with a Samsung-made fast-charging power bank and a case that activates a Paralympic Winter Games-themed user interface once it's attached to the special Galaxy Note 8. Athletes and their teams participating in the latest Olympic and Paralympic games are the only ones who are officially being given the devices which Samsung isn't planning on selling at any point in the future. As was the case with previously released collector's items of that sort, many athletes are likely to sell their devices online as only a small percentage of them are well-off enough to keep them as souvenirs. One such handset is presently being auctioned off on eBay, with a starting price of $850 that corresponds to the price tag of the regular phablet, as seen below.
Samsung has been sponsoring six Olympic Games in a row now and is expected to continue doing so going forward. The company previously commemorated the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro with a limited-edition Galaxy S7 Edge which featured an Onyx Black finish with blue accents, though that particular model also had a limited commercial run. The successor to the Galaxy Note 8 is expected to be announced in late summer and debut with Bixby 2.0, a highly improved version of the company's AI assistant, as suggested by Samsung's mobile chief DJ Koh at MWC 2018.