Samsung Galaxy 'Olympic Edition' Launching July 7th

Ryan Anthony

The summer Olympics in Rio are just weeks away, and just in time for the summer Olympics, Samsung is launching an Olympics-themed Galaxy smartphone.

The new Android phone, officially dubbed the "Galaxy S7 Edge Olympic Edition" by the Tech Times, is likely to get nice product placement in an event sponsored by Samsung for many years past and in the future.

"Samsung has long been a sponsor for the Olympic Games and it previously launched special editions of the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 3 in 2012 and 2014, respectively, to show its support," Tech Times reported.

So what are the features of the new Galaxy Olympic edition? Tech Times told its readers not to expect much difference in this new Galaxy Olympic edition versus older versions of the phone.

"This special edition of the handset aims to celebrate the upcoming Rio 2016 Summer Olympics, sporting a sleek thematic design, but otherwise the same specs and features as the regular Galaxy S7 edge. This means that besides different aesthetics, you should not expect any changes to the Galaxy S7 edge."

Despite reporting that the device would essentially be the same on the inside and on the outside, IBT reported that the new Galaxy "Olympic Edition" could actually feature some updated features not always included with other editions.

"Key difference will be the colouring. It is said to boast physical fingerprint sensor and speakers with gold-hued accents in the front. Whereas on the back, It is expected to feature a blue-coloured camera module on the top and a blue-hued Olympics sigil at the bottom."
"NBC said on Thursday that it would broadcast 85 hours of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 360-degree virtual reality to owners of Samsung smartphones who also have compatible Samsung Gear VR headsets.

The Olympic Broadcasting Services, a broadcasting arm of the International Olympic Committee, will film the games in 360 degrees and send it off to NBC to broadcast internationally."

The Olympic Broadcasting Services, a broadcasting arm of the International Olympic Committee, will film the games in 360 degrees and send it off to NBC to broadcast internationally."

"Olympic fans can be transported to iconic venues such as Maracana Stadium for an unprecedented view of the Opening Ceremony, and Copacabana Beach for an immersive beach volleyball experience in the sport's ultimate setting," said NBC Olympics president Gary Zenkel.

An official broadcast schedule for virtual reality at the Olympics has not been announced, but with 85 hours of programming to fill, one can assume that the most popular sports will be featured, as well as some of the more obscure. How close you will be able to get to the action is unknown, but as anyone who has used virtual reality will tell you -- even being in the proximity of the action is more impressive than watching on a high definition television.

[Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Samsung]

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