Samsung made a limited edition Galaxy S7 Edge for the Olympics
Athletes will get it for free, and Best Buy will start selling it in August 2016
The Galaxy S7 Edge is one of this year’s best phones, so why not give it to some of the world’s best athletes? Apparently the Batman phone wasn’t enough, as Samsung is churning out yet another special edition of its curved smartphone — this time to celebrate the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio. This unlocked version of the S7 Edge will be gifted to everyone participating in the games, but it’s also coming to stores next month. Well, one store: Best Buy. The big box retailer has exclusive dibs on sales for this one. Pricing isn’t yet final, but the regular S7 Edge is by no means cheap, so the Olympic Games Edition won’t come cheap.
So what separates this from the Galaxy S7 Edge that’s been on shelves for months? Just like the Batphone, it’s really all aesthetics. The metal sides are black and glossy, which feels quite different in hand compared to the regular model. And then there are the buttons. Samsung has customized the accents for each hardware button to correspond with the Olympics rings. The home button and earpiece are yellow, the power button is red, the volume rocker is green, and there’s a blue bezel around the camera. It looks a little funky! But it makes more sense when you realize what the phone commemorates.