A Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge mobile phone was given to each of the 12,500 athletes participating in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
The giveaway was announced by Samsung Electronics prior to the opening ceremony held earlier today. As the global event?s Worldwide Olympic Partner in the Wireless Communications Equipment, the South Korean electronics company said that they collaborated with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to present the token to the competing athletes.
The handset is unlike those that were commercially released by the tech giant earlier this year. Instead, it is a commemorative Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge – Olympic Games smartphone.
According to Samsung?s official press release, the limited edition handset is meant to help participants enhance their experiences while at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The Galaxy S7 Edge will also be able to help them communicate with friends and family back home.
12,500 athletes received phones while at the Samsung Galaxy Studio inside the Rio 2016 Olympic Village in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Among those photographed with their new handsets were Olympians from the Brazilian women?s water polo team, U.S. Olympic gold medalist Kayla Harrison, Team Great Britain?s synchronized divers Alicia Blagg and Rebecca Gallantree, and South Korean fencers Gu Bon-Gil and Shin A-Lam.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge was made available worldwide last March. ?It has a 5.5-inch screen and QHD Super Amoled display and an IP68 rating certificate for dust and water resistance, making it perfect for active athletes who are always on the go. Aside from its 12MP dual pixel rear camera with smart OIS feature, it has a 5MP secondary camera on the front panel for those who want to capture their once-in-a-lifetime experience of participating in the Rio Olympics.
The handset comes with a powerful 3600mAh battery and 4GB of RAM. One of its two SIM card slots doubles-up as an expansion slot so that Olympians can use a microSD card and store up to 200GB of photos and videos while in Brazil.
The Rio 2016 Olympic Games had a successful opening ceremony earlier today. The event was held amid many negative issues surrounding it, such as concerns about security and the threat of a Zika virus outbreak . There are even celebrities who have cancelled their attendance at the highly anticipated ceremony.
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