The Samsung Galaxy S3 will be available in a limited edition Olympic version to celebrate the worldwide London-based sporting event. The special rendition of the Samsung's flagship smartphone for 2012 will be available exclusively through Carphone Warehouse on August 1.
Samsung, a worldwide Olympic partner, is releasing a Galaxy S3 that will feature a Team Great Britain cover, which displaying the British flag on the back of the phone. The special edition also includes an original cover, so that users can switch their phone back normal whenever they please. The blue version of the phone features a union jack printed across the back of the phone. Both the white and blue Samsung Galaxy S3 phones incorporate the Olympic rings and the Team GB logo panel.
"As a Worldwide Olympic Partner, we at Samsung want everyone to get behind Team GB and offer them support during the Olympic Games," Simon Stanford, VP of Samsung's Telecommunications & Networks Division said. "We are delighted to be able to offer Carphone Warehouse customers the chance to own this exclusive London 2012 Samsung Galaxy SIII handset, combining the chance to support Team GB with owning a piece of cutting-edge Samsung technology."
These devices will be available for £28 per month on Vodaphone, Orange, 02, T-Mobile, Talk Mobile and Three networks.
Earlier in the week the smartphone manufacturer also said that the Galaxy S3 will function as hotel room keycards during the games through a partnership with the Holiday Inn in Statford City. The device is available for athletes competing in the Games, and will allow users to control lighting in their hotel rooms, change television channels and act as an in-room phone extension.
The London Games began this week, as the first soccer game kicked off on Wednesday. The opening ceremony will take place this Friday, and can be live streamed via NBC's website.
But the Olympic variant of the Galaxy S3 may not be the last colored device to launch. Earlier in July it was reported that Samsung has hinted at releasing even more color variants for its Galaxy S3 smartphone. Upon release, the phone was available in Pebble Blue and Marble White, with a Garnet Red AT&T exclusive that has just rolled out. According to Pocket Lint, who reached out to the Korea-based electronic manufacturer, a spokesperson alluded to the fact that there may be more announcements to come.
"We will be announcing potential color variants in due course," the Samsung UK spokesperson said to Pocket Lint.
No information has been released about what colors these variants would come in, and Samsung has not confirmed that there are plans to roll out more colored Galaxy S3 devices.
Lisa Eadicicco is a reporter covering mobile technology and video games for The International Business Times. Lisa joined the editorial team at IBT in January 2012, and has...