Samsung has been partners with the International Olympic Committee for a while now, and we’ve witnessed great collaborations in the world of smartphones. While the better part of the batch of branded devices went to competing athletes, there were also units for sale in select markets.
Last year we saw the Galaxy S20+ get the Olympic treatment with the Tokyo 2020 logo on the back. This year Samsung is treading carefully and is launching the Galaxy S21 5G Olympic Edition, but only with the IOC five-circle logo on the back. There is no mention whatsoever of the upcoming XXXII Olympics on the phone, only in the promo materials at the carrier’s page.
The Tokyo 2020 games were initially postponed by twelve months, and at this point, we’re still unsure whether the games will take place at all, so we understand Samsung’s conservative approach with the design.
These phones, currently offered only in Japan with the carrier NTT Docomo, will also have a unique wallpaper with the Olympic circles, but that’s where differences from a vanilla Galaxy S21 5G end.
On the inside, we have the Snapdragon 888 chipset, coupled with an 8+128 GB memory combination like the non-Olympic phone. The display is a 6.2” Dynamic AMOLED panel with 1080p resolution and 120Hz adaptive refresh rate.
Samsung Galaxy S21 5G Olympic Edition Specifications
CPU: Snapdragon 888 SM8350 2.84GHz Octacore
GPU: Adreno 660
Display: 6.2 inch FHD + 2400 × 1080, Infinity-O, Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 120Hz, HDR10 +, Gorilla Glass Victus
RAM: 8GB LPDDR5
Main camera: Triple
- 12 MP (Ultra-wide angle 120 ° f/2.2)
- 12 MP (main 79 ° f/1.8 OIS)
- 64 MP (telescopic hybrid optical 3x f/2.0 OIS)
Front camera: 10 MP, f/2.2
Operating System: Android 11 (One UI)
Dimension: 151.7 x 71.2 x 7.9mm
Battery: 4000mAh (Fast charging, wireless charging)
WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac / ax 2.4G + 5GHz
Waterproof and dustproof: IPX5 / IPX8 IP6X
USB: USB Type-C
Audio 3.5mm jack: No
Fingerprint sensor: Yes (under-display)
Colors: Phantom blue
Others: VoLTE (HD +), nanoUIM, Osaifu-Keitai, stereo speakers, Dolby Atmos, high resolution
Network: Supports 5G with maximum downlink of 4.2Gbps
Pricing and Availability
The Samsung Galaxy S21 5G Olympic Edition is still up for pre-order with no actual price tag, nor did NTT Docomo reveal anything about a launch date. We’re pretty confident the phone is unlikely to arrive outside the Japanese market, which doesn’t stop us from hoping for the global availability of this limited edition.