In a disappointing turn of events for Galaxy fans and supporters of the Olympic Games, Japanese carrier NTT Docomo has decided to cancel the release of the Galaxy S20+ 5G Olympic Games Edition.
Originally planned to go on sale in July, the device has been canceled in light of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic games being postponed, revealed the mobile operator in a press release earlier today.
It’s unclear whether the decision was made by Samsung, NTT, or both
The Toyko 2020 Olympics were delayed last month as a preemptive measure against COVID-19, but the Galaxy S20+ 5G Olympic Games Edition appeared to still be on track for a July release with no signs of it being canceled. Samsung supported the IOC’s decision to push back the Tokyo 2020 Olympics towards 2021, even though the company’s marketing plans in Japan took a hit as a result.
Consequently, Samsung was expecting demand for the Galaxy S20+ 5G Olympic Games Edition to drop, but it made no mention of a cancellation a month ago. However, many things have changed over the past four weeks, especially in regards to the COVID-19 situation worldwide.
Regardless, it’s unclear who had the final say in pulling the plug on the Galaxy S20+ 5G Olympic Games Edition and if Samsung had or didn’t have an input in this decision.
A different Olympic Games Edition phone might be coming next year
Samsung and NTT Docomo will likely be preparing a different Olympic Games Edition smartphone next year to correlate with the new 2021 event in Tokyo. After all, Samsung remains a major Olympics partner.
There’s no new information on the matter at the moment so we can only speculate that if such a device will exist, it will be based on either the Galaxy Note 20 or the Galaxy S21 (or however it will be called). We’ll keep you posted.