Samsung is currently basking in the glory of its recently launched Galaxy Note 8 and already riding on the success of the Galaxy S8 line. The two smartphones offer similar specifications but also have arguably the best displays on the market, with near bezel-less features along with unique software and camera configurations to boot. But Samsung is planning on now specializing its two biggest smartphones for the business-oriented consumer, with a new edition of the Galaxy Note 8 and the Galaxy S8.
While the Galaxy Note 8 and the Galaxy S8 are already expensive in their own right, the phones are an easy consideration for many business-consumers. Nevertheless, targeting the business segment requires more focused software and security features compared to the regular versions.
With the Enterprise Edition of the Galaxy Note 8 and S8, Samsung will make their devices almost tailor-made for the business crowd, offering guaranteed three-year license for Knox Configure as well as Enterprise OTA updates. The devices will be given monthly security patches for the next three years along with an extended warranty on the devices to three years as well. The normal variants of the devices otherwise come with just two years of warranty.
The specifications of the two phones as far as hardware is concerned, will remain the same, with either an Exynos or Snapdragon processor with 4GB of RAM on the S8 and 6GB of RAM on the Note 8. Connectivity, cameras and other features remain the same as their regular variants on both the phones. There will not be any noticeable distinctions off the bat in terms of usage as stability and security features work on the back-end of the devices for corporate use.
The Enterprise Editions of the two handsets will be made available only in Germany as of now through the popular retailer Tech Data Mobile. Samsung have not provided details of release in other countries as of now, but it is expected that the Enterprise Editions will release in other parts of Europe soon enough. Interestingly, the European market receives the Exynos 8895 SoC, while only the Snapdragon 835 processor is found in the US market. This could mean that either the American variant of the Enterprise Edition may not feature the variant or that Samsung will later announce it separately.
It will be unfortunate for corporates who have already purchased one of Samsung’s flagships as they would have missed out on the advantages of the Enterprise Edition. It seems unlikely that Samsung would enable existing users to upgrade to the Enterprise Edition when it becomes more widely available.