SAMSUNG has announced a new enterprise-grade version of its Galaxy Note8 phablet for the U.S. market.
Priced at $994, the aptly named Galaxy Note8 Enterprise Edition is available to order from today through “authorized Samsung channel partners.”
The device comes unlocked and ships with a number of enhancements compared to the consumer incarnation that launched a few months back, including Samsung Knox Configure, which makes it easier for administrators to remotely configure and deploy devices across the company. Admins can also manage large batches of devices through a centralized OS and software version control system that allows them to update every device in a fleet simultaneously.
Additionally, the enterprise version of the Note8 will receive more regular security updates for up to three years.
Samsung actually launched the Galaxy Note8 Enterprise Edition in Germany earlier this month, alongside an enterprise version of the Galaxy S8. There is no word yet on whether the S8 enterprise version will be arriving in the U.S., but we’ve reached out to Samsung and will update here when we receive a response.
The Galaxy Note8 Enterprise Edition is only about $50 more expensive than its consumer-focused counterpart, and the extra security and management features should go some way toward enticing enterprises and SMBs to consider upgrading to the gargantuan smartphone.