Samsung is using the Galaxy Note7 to talk up the fact that it (along with many other recent phones) supports the next-generation Vulkan API, which will be supported by the next iteration of Android. As a result, it's giving away $US400 of Android games on the Google Play Store, unfortunately only when you buy the $1300-plus smartphone.
Sure, it's a very expensive phone — in the region of an Apple iPhone 6s Plus and other top-of-the-line — but the included extras make the price a little more palatable. These games will be freely available to any buyer who pick the phone up before January 2017, but if you pre-order in Australia you'll also get yourself a 256GB microSD card bundled, a theoretical saving of another $300.
These are the games you'll get, rather optimistically priced at a total cost of $US400:
- Need for Speed No Limits
- Olympus Rising
- Nonstop Knight
- Empire: Four Kingdoms
- Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft
- MARVEL Contest of Champions
- Asphalt 8: Airborne
- Hungry Shark World
- Angry Birds Pop Bubble Shooter
- Star Wars Galaxy of Heroes
- The Sims Free Play
- Clash of Kings
Of these, Need for Speed No Limits, Hit, Vainglory and Olympus Rising are all compatible with the Vulkan API. Vulkan's lower-level graphics processing versus older standards like OpenGL allows for faster frame rates and more consistent frame rates overall — with less variance between visually demanding areas and lesser ones. Vulkan will only be supported on Android 7.0 Nougat, and the Note7 launches with Android 6.0 Marshmallow, but the Game Pack's availability from August 20 onwards might point to an imminent upgrade for the Note 7 to the latest version of Android when it launches some time this month as well.
This post originally appeared on Gizmodo