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Is Samsung about to release a Star Wars: The Last Jedi-themed Note 8?

Disney and Samsung could be collaborating on a Star Wars-themed phone, but it's not as exciting as you might think.

Published onNovember 22, 2017

Hollywood’s winter blockbuster season is almost upon us and this year’s slate is dominated by the next installment in a certain sci-fi franchise set in a galaxy far, far away.

As expected, Disney is already lining store shelves with Star Wars: The Last Jedi merchandise in time for the holidays (really though, who could possibly say no to a Porg cuddly toy?), and now it seems like Samsung is also looking to cash-in on the hype with a limited edition Galaxy Note 8 with exclusive Star Wars-themed features.

The rumor stems from an image shared by Chinese leaker “Ice Universe” which shows a standard-looking Note 8 sporting wallpaper featuring the series’ spherical droid, BB-8. Other than that, there’s very little to go on and the alleged device doesn’t appear to carry any other Star Wars-related branding or design quirks.

Samsung will launch Galaxy Note8 Star Wars customized version, deep customization.
— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) November 22, 2017

While we’ll have to wait for an official announcement to be sure, it wouldn’t be that surprising to see Samsung embracing the ways of the force with a special edition phone, as the South Korean giant has worked with Disney on a number of similar projects in recent years.

Most recently, Samsung released a fairly bland Pirates of the Caribbean-themed Galaxy S8 in China, but its partnership with the House of Mouse was at its best in 2015 with the launch of the stunning Iron Man Galaxy S6 Edge.

If there is a Star Wars Note 8 on the horizon I really hope it isn’t as dull as just a regular Note 8 with a bunch of branded wallpapers and ringtones. There’s an S-Pen right there that’s just begging to be turned into a glowing lightsaber. Come on, Samsung.

As the folks at SamMobile note though, the appearance of BB-8 may just have been Samsung’s cheeky way of advertising its new artificial intelligence platform as the logo for Bixby can be spotted alongside the render. Little is know about the system, which appears to be dubbed Galaxy AI UX, early speculation suggests it could make its debut on the Galaxy S9.