Samsung has released a 'Pirates of the Caribbean' themed Galaxy S8 in China

Ahoy Matey! Samsung has partnered with Disney for an interesting cross-promotion for the latest film in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, offering a Pirates-themed version of the Galaxy S8. As reported by Business Insider, the special-edition phone will be exclusively offered in China and will retail for around $900.

Each phone comes packaged in treasure chest packaging styled after the new film, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. The loot contained inside includes a Galaxy S8, a special-edition case as well as a collectible ring.

The phone itself is just a standard Galaxy S8 phone, with all the special edition content accessed via the smart clip-on case. Putting the case on the phone changes the phone's UI to a Pirates-themed layout complete with a new background featuring Jack Sparrow and custom app icons.

If you're kind of scratching your head at this cross-promotional offer, consider that China is a huge emerging market for big American blockbusters, which have historically done very well in China. Surprisingly, Dead Men Tell No Tales is the only Pirates film currently on the list of China's top 50 highest-grossing films. With the film currently in theaters, expect it to keep creeping up the list — especially with Disney focusing it's marketing powers and partnering with brands like Samsung.

Meanwhile, for those of us on this side of the ocean who might be interested in this special-edition phone, the package is only being offered through JD.com (opens in new tab), so you'll either need to travel over to China to get one or learn how to custom theme your phone without the special edition case.

Marc Lagace

Marc Lagace was an Apps and Games Editor at Android Central between 2016 and 2020. You can reach out to him on Twitter [@spacelagace.

15 Comments
  • This is pretty disappointing, considering how cool the Iron Man and Batman special edition devices were.
  • Looks like a regular black s8 with a theme... The box is cool looking tho
  • Lol.....
  • Sounds like it will sell 10. Lol. Interesting idea... I'll give them that.
  • I really just want to buy the box.
  • That box is pretty dope.
  • I didn't know what to get you, so I got you this box
  • More junk in an empty trunk....
  • GAY!
  • Don't have an interest in flying to an unknown part of China to get one at an exorbitant price that China wants for it, but damn, that design on that box tho!
  • Where is the picture of the case and ring?
  • How come stuff like this never comes to the US? Are the US studios cool with this? Then again it's coming just to China instead of Korea.
  • Well that was disappointing. And I'm betting like all themes from samsung allot of icons are gonna look out of place
  • I read that the phone is like Johnny Depp movies; good production, but ultimately disappointing.
  • just get the theme, LOL