The KFC smartphone is a real thing that exists now, apparently

The KFC smartphone is a real thing that exists now, apparently

If you've ever caught yourself daydreaming about eating some tender, juicy chicken wings while idly staring at your phone, Huawei and KFC have teamed up to give you... something. A way to ease the cravings? Or maybe to amplify them, maybe — we couldn't tell you if we tried, but the end result is a bright-red, KFC-branded smartphone, complete with a portrait of Colonel Sanders himself etched into its back.

Sure, why not?

Curiously enough, the phone is listed as a variant of the Huawei Y7, despite the two having almost nothing common, both in terms of specs and design. Inside you'll find a Snapdragon 425 SoC coupled with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage, as well as a 5-inch 720p screen, and a 13 MP rear camera. And the Colonel's warm, loving embrace.

The phone, of which only 5,000 units will be made, has been available exclusively in China since last Friday, July 7, and can be bought either from the KFC app itself, or from a flagship Tmall store (the latter applies to 'KFC members' only, though). It costs ¥1,099, which works out to about $161.

The KFC smartphone is a real thing that exists now, apparently

But the brand synergy doesn't just stop there: KFC's app will get an exclusive feature in China called K-music, which lets users listen to curated music when inside a KFC restaurant. The feature will be exclusive to Huawei devices until the end of the month.

Branded smartphones are nothing new (the official press release says as much, listing off stuff like that Pirates of the Caribbean Galaxy S8 edition), so here's a different question instead: why China? Sure, the official narrative is that since the two companies both started their business in China in the same year (1987, 30 years ago today), but that sure looks like grasping for straws to us.

Meanwhile, just slightly eastward lies Japan, a country infamous for its love of KFC, to the point where eating it is actually a Christmas tradition — surely such a marketing stunt would do better over there?

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16 Comments

1. libra89

Posts: 2165; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Wow, can't imagine wanting a phone like that.

2. g2a5b0e unregistered

Some people really like chicken, bro.

12. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4766; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

There should be an Apple phone too...o, wait...

3. sissy246

Posts: 6915; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

LOL whatever floats your boat, LOL

4. TechGirl90 unregistered

...........

5. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

KFC? I'll very much prefer a more suitable brand to adorn my smartphone. Not some fast food stuff.

6. Kil4thril

Posts: 80; Member since: Oct 05, 2016

I just asked my buddy (IT for YUM at their corporate headquarters in Louisville). Nobody in that building has heard of such a thing.

7. Papa_Ji

Posts: 763; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

F KILL all those KFC owners and worker (and even all non vegetarian) who are brutally killing billions of innocent animals every year.... I DON'T WANT ANYTHING FROM KFC EVEN FOR FREE. Only thing I want is... These people Should be killed in same brutal manner as they were killing innocent animals.

9. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4766; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Yeah? How about killing vegans for eating innocent plants.

13. Papa_Ji

Posts: 763; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

Plants don't home sensory organs to feel pain..... Humans are vegetarian by nature.

14. sissy246

Posts: 6915; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

That's bulls**t

16. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4766; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

"Plants don't have sensory organs..." sure. But humans are vegetarian by nature? Surely you're a vegan prophet. A Vegaphet.

10. sissy246

Posts: 6915; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

MMMMMM, sure is good. Chicken is great, and let's not leave out that good steak that is up in my freezer. Some people say plants have feelings and love to be talked to, but it ok to kill them, LOL

8. Tipus

Posts: 770; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

Lulz :)))

11. xtroid2k

Posts: 601; Member since: Jan 11, 2010

Sell this phone in the hood for double

15. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3088; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

LMAO this looks awesome.

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