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

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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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posted on 12 Jul 2017, 07:38

1. libra89 (Posts: 1012; Member since: 15 Apr 2016)


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

posted on 12 Jul 2017, 07:44

2. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3914; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Some people really like chicken, bro.

posted on 12 Jul 2017, 09:31 1

12. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4376; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


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

posted on 12 Jul 2017, 08:00

3. sissy246 (Posts: 4223; Member since: 04 Mar 2015)


LOL whatever floats your boat, LOL

posted on 12 Jul 2017, 08:09

4. TechGirl90 (Posts: 386; Member since: 06 Feb 2017)


...........

posted on 12 Jul 2017, 08:10

5. trojan_horse (Posts: 5337; Member since: 06 May 2016)


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

posted on 12 Jul 2017, 08:34

6. Kil4thril (Posts: 72; Member since: 05 Oct 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.

posted on 12 Jul 2017, 08:37 1

7. Papa_Ji (Posts: 357; Member since: 27 Jun 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.

posted on 12 Jul 2017, 09:05 1

9. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4376; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Yeah? How about killing vegans for eating innocent plants.

posted on 12 Jul 2017, 09:37 1

13. Papa_Ji (Posts: 357; Member since: 27 Jun 2016)


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

posted on 12 Jul 2017, 09:57 1

14. sissy246 (Posts: 4223; Member since: 04 Mar 2015)


That's bulls**t

posted on 12 Jul 2017, 10:47 1

16. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4376; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


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

posted on 12 Jul 2017, 09:15 1

10. sissy246 (Posts: 4223; Member since: 04 Mar 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

posted on 12 Jul 2017, 09:03

8. Tipus (Posts: 249; Member since: 30 Sep 2016)


Lulz :)))

posted on 12 Jul 2017, 09:24 1

11. xtroid2k (Posts: 537; Member since: 11 Jan 2010)


Sell this phone in the hood for double

posted on 12 Jul 2017, 10:18

15. Plasticsh1t (Posts: 2443; Member since: 01 Sep 2014)


LMAO this looks awesome.

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