Johannesburg - International chicken fast-food franchise KFC has launched a limited edition smartphone with a fingerprint scanner.
The phone, decked out in KFC's signature red, was developed in partnership with Huawei and will only be sold in China. Essentially, it is a Huawei Enjoy 7 Plus with a Snapdragon processor.
Its unique fingerprint scanner on the back sits right above the laser engraved image of the Colonel’s head, but KFC did not reveal whether it would be able to scan fatty fingers as well.
Just 5000 of the phones will be released into the country as part of the franchise’s 30 year anniversary celebrating its first store in China, ensuring that it'll become a collector's item.
Its style is pure KFC. Not only does the smartphone match the franchise's colour, but is emblazoned with the iconic logo of Colonel Saunders at the rear of the device. The device mimics the iPhone 7's red colour version.
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The KFC edition Huawei Enjoy 7 Plus is a repackaged version of the Chinese manufacturer’s mid-level smartphone the Huawei Y7 Prime. The device features a 5.5 inch display with 720x1280 pixel resolution. It also has a 12 megapixel primary camera, 3GB of RAM, a Snapdragon 435 processor and 4000mAh Li-Ion battery.
The smartphone features an 8 megapixel camera on the face of the device, custom made for selfies as you dig into that chicken.
The device also features 32GB of storage that can be upgraded 128GB through a microSD card.
A short video on the smartphone highlights the history of KFC's Chinese history, since the franchise landed in 1987. Another preloaded video shows patrons using the KFC smartphones in restaurants.
Preinstalled apps helps patrons to choose your meal. Ther custom designed KFC music app allows you to share music with any number of the Chinese KFC restaurants, by playing your choice on the diner's jukebox. It also comes with 100 000 of the Colonel’s virtual currency “K dollars”.
The KFC edition Huawei Enjoy 7 Plus is expected to cost 1 099 yuan (approximately R2 112).