Do you want a smartphone? Is Pepsi ok? These are two questions nobody thought would make sense uttered one after the other. However, 2015 is a year of change, if nothing else, as the soft drinks titan decides to take on smartphone manufacturers as well.
We all know Pepsi. Loved or hated, they are indisputably one of the biggest names in the food and drinks industry. Well, recently they decided to expand their domain. Meet the Pepsi P1.
Barely announced last month, the phone became available in China via a crowd founding website, and despite being a low-budget option in terms of smartphones, the Pepsi P1 already has a number of fans and is becoming increasingly popular.
Coming with 2 GB of Ram, 1080p Full HD resolution, 16GB of internal storage, and a 1.7 Ghz, octa-core processor, the P1’s specs are already better than those of my home desktop, but that is beside the point. *sigh*
It has a 13MP back camera, as well as a 5MP front camera, allowing for pretty sweet pictures, some of the best for its price range.
One of the most interesting features the phone possesses is the fingerprint scanner, located near the back camera, allowing for a more secure phone use, as well as for some potentially fun apps.
Starting at $78, the phone’s price has gone up, currently reaching the $150 mark, and it will soon go up even more, reaching and stabilizing at $200 in China, given that the crowd funding website reaches its goal by December 3rd.
Running on a customized version of Android 5.1 Lollipop, named Dido OS, the phone comes in three colors, Gold, Silver, and Blue, and has the company’s logo on the back.
One of the drawbacks of the unit lies in the fact that despite having a secondary SIM card slot, it also doubles as a memory unit slot, allowing the user to renounce his dual SIM capabilities for an extra boost of memory space.
This move made by Pepsi could be the beginning of a potentially very productive trend, as more and more companies are beginning to diversify their portfolios, thus leading to a competition between leading brands; a competition that will hopefully lead to a boost in product quality and diversity in all markets.
What do you think about Pepsi’s move? Would you be interested in purchasing the P1? Or do you think Pepsi should stick to doing what they do best?
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