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Whoever designed this soda-themed phone was on coke (Update: Realme)

Update: Realme has posted several cola-themed teasers, suggesting this is a Realme handset.
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January 27, 2023
TL;DR
  • A new leak points to a Coca Cola phone being in the works.
  • A leaked image shows a cola-themed phone that looks similar to a Realme handset.
  • Realme has since teased a soda-related announcement.

Update: January 27, 2023 (1:06 AM ET): Well, we thought that a recently leaked render of a Coca-Cola smartphone could be a rebranded Realme smartphone. Now, the Chinese brand has indeed teased a soda-related announcement.

“Realme is set to get really refreshing,” reads one of several teasers by the company. All the teasers feature cola and cola bubbles, suggesting that Realme is indeed behind the Cola Phone.

Realme hasn’t issued a reveal date just yet, but we’re guessing the device will be launched in the next couple of weeks. Either way, we’re not expecting a flagship experience here.

Original article: January 25, 2023 (1:42 AM ET): We’ve seen plenty of companies launch branded smartphones over the years, ranging from Pepsi to KFC. Now, it looks like we can soon add another giant to the list in the form of Coca-Cola.

Frequent leaker Mukul Sharma tweeted an image of a so-called Cola Phone, being a Coca-Cola-themed smartphone. The tipster asserted that the device was launching in Q1 in India. Check out the image above.

The actual color scheme is definitely in line with Coca Cola, so fans of the brand might want to keep an eye on this. Then again, Android Authority colleague Adamya Sharma rightfully noted in our work Slack that you’re probably better off buying a Coca-Cola case for your existing phone rather than purchasing this device.

The Cola Phone tentatively seems to be based on a Realme 10 series handset. The Realme 10 Pro brings a Snapdragon 695 chipset, 120Hz LCD screen, and a 5,000mAh battery. Meanwhile, the standard Realme 10 offers a Helio G99 4G chipset, 90Hz OLED panel, and 5,000mAh battery. So this Coca Cola phone could indeed be a budget handset rather than a high-end experience.

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