7 weird phones of 2021: from fast food themes to $ 28,000 phones with a meteor inside

Camera a little better? Sigh. Bigger batteries? Yawn. Improved performance? * Slip into a coma. * There’s no doubt that the iPhone 13, Samsung Galaxy S21, and Pixel 6 are certainly some of the best phones of 2021. But these are just subtle improvements over the best devices in the world. last year. Fortunately, even though the flagships have lost the wow factor, the phone makers are still having fun on the sidelines.

This year, the Microsoft Surface Duo and the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 helped make foldables grow. And rollables seem ready to push flexible screens even further in 2022. However, this is a hype-free zone. As much as we loved the imagination that went into the LG Rollable (RIP) and Vivo’s phone with an integrated drone, there are no design concepts here. As rare and odd as they are, every handset on this list exists.

So read on to find out which fast food chain has released a phone, a really awesome gaming phone, and a mobile made from a Martian meteorite.

OnePlus Nord 2 x Pac-Man Edition

OnePlus Nord 2 Pac Man Edition

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You may have heard of the Nord 2. It won a lot of praise for offering high specs at a low price. But you’ve never seen one like this. In a collaboration with game developer Bandai Namco, OnePlus created a loving tribute to an arcade classic.

It starts with a Pac-Man sticker on the back of the device, which also glows in the dark to reveal a holographic maze. But it’s more than a simple reskin, OnePlus has also gamified the user experience.

So, in addition to the live wallpaper and game-inspired logos, you can unlock content featuring the munching mascot by completing challenges dotted around the settings.

Wendy’s phone

Wendy's phone

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Yes, it’s true. Along with frozen shakes and square burgers, a limited edition phone is on the menu at Wendy’s. Offered as part of a contest to get Canadian customers to download the restaurant chain’s mobile app, it was clearly a gimmick. But the bright red handset was fully functional, with a 6.4-inch HD display, three rear-facing cameras, and a fingerprint sensor on the rear.

More impressive still, it includes its own voice assistant. Just say “Hey, Wendy” to ask a question, set alarms, or get directions and the phone will respond in the same sarcastic tone that made her Twitter account so popular.

Sony Xperia Pro I

Sony Xperia Pro I

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Sony’s latest addition looks less like a phone with an awesome camera and more like a professional-grade shooter that you can call people with. While most handsets rely on algorithmic brains to take a great selfie, Pro-I is loaded with muscular gear.

This includes a trio of sophisticated Zeiss lenses. A large 1.0-type image sensor for better image resolution with less noise. And an iToF 3D sensor for more precise autofocus.

Meanwhile, the Pro-I’s interface even ape Sony’s Alpha cameras. So you can choose between manual controls or automatic settings for photo and video as well as RAW capture.

Redmi K40 Bruce Lee Edition

The Redmi K40 Bruce Lee Edition

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The Redmi K40 is a strange beast in its own right. The Xiaomi sub-brand usually offers bland, low-budget and mid-range phones. But the K40 is a hardcore gaming phone, with a 120Hz supercharged display and 480Hz touch sample rates, an HDR10 + display, and a 5,000mAh all-day battery.

It even has shoulder buttons like a console controller. But the Bruce Lee edition adds an extra layer of quirkiness. For no apparent reason other than looking cool, the handset is yellow with a black stripe like the signature kung fu king suit in 1978’s Game of Death.

Beyond that, the phone comes with a wallpaper featuring the star’s portrait and packs a punch with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.

ZTE Axon 30

ZTE Axon 30

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At first glance, the Axon 30 doesn’t look so weird. But take a closer look, where is the front camera? There’s no ugly notch or pinhole here or even a bezel to block your view. Just a transparent screen. Instead, the shooter and the fingerprint scanner are hidden under display.

In truth, ZTE debuted this camera tech last year on the Axon 20, but it was practically a prototype and took some terrible photos. Photos from the 1930s are much improved, although the image quality can still be too blurry if you’re serious about your selfies. Yet with a little more refinement, this bizarre innovation could easily become the norm in the not-so-distant future.

Pocket Titan Unihertz

Unihertz Titan Pocket Lifestyle

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Perhaps confusing 2021 for 2011, this year saw Unihertz release a candy bar with a QWERTY keyboard. Stranger still, there is a market for it: almost 3,500 supporters have supported the Titan Pocket on Kickstarter in less than a month. And Blackberry-style feedback doesn’t stop at physical buttons.

The Pocket also has an infrared sensor that allows it to control your TV, a 3.5mm headphone jack that doubles as an FM radio tuner, and a tri-color notification LED. But what makes us most nostalgic is the drums. While 4000mAh isn’t nearly as impressive anymore, with just a 720p display and limited heavy app support, this device can run all weekend without needing to recharge.

Caviar Space Trek: God of Fire

Caviar

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In May, China landed its first rover on Mars. To celebrate the occasion, luxury brand Caviar launched its Space Trek collection. This one is made up of not one, but three Huawei Mate 40 Pros which, like most Caviar customizations, are dripping with gold and ornate finishes.

But the model of the God of Fire is really out of this world. It features an 18 karat decal depicting a dragon and a mechanical clock. If that wasn’t enough, the clock also contains a fragment of a Martian meteorite. Perhaps it’s no surprise that there are only eight of these phones in the world, and they each cost $ 28,000.

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