Intel launches first smartphone for Africa as Yolo, partnering with Safaricom

Intel recently launches Yolo smartphone for the African market, the smartphone is first Intel’s smartphone for the African market. And surprisingly Yolo is the first smartphone powered by a Lexington Atom processor Z2420. Intel is going to ship the Yolo smartphone with partnering Safaricom, an African carrier, in the region.

Intel Yolo

Intel introduces Yolo for African market

On introducing Yolo in Africa, Aysegul Ildeniz, Regional Director for the Middle East, Turkey and Africa Region said;

“We are delighted to partner with Safaricom in bringing the first smartphone with Intel Inside to Kenyan consumers. The new handset extends the benefits of Intel technology to more smartphone users around the world and we believe that Kenyan consumers will welcome the increased functionality and overall value of the device. We look forward to our continued cooperation with Safaricom.”

The all new Yolo has a 3.5-inch display with 480 x 320 pixels (HVGA) resolution. The smartphone also has HSPA+ modem support with Intel’s XMM 6265 modem. In terms of connectivity, Yolo has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, A-GPS, FM Radio and Micro-USB 2.0. The smartphone is a mid-range smartphone with a 5MP camera on the rear without an LED flash. The Yolo smartphone comes with Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) operating system with Vanilla built user interface (without any modifications).

Yolo is powered by a 1.2GHz Intel Atom Z2420 processor, which was debut at CES 2013, the processor uses Intel’s Hyper-Threading Technology that can achieve speeds of up to 1.2 GHz. For multi-tasking capabilities, the smartphone has 512MB of RAM and there is 400MHz GPU. The smartphone has 4GB of internal storage along with a microSD card slot for expansion. Although the specs are not much high but according to a recent review by TechWeez, the smartphone performs well and especially in the graphics, Yolo scores impressive results.

Yolo will hit the African market with featuring price-tag of 10,999 Kenyan shillings (Rs.6.8K approx.). There is no information that the smartphone is manufactured by which OEM as Intel is not a smartphone manufacturer.

Reports are also in the air that Intel will soon introduce Lexington Atom processor based smartphone in the Indian market as well with partnering Lava so stay tuned for more information.

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