Integrated communications provider Safaricom Limited today announced the Yolo smartphone, the first smartphone for Africa with Intel Inside.
The device is aimed at the cost-conscious and first-time buyers in Kenya. The Yolo smartphone will be sold in Safaricom shops countrywide at the entry price of Kshs. 10,999 and comes bundled with free 500 MB data.
The phone is based on Intel's latest smartphone platform for emerging markets, launched earlier this month at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) - the Intel Atom processor Z2420 with Intel Hyper-Threading Technology. The chip can achieve speeds of up to 1.2 GHz and supports 1080p HD video capture and a camera with advanced imaging capabilities, including burst mode that allows people to capture seven pictures in a second in 5-megapixel quality.
The device is housed in a compact design and features a 3.5-inch touchscreen display, support for FM radio and an expandable memory slot, and HSPA+ modem support with Intel's XMM 6265 modem for global roaming. The handset can also be enabled with McAfee mobile security software.